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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, July 05, 2010 to Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $68,799,059
  • Entries: 7,319
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, July 9, 2010 2:02 PM Local Time

Jim Bechtel opened to 1,200 from middle position, and "Hollywood Dave" Stann three-bet to 3,200. Bechtel called to go heads up to a flop.

The dealer rolled out      , and Bechtel let Stann bet 5,200 before check-raising to 20,000 straight. That was enough to cover Stann, and he started chatting while he was in the tank.

"Phil Hellmuth might be good enough to lay this down. I don't know about me, though."

"You'll make the right decision," Bechtel said with smirk, and that threw Stann for a loop.

"Oh man! I wanna put my chips in there so bad and see you roll over tens. Then I go POW! I win!" Eventually, and with much reluctance, Stann folded, offering Bechtel $100 to show. When he declined, Stann offered $200, then $300, but neither offer was accepted.

Stann - 12,000 (and $300)

Bechtel - 95,000

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:01 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville entered the pot from the cutoff with a raise, only to have the big blind move all in for around 10,000 as Somerville made the call.



The board ran out       to see the big blind stand up and attempt to leave the table, only to be informed that he had made a straight as Somerville slips to 79,500 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:01 PM Local Time

Overheard on the floor:

Spectator: "Hey. Who's that in Seat 1 right there?"

Media: "That's Robert Mizrachi."

Spectator: "Really? Dang, I thought that was one of The Grinder's brothers. Guess not."

Media: "... You do know that "The Grinder" is not his actual last name, right?"

At this point, the spectator furrowed his brow, looking awfully confused. He promptly turned and walked away from the conversation.

Friday, July 9, 2010 2:01 PM Local Time

A player in middle position raised to 1,200 and Dennis Phillips called from the cutoff. The flop came down     and middle position bet 1,500. Phillips made the call and the turn was the  .

Both players checked and the   hit the river. Middle position bet 2,500 and Phillips insta-mucked. Even with that loss, he is still doing much better than earlier, sitting with about 60,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:54 PM Local Time

Claire Renaut pushed her last 6,825 into the pot and was called by a player on the button.



The board ran out       to see Renaut eliminated from the Main Event.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 1:53 PM Local Time

Ted Forrest was all in preflop for his last 8,250 with    and found himself up against the    of an opponent in middle position.

The board ran out       and Forrest's kings hold up for the double up.

"Suckout..." commented someone from a nearby table.

"I feel like it was!" laughed Forrest as he chips up to 17,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:52 PM Local Time

The board showed      when the player in the big blind fired a bet of 1,200 into a 3,000-chip pot. Peter Feldman, on the button, thought a beat then made the call.

The river then brought the  . This time Feldman's opponent bet 1,400, and Feldman again considered then made the call. His opponent tabled    for jacks, and Feldman mucked.

Feldman has 49,000, down just a bit from what he started with today.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:51 PM Local Time

Liz Lieu limped under the gun, 2 players called and the button raised. Lieu moved all in and the small blind called. Lieu was in a lot of trouble as her    was dominated by the    of the small blind.

The board ran out       and Lieu was sent to the rail.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:50 PM Local Time

Jeff Sarwer opened for 1,250 from under-the-gun and both blinds called. The action was checked to him on the     flop and he made a 2,700 continuation bet. The small blind moved all-in for 12,175, the big blind folded, and Sarwer made the call.

Small blind   


The turn was the  , the river was the  , and Sarwer took down the pot with sevens full, increasing his stack to 62,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:44 PM Local Time

David Williams raised to 1,200 before Manny Minaya re-raised to 3,200 from the button. Williams made the call.

The flop landed     and both players checked to see the   hit the turn. Williams led out for 4,000 and Minaya made the call before the   fell on the river. Williams fired again for 7,500 and Minaya looked him up.

Williams opened    but it was no good as Minaya showed   . Williams is back to 125,000 while Minaya chips up to 52,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 1:44 PM Local Time

The small blind checked a   board to Mandy Baker. With 10,000 already in the middle, she bet 7,800. He paused a moment and made the call, but he regretted it when he saw her   had made sevens full. She scooped the nice pot to move up to 90,800.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:43 PM Local Time

On the flop of    , Robert Mizrachi fired 1,150. Raymond Davis raised to 5,000 and Mizrachi called. The turn card brought the   and Mizrachi led again, this time for 8,650. Davis moved all in and Mizrachi snap-called.

Davis held the    for a straight, but Mizrachi had him on the turn with the   . Davis shoved for about 30,000.

The river was the   and officially ended things, sending Davis to the rail and Mizrachi to 144,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:42 PM Local Time

Facing a raise to 1,250 and a call, Frederick Jensen three-bet to 4,800 from the big blind.

The initial raiser then made it 11,250 to go to prompt a fold from the player in the middle before Jensen five-bet all in for 44,450 to eventually prompt a fold from his opponent.

Jensen is now sitting on just under 60,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:41 PM Local Time

When we walked over, Scott Mandel and his opponent had all of their chips in the middle facing a board of  . Mandel, who finished fifth in the $5k PLO event earlier in the series, held  , Unfortunately for him, the other player had the nuts. Kind of tough to beat quad queens. After both stacks had been counted and recounted, it turns out that Mandel was just covered. He shook hands with his opponent and headed to the hall.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:40 PM Local Time

Jesper Hougaard called an preflop all in from an opponent.



The board ran out       to see Hougaard climb to over 130,000 in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, July 9, 2010 1:38 PM Local Time

A player in late position raised to 1,300 and was called by Lauren Kling from the cutoff, the button and the big blind. All players checked the     flop and the   appeared on the turn.

Action checked to the button who bet 3,100. Everyone folded except Kling, who made the call and saw the   hit the river. Both players checked and Kling turned over    for a pair of tens. It was good as her opponent mucked, and with that she managed to increase her stack to 180,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:36 PM Local Time

Holding   , Corwin Cole called an opponent's all-in only to discover he was up against   . The flop was a huge tease, as the   appeared in the door, only to be followed by the   and the  , giving both players sets. The turn was the  , the river was the  , and Cole shipped 57,750 of his chips across the table, leaving him on about 172,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:35 PM Local Time

A player limped from middle position and the hijack seat raised to 1,600. Jonas Kronwitter reraised from the button to 4,700. The limper folded and then the hijack seat went into the tank. Eventually, he mucked and Kronwitter picked up the pot to move to 46,000 in chips.

A few hands later, Kronwitter was involved again. On the board of     , a player check-called a bet of 5,200 from Kronwitter before the river completed the board with the  . The first player checked and Kronwitter checked as well.

Kronwitter's    bested the    of his opponent and he improved to just under 60,000 in chips.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:34 PM Local Time

We happened upon Gabe Kaplan's table as he sat in the big blind, facing a raise and a reraise. Kaplan looked like he was considering a shove, that is, until he caught sight of our reporter.

"I was thinking about it, but I don't want him writing about how bad I got it in," Kaplan said with a chuckle.

On the next hand, a middle position player opened for 1,400 and Kaplan three-bet to 5,200 from the small blind. His opponent moved all-in and Kaplan made the call. Kaplan's    was up against pocket aces, but he ended up rivering a Broadway straight, the board running out      .

Kaplan is up to 28,000.

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:33 PM Local Time

On a board of       and about 15,000 in the pot, Pieter de Korver was faced with a bet of 5,000 from his opponent. He didn't seem happy but made the call anyway.

His opponent simply mucked as de Korver showed   . "That was good, you can't have it every time," de Korver said with a smile. With that, he added an extra 25,000 to his stack.

Playtika - Jason Alexander