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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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Monday, July 12, 2010 5:45 PM Local Time

Action folded to the cutoff seat and he raised to 5,000. Andrew Brown was in the big blind and reraised to 16,000 and said, "I want some of my chips back," as he just lost the last hand to this same player. The player asked Brown how much he started the hand with and then made the call.

The flop came down     with two clubs. Brown led for 16,000 and his opponent raised to 41,500. Brown made the call.

The turn brought a   that wasn't a club and both players checked. The river brought the   which didn't complete the flush draw. Brown fired 60,000 and his opponent mucked his hand. Brown tabled    offsuit for the bluff. His opponent gave him some respect for the play, whereas others may have been upset and irritated at Brown, which was something Brown paid compliment to.

Brown's up to about 270,000 in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:41 PM Local Time

Vanessa Rousso has been eliminated. We didn't catch the action, but know she got it all in on the turn of a      board with   .

Her opponent held   , so Rousso was drawing deader than a dodo on the freeway, therefore making the   river academic.

"There was no way she was getting away from that," confirmed her table in unison after Rousso had exited stage left.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:36 PM Local Time

There was 23,000 in the pot by the time we arrived to see a   flop on the felt. Gavin Smith bet out 17,800, and Erica Schoenberg went all in for 33,000 total. Smith made the call, and they turned their cards over.





Schoenberg's aces held up and she doubled to 90,000. Smith was left with 71,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:36 PM Local Time

With the board reading  , Dave Tiffenberg bet 16,500 into Dwyte Pilgrim. Pilgrim raised to 50,000, Tiffenberg moved all in for 160,000 and Pilgrim released.

"Show a seven," tablemate Dan "Wretchy" Martin requested.

Tiffenberg obliged, showing the  .

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:33 PM Local Time

Eugene Katchalov took a shot at eliminating a short-stacked opponent by calling his all-in bet of roughly 27,000.



The board ran out       to fill up Katchalov's opponent for the double up. Katchalov slips to 72,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:32 PM Local Time

In a battle of the blinds, Hoyt Corkins called a raise to 5,000 from the player in the small blind. The flop came all diamonds,    . The small blind checked and then called a bet of 6,000 from Corkins.

Both players silently tapped the table to check the   turn card. The small blind checked a third time when the river was the fifth diamond on board,  . Corkins took down the pot with an uncalled bet of 10,000, then flashed the  , drawing a few chuckles from the table.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:32 PM Local Time

With 36,000 in the pot and a board of     , the small blind checked and Patrik Antonius bet 26,000 from the big blind. The small blind called and the two checked the   on the river.

The small blind showed    for a missed flush and Antonius took down the pot with his   . He is now up to 181,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:30 PM Local Time

Dan Harrington raised to 5,200 from middle position, and only the big blind called. The flop fell  , and the big blind checked. Harrington bet 5,500, and his opponent insta-called. He check, snap-called another 13,000 after the   on the turn. The river was the  , and the big blind checked a third time. Harrington decided not to give his opponent anything else to call and checked as well. The big blind tabled   for the nuts. Harrington tapped the table and dropped to 53,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:29 PM Local Time

Carter Gill had an opponent all in for his last 59,700 in a preflop clash. It was Gill's    up against his opponent's   .

Gill couldn't find any help on the       board and is now left with just 23,000 to work with.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:28 PM Local Time

A short-stacked player was all in for 40,000 with   , but unfortunately for him had run up against Robert Varkonyi's   .

The board came      , and another player has hit the rail. Varkonyi now has 220,000.

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Monday, July 12, 2010 5:28 PM Local Time

After a series of preflop raises, Billy "Patrolman35" Kopp and Nicolas Babel took a flop of  . They both checked.

Fireworks exploded after the   turned. Kopp checked-raised Babel all in, and Babel snapped it off with the stone cold nuts.




Kopp needed the case ace to survive, but found no help from the   on the river. Kopp hit the rail while Babel ballooned to 500,000 chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:27 PM Local Time

Carter Phillips has had a rough going the past couple hours. He started the day among the chipleaders but ran into some big hands and was knocked down a bit. Obviously things weren't going his way, which can be quite frustrating; as such, he has decided to leave his stack and head out to lunch a bit early.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:21 PM Local Time

There were four players who were ready to see a raised flop before Joe Cada went all in for 67,800. Everyone folded to player on the button who took a moment to think before making the call.



The reigning champion's tournament life was down to a coin flip. ESPN made its way to the table as the area grew silent to see how things would turn out for Cada.

The flop was  , and while it didn't pair Cada's hand, it did give him a flush draw. After waiting for what felt like forever, the dealer flipped over the   on the turn, giving Cada no help.

And just like that we were down to one last card to determine whether or not Cada could accomplish earning back-to-back championships. The dealer burned a card and reached for the river, revealing the  , leaving Cada's opponent ahead with a pair of tens.

People gave Cada a round of applause as he shook hands with the remaining players at his table as he went off to begin his last four months as the champion of the World Series of Poker.

For everyone else in the room, Cada's elimination means that maybe this year the title will be theirs.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:21 PM Local Time

Bernard Lee opened with a raise to 4,100 from the hijack seat and got a caller in the cutoff. The flop came    . Lee continued with a bet of 5,400, and his opponent called.

The turn was a  , and both checked. The river then brought a  . Lee checked, his opponent bet 17,000, and Lee made the call.

Lee tabled    for two pair, and his opponent showed   . Lee is now up to 247,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:20 PM Local Time

Patrik Antonius and his opponent got all of the chips in on a flop of    . Anotnius had his opponent covered, so his tournament life wasn't at stake; although, a big portion of his chip stack was.



The turn was the   and the river  , giving Antonius the win and increasing his stack to around 155,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:19 PM Local Time

We went to check on Steve Sung, and we caught him involved in a pot as we walked up. The board showed        , and there was about 12,000 in the pot. Sung was leading out with 8,500 of his ~27,000 chips, and his opponent put him all in with a raise. Sung tanked and eventually called, and the cards were on their backs:



Well Sung was ahead with third pair, but he needed to fade a myriad of outs in order to stay alive. Diamonds were dangerous, so were sevens and eights and nines, oh my. Let's see, what's the worst card in the deck for Sung?


Yep, that one's pretty bad. That river gave the unknown opponent a jack-high straight flush, and that's going to be the last hand of Sung's day; he has been eliminated.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:19 PM Local Time

One ace on the flop is often problematic when you have a pair of queens. Two aces on the flop makes many players breathe a little easier. Matt Keikoan got to the river in a three-way pot holding   . With the board reading      , Keikoan's bet of 18,600 found one caller. That player couldn't beat aces and queens, allowing Keikoan to claim the pot and increase his stack to 290,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:15 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Daniel Negreanu checked from the small blind and the player in the big blind bet 5,000. The under the gun player called and Negreanu pushed all in for a total of 9,800. Both the big blind and the under the gun player made the call.

Since their was still action between the other players, the cards weren't revealed as the   hit the turn. The big blind checked and the under the gun player bet 20,000. The big blind mucked.



Negreanu had flopped two pair but his opponent had turned a straight. In order to triple up, Negreanu needed to catch a jack or eight on the river. Unfortunately for him, the river was the   and he was eliminated from the tournament.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:14 PM Local Time

With the board showing      and about 60,000 in the middle, Aaron Kanter was facing an opponent's all-in bet of 38,000. He tanked for some time, and finally the clock was called. As time ran out, Kanter made the call.

Kanter showed    for an overpair, but his opponent had an even better overpair --   . The river was the  , and Kanter slips to 95,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:14 PM Local Time

Adam Junglen started the day with over 180,000, but he was down to his last 37,200 when he open-shoved from middle position. The next player to act opted to flat, and no one else joined them. Junglen showed   and was ahead of his opponent's  . The   flop had the other player calling for a jack, but the dealer brought running deuces instead. Junglen doubled back to 80,100.