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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 5:14 PM Local Time

Heather Sue Mercer re-raiesd all in for about 25,000 pre-flop after a player opened for 5,000 in early position. That player called, taking his    against Mercer's   . There was no help for Mercer on a flop of    , but she spiked a set when the turn fell  . There was no re-suck on the river  . Mercer doubled up to about 50,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:10 PM Local Time

Barry Greenstein opened for 5,000 in late position and the gentleman in the small blind made it 18,000 to go. Greenstein made it 58,000, the small blind made it all in for 130,700, and Greenstein made the call.

Small blind gentleman:  

Greenstein: extremely behind with  


Greenstein completely failed to improve and dropped right down to 68,000 - around two thirds of his stack vanished into the stack of his opponent with that hand.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:08 PM Local Time

David "Devilfish" Ulliott had been nursing a short stack for the past couple levels when he pushed all in with    over his opponent's 5,500 bet. His opponent made the call and turned over   .

Devilfish was in great position to double up, but the     flop gave his opponent a flush draw. The   on the turn changed nothing. Unfortunately for the Devilfish, the river was the  , giving his opponent a pair of sixes.

The Devilfish was quite composed as he made his exit from the tournament area.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:06 PM Local Time

Facing a raise to 5,100 from early position, Allen Cunningham three-bet from the cutoff to 13,100.

With the action on Alexander Kostritsyn in the big blind, he four-bet to 32,000 to prompt an insta-fold from the original raiser.

Cunningham looked down at his hole cards once more before tossing them into the muck to slip to 72,200 as Kostritsyn climbs over the half a million mark; currently 505,000 in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:05 PM Local Time

Robert Varkonyi opened with a raise to 4,500 from the cutoff, and Vanessa Selbst called from the button. The blinds got out, and the flop came    . Varkonyi bet 9,000, then Selbst raised to 26,000. "Seventeen more?" Varkonyi asked of the dealer. His math confirmed, Varkonyi made the call.

The turn was the  . This time Varkonyi bet 25,000. Selbst leaned over to see how much he had left, then made the call.

The river was the  . Now it was Varkonyi leaning over to see what Selbst had left -- more than he. He then announced he was all in. Selbst went deep into the tank, then finally made the call.

When the two players revealed their hands, both were surprised at what they saw. Varkonyi tabled   . And Selbst   ! Again the pair was chopping up a big pot.

"You're so lucky, that's the worst hand I could have there," said Selbst, shaking her head. "How can you call that?" said Varkonyi with a grin.

Selbst has about 240,000 at present, while Varkonyi has 145,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 5:00 PM Local Time

A short-stacked Eddy Sabat just now pushed all in for his last 18,000 with   , but unfortunately got a caller in the cutoff who held   

The board came      , and Sabat his the rail.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:59 PM Local Time

As we reported earlier, Roderic Boling has it out for online player Billy "Patrolman35" Kopp over at Table 270.

In a recent hand, the two were in a pot with another opponent as well. When we reached the table, the board had already been dealt  . Boling led for 12,000. Kopp instantly called and after a moment or two the other player called as well.





"Gotta be f***in' kiddin' me," Boling quipped.

"Tricky internet kids," Kopp returned with a grin.

Kopp was shipped the pot, and is now up to 225,000 chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:58 PM Local Time

Peter Rho has taken a bit of a hit after checking the river of a   board from the hijack, only for the gentleman in the cutoff to bet 10,000 - a rather small bet, considering that there was already 60,000 or so in the pot. Rho thought about it for some time, before shaking his head and pushing his cards back to the dealer.

Rho dropped back to 170,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:57 PM Local Time

The tension increased on the feature table as Vanessa Rousso found herself all in on a     two clubs flop, moving over the top of her foe's lead of 8,000. Rousso was as motionless as the Statue of Liberty as she awaited her opponent's decision. When it eventually came, she instantly revealed   , but was surprised to be in the lead against   .

"Oh my God," she said with her eyes widening. "I'm ahead."

After a   turn and   river, Rousso punched the air in delight and yelped "Yes!"

"I'm sorry," she added. "That was exciting."

Rousso's stack has seen more ups and downs than the Cyclone. At time of writing, she's on around 80,000, although something tells me that the Rousso roller coaster still has a loop-the-loop to come.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:54 PM Local Time

Hoyt Corkins has been his usual aggressive self so far today. In this last hand he made it 4,000 to go (just before the levels went up) and called a re-raise to 12,100 from the player in the small blind.

The flop was   and the small blind check-raised Corkins' bet of 7,000, putting himself all in for 30,400 more. Corkins made the call.



The   which came on the river gave Corkins something to sweat, but his hand stayed ahead as the river came  .

Daniel Negreanu, who is extremely short-stacked was in the button on that hand and said he folded   and would have played the hand had Corkins not raised preflop.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:53 PM Local Time

There was already more than 40,000 in the middle by the time we caught up with Yevgeniy Timoshenko firing 23,500 at a   flop. Darren Maroni thought a bit before moving all in. It barely took Timoshenko a second to make the call, risking his last 127,000. "Nice hand," Timoshenko said when he saw that Maroni had flopped the nut straight with  . His own   was in rough shape. The   turn gave him boat outs, however. Maroni held his breath, hoping the river wouldn't pair the board. No one was expecting to see the  .

"Oh my god! Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?" was all the poor guy could say. Timoshenko stayed silent about his runner-runner quads, counting out his stack to be doubled. Timoshenko now has 290,000 while a stunned Maroni was left with 25,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:50 PM Local Time

Carter Gill opened to 4,100 from the cutoff and found a caller from the small blind.

The flop fell down     and Gill's 5,000-chip continuation bet was check-called by his opponent as the   landed on the turn.

Gill fired out 11,000 and his opponent again check-called as the fifth club - the   - landed on the river and both players checked it through.

Gill tabled his    to play the board, while his opponent also played the board with is   . Gill is now floating around the 70,000-chip mark.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:47 PM Local Time

While there's a lot of attention on the progress of the Mizrachi brothers in this tournament, another set of brothers has just come to our attention after they have been seated directly next to each other.

Bryn Kenney has been progressing very well in this Main Event but he's just been joined by brother Tyler who has been seated to his direct right.

Bryn has three cashes already in this year's WSOP, including an 8th place in the $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, and is well on his way to a fourth cash this year as he holds 350,000 chips. Bryn also has several impressive online results to his credit.

Tyler is a little behind with 193,000 chips, but will be keen to add to his two WSOP cashes this year.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:45 PM Local Time

Daniel "AmichaiKK" Makowsky raised on the button, and Dan Heimiller in the small blind three-bet. Makowsky added another 12,000 on top, and Heimiller raised yet again. Then Makowsky shoved. "Wow, wow. I don't like this one bit," Heimiller said. "But I have to call. We're too far from the money not to call." And it played out just as he expected.



The board came an uninteresting  . Everyone at the table thought Makowsky had him covered, but Heimiller calmly counted out all of his chips. "You just can't stretch it," said one of his tablemates. And indeed, he couldn't. Heimiller's 132,000 all went to Makowsky, putting him up to 305,000. "All that money behind, and you just couldn't get away from it," said the same player. "Nice playing with you." We don't blame Heimiller for not agreeing.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:44 PM Local Time

Jay Rosenkratz is now wearing an internal smile the width of the equator after doubling up to 265,000 with    versus   . He was given a sweat, though, the board coming       to see his stack increase two-fold.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:42 PM Local Time

David Benyamine has been holding steady for most of the day. We just saw him take a 20,000-chip pot after he and his opponent both checked the river with the board showing      . Benyamine showed   , and that was best as his opponent mucked.

Benyamine is at 205,000 right now.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:41 PM Local Time

There was a board of           spread in the middle of the table when we walked up, and Tony Dunst was betting 44,000 into a pot of about 50,000. He was up against Jason Mann, and Mann called to see what was what. Dunst showed him     for the ace-high flush, and that won him a pile of chips to boost his stack to 342,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:40 PM Local Time

There were three players in a pot of about 37,000 and a board reading     . Two players checked to Roland de Wolfe in the cutoff who bet 20,000. He received a call from one player and the   came on the river.

His opponent checked, de Wolfe bet 30,000 and the other player check-raised all in. De Wolfe called for his tournament life and was eliminated when his opponent turned over   .

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:39 PM Local Time

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman was all in at risk holding   and was dominated by an opponent's  . Her husband Barry came over to sweat as the board ran   eliminating her from the tournament.

Monday, July 12, 2010 4:37 PM Local Time

ESPN had been filming a hand over at Michael Mizrachi's table and were about to leave when the Grinder announced, "Don't go away, I've got another hand." The cameras stuck around and Mizrachi raised to 4,100 from under the gun. He was called by a player in middle position.

The flop came   and both players checked. They also checked through the   on the turn, but when the river came   Mizrachi bet 5,000 and got the call.

Mizrachi tabled   and his opponent mucked.