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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 3:59 PM Local Time

A player at Isaac Baron's table had put himself all in with Baron coming along for the ride. We're pretty sure that the all-in moment occurred on the flop, which looked like this:  



Baron was looking good, having flopped a set. But when the turn and river came   , Baron's opponent made flush and doubled through the young pro.

Baron is now down to 33,000 chips

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:49 PM Local Time

During the break we learned of a hand involving serial WSOP casher (a whopping seven this year alone!) Dan Heimiller. Down to his final 23,600, he moved all in with    and came up against   , but managed to survive a       board. He's now on 59,000.

"Back in business," he beamed.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:48 PM Local Time

Chips are being riffled, cards are being dealt, and poker is being played. Play has resumed here in Level 11.

They'll play two more hours, stopping in the middle of Level 12 to go for the dinner break. The plan then will be to play two more hours after they return before stopping this evening.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:28 PM Local Time

Two more hours done? Already? So much has happened.

Kevin Gates came back from the last break and took down a monster pot from Marco Johnson, catapulting him to 550,000 and the chip lead. Ricardo Fasanaro was soon there to challenge him, but lost a big pot to Jean-Robert Bellande which ended with both players being in the 300,000s. Others lately pushing forward to the top of the counts include Frank Kassela (looking for his third WSOP bracelet this summer), Mikhail Shamalov, and Nicholas Rainey.

But the big story emerging here on Day 3 so far has to be two-time WSOP Main Event winner Johnny Chan. Chan added more to his stack over the last couple of hours, and as we take our second break he sits at the top of the counts.

On the flip side, we lost David Sklansky, Gabe Kaplan, Jennifer Harman, Chris Moneymaker, Erik Seidel, David Williams, and Paul Wasicka over the last couple of hours. And Daniel Negreanu had his kings cracked by a player holding ace-king thanks to a river ace, sending Kid Poker down into super-short-stack territory.

Looks like about 1,850 players will be returning from this break with chips. See you back here in 20 minutes and together we'll see how they fare.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:27 PM Local Time

Last hand before the break, and Jake Cody got his last in with pocket tens. Alexander Vecherkovski was holding  , and once he'd spiked an ace, Cody hit the rail, meaning that the EPT Deauville champion will not be adding a WSOP bracelet to his record this year..

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:26 PM Local Time

Isaac Baron called his opponent's all in bet preflop and the two turned over their cards:



Baron was behind but caught help on the     flop. His opponent was in trouble but smiled when he hit the   on the turn. Baron needed to catch a queen on the river and that is just what he did as the   fell. Baron eliminated his opponent and is up to 125,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:26 PM Local Time

David "Devilfish" Ulliott has been nursing a short stack lately. In a recent hand, he was in the big blind with two limpers in front. He pushed all in for around 14,000 and managed to take down the pot then and there.

He is sittting with about 18,000, which isn't much considering the blinds and antes. He'll have his work cut out for him if he hopes to make a comeback.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time

When we reached his table, Billy "Patrolman35" Kopp was heads up with Roderic Boling and the flop had already fallen  . Kopp check-called 6,000 from Boling and the   turned. Kopp check-called 9,000 this time and the   rivered. Both players checked.

Boling opened   for just ace-high and Kopp tabled   for a pair of threes.

"This ain't the internet boys," Boling professed. "That's OK, you'll give it back eventually.

Kopp said nothing, rather he just stacked his newfound chips which put him at 175,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:20 PM Local Time

Players at Joe Cada's table (including the former Main Event champ himself) were involved in a six-way pot that had been raised to 4,300 preflop. The board read   and action was checked to the player on the button, who raised to 16,200. Players folded to the cutoff who announced he was all in for 39,100.

The player on the button asked for a count and then tanked for about 12 minutes. At this point one of the players called clock. The dealer asked for floor staff to attend the table to administer the countdown, but there were no floor staff in sight. The button had himself another couple of minutes and eventually folded before floor staff arrived.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:20 PM Local Time

We don't know how 40,000 chips wound up in a pot contested between Carter Phillips and one other player. That was the size of the pot as Phillips faced a bet of 12,000 on a board of      . Phillips really looked like he wanted to fold but ultimately called. Phillips opponent tabled a pair of kings,   . Phillips nodded as if he knew he was beat before he put the chips in, flashed a pair of tens in the hole, and mucked.

Losing that pot pushed Phillips' count down to 305,000.

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Monday, July 12, 2010 3:18 PM Local Time

Dan Heimiller raised to 4,600 preflop, and next to act, Joe "Floes" Serock called. The flop came out  , and Heimiller quickly checked. Serock followed suit, and they both checked again after the   turn. Finally Heimiller gave up on checking after the   river. He bet 8,600, and Serock looked him up. Heimiller flipped over  , and Serock pushed his cards toward the dealer. Heimiller moved up to 66,000, while Floes finished the hand with 57,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:13 PM Local Time

Yevgeniy Timoshenko opened with a raise, and a player behind him moved all in for about 22,000. Action folded back to Timoshenkom, who made the call with  . His opponent with   was hoping for at least a race, and wasn't happy to see Yev's hand. He was even less pleased with the   flop. The   turn meant he was drawing dead, and he shook hands with the table on his way out. Timoshenko is back up to 175,000 after slipping a bit.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:11 PM Local Time

Joe Reitman was all in preflop for his last 15,000 or so holding   and a player had him at risk with  .

The board ran   and Reitman doubled to 33,000 chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:11 PM Local Time

We've just received word about a rather remarkable WSOP story involving Belgian player Philip Goossens.

Goossens was an online qualifier who made it safely through to day three with 92,400 chips. The story that has been passed on to us, is that Goossens' package with the online poker site only extended until yesterday, and as such we would have to pay out of his own pocket to change his flights and book further accommodation to extend his stay.

Unfortunately Goossens couldn't afford to do that, so instead of seeking some financial assistance from perhaps some friends, family or fellow players, Goossens insted decided to head home, leaving his dead stack to fend for itself.

At the moment his stack is down to 58,900 and it doesn't look like it's going to survive the day.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:10 PM Local Time

Jason Somerville raised to 4,000 from middle position and the big blind called. The flop came down     and the big blind check-called a bet of 5,700 from Somerville.

The turn brought the   and both players checked. The river produced the   and Somerville fired 10,000 after the big blind checked. The player made the call and his queens were the best hand. Somerville mucked without showing and dropped back to 375,000 in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:08 PM Local Time

Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins and one other player were each part of a raised flop that came down    . Action checked on that street and again when the turn fell  . At the   river, Corkins made a small bet of 2,000. It folded one player but Negreanu went for a raise to 8,500. Corkins tanked for about a minute, then dropped calling chips into the pot. Negreanu immediately tapped the table, "Good call." Corkins opened    for a rivered pair of sevens and collected the pot.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:07 PM Local Time

With around 30,000 in the pot and the flop reading    , we found both Jon Kalmar and Khamsy Nuanmanee checking the action over to their opponent on the button.

After a few moments of deliberation, he moved all in for 22,900 and Kalmar made the call from the small blind as Nuanmanee folded.



The turn of the   put Kalmar in the lead, but the   on the river would be the re-suck that Kalmar didn't want to see as he slipped to 133,000 in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:07 PM Local Time

Sergey Serafimov opened for 3,500 in early position and the player on the button reraised to 9,500. The player in the small blind flat-called, and it was back on Serafimov, who went all in. The button re-shoved, the small blind folded (he later claimed that he had folded pocket kings) and they were on their backs.


Button gentleman:  

Flop:   - uh oh...

Turn:   - we can only imagine that the guy who folded kings kicked himself, very briefly...

River: wait for it...


...  !

Serafimov rivered a Broadway straight to stay in the game, and he went a bits nuts in the aisle with the shouting and the running around. He was issued with a one round penalty for excessive celebration, but when he returns it will be to a very healthy 160,000 stack.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:06 PM Local Time

The table folded around to the blind, and both of them had less than ten big blinds apiece. As such, they agreed to just get it in there in the dark. The small blind moved in without looking, and Joe Reitman called dark from the big blind. There was a long pause to wait for the ESPN cameras, but it turns out they weren't interested, and they motioned for the dealer to continue with the hand.

The small blind rolled over his meager    , and Reitman slowly tabled his inferior    , needing to catch a card to stay alive. He caught five of them instead. The dealer spread out          , and both players play the board. They'll chop it up, both still down under ten bigs now.

Reitman was all smiles after the chips were pulled back. "The sad thing is that's the fourth best hand I've seen so far today," Reitman quipped.

Monday, July 12, 2010 3:02 PM Local Time

With the board reading     , Ernst Hermans led out for 14,200. His neighbor and opponent fingered his chips and stroked his handlebar mustache before making the call.

The river was the  , and after a long pause, Hermans fired again, this time to the tune of 23,200. Again, Mr. Handlebar made the call and showed   , but Hermans had him pipped with   . He now has over 200,000.