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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 3:01 PM Local Time

With the board reading  , Johnny Lodden bet 32,600 and an opponent in Seat 7 made the call.

Lodden tabled   for two pair and his opponent slammed his cards face-down in the muck, complaining that he had a lower two pair.

The Norwegian genius is now up to 148,000 chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:54 PM Local Time

On the turn of a         board, Ozzy Sheikh got his last 23,800 chips into the middle His opponent was Nicolas Babel, and Babel tanked for a long while before finally making the call. It was a good one:



Sheikh had a bunch of outs with one card to come, but the   river was not one of them; he is out.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:54 PM Local Time

You wouldn't expect     to be an action flop, but a huge pot developed between Eric Baldwin and an opponent on that flop. Baldwin's opponent, in the blinds, led out with a bet. Baldwin raised that bet to 15,300, then was faced with a raise back to 27,500 total. Baldwin eyed the chips that his opponent still had behind, then announced that he was all in. That was the point at which his opponent gave up and folded. Baldwin gave a tiny smirk as he flashed the  .

Baldwin started the day with 32,000 chips and now has about 330,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:53 PM Local Time

Joe Cada had a rocky time the last couple of hours, but he is back up to over 100,000 after winning a pot which he kicked off by raising to 3,500 from the cuttoff. He was called by the player on the button as well as the player in the big blind.

The flop came   and all three players checked through to the   on the turn. It was then that the big blind bet 6,500 with Cada being the only caller.

Cada and the big blind both checked the   on the river. The big blind asked if a seven was good, but Cada tabled   for a better pair.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:53 PM Local Time

Juha Helppi's opponent checked from the small blind on a board reading  . With 30,000 already in the pot, Helppi quickly slid out a messy stack of orange chips from the big blind. The exact amount was irrelevant. All that mattered was it was more than the 36,000 remaining in his opponent's possession. It took the guy four minutes, but eventually he decided to save his chips for another hand. Successful bullying complete, Helppi moved up to 89,000.

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Monday, July 12, 2010 2:51 PM Local Time

Chad Batista was all in preflop for 19,000 with    and was up against the    of his opponent. The     flop was no help and Batista was left looking for a jack. The   on the turn was no help and neither was the   on the river. Batista has been eliminated from the Main Event.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:51 PM Local Time

Khamsy Nuanmanee opened to 2,600 from under the gun and Jon Kalmar three-bet the cutoff to 9,000.

With the action back on Nuanmanee, she moved all in and Kalmar made the call for his last 79,100.



Unfortunately for Nuanmanee, the cooler hand saw Kalmar double through when the board was spread      .

Nuanmanee is now down to 68,000 in chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:51 PM Local Time

Johnny Chan was faced with a 5,500-chip bet from an opponent with the board reading  . Chan called.

The   turned and Chan's opponent led for 11,500. Rather than calling, Chan raised to 24,000 this time, inducing a fold from his opponent.

Chan is our chip leader once again with an astounding 580,000 chips.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:48 PM Local Time

We're not sure how it happened, but Patrik Antonius is sitting with a lot less chips. In a recent hand, he called a preflop raise from the big blind and saw a flop of    .

He checked and his opponent in middle position bet 9,000. Antonius mucked and is sitting with about 85,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:46 PM Local Time

Kara Scott -- who finished 104th in the WSOP Main Event in 2008 and 238th in the ME in 2009 -- is doing what she can to make another deep run in this year's tournament.

With the board showing      and about 12,000 in the middle, a player in middle position bet 3,000 and Scott made the call. Both then checked the   river.

Scott showed   , and her opponent mucked. She's sitting with about 108,000 at the moment.

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Monday, July 12, 2010 2:46 PM Local Time

There was 26,000 in the middle by the   flop when the rest of the chips went in. It wasn't looking great for Michael Doumani - in fact it looked an awful lot like he'd just had his aces cracked.

Doumani:   for aces

Big blind gentleman:   for a set of jacks


River:  !

The aces-crackage was avoided at the last possible opportunity, and an extremely relieved Doumani was up to 272,000. The unlucky gent with the jacks had every right to feel sorry for himself as he hit the rail.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:40 PM Local Time

Fifth street had been dealt, and the board included three sixes --      . Phil Galfond, sitting in the small blind, had 37,500 sitting in front of him. That bet appeared to exceed the amount in the pot full of scrambled lavender, blue, yellow and orange chips that sat between him and his opponent in middle position.

His opponent tanked for a couple of minutes, then finally called. Galfond flipped over    for quad sixes, and his opponent mucked.

"You're amazing, Phil!" said the player sitting to his left. Subsequent talk suggested the remark referred both to Galfond's good fortune and to his having gotten big value on his quads.

Galfond has moved up to 316,000 now.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:39 PM Local Time

There was about 12,000 in the pot and a flop of     when both blinds checked to Joe Cada, who bet 7,000. Both blinds called and the   appeared on the turn. All players checked to the   on the river.

The small blind checked and the big blind bet 22,500. Cada seemed frustrated by the bet and tossed his cards into the muck. The small blind folded as well, giving the big blind the pot. Cada is sitting with around 110,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:36 PM Local Time

We arrived to see the cards on their backs, EPT Deauville champion Jake Cody slightly covering his opponent.


Even Shorter Stacked Opponent:  


"Ai ai ai," complained tablemate Alexander Vecherkovski as the luckless short stack busted out and Cody improved to 50,000, "Yet again I fold the best hand of course."

We though pocket aces was a rather good one, but there's no pleasing some people.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:35 PM Local Time

John Racener raised from middle position and got one caller in the small blind. The flop came    . Racener's opponent checked, he bet 4,700, his opponent check-raised to 10,000, and Racener called.

The turn was the  . Again Racener's opponent checked, and undeterred by the check-raise before Racener bet 18,700. His opponent called.

The river was the  . Racener's opponent bet 16,300 this time, and he made the call. His opponent showed    for a set, and Racener mucked. He's down to 72,000 now.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:34 PM Local Time

Eric Siegel raised under the gun to 3,200 and received two callers: UTG+1 and the small blind.

On the     flop, the small blind checked, Sigel bet 4,000, UTG+1 called and the small blind moved all in for 32,000. Both players called.

The   turn and   river were subsequently checked down, Siegel taking the pot with    for two pair, aces and queens. UTG+1 had   , and the small blind sang his swan song with   .

Consequently, Siegel is up to 122,000 and in the front-running for "dodge of the day".

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:29 PM Local Time

Hoyt Corkins, seated at the same table as Daniel Negreanu, silently opened a pot to 3,000. He was called by a player two seats behind. The two men checked the action all the way to the river,      . That's where Corkins bet roughly the pot, 7,000. His opponent called but couldn't beat a full house,   . Corkins is up to 145,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:29 PM Local Time

They've played 10 two-hour levels so far in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. The total number of players remaining has now dipped below 2,000, down to 1,984 as we begin the new level.

A reminder -- the top 747 spots pay, so we're still a good ways away from bubble time.

The next break is due one hour from now.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:26 PM Local Time

There was confusion on Table 339 moments ago as a player threw in a 500 chip to call a 5,500 bet. "Whoa, what are you doing?" interrupted Alex Jacob. "I'd get a floor over here."

"Do you want me to call a floor?" asked the dealer to Evelyn Ng, who was the player responsible for the bet. "Sure," she replied.

Before the floor was called over, said player had already thrown his hand into the muck, but the final ruling was that because he hadn't announced call, he wasn't obliged to match the full bet, but the 500 had to stay. Everyone seemed content with this decision, and we moved onto the next hand.

Amid the confusion, Ng scooped up the pot and now has a stack of 115,000.

Monday, July 12, 2010 2:25 PM Local Time

There were about 18,000 chips in the middle when we arrived at Joe Cada's table to see him playing heads-up against another player at his table with a board reading  .

Action was on Canada and the thought for some time before betting 8,000. His opponent was quick to call, showing   for two pair, leading Canada to muck.

Cada has slipped to 65,000 after losing that hand.