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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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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:01 PM Local Time

Although Joseph Ressler hit top set with Q-Q against Mark Leonard's bottom pair on the     flop, Leonard caught running sevens for quads to bounce Ressler from the Main Event. He's up to 1.5 million.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

On the secondary feature table, Edward Ochana opened with a raise to 26,000 from under the gun and it folded around to James Carroll who called from the cutoff, David Liu then reraised to 86,000 from the button. The blinds got out, Ochana made it 180,000, and Carroll released his hand.

The action back on Liu, he declared he was all in for the 280,000 or so he had left, and Ochana thought a moment before making the call.

Ochana showed   , well behind Liu's   . The board came      , and Liu pushed back up over 700,000. Ochana slips back to 625,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time

A curious hand at David Benyamine's table has resulted in a one-round penalty for Richard Kirsch. Benyamine opened with the first raise under the gun. We're not sure if Kirsch called that raise or re-raised, but we do know that button player Richard Morgan made it 200,000 to go. The blinds and Benyamine then folded.

"Well, you know what I have," said Kirsch. "I'm all in and I've got the aces. I don't think you can fold though. You have too much equity. Or maybe you can fold."

Kirsch's stack was counted down as roughly 450,000. It was 250,000 back to Morgan as he tanked.

"I have the aces," said Kirsch. "I'll show either way. You've just been running too good."

A floor supervisor happened to be watching the hand. When Morgan did finally fold and Kirsch was pushed the pot, the supervisor assessed a one-round penalty on Kirsch for disclosing the contents of his hand.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:54 PM Local Time

Greg Schaefer opened to 25,000, and Allie Precott raised to 65,000 from the cutoff. Schaefer then made it 205,000. Prescott thought for a few minutes before announcing he was all in. "I have to call," Schaefer said, risking his whole 519,000 stack.



The flop was ugly. The whole table felt it as it fell  . The   turn and   river were useless, and Prescott was forced to cut out almost all of his stack and ship it across the table to Schaeffer. Allie got his last 65,000 in a few minutes later with   to Adam Levy's  , but a jack on the turn ended Prescott's run.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:49 PM Local Time

Some excitement over on the main feature table just now -- a three-way all-in situation involving Kevin Boudreau, Eric Capra, and Filippo Candio.

The hand started with Boudreau open-pushing all in for his last 170,000 from middle position, then Capra called from the blinds. Candio then reraised over the top with his total stack of 460,000, and Capra -- whom Candio had covered -- made the call.




Boudreau stood excitedly, bouncing on his heels in anticipation. "Hey, Kevin! Run it twice!" yelled a friend of his from the stands.

As the laughter died down, the dealer began dealing the one and only set of community cards we'd have here. The flop came a dramatic    , and the crowd roared. Boudreau still had the lead, and would keep it through the   turn and   river.

Boudreau more than triples to 540,000, Candio won the side pot and stays about where he was with 450,000, and Capra hit the rail.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:47 PM Local Time

A middle position player opened for 28,000 and the action folded around to Dag Palovic, who verbally declaried a raise. Palovic put out the 28,000 call while he decided on the amount to make this three-bet. However, before he could put out the rest of the chips, Max Gurevich called the 28,000.

Naturally, the floor was called over to resolve the issue. Since the action did occur in turn and Palovic did verbalize his intentions, Gurevich's 28k had to stay out there.

Palovic made it 78,000 to go and Gurevich called the three-bet while the initial raiser folded. The flop was    . Palovic bet 50,000 and Gurevich called. Both players checked the   on the turn. The river was the   and Palovic led out for 80,000. Gurevich let his hand go and Palovic raked in the pot.

Palovic is up to 955,000 while Gurevich fell to 310,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:42 PM Local Time

Steven Burkholder was all in for about 335,000 before the flop with    . John May looked him up with    , and Burkholder was unimpressed when he saw that his opponent was drawing live for the knockout.

The flop was clean (     ), but the turn   was a disastrous card for the all-in player. The river   filled out the board and sealed Burkholder's elimination, and he's made his way to the payout desk to collect his consolation prize.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:40 PM Local Time

Manuel Davidian raised to 24,000 from middle position before Anders Taylor shoved all in for 121,000 in chips. Davidian made the call. He held the    up against the    for Taylor.

The board ran out       and Davidian's full house sent Taylor to the rail.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:39 PM Local Time

Getting 300,000 chips in the middle pre-flop is becoming the new standard now as the blinds increase. That was roughly the amount that Ted Ely was in for after Joshua Norris opened with a raise. Norris called with    and was in a race against Ely's   . Ely paired queens on the flop,       to double up to 590,000. Norris now is on the short stack with 100,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:38 PM Local Time

Renato Almeida (no relation to Tony Almeida) moved all in for 148,000 from middle position after Patrick Hartnett limped in from under the gun. Action folded to Ronnie "Ronasty" Bardah in the big blind and he asked for a count. After getting the count verified, Bardah called. Hartnett folded, claiming that he was folded the best hand.

Bardah tabled the    so unless Hartnett folded aces, he didn't fold the best hand. The at-risk Almeida held the   .

The board ran out       and Bardah won scooped the chips as the ESPN cameras rolled. Almeida shook hands with Bardah and hit the rail as he was eliminated.

Bardah's now got about 1.35 million in chips.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:34 PM Local Time

Michael Skender opened with a late-position raise, and Jens Weigel moved all in for another 145,000 from the small blind. Skender had the chips to call with    , and he did just that to put Weigel's     at risk.

The       flop was a disaster for the all-in player, though the   provided him nine outs to try and fill in his flush. The dealer would not save him though; the   filled out the board, and that's the wrong color for Weigel. He's been eliminated, and Skender is sitting pretty right at the two-million-chip mark

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:34 PM Local Time

Cole South, who sat near the top of the pack on Day 3, was just eliminated when his king-queen did not improve against Luis Ubierna's pocket queens.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:33 PM Local Time

Adam Schoenfeld is the most recent player to report to the rail with a payout slip in his hand. He re-raised all in from the big blind with    after Thomas Declerck opened in late position to 24,000. Declerck snap-called with   . Declerck flopped a matching ace,    , and locked up the hand with an   on the turn. He's up to 575,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:29 PM Local Time

Frederik Jensen, down to his last 195,000, was just all in before the flop and up against Tomas MacNamara. Jensen looked to be in a decent spot to double up with his    against MacNamara's   .

Things continued to look well for Jensen after the     flop. But the turn brought the   and Jensen was down to two outs to survive. The river   was a bit of overkill, though Jensen nevertheless smiled and shook hands with his tablemates before exiting the main feature table stage.

MacNamara climbs to 745,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:28 PM Local Time

From the button, Neil McFayden opened to 25,000, and Farshad Fardad called from the big blind.

The flop came out      , and Fardad check-raised McFayden's continuation bet from 40,000 up to 140,000. McFayden promptly called, and he fired another 150,000 on the   turn. Fardad smooth-called this time, and he checked dark as the   landed on fifth street. McFayden checked it back to see the showdown.

Fardad tabled     for the straight, and McFayden returned his cards to the muck as his stack slips under the million-chip mark.

McFayden - 900,000

Fardad - 1.82 million

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:24 PM Local Time

Since we've come back from the break, short stacks Raymond Muzyka, Robert Mercer and Cory Bath were all eliminated.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:16 PM Local Time

Adam Etter was just all in before the flop for his last 270,000 with    and was up against Filippo Candio's   .

The board ran out      , and Etter doubled to 565,000. Candio slips to 480,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:45 PM Local Time

The tables keep breaking and the busts keep coming. Time for a 20-minute break to catch your breath.

Anders Taylor certainly didn't think the last break would be his final one. He had nearly a million chips in his stack when he got them all in the middle with  . It looked like he would take over the chip lead by doubling through Martijn Schirp and his  . But the cruel   on the turn sent Taylor home instead and boosted Schirp to the chip lead with 2.25 million. Matt Affleck is right on his heels with 2.13 million. Phil Galfond dropped out of the top tier when an unsuccessful bluff left him with a still impressive 1.5 million.

Power players Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier made their exits in the last level, as did the legendary Sammy Farha, Brandon Cantu, Dean Hamrick, Jonathan Karamalikis, Jason Somerville, Kevin MacPhee and Dwyte Pilgrim. The biggest French star in the field, Antony Lellouche, saw his run come to an end, as did one of the last few ladies in the field, Evelyn Ng.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:43 PM Local Time

In the last hand dealt before the break, Scotty Nguyen opened with a raise from early position, and it folded around to David Liu who reraised all in for 209,000. The action back on Nguyen, the Prince of Poker quickly called.

Nguyen showed    and Liu   . The flop came    , and Liu assumed the lead. The turn was the   and the river the  , and Liu doubled to 438,000. Meanwhile, Nguyen tumbles to 359,000.

"Sorry, Scotty," said Liu as the players went to break. "There's no sorry, baby," said Nguyen with a smile.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:42 PM Local Time

So, Patrick Hartnett has decided to start playing blind. After he won one hand, he called a raise the next hand without looking at his cards. He didn't look until his opponent bet the river when he looked down to see pocket queens. The board was    -X-X. Hartnett called on the end and was good.

He enjoyed this so much that he raised blind the next hand. Padraig Parkinson reraised and Hartnett called blind. He then checked blind on each street as the board ran out       until the river. On the end, Hartnett looked down at his cards and fired 25,000. Parkinson called.

Hartnett tabled the    for a club flush and won the pot. He's now up to 1.23 million in chips.