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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 1:19 PM Local Time

Over on the secondary feature table, Vanessa Selbst had been nursing what had become a below average stack for the first hour today. Down to about 150,000 as play resumed after the break, she found herself all in with her tourney life at risk and did not survive the hand.

We haven't all of the details, but were told she picked up    and pushed from late position and got a caller holding   . The flop came   -X, then the turn and river came running fours, and Selbst was eliminated.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:18 PM Local Time

David Anderson was all in preflop for 97,000 after an opponent raised from under the gun to 22,000. That player was Marcelo Dabus and he tanked for a couple minutes before making the call. Dabus held the    and Anderson the   .

The board ran out       and Anderson doubled up.

Anderson is the Manager of Basketball Operations at Lehigh University in Pennsylvannia where he's in his second season on the coaching staff. Anderson has a degree in Business Administration from Concordia University while currently working on a master's degree in Educational Leadership at the school he coaches at, Lehigh.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:10 PM Local Time

Over at the main feature table, Phil Galfond used that first hour of play to push his stack over the 2 million-chip mark and into what appeared to be the chip lead at the break.

On the first hand back, Galfond opened with a raise to 20,000 from under the gun, and the table folded back around to Gianluca Speranza in the small blind who reraised all in for a total of 147,000. It folded to Galfond who thought about a minute before making the call.



The community cards came      , and Speranza doubled back to about 300,000. Galfond is still near the top of the counts with 1.86 million.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:01 PM Local Time

Players are back to the grind after an early 20-minute break. They will play out this entire level (1 hour and 41 minutes) before taking another break. Then they'll play another level and take dinner.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:39 PM Local Time

The players are on an impromptu 20-minute break with one hour and 41 minutes remaining in the level. With so many bust outs, tournament staff need a few minutes to catch up with the payouts.

The first hour was a blood bath for those who made it to Day 5. We've already lost almost 100 of the 574 who came back today. Fabrice Soulier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Brian Rast were back in their cars in under 15 minutes. Lauren Kling ended Day 2 among the chip leaders, but she quickly found herself on the rail as well. Karina Jett is gone too, further narrowing the race for last woman standing.

Eric Buchman, the last November Niner still alive, is alive no longer after running his   into Shawn Rice's  . Shannon Shorr, CK Hua, and Bruce Buffer are also busto. Praz Bansi could have been headed the same way after investing more than a third of his stack in a six-bet. But when his opponent seven-bet shoved, Bansi thought better of it and decided to save his remaining 500,000 for another spot. Turns out the other player was praying for a fold. Read about that fun one [URL=""+]here[/URL].

Gualter Salles should be out. He was down to one 1,000 chip. But he won his first all in to get himself back over one big blind, then doubled again and again and again. Miraculously, he's gone from .12bb to 50bb. So don't ever doubt the chip and a chair adage.

Phil Galfond took over the chip lead early today and became the first to cross the 2 million mark. He is followed by Matt Affleck and Duy Le. And James Carroll, who ended Day 3 on top, earned is way back to the leader board. Who else will find their way there? Come back in 20 to find out.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:39 PM Local Time

With the board reading       on the river, Bruce Buffer moved all-in and Pierre Canali made the call.

Buffer turned over   , but Canali had flopped quads with   , sending Buffer to the rail.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:39 PM Local Time

Jason Mercier opened for 19,000 from middle position and Robert Mizrachi three-bet to 55,000 from the button. Mercier four-bet shoved and Mizrachi called all-in for 338,000.



Typically, the dealer holds up before dealing out the board while ESPN's crew gets into place. The cameras were still swarming when the dealer spread out the     flop, and then burned and turned the  , leaving Mercier drawing dead.

"Wait!!!" a producer screamed, trying to hold up the deal, but it was too late. A tortured Mercier had to endure the pomp and circumstance before the   arrived on the river, giving Mizrachi a double-up to 690,000. Mercier was left with 133,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:38 PM Local Time

Following a four-bet shove by Benjamin Statz, Nicholas Fierrogottner called with his remaining chips, setting himself all in for about 200,000 total.

Statz showed    and Fierrogottner   . The flop came    , giving Statz a set. The turn was the  , meaning Fierrogottner had a wheel draw to survive. But the river was the  , and Fierrogottner is out.

Statz moves to 1.3 million right now. He's sitting at the same table with Justin Tazelaar who has about 1.2 million at present.

"All right, seat 9," said Statz to Tazelaar. "Let's flip!"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:38 PM Local Time

Gualter Salles -- down to just 1,000 chips an hour or so ago -- has just nearly doubled up once again. He found     this time, and Gregory Gokey shoved on him with    . Salles called the ~170,000 to put his man at risk, and the board of           kept his aces safe.

From a single chip, Salles is all the way back up to 405,000!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:36 PM Local Time

Sam Farha moved all-in for 85,000 before the flop and Isaac Baron made the call.



Farha's aces held up on the       board and he doubled to 185,000 while Baron fell to 170,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:33 PM Local Time

Jean Robert Bellande, as is his wont, has been in a talkative mood today. He limped into a pot from late position behind Laurence Hughes, then was facing an all-in shove of 80,000 from Alper Sar. Hughes folded to the shove, leaving Bellande in "a spot".

"The problem, my Turkish friend, is that you haven't played a hand all day," said Bellande. But it didn't take him too long to call with   . He was racing against   .

"I did not fold an ace," Hughes told Bellande.

"That's either some support or a needle if it doesn't show up," Bellande responded. It must have been a needle, because the board developed      -- just enough to give Bellande some hope. The river  , however, was not one of Bellande's multitude of outs. He's down to 550,000 now.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:31 PM Local Time

We just received some details about the manner in which Gualter Salles was crippled down to just 1,000 chips. It's turning into quite a story.

Robert Miller had bet 106,000 on the turn of a         board, and Salles called off all but his last chip. Neither the dealer nor Miller realized Salles had a remainder after the call, and Miller tabled his     with action pending, technically. Salles'     had been run down, and the   river did nothing to help his cause. The chip mistake was finally realized, and, in much the same manner as Jack "Treetop" Strauss in 1982, Salles was left with a chip and a chair.

He's worked that into a remarkable 225,000 since then.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:30 PM Local Time

By fourth street the board showed     , at which point commenced a series of bets between Jakob Toestesen and Brian Johnson. The result -- Toestesen was all in, for his full stack of about 350,000.

Johnson turned over    for a turned set of fours. But Toestesen had   ; he'd flopped a better set.

The river was the  , and Toestesen gave a fist pump and jumped out of his seat. Toestesen jumps up on the chip counts page as well, moving to 700,000, while Johnson slides to just 54,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:27 PM Local Time

On a     flop, Jean-Philippe Piquette was all-in for 106,000, Carter Swidler was all-in for 340,000, and Rory Rees Brennan was all-in as well.

Brennan    (trip sixes)

Swidler    (nines full)

Piquette    (queens and sixes)

The turn was the  , the river was the   and Swidler scooped the pot, tripling to 780,000. Piquette was eliminated and Brennan was left with only 7,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:27 PM Local Time

Paralympic gold-medalist Marlon Shirley was all in under the gun for his last 74,000 with  . Ken Kao called with  , and with nothing of note from the   board, Shirley doubled up to keep his dream of Main Event gold alive a little longer.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:24 PM Local Time

Derek Young was just all in for his last 125,000 with    and up against Taylor McFarland's   .

The community cards brought three diamonds --       -- giving McFarland the flush and sending Young home. McFarland is up to 360,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:22 PM Local Time

The hand started innocently enough, but ended with Praz Bansi losing about 35% of his chips without even seeing a flop.

The action was folded around to Bansi in late position. He opened for 14,000 and Ryan Eriquezzo three-bet to 36,000. Both blinds folded and Bansi came back over the top for 88,000. Eriquezzo five-bet to 150,000, Bansi put in a sixth raise to 300,000 and Eriquezzo moved all-in for about 900,000 total. He had Bansi covered.

Bansi thought for an eternity before giving up his hand and saving his last 530,000 for a better spot.

"Weeeeeeee!" said Eriquezzo, rubbing salt in the wound as he showed the  . He's up to 1.25 million.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:20 PM Local Time

Tony Dunst started the day as the only player with more than 1.5 million in chips. His count hasn't moved much yet. He did just eliminated Brian Saltzmann on a flip, Dusnt's    against Saltzmann's    when both a king and a queen flopped. Adding Saltzmann's 100,000 chips to his stack increased Dunst's count to 1,580,000.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:19 PM Local Time

Action folded to Josh Brikis on the button, so he raised to 17,000. Joel Benzinou thought in the small blind before making it 41,000. Then in the big blind, Serge Didisheim took three minutes to uninvested four-bet to 110,000 with about 200,000 behind. Brikis folded, and Benzinou went into the tank. We watched two eliminations on other tables and came back to see Benzinou still thinking about his decision. He had nearly the same stack as Didisheim and a call would either risk his tournament life or very close to it.

The table was getting antsy and he apologized but kept thinking, his face in his hands. He asked the dealer if he could call the clock on himself, and the dealer said no, so several other players chimed in to make the request for him. But by the time the floor got to the table, Benzinou decided to give it up. "I fold!" he announced, throwing   onto the felt. The table was stunned by the fold, and Didisheim could barely keep a straight face is he stacked the pot.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:16 PM Local Time

We've lost 74 so far during the first hour of play today and exactly 500 players sit with chips at the moment.