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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 10, 2011 to Sunday, June 12, 2011

Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,300,050
  • Entries: 963
  • Remaining: 8


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Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:44 PM Local Time


Adam Friedman: (X)(X) -      - (X)
Paolo Compagno: (X)(X) -      - (X)

After three-bets and four-bets on third street, Compagno was all in for his last 98,000 and would need to dodge hearts on seventh street in order to remain drawing live. Friedman revealed down cards of    and a   on seventh street for two pair, jacks and fours.

Compagno showed his    down cards and before the dealer tossed him his seventh street, he needed to hit an ace for trips, pair another card for a better two pair, or draw a three, four, five or six to complete a low hand for the chop.

Seventh Street:  

Compagno made his low with an 8-7-3-2-A and remained in the tournament.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:32 PM Local Time

Denis Ethier Finds A Flush At Final Table


Denis Ethier: (X)(X) -      - (X)
Adam Friedman: (X)(X) -      - (X)

Ethier led out with bets on every street and Friedman called him down the whole way. After the final betting round, Ethier tabled his down cards of     for a heart flush and Friedman tossed his cards into the muck. This win pushed Ethier over 400,000 in chips.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:23 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:22 PM Local Time


Adam Friedman: (X)(X) -      - (X)
Ron Ware: (X)(X) -      - (X)

Ware led out on third street and Friedman raised to 40,000. Ware made the call and then led out again on fourth and fifth streets, with Friedman calling each time. On sixth street Friedman fired 40,000 into the middle and with two face cards showing, Ware surrendered the pot.

This win pushed Friedman back over the million chip plateau and he now sits with 1,120,000.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:19 PM Local Time


David Baker and Michael Chow played a hand of razz all the way to seventh street.

Baker: (X)(X) -      - (X)
Chow: (X)(X) -      - (X)

Baker bet on thrid, fourth and fifth streets and Chow made the call each time. On sixth street Baker opted to check and Chow fired a bet of 40,000 into the pot, which Baker called. After the dealer tossed both players their last down cards on seventh street, Baker checked it once more and then called a final bet of 40,000 by Chow.

Baker tabled the     a 7-6-5-3-A and Chow mucked his hand.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:14 PM Local Time

Jonathan Tamayo Fills Up At Final Table


Aaron Steury raised to 40,000 before the flop and Jonathan Tamayo came along for the ride. The flop fell     and Steury led out for a bet of 20,000, which Tamayo called. The turn came   and Steury slowed down, checking to Tamayo, who bet 40,000. Stuery made the call and we were off the river.


Steury again check-called a bet of 40,000 and Tamayo tabled the      for a full house, jacks full of deuces. Steury mucked his hand and dropped to 615,000 chips, while Tamayo climbed to 585,000.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:09 PM Local Time


After Denis Ethier made it 40,000 to go before the flop, Adam Friedman three-bet to 60,000 and Ethier came along. The flop fell     and Ethier checked it, prompting a bet of 20,000 by Friedman. Ethier check-raised to 40,000 and Friedman decided to peel one off, making the call.

The turn card brought the   and Ethier pushed all-in for his last 39,000 chips. Friedman made the call to put Ethier at risk and we were off to the river, which came  .

Friedman tabled the      for a full house, threes full of aces, but Ethier bested him with his      for a better boat, aces full of threes. No low hand was possible and Ethier survived this all-in confrontation by scooping the pot. He now sits with 310,000 chips while Friedman dropped below the million mark to 910,000.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:02 PM Local Time


Aaron Steury raised to 40,000 before the flop and Paolo Compagno made the call. The dealer flopped     and Steury led out for 20,000. Compagno raised to 40,000 and and Steury made the call, bringing the   on the turn.

Steury slowed down on the turn and checked it to Compagno, who fired 40,000 into the middle. This bet was called by Steury and the dealer revealed the   on the river. Steury bet his last 3,000 and was all in for his tournament life after the Italian native made the call.



Steury's low of 7-5-3-2-A was good for the low half and Compagno's trip aces took the high half for a chopped pot.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 6:55 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air and play has resumed at our final table in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 6:52 PM Local Time
Adam Friedman1,006,000226,000
Michael Chow907,00037,000
Aaron Steury757,000-23,000
Ron Ware507,00017,000
David Baker455,000150,000
Jonathan Tamayo450,000-30,000
Denis Ethier139,000-61,000
Paolo Compagno123,000-117,000
Sunday, June 12, 2011 6:08 PM Local Time

With the elimination of Victor Ramdin in ninth place, play has been halted for a 60-minute dinner break. The clock is stopped at 25:26 in the current level and will begin ticking again when the players return from their meals.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 6:03 PM Local Time


From under the gun, a short stacked Victor Ramdin made it 40,000 to go, effectively committing himself to this hand. Both Jonathan Tamayo and Denis Ethier made the call and we saw a flop of    .

Ramdin checked his action and Tamayo fired out a bet of 20,000. Ethier mucked his cards and Ramdin check-raised to 40,000, placing his last chips into the middle. Tamayo made the call to put the Team PokerStars Pro at risk.



Ramdin's pair of eights were crushed by Tamayo's flopped trip sevens and he would need to spike an eight in order to claim the high half of the pot. After the   fell on the turn, Ramdin added a low draw to his slim chances. He would need to catch a four or a six in order to claim the low half of the pot, or an eight for the scoop.


With that, Tamayo filled up and Ramdin hit the rail in ninth place, earning $18,577 for his efforts.

Sarah caught up with Victor just before the final table.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:48 PM Local Time
Michael Chow870,000210,000
Aaron Steury780,000360,000
Adam Friedman780,000345,000
Ron Ware490,000-210,000
Jonathan Tamayo480,000-130,000
David Baker305,000-280,000
Paolo Compagno240,000-20,000
Denis Ethier200,00030,000
Victor Ramdin120,000-160,000
Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:43 PM Local Time

The players have relocated to the feature table area affectionately known as The MotherShip and the final sprint to claim a WSOP gold bracelet is now underway.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:38 PM Local Time

Tristan Clemencon - 10th Place


Tristan Clemencon was apparently unable to parlay his double up in the last update into any momentum and after Michael Chow raised to 40,000, the Frenchman decided to go all in blind for his last 60,000. David Baker came along as well and Clemencon would have to defeat two opponents in order to remain in the tournament.



The final board rained down       and Chow's top-two pair, aces and kings, were best after it was all said and done, besting Clemencon's smaller two pair. The Frenchman was eliminated in 10th place and will pocket $18,577 for his efforts.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:23 PM Local Time

Tristan Clemencon (Day 2) Of France Slices Victor Ramdin's Stack


Victor Ramdin made it 40,000 to go before the flop and Tristan Clemencon three-bet to 60,000. Ramdin decided to four-bet, making it 80,000 to go and the Frenchman threw his last chips into the pot.



Clemencon would need to come from behind in order to survive his all-in confrontation.

The flop rolled out     and Clemencon had paired his six, but was still trailing the paired eight of Ramdin. The turn card brought the   and Clemencon picked up an open-ended straight draw, meaning he could now catch a queen, a seven, or a six for the double up. Pairing his ten would be no good as this would give Ramdin a straight.


Ramdin's second pair gave the Frenchman a queen-high straight and Clemencon doubled up to approximately 260,000 in chips, while Ramdin fell to 240,000.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:07 PM Local Time
Ron Ware700,000-35,000
Michael Chow660,000200,000
Jonathan Tamayo610,000215,000
David Baker585,000215,000
Adam Friedman435,000-185,000
Aaron Steury420,000100,000
Victor Ramdin280,000-30,000
Paolo Compagno260,00030,000
Denis Ethier170,00060,000
Tristan Clemencon130,000-280,000
Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:01 PM Local Time


Adam Friedman made it 30,000 to go before the flop and Ron Ware made the call from the big blind. The dealer flopped     and Friedman led out for 15,000. Ware decided to see the turn and made the call.


Friedman again led out, this time for 30,000 and Ware responded by raising to 60,000. Friedman did not like what he saw and mucked his cards. Apparently his read was dead on because Ware flipped up two cards, the    for a Broadway straight as he dragged the pot his way. This hand saw Ware climb to 740,000 chips while Friedman took a slight hit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time


Aaron Steury made it 30,000 to go before the flop and picked up three callers, including a short stacked David Arsht. The dealer flopped     and after it was checked to him, Steury fired 15,000 into the middle. This forced the other two players to fold but David Arsht made the call, leaving himself with only 8,000 chips behind.

That 8,000 went into the pot after the turn came   and Arsht was all in for his tournament life holding the      for an open ended straight draw. Unfortunately for him, Steury held the      for trip deuces and a flush draw, meaning Arsht was drawing extremely thin. He would need to spike one of the two remaining aces or three remaining non-spade nines to survive.


With that, Steury made quad deuces and Arsht was eliminated in 11th place. Steury built his stack to just under 400,000 after the hand.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:36 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin can't seem to beat Michael Chow on Day 3


In a rematch of our last confrontation, Michael Chow raised to 30,000 from the under the gun and Victor Ramdin reraised to 45,000. Chow made the call and the flop fell    , prompting Chow to check the action. Ramdin would have none of it and bet 15,000, only to see Chow check-raise to 30,000. Ramdin decided to peel one off and made the call.


Both players checked the turn and the river card came the  . Chow led out for 30,000 and Ramdin looked him up, only to see Chow reveal the    for a flopped set of threes.

Ramdin was visibly frustrated with this result and sarcastically told Chow to "run better."