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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 13, 2011 to Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Event #23: $2,500 8-Game Mix

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,112,475
  • Entries: 489
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:43 PM Local Time


Pot Limit Omaha

Brent Hanks potted from the cutoff, making it 42,000, and John Monnette called in the big blind. The flop came down    , Monnette checked, and Hanks went all in. Monnette snapped it off.


"Diamonds!" someone on Hanks' rail shouted.

"No," Hanks responded. "We want hearts."

They were both wrong, the turn was a club; the  . Hanks could now make a straight or a flush to win the pot.

"Am I gunna hit this?" he asked his rail with a grin.

River -  

"Mmmmmmmmmmyeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" his rail cheered.

"Straight flush," Hanks professed, pushed the   and the   from his hand to the board.

"That's the second-best hand you can get!" someone yelled.

Hanks' straight flush gave him the pot, and doubled him to over 250,000 chips.

John Monnette735,000-90,000
Brent Hanks255,000100,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:15 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:04 PM Local Time

The players are on a break, and here's how they look:

Eric Buchman1,015,000-135,000
Michele Limongi935,000325,000
John Monnette825,00095,000
John Juanda545,000315,000
Desmond Portano155,000-75,000
Brent Hanks155,000-64,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:00 PM Local Time

Adam Kornuth - 7th Place

No Limit Hold'em

Michele Limongi opened to 20,000 from early position, and the action folded to Adam Kornuth who moved all in for 265,000 from the small blind. Limongi tanked for nearly two minutes before calling.


"Who wants an eight?" Limongi jokingly asked the rail.

The flop came down    , which was no help for Kornuth, and neither was the   on the turn. Limongi was standing nervously, kissing a lucky coin while the dealer waited for permission to deal the river. The   hit the felt, cementing Limongi's tens as the best hand, and Kornuth exited in 7th place.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:00 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

John Racener got his money in ahead with    /     on fifth street against Eric Buchman's    /    . Buchman pulled the   on fifth to take a big lead with his flush, but Racener caught the   to make two pair and keep himself drawing live. He needed to fill up to stay afloat, but his seventh card was the  , a blank.

That's the end of Racener's day in 8th place, good for just less than $25,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:52 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

Eric Buchman completed with the   up, and John Juanda three-bet with the  . Desmond Portano called 20,000 before he realized it was 40,000, and he called the extra amount to go three ways.

Juanda paired with the   on fourth street, and he bet. Portano pulled a   and called, Buchman caught a  , and he called too. On fifth, Juanda drew a  , and Portano's   and Buchman's   were both not good enough to call with.

Juanda takes the pot, and he's up to 475,000 now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:44 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

Michele Limongi completed with the  , and Desmond Portano called with the   up.

Limongi: (x-x) /      / (x)
Portano: (x-x) /      / (x)

Portano bet his pair on fourth street, and he bet again on fifth. Limongi called both those bets, then made one of his own when Portano checked sixth street. The call came, and both men checked seventh street.

Portano revealed     down for the pair of fives with the eight-seven low. Limongi turned over    , and his pair of sixes was good for the high half. Portano gets the low, and it's a split pot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:38 PM Local Time

Forza Italia

Stud 8/b

John Juanda: (  ) /      / ( )
Michele Limongi: (  ) /      / ( )

John Juanda completed with the  , and Michele Limongi called with the  . Juanda led on fourth street, Limongi called, and then checked when he paired on fifth. Juanda bet, and Limongi called.

Limongi led out for the first time on sixth, Juanda called, and then Limongi led blind on seventh.

"Take it easy Mr. Juanda," Limongi warned him. "That's if you want to win another bracelet."

"I think you have a full house," Juanda sighed.

The 2011 bracelet winner made the call, and turned over     for aces up. Limongi tabled    for a worse two pair, before finally sweating his last card; the  . It was an incredible card for the Italian, giving him a straight and a low for the scoop.

Michele Limongi610,000265,000
John Juanda230,000-190,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:30 PM Local Time

Brent Hanks


Brent Hanks completed with the  , and Eric Buchman three-bet with the  . Hanks four-bet it, and Buchman paused and called to proceed.

Hanks:    /      / (x)
Buchman:    /      / (x)

We show you all the cards because Hanks' fourth-street bet put him all in for 27,000. He was in front with his pair of aces, and he'd hold the lead all the way through. Buchman picked up a flush draw on sixth street, but his last down card was the blank  . That secured Hanks' double, and he flipped over his   as the dealer pushed him the pot. He's back to 219,000 now and back out of the basement.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:24 PM Local Time


John Monnette: (  ) /     
Adam Kornuth: (  ) /     

Monnette completed, Kornuth raised, and Monnette called. Kornuth then bet out of turn on fourth before Monnette could check. Monnette did check-call, and both players checked on fifth. On sixth, Kornuth led out (legally) and Monette released.

John Monnette730,000-110,000
Adam Kornuth320,00085,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:23 PM Local Time

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

Amir Lehavot330.7521$578,454
Viacheslav Zhukov31511$465,216
Jake Cody30011$851,192
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier299.2531$364,565
Jason Sommerville291.5021$525,274
Sean Getzwiller28011$611,185
Eddie Blumenthal279.8020$589,784
Allen Bari279.5011$877,262
Richard Ashby273.6020$305,212
John Juanda27011$367,170

*Standings through Event #21

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:16 PM Local Time
Eric Buchman1,275,000-75,000
John Monnette840,000170,000
John Juanda420,00060,000
Michele Limongi345,000105,000
Adam Kornuth235,000-95,000
John Racener230,000-55,000
Desmond Portano230,000-80,000
Brent Hanks135,000-55,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:14 PM Local Time


Michele Limongi: (  ) /    
John Racener: (  ) /    

John Juanda brought it in with the   showing, Limongi called on his direct left, and Racener completed with the  . The action folded back to Limongi who called.

Racener led out on fourth street, Limongi called, and then Limongi led when he paired on fifth. Racener tank-folded, and Limongi opened up    for quads!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:07 PM Local Time


John Juanda completed with a   up, and John Monnette called with an  . Off they go:

Juanda: (x-x) /      / (x)
Monnette: (x-x) /      / (x)

Juanda bet every step of the way, and Monnette called through sixth. On seventh street, though, he had to surrender, and Juanda took the pot. It moves him up to about 360,000, tumbling Monnette back to 670,000.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:55 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:53 PM Local Time

Eric Buchman

Eric Buchman opened with a raise for the second hand in a row. Everyone folded the first time, but this time, both Michele Limongi (button) and John Monnette (small blind) came along with him to the flop.

The three men took a       flop, and Monnette checked it. Buchman bet, and Limongi spent about three minutes fiddling with chips and his glasses before he folded. Monnette snuck in check-raise, though, and Buchman called the extra bet.

The turn came the  , and Monnette bet again. Buchman was the one doing the raising this time, and Monnette quickly called the extra bet. On the   turn, Monnette check-called one last bet.

Buchman tabled        , and that was the nuts. Monnette flashed the     as he mucked, and the pot goes to Buchman. The pro from Valley Stream, New York is really pressing here, up now to about 1.4 million.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:48 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

John Racener raised in middle position, and Eric Buchman made it three bets on the button. Michele Limongi cold-called from the big blind, Racener called the extra bet, and the flop came down    . Limongi led out, and both Racener and Buchman called.

The   paired the board on the turn. Limongi led again, Racener called, and Buchman made it two bets. Limongi and Racener called.

The river was the  , and the action checked to Buchman who bet. Limongi and Racener called.

Buchman:      - High
Limongi:      - Low
Racener:      - Low

Eric Buchman1,150,000105,000
John Racener285,000-15,000
Michele Limongi240,000-75,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:39 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

From the cutoff seat, John Racener opened with a raise, and Adam Kornuth three-bet it from the button. Racener called.

The flop came      , and Racener led out into the pot with the first bet. Kornuth raised, Racener reraised, and Kornuth called. It went check-check after both the   turn and   river.

Kornuth showed up        , and his aces up are good. They're good enough to push him up to 330,000 in fact, knocking Racener down to 300,000.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:34 PM Local Time
Seat 1John Racener
Seat 2Adam Kornuth
Seat 3Desmond Portano
Seat 4Brent Hanks
Seat 5Eric Buchman
Seat 6John Juanda
Seat 7Michele Limongi
Seat 8John Monnette
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:32 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

In middle position, Michele Limongi opened with a raise, and Adam Geyer three-bet from the hijack. In the cutoff, John Monnette put in the third bet, and Limongi and Geyer both called.

The flop came out      , and Limongi knocked the table. Geyer bet out, Monnette called, and Limongi kicked 'em into the muck. That brought the other two heads-up to the   turn, and Geyer fired another bet. Monnette raised, Geyer reraised all in, and Monnette made the call with a chance at the knockout.


The players were even with the same aces up, but Monnette had the nut club draw with one to come. Sure enough, the river was the  , and Monnette's flush sends Geyer out on the final table bubble. He'll earn $19,268 for his first deep run at this 2011 WSOP.

Our final eight players are now on the move to the secondary featured table to play it out for the bracelet. Or as close to the bracelet as we can get by 3:00 A.M.

Playtika - Jason Alexander