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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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Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:37 AM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:22 AM Local Time

We're on our final break of the evening, and we'll be back to play two more levels after the walkabout.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:20 AM Local Time

John Monnette


Eric Buchman completed with the   up, and John Monnette called showing the  . It was heads up all the way.

Buchman (x-x) /      / (x)
Monnette: (x-x) /      / (x)

Buchman bet fourth street with Monnette calling, and both players checked through fifth street. On sixth, Buchman led back out, and Monnette quickly called. On the last round, Buchman made the bet in the dark, and Monnette checked his cards carefully before raising. Buchman mumbled to himself under his breath, splashing the call into the pot.

Monnette's down cards were    , and his spade flush was the winner. With that pot, Monnette has crossed the two-million chip mark. He's at about 2.03 million by our count, knocking Buchman down to about 605,000.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:14 AM Local Time

Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha finished on the Main Feature table a little over an hour ago, and seeing that it's currently vacant, some onlookers want to migrate over.

"We're wasting it right now," Dan O'Brien told our tournament director.

Hopefully it wont take off for outer-space while it's not being used.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:10 AM Local Time

Desmond Portano - Eliminated in 5th Place


John Monnette completed with the  , Desmond Porter moved all in for 52,000 with the  , and Monnette called. The boards ran like this:

Monnette: (  ) /      
Portano: (  ) /      

Monnette's ten-seven was best, and Portano was eliminated in fifth place.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:05 AM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Desmond Portano opened with a raise, and Eric Buchman three-bet from the small blind. Michele Limongi cold-called in the big, and Portano matched the bet to proceed three-handed. He had just 79,000 chips behind.

The dealer spread out      , and Buchman continued out with a bet. Limongi quickly folded, Portano called (with 49,000 behind), and the   appeared on fourth street. Buchman's big bet of 60,000 was the decisive one for Portano, and he spent a long minute or so thinking it over before surrendering, electing to save those 49,000 chips for a better spot.

Like, the next hand, for example.

Portano shoved his last 49,000 under the gun, and only John Monnette called from the big blind. Portano was at risk, and the cards were on their backs.


The board ran out      , and Portano doubles up to 113,000.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 AM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Three players saw a flop of    , including Eric Buchman, Michele Limongi, and John Monnette. Buchman checked, Limongi bet, and Monnette raised. Buchman made it three bets, and both Limongi and Monnette called.

Buchman led after the   turned, and both Limongi and Monnette called. The   on the river brought flush and straight possibilities, and the action checked to Monnette who bet. Only Buchman called.

Monnette:      - High and Low
Buchman:      - Low

Monnette took three quarters, Buchman took one, and Limongi took none.

John Monnette1,500,000250,000
Michele Limongi960,000-240,000
Eric Buchman680,000-110,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:53 PM Local Time
John Monnette1,250,000155,000
Michele Limongi1,200,000-5,000
Eric Buchman790,000-285,000
Brent Hanks235,000-195,000
Desmond Portano185,000-85,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:52 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

John Monnette opened the button with a raise, and Desmond Portano called from the small blind. Brent Hanks called from the big, too, and it was three ways to the flop. It came      , and Hanks was the first to bet at the pot. Monnette raised, Portano folded, and Hanks called the extra bet.

The turn came the  , and Hanks check-called again, and both men checked through the   river. Hanks announced, "Aces," but they were no good. Monnette showed      for two pair, taking down the pot right there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:45 PM Local Time

The original final table

Michele Limongi just requested that nobody stand directly behind him, because he, "can't protect his cards."

"Yeah," Eric Buchman agreed sarcastically. "Get these people out of here!"

There may be some validity to Limongi's claim however. After busting, John Juanda tweeted: "Only complaint is that they let the rail stand so close some of them could see my hole cards."

For now, only Limongi's Italian contigency is allowed to stand behind him. We'll let you know if there are any more problems on the rail as the final table continues.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:41 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

First in from the small blind, Brent Hanks raised, and Eric Buchman raised it back from the big blind. "Take it up again, all the way to the top," Hanks announced, reraising as he was still stacking up the last pot, kneeling on his chair. Buchman capped it at 150,000, and Hanks called for most of his chips.

The flop came      , and Hanks put his last 66,000 into the pot. Buchman quickly matched the stack, and the cards were on their backs.


Hanks had flopped lucky, and he was well ahead with two to come. The turn   was a bit of a sweat, opening up another four outs for Buchman to make a straight. The river was the safe  , though, and Hanks has doubled for the second consecutive hand. This one takes him up to about 430,000, and he's feeling the rush right now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:40 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

Eric Buchman raised under the gun, Michele Limongi put in three bets right next to him, and Brent Hanks called all in for less (67,000). Buchman called.

"I'm not looking until the river," Hanks professed.

The flop came down    , and Buchman check-called a bet from Limongi. The turn was the  , and Buchman check-called another bet.

"I hope one of you guys wins the side-pot," Hanks joked.

The river was the  , and both Buchman and Limongi checked. Limongi opened    for a pair of aces, Buchman mucked, and Hanks started to sweat his hand.

"Just a five!" one of his friends shouted.

Hanks did not have a five, rather he had    for, as he put it, "A two a pair!"

Hanks' rail erupted, and he shipped a much-needed double.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:32 PM Local Time
Michele Limongi1,205,000155,000
John Monnette1,095,00095,000
Eric Buchman1,075,000-175,000
Desmond Portano270,00035,000
Brent Hanks71,000-184,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:27 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

Eric Buchman raised from the button, and John Monnette called from the big blind to see a flop. It came      , and Monnette check-called a bet. He did the same following the   turn and   river, all chips he'd not get back. Buchman rolled over     for the rivered straight, and it was the winner.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:25 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:24 PM Local Time

John Juanda - 6th Place

Limit Hold'em

The action folded to Eric Buchman who put two bets in from the small blind. John Juanda moved all in for less than three bets, Buchman called and the hands were opened.


The flop came down    , giving Buchman a straight flush draw.

"If you fade this..." Brent Hanks piped up.

Juanda didn't - the   spiked on the turn, giving Buchman a straight. Juanda was already standing when the   hit the river, and shook some hands before leaving the secondary feature table.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:16 PM Local Time

Desmond Portano

2-7 Triple Draw

Desmond Portano raised to open the pot, and Brent Hanks announced the reraise to 75,000. Portano called. Both men took one card on the first draw, and Portano check-called a bet.

Portano checked in the dark as they each took one more card, and Hanks checked it back. That action repeated on the last round with Portano dark checking and Hanks checking it, too. Portano showed up [qx7x5x4x3], and Hanks had to sweat it. He was working with     , and he squeezed his last card tight. "Wish me luck," he said, then flipped over an  . That's no good, and Portano's queen-low earns him the pot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:10 PM Local Time

Action has been very, very sparse since the last break. We pick up a small 2-7 Triple Draw pot as John Juanda was raising from the small blind. Michele Limongi called from the big, and he took three cards. Juanda took just one and bet it, and Limongi called. He needed one more card while Juanda patted and bet. Limongi surrendered this time, moving Juanda back up to 310,000.

Limongi is still doing fine with just over a million chips.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:59 PM Local Time

Our final table is a good one, and it's drawn quite a crowd to the rail. We're exiled over here in the secondary featured table area, and it's got a flimsy black rope surround the table at a pretty close proximity. We've seen a ton of familiar faces come and go. Alex Bolotin stopped by early on to wish Eric Buchman luck, and we see Dan O'Brien and Allen Bari sweating Brent Hanks, we assume. We've also spotted Allen Kessler, Jonathan Wein, Mohsin Charania, Matt Affleck, Mel Judah, and just now, Jason Mercier.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:58 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

John Juanda raised with the button, and John Monnette called out of the big blind. Monette drew three, Juanda drew two, and Monnette led out. Juanda called.

Both players drew one on the second draw and checked. They both drew one on the third draw as well, and Monnette checked to Juanda again. Juanda slid out a bet, Monnette immediately check-raised, and Juanda released.

John Monnette890,000155,000
John Juanda260,000-285,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander