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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 3:03 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

We just caught the tail end of this pot as the full           board was already out on the table. Robert Rosengarten was all in for 2,300. Shawn Buchanan made the call, and he couldn't beat Rosengarten's        .

With that double, Rosengarten crawls back to 60,000, knocking Buchanan down to 70,000 in the process.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:59 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

After a series of bets and raises, Konstantin Puchkov was all in before the first draw and up against Hooman Nikzad and Rami Boukai. All three players drew two on the first draw, Boukai bet into a dry side pot, and Nikzad called.

All three players drew one on the second draw, Boukai and Nikzad both checked, and all three players drew one again on the last draw.

Nikzad opened up       for a queen-seven, it was good, and Puchkov was eliminated from the tournament.

Hooman Nikzad110,00014,300
Konstantin Puchkov0-41,900
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:58 PM Local Time

Sirous Baghchehsaraie - 22nd place

Pot-Limit Omaha

Sirous Baghchehsaraie opened to 10,000 in the hijack seat, and John Monnette flatted from the cutoff seat. Brent Hanks called from the big blind as well, and it was three ways to the flop.

It came      , and Baghchehsaraie continued out into the pot with 31,500. Monnette quickly folded, but Hanks check-raised the pot. Baghchehsaraie had about 50,000 left behind, and he put the rest of them across the line to put himself at risk.


Baghchehsaraie's aces were in front for the time being, but he was going to need to fade a world of outs. The turn   gave Hanks a flush draw as well, and the river   locked up the knockout, runner-runner style. It's Baghchehsaraie who falls in 22nd place, and our command+V is getting a break for the rest of the day. He'll pocket $8.098 for his work over the last three days.

Hanks is now the chip daddy with 410,000 chips towered in front of him.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:51 PM Local Time

Pot Limit Omaha

Michele Limongi raised to 7,000 in middle position, Gregory Dyer called on the button, and John Racener defended his big blind. The flop fell    , and the action checked to Dyer who slid out 22,500. Racener quickly folded. Limongi tank-called, and the turn was the  . Both players checked.

Limongi led for 25,000 after the   rivered, and Dyer made the call.

"Flush," Limongi said, opening up     .

The problem was, the Italian only had one club, not two. He stared at his hand for a moment in shock.

"Straight," Dyer announced, tabling     . Limongi stood up from the table and walked away to recooperate, while Dyer raked in the pot to push him close to 200,000 chips.

Michele Limongi225,000-25,000
Gregory Dyer192,00098,700
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:45 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

In early position, Mikko Pispala opened to 9,000, and Adam Kornuth called from the hijack.

The two were heads-up on the       flop, and Pispala gave up control of the betting, check-calling a bet of 12,000 instead. The   turn drew another check from Pispala, and Kornuth made a healthy bet of 45,000. Pispala's response was an all-in shove for 102,200, and Kornuth made the call to put him at risk.


Kornuth was drawing, and Pispala's lowly pair of threes were in front. He had to fade a lot of outs, though, and the   river was clean and safe. Threes hold, and he's up to 252,000 now, knocking Kornuth back to 170,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:34 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

Getting short on chips, Max Pescatori got to take a free flop from the big blind, and it came      . The Italian Pirate had just 6,900 chips left, and he shoved them in first to bet. Adam Kornuth quickly called, showing up    . Pescatori's     was trailing but drawing live to overcards and the flush. The turn   was a blank, and the river   was the last card of Pescatori's day. He's out in 23rd place with enough money to buy a few new pairs of sunglasses and bandanas.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:32 PM Local Time

Nikolay Evdakov on Day 2

No Limit Hold'em

The action folded to Nikolay Evdakov who moved all in for 23,000 in the small blind. John Monnette called in the big, and the hands were opened.


Monnette held as the board ran      , and Evdakov was eliminated from the tournament.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:23 PM Local Time
2801Ben Yu
2802Mikko Pispala
2803Owais Ahmed
2804Adam Kornuth
2805Adam Geyer
2806Max Pescatori
2807Desmond Portano
2808Marco Traniello
2861John Juanda
2862Sirous Baghchehsaraie
2863Nikolay Evdakov
2864John Monnette
2865Ylon Schwartz
2866Konstantin Puchkov
2867Brent Hanks
2868Hooman Nikzad
2921Greg Dyer
2922Robert Rosengarten
2923John Racener
2924Mayu Roca Uribe
2925Rami Boukai
2926Eric Buchman
2927Shawn Buchanan
2928Michele Limongi
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:21 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

John Racener: (  ) /     (FOLDED)
Sanjay Pandya: (  ) /      / ( )
Michele Limongi: (  ) /      ( )

Racener brought in with the   showng, Pandya completed, and Limongi put in a raise. Racener and Pandya called. On fourth street, Racener checked, Pandya bet, and both Limongi and Racener called.

Racener checked again on fifth, Pandya tossed his last bet in, and only Limongi called.


Limongi's pair of eights were in the lead, and they held on sixth and seventh. Neither player made a low, and Limongi scooped the pot, eliminating Pandya from the tournament.

Michele Limongi250,000-6,000
Sanjay Pandya00
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:07 PM Local Time

It took about a full minute to announce the blinds and limits, but that's all out of the way. The cards are in the air, and Day 3 is off and running, eight-game style.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:31 PM Local Time

John Juanda looking for his second bracelet at the 2011 WSOP

Welcome back to the Rio for Day 3 of Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix!

Yesterday, 210 players returned on Day 2 with hopes of cashing and dreams of making a run at a gold bracelet. Only 25 survived the day, including our chip leader John Racener (363,600), who is looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet. Mayu Roca Uribe (327,100), Adam Geyer (278,800), Adam Kornuth (241,00), and Michele Limongi (237,800) are right on his heels however, and they too are all looking for bracelet number one.

There are a few of bracelet winner remaining including Eric Buchman (203,400) and John Juanda (187,000). Both players have already made a final table at the 2011 World Series of Poker, and Juanda is looking to win two bracelets in less than a week.

The plan is to play until a champion is crowned, unless of course we complete ten levels. Then we will return for a Day 4 tomorrow to complete the tournament. The cards will be in the air in roughly a half hour, we'll see you then!