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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 8:20 PM Local Time
Seat 1John Racener380,000
Seat 2Adam Kornuth245,000
Seat 3Desmond Portano310,000
Seat 4Brent Hanks190,000
Seat 5Eric Buchman1,045,000
Seat 6John Juanda280,000
Seat 7Michele Limongi315,000
Seat 8Adam Geyer145,000
Seat 9John Monnette745,000

The first game in the rotation is Omaha 8/b.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:16 PM Local Time

From the small blind, Rami Boukai raised first into the pot. Eric Buchman reraised from the big, and Boukai called to see a flop.

It came      , and Boukai check-called a bet. Action went check-check on the   turn, and the river came the  . Buchman led back out with another bet, and this time Boukai was forced to fold, getting dangerously short on chips.

Boukai was eliminated just a couple hands later when his     fell to John Monnette's    , and he's off in 10th place. That's worth close to $20,000, and our final nine players have redrawn down to one table.

It's the last redraw of the night, and we'll show you how they look in just a moment.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:11 PM Local Time

Eric Buchman


Eric Buchman raised second to go, and John Monnette three-bet from the small blind. Buchman called, and we've seen him play a lot of pots like this in position with pretty good success.

Monnette continued out on the       flop, and Buchman called. It went check-check on the   turn, and the river came the  . Monnette paused to consider, then splashed out one last bet. Buchman quickly called, and Monnette essentially surrendered with a mumble and a pause. Buchman tabled    , and it was good.

That pot moved Monnette down to 605,000, while Buchman climbed to 865,000. He also won the next two consecutive pots, binking the magical one-million chip mark as he dragged the last one. If there was any question before, it's clear now that Buchman is the man to beat tonight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:05 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Owais Ahmed raised from the cutoff seat, and was called by John Monnette on the button and Rami Boukai in the big blind. Boukai drew two, Ahmed drew one, and Monnette drew two. Boukai led out and was called by both opponents.

On the second draw, all three players drew one, and Boukai led again. Ahmed raised, Monnette folded, and Boukai called all-in.

Boukai drew one, and Ahmed patted, showing      . Boukai was drawing to a an eight with     , and pulled a   to make him an eighty-seven. Boukai doubled to 230,000, while Ahmed was left with his last 80,000.

A few hands later he was all in against Eric Buchman. On the final draw, Buchman was pat with      , and Ahmed drew with     . He was dealt a  , which was no good, and he was eliminated from the tournament.

"Rami," Ahmed called to Boukai. "Take it down for the brown man."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:57 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Eric Buchman raised from the cutoff seat, Owais Ahmed called on the button, and the blinds released. Both players drew two cards, Buchman led out, and Ahmed called.

Both players drew one card, checked, then drew one last card. Buchman bet after the last draw, and Ahmed tanked for nearly two minutes before folding.

Eric Buchman670,00091,000
Owais Ahmed190,000-63,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:49 PM Local Time

Pot-Limit Omaha

Under the gun, John Monnette raised to 17,000, and Mikko Pispala reraised the pot. Monnette re-potted, and Pispala called all in for his remaining 89,000.


The board ran out in Monnette's favor, coming          . A straight beats a pair of aces every day, and Pispala's chips were shipped across the felt. He's out in 12th place, good for a pay bump up to $15,196.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:38 PM Local Time

We're back, and our 12 players have settled in for the after-dinner session.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:42 PM Local Time
John Monnette680,00050,000
Eric Buchman579,0009,000
Desmond Portano471,000-34,000
John Racener388,000143,000
Brent Hanks300,000-40,000
John Juanda295,000-140,000
Owais Ahmed253,000-72,000
Adam Kornuth179,000-76,000
Michele Limongi165,000-135,000
Adam Geyer150,000-40,000
Rami Boukai118,000-3,000
Mikko Pispala79,000-143,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:34 PM Local Time

Our final 12 players are looking a little peckish. We've played four levels, and our dinner break has come. It's an hour long, and play will resume just after 8:30 P.M. here in the Amazon Room.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:33 PM Local Time

No Limit Hold'em

The action folded to Rami Boukai in the small blind who moved all in for 56,000. Eric Buchman called in the big, and the hands were opened.


The jacks held as the board ran      , and Boukai shipped the double up.

Eric Buchman570,000-50,000
Rami Boukai121,00071,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:29 PM Local Time

Under the gun, John Monnette opened to 17,000, and Rami Boukai three-bet shoved for 41,000 from the cutoff. Monnette quickly called when it came back around to him, and he had Boukai in a world of trouble.


Boukai needed help in a hurry, and he'd find a most unusual board. It came      , and the straight on board saves Boukai's tournament life.

Chop it up, boys.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:27 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

John Juanda: (  ) / (    FOLDED
Rami Boukai: (  ) /      / ( )
John Monnette: (  ) /      / ( )

We reached the table on fifth street, where Juanda checked, Boukai bet, and Monnette called. Juanda mucked, and Monnette called another bet from Boukai on sixth.

Boukai did not lead on seventh, rather he check-called a bet from Monnette. Monnette opened    , giving him queens and fives for a high and no low. Boukai mucked, and is now severely short-stacked.

John Monnette570,000230,000
Rami Boukai50,000-75,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:14 PM Local Time

Stud 8/b

John Juanda: (  ) /      / ( )
Eric Buchman: (  ) /      / ( )

We reached the table on fourth street, where Buchman was calling either a bet or a raise from Juanda. Juanda slowed down, check-calling on both fifth and sixth, and opted to check-fold on seventh.

Buchman pulled in a monster pot, and is now above the 600,000-chip mark.

Eric Buchman630,00080,000
John Juanda435,000110,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:14 PM Local Time


John Racener completed with a   up, and Brent Hanks called with a  . On fourth street, they both pulled a  , and it went check-check. On fifth street, they repeated that same action, pulling the other two kings out of the deck and checking through to sixth. Racner drew an   and bet, and Hanks'   forced him out of the pot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:12 PM Local Time


Adam Kornuth had the bring-in with a jack showing, and Desmond Portano called showing a  . Adam Geyer completed with an  , Kornuth folded, and Portano called.

Portano: (x-x) /     
Geyer: (x-x) /     

Portano picked up the lead on fourth, and he bet it. Geyer called, and he called another bet after fifth street. On sixth, Portano bet it one more time, and Geyer was forced to fold, dropping back to 190,000 again. Portano is making a charge to the top, sitting now with 505,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:55 PM Local Time


Ben Yu: (  ) /      / ( )
Mikko Pispala: (  ) /      / ( )

We caught the hand on fifth street, where Yu led out and Pispala called. Yu led out again on sixth, Pispala again called, and both players checked on seventh.

Yu announced, "Jack."

Pispala opened up       for a ninety-eight low, and won the pot. The hand left Yu very short, and was eliminated a few hands later.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:42 PM Local Time

Hooman Nikzad - 14th place


Hooman Nikzad only had about 25,000 chips left to start the hand, and they all went in rather quickly against Eric Buchman. Nikzad began with (   )  , and he was an underdog against Buchman's (   )  .

Nikzad ran out (  ) /      / (x) and it was not going to be good news. Buchman's board came (  ) /      / ( ), and Nikzad was board-locked by sixth street. His seventh card was meaningless, and he's out in 14th place.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:36 PM Local Time
Eric Buchman550,00020,000
John Monnette340,00020,000
John Juanda325,00025,000
Ben Yu135,000-3,000
Rami Boukai125,000-84,000
Mikko Pispala85,000-126,000
Hooman Nikzad25,000-50,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:29 PM Local Time
Brent Hanks340,00059,500
Owais Ahmed325,00045,000
Desmond Portano315,00095,000
Michele Limongi300,00050,000
Adam Kornuth255,000-25,000
John Racener245,000-85,000
Adam Geyer180,000-47,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:27 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Adam Geyer raised from the button, and Adam Kornuth three-bet from the small blind. In the big, Michele Limongo put in another raise to make it three bets, and Geyer quickly folded. Kornuth called, though, and off they went.

Limongi patted all the way while Kornuth drew one on all three rounds. He got there. Limongi began with      , and Kornuth improved to a       on the last pull. His ninety-eight is good, increasing his stack to 280,000 while Limongi falls to about 250,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander