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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 5:26 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

The action folded to Desmond Portano who completed in the small blind, and John Racener checked his option in the big. Portano drew three, and Racener drew four. Portano led out, Racener called, and it was off to the second draw.

Both players drew two, and Portano check-called a bet from Racener. On the third and final draw, Portano drew one, and Racener stood pat. Portano check-called one last bet.

"Pair," Racener announced.

Portano opened up       for a ninety-eight low, and shipped the pot.

John Racener330,00020,000
Desmond Portano220,000113,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:15 PM Local Time

Mayu Roca Uribe - 15th Place

2-7 Triple Draw

Eric Buchman put in two bets from early position, Mayu Roca Uribe made it three bets from the small blind, and Buchman called. Both players drew one card, Uribe bet, and Buchman called.

Both players drew one on the second draw as well, Uribe got the rest of his chips in, and Buchman called.


Both players drew one, and Uribe flipped over a   for a pair. Buchman was dealt a   for a jack-eight, shipped the pot and eliminated Uribe.

Eric Buchman390,00077,000
Mayu Roca Uribe0-85,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:09 PM Local Time

Greg Dyer - 16th place

Owais Ahmed raised from the hijack seat, and Greg Dyer reraised from the button. Ahmed made the call, and off they went to the draw.

Both players took two cards, and Ahmed made the bet. Dyer raised with the additional 15,000 he had left. Ahmed called, and he patted the rest of the way while Dyer took one card each time.

Ahmed tabled his       while Dyer's      was drawing only to a deuce or a five. He peeled a  , though, and that's that. Dyer's day is done in 16th place, good for a pay bump up to nearly five figures.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:57 PM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Hooman Nikzad raised from the cutoff seat, and Eric Buchman called to go heads-up the rest of the way.

Both players took two cards on the first draw, and Buchman bet it. Nikzad raised, Buchman reraised, and Nikzad dropped his last 500 chips into the pot to put himself all in. Both players took one card apiece on the second and third drawing rounds.

Buchman showed      and he pulled another   to pair. Nikzad just had to avoid a bad pair with his     , and the   he pulled secured his double. He's back in the game once again with about 75,000 while Buchman drops a bit to 355,000 or so.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:50 PM Local Time
2801Owais Ahmed
2802Brent Hanks
2803Greg Dyer
2804Adam Geyer
2805Michele Limongi
2806Adam Kornuth
2807Desmond Portano
2808John Racener
2861John Juanda
2862Remi Boukai
2863Eric Buchman
2864Ben Yu
2865Mikko Pispala
2866John Monnette
2867Mayu Roca Uribe
2868Hooman Nikzad
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time

Robert Rosengarten - Eliminated in 19th Place


Robert Rosengarten completed with the  , Mayu Roca Uribe raised with the  , and Rosengarten moved all in once it folded back to him. Uribe called.

Rosengarten:    /     
Uribe:    /     

Rosengarten wasn't sure if he could even win on seventh (he could), and it was all over when he peeled the   for a jack-eight low. Uribe turned over the   to improve his hand for kicks, and Rosengarten was eliminated from the tournament.

Mayu Roca Uribe85,00033,500
Robert Rosengarten0-26,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:39 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

John Monnette raised to 14,500 from the button, and Adam Geyer reraised to 42,500. Monnette shoved for 175,500 total, and Geyer didn't waste much time making the call with    . It was a flip as Monnette showed up    .

The board ran out          , and Monnette spikes his pair to double up. He's back to 360,000 now, while Geyer falls all the way back to 227,000.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:37 PM Local Time

No-Limit Hold'em

From the hijack seat, Hooman Nikzad got his last ~52,000 into the middle with    . That was nothing to brag about as John Juanda called from the next seat over with the dominating    .

Nikzad could not find a five, but the           board means the pot is split with aces full apiece. Nikzad gets his money back, and he's still alive and fighting here with 17 players left.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:35 PM Local Time

Table 286 is starting this level with no limit hold'em, where the ante is 1,500, and the blinds are 2,500-5,000.

"That's way too high," John Monnette told a floorperson. "We just played with the antes at 700."

Actually, during the last level, the antes in NLHE were 1,000, but the table never got to the game during their rotation.

"I understand," Monnette retorted. "But your structure is terrible."

Whether or not you agree with Monnette, the structure has been public for quite some time. Perhaps it will change in the future, but for now the players must deal with the established limits.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:22 PM Local Time
John Racener419,00029,000
Adam Geyer418,00078,000
Michele Limongi404,50024,500
John Juanda351,0006,000
Eric Buchman313,00038,000
Brent Hanks280,500-99,500
Adam Kornuth245,00070,000
Mikko Pispala211,000-114,000
Rami Boukai209,00019,000
John Monnette204,00094,000
Owais Ahmed178,000121,000
Ben Yu138,00058,000
Desmond Portano107,00032,000
Gregory Dyer74,5009,500
Mayu Roca Uribe51,5001,500
Hooman Nikzad49,500-65,500
Robert Rosengarten26,000-10,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:10 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:09 PM Local Time


Desmond Portano: (  ) /      / ( )
Ben Yu: (  ) /      / ( )

We caught up with the action on fourth street, where Yu bet, and Portano called. On fifth, Yu check-raised all in for less than two bets, and Portano called.


Portano did not improve when he drew a   on seventh, and despite pairing with another  , Yu doubled to around 80,000 chips.

Ben Yu80,0005,000
Desmond Portano75,000-55,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:52 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

John Racener raised from the cutoff, Eric Buchman put in three bets from the small blind, and Racener called. The flop came down    , and Buchman led out. Racener called.

The turn was the  , Buchman bet again, and Racener called.

The river brought the  , and Buchman fired one last bet. Racener put in a raise, and Buchman called.

Racener opened up    for a rivered straight, Buchman mucked, and Racener raked the pot.

John Racener305,00015,000
Eric Buchman185,000-95,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:46 PM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Adam Kornuth raised from early position, and Mikko Pispala defended his big blind with a call. The flop came      , and it went check-check to the   turn. Pispala bet out now, and Kornuth promptly raised. Pispala raised it right back, and Kornuth flatted to see the   fill out the board. Pispala wasn't slowing down, sliding out one final bet. Kornuth quickly cut out raising chips and shuffled them, but he eventually returned his cards to the muck face-down.

Kornuth has been sliding today, down now to about 199,000. Pispala has been trending the other way, up to 325,000 as he stacks that pot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:42 PM Local Time

Marco Traniello on Day 2

Limit Hold'em

In a battle of the blinds, Desmond Portano and Marco Traniello were heads up with the board reading    . Portano led out, Traniello raised, and Portano announced, "call."

Portano didn't put any chips out though, and the dealer burned and turned the  . Since the card came out before Portano's chips were committed to the pot, the   was re-shuffled into the deck, and a new turn was dealt. It was the  .

Portano bet, Traniello called all-in, and the hands were tabled.


Initially, Traniello was furious. The jack on the turn gave Portano a better pair, but it was irrelevant because the   would've given him a flush and an unbeatable hand anyway. Ironically, the river was the  , giving him the flush for kicks and giggles, and Traniello was eliminated from the tournament.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:32 PM Local Time
Brent Hanks380,000-30,000
John Juanda345,00058,000
John Racener290,000-30,000
Michele Limongi290,00065,000
Eric Buchman280,00045,000
Rami Boukai190,00098,000
Mayu Roca Uribe165,000-95,000
Gregory Dyer142,000-50,000
Hooman Nikzad115,0005,000
John Monnette110,000-89,500
Robert Rosengarten36,000-24,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:30 PM Local Time

Ylon  Schwartz - 19th place

Limit Hold'em

Ylon Schwartz and Brent Hanks saw a flop of    . Schwartz bet out, and Hanks called. The turn was the  , and Schwartz led again. Hanks opted to raise this time though, and Schwartz called.

The river was the  , and Schwartz checked to Hanks who immediately fired. Schwartz slammed the table with his hand, and went into the tank before making the call. Hanks opened    for trip sixes, and Schwartz mucked, leaving himself with just 50,000 chips.

We missed his bustout hand, but a few minutes later we heard a dealer call, "Seat open!", and Schwartz was pacing around, waiting for a floorperson to give him his payout ticket.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:30 PM Local Time

Shawn Buchanan - 20th place

2-7 Triple Draw

When we picked up the action after the second draw as Shawn Buchanan was already all in. He was up against Michele Limongi and Mayu Roca Uribe, and each of them took one card on the second pull. Limongi bet and was called by Uribe. Buchanan still needed one card while the others stood pat. The action repeated with Uribe calling one last bet.

Buchanan was drawing to an eight, but he pulled a pair to make      , and he knew that was that. Limongi's       was good for the win and the knockout, pushing the Italian up to 290,000.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:23 PM Local Time
Mikko Pispala320,00068,000
Adam Geyer210,000-68,800
Adam Kornuth175,0005,000
Desmond Portano130,00061,100
Marco Traniello95,000-55,000
Ben Yu75,000-63,200
Owais Ahmed57,000-29,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:23 PM Local Time

Limit Hold'em

When we reached the table, John Juanda and Rami Boukai were heads up and the board read     . Juanda checked, Boukai bet, and Juanda raised. Boukai called.

The river was the  , and Juanda led out. Boukai was visibly frustrated, but made the call. Juanda opened    for a rivered flush, and Boukai mucked his hand.

John Juanda362,00075,000
Rami Boukai92,000-15,700