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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 to Friday, June 17, 2011

Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $3,134,950
  • Entries: 1,378
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 17, 2011 9:18 PM Local Time

Dan O'Brien 4th Place

Dan O'Brien opened under the gun to 60,000 and Oleksii Kovalchuk called from the big blind. The flop came      , Kovalchuk checked and O'Brien bet 70,000. Kovalchuk min-raised to 140,000 and O'Briend fired back making it 250,000. Kovalchuk moved in and O'Brien called.


O'Brien was ahead with the pair of kings but Kovalchuk had the flush draw. The turn came   giving Kovalchuk the flush. But O'Brien was drawing live to a king or five. The river came   and O'Brien was eliminated in 4th place.

Friday, June 17, 2011 9:05 PM Local Time

Ionel Anton raised to 68,000 from the button, Chris Moorman then re-raised to 188,000 and Oleksii Kovalchuk 4-bet to 330,000 and incited folds from both Anton and Moorman.

Kovalchuk has around 4,400,000

There's been a lot of raise folding in the last 20 minutes. We haven't seen many flops.

Friday, June 17, 2011 8:45 PM Local Time

Oleksii Kovalchuk raised to 55,000 on the button and Ionel Anton called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Anton checked. Kovalchuk bet out 75,000 and Anton quickly made the call.

The turn came   and Anton checked again. Kovalchuk bet out again for 200,000 and Anton again called.

The river came   and Anton checked for the third time in the row. Kovalchuk bet out 450,000 and Anton decided to get out of the way.

Kovalchuk has about 4,075,000 and Anton is down to about 2,700,000

Ionel Anton4,075,0001,075,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk2,700,000-1,050,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 8:37 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 5000
Friday, June 17, 2011 8:25 PM Local Time

Mazin Khoury reacts to be eliminated.

Ionel Anton opened to 57,000 from under the gun and Mazin Khoury moved in behind him. Dan O'Brien, in the big blind, mulled a call, but then folded. Anton called and they were off to the showdown.



Khoury didn't hit any of his draws and was eliminated in 5th place.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 17, 2011 8:22 PM Local Time

Under the gun, Dan O'Brien raised it up to 48,000 and Ionel Anton in the cutoff called.

The flop came     and O'Brien bet 44,000. Anton made the call.

The turn came   and O'Brien bet out 122,000, Anton again made the call

The river was   and O'Brien fired one more bullet of 312,000. This time Anton wised up and made the fold. O'Brien is back up to around 1,400,000 after the hand.

Friday, June 17, 2011 8:15 PM Local Time

The final table is starting to feel each other out. Since Ruberto's elimination, a hand hasn't gone passed the flop. The blinds and antes amount to 60,000 each hand, enough to help the shorter stacks chip up a bit.

Friday, June 17, 2011 8:05 PM Local Time

Anthony Ruberto

After taking a horrible beat early on at the final table and then doubling up to get back into it, Anthony Ruberto has just been eliminated in sixth place.

Ionel Anton raised it up to 57,000 preflop from middle position and Ruberto re-raised to 187,000. Ionel made the call and the two saw a flop of    

Anton checked to Ruberto and he bet 274,000. After a little acting, Ionel moved all in and got a call from Ruberto.

Ionel showed    for a set of twos and Ruberto was left behind again with   

The turn came   to give Ruberto two more outs, but the river   gave Ionel quad twos and the knockout of Ruberto.

Anton is up to around 3,300,000 after the hand and is second in chips.

Ionel Anton3,300,000925,000
Anthony Ruberto0-936,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 7:57 PM Local Time

Ionel Anton opened for 56,000 and Anthony Ruberto called from the small blind. The flop came       and Ruberto check-raised all in after a 178,000 bet from Anton. Anton called and flipped over     and Ruberto held    .

The board finished     and Anton missed his flush draw, doubling Ruberto to 936,000.

Friday, June 17, 2011 7:54 PM Local Time

Chris Moorman stacks chips after winning a big pot.

On one of the first hands back from dinner break, Chris Moorman took a big pot off of Dan O'Brien.

Moorman raised to 55,000 from the cutoff and Dan O'Brien re-raised to 148,000 from the small blind and Moorman called.

The flop came out     and O'Brien bet out 162,000. Moorman in his methodical, slow method counted out his chips and called.

The turn was   and O'Brien bet out 258,000 with Moorman again calling.

The river came the   to put four diamonds on the board and O'Brien checked to Moorman who moved all in. O'Brien said, "I think I had you the whole way but that's as ugly as a board can get" and tossed his hand in the muck.

O'Brien fell to just above 1,000,000 after the hand and Moorman is up to nearly 2,000,000.

Chris Moorman1,900,000600,000
Dan O'Brien1,100,000-586,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 17, 2011 7:34 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Friday, June 17, 2011 7:31 PM Local Time

The final six players have returned from their dinner break and they're having their introductions at the moment.

Friday, June 17, 2011 7:21 PM Local Time

With no players at the table we were able to get up close and personal with each stack.

Oleksii Kovalchuk3,970,000-730,000
Ionel Anton2,375,000-125,000
Dan O'Brien1,686,000-14,000
Chris Moorman1,300,000150,000
Anthony Ruberto740,000222,000
Mazin Khoury571,00051,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 6:25 PM Local Time

The players have reached the end of the level and have been sent on their one hour dinner break.

Friday, June 17, 2011 6:22 PM Local Time

Will Failla

Will "The Thrill" Failla moved all in on the button for 478,000 and Chris Moorman in the small blind made the call.


Failla called for the   the entire time the board was being dealt, but it came down       and Failla had no such luck as he hit the rail in seventh place. His elimination has set our official final table of six.

Moorman moves back up over 1,000,000 after the hand.

Chris Moorman1,150,0000
Will Failla00
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 17, 2011 6:14 PM Local Time

Will Failla opened for 50,000 from under the gun and Chris Moorman moved all in behind him. Oleksii Kovalchuk called Moorman's all in, action folded back around to Failla and he folded.



Moorman doubled through the new chipleader and has 638,000.

Friday, June 17, 2011 6:12 PM Local Time

Anthony Ruberto shrugs off the bad beat by the one outer.

In what was undoubtedly the biggest pot of the tournament and one of the sickest beats you can witness, Oleksii Kovalchuk has doubled up off of Anthony Ruberto.

Preflop, Ruberto raised to 50,000 from the cutoff and Kovalchuk re-raised to 135,000 from the small blind and Ruberto made the call.

The flop came down     and Kovalchuk led out for 150,000. Ruberto smoothly counted out his chips and put in a re-raise to 375,000. Kovalchuk then pushed out a stack of greens to make it 525,000 and Ruberto just called.

The turn was a   and Kovalchuk moved all in for 1,386,000 and Ruberto insta-called turning over    for a set of jacks and Kovalchuk was way behind with    for a lower set and drawing to only the case  .

Well... that case   hit the river and the entire Amazon Room erupted in disbelief. After hitting the one outer, Kovalchuk doubled to just about 4,200,000 and Ruberto, who was our chip leader coming into the day and who had maintained that for the majority of Day 3, fell to just 550,000.

Oleksii Kovalchuk4,200,0002,060,000
Anthony Ruberto550,000-1,600,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 5:59 PM Local Time

The field is at the second feature table and have redrawn seats.

1. Oleksii Kovalchuk
2. Dan O'Brien
3. Ionel Anton
4. Mazin Khoury
5. Will Failla
6. Anthony Ruberto
7. Chris Moorman

Friday, June 17, 2011 5:50 PM Local Time

The field has been trimmed to seven players and they have moved to the secondary feature table.

Friday, June 17, 2011 5:48 PM Local Time

Chris Moorman took an awful beat.

Chris Moorman opened for 45,000 from under the gun and it folded around to Anthony Ruberto in the small blind. Ruberto called and Oleksii Kovalchuk raised to 125,000 from the big blind. Moorman then reraised to 250,000, Ruberto got out of the way and Kovalchuk shoved. Moorman called and the hands were tabled.



Kovalchuk flopped the straight and Moorman's rail gasped at the sight. They called for a seven on the river but didn't get it. Moorman slid to the bottom of the leaderboard and Kovalchuk is one of the top three stacks.

Oleksii Kovalchuk2,140,0001,160,000
Chris Moorman380,000-420,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander