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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

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

Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,428,800
  • Entries: 152
  • Remaining: 4


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Friday, June 17, 2011 3:13 PM Local Time

We caught up with the action on a      board where Matt Hawrilenko bet and Domenico Denotaristefani called. Hawrilenko bet again when the   landed on the river and Denotaristefani went into the tank. If Denotaristefani made the call, he would only have 6,000 left. He decided to wait for another hand which left him at 30,000.

That hand would be the very next as Hawrilenko led out on the     flop. Denotaristefani called all in and Hoyt Corkins made the call as well. Hawrilenko bet again on the   turn and Corkins stuck around. On the   river, Hawrilenko bet one last time and Denotaristefani slammed the table as Corkins laid his hand down. Hawrilenko turned over    for a pair of kings and a flush draw on the flop that became kings up on the river. Denotaristefani who said he thought he had lost when Hawrilenko bet the river turned over    for the nut flush draw on the flop that made a better two pair by the end.

Matt Hawrilenko240,000110,000
Hoyt Corkins160,000-90,000
Domenico Denotaristefani90,000-145,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 3:04 PM Local Time

Marwan Abdelal (14th- $24,060)

Domenico Denotaristefani raised from middle position only to have Marwan Abdelal reraise from the button. Nick Schulman proceeded to four-bet from the small blind, Denotaristefani five bet, Abdelal called all in for 52,000 total, and Schulman made the call.

The two active players checked both the     flop and   turn. Schulman then led out on the   river. "You'd better have me beat," Denotaristefani said as he laid down his hand, which he claimed to be   . Schulman showed   , which was better than Abdelal's   .

Nick Schulman620,000270,000
Marwan Abdelal0-60,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:59 PM Local Time

Matt Hawrilenko raised in the cutoff only to have Steve Landfish reraise from the button. The blinds got out of the way, Hawrilenko made the call, and the flop came down    . It went check-bet-raise-call before the   hit the turn.

This time it went bet-raise-call, which was followed by the   on the river. Hawrilenko checked, Landfish bet, and Hawrilenko folded his hand.

Steve Landfish605,00085,000
Matt Hawrilenko130,000-110,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:53 PM Local Time

Daniel Idema raised under the gun and Nick Schulman called from the big blind. Schulman check-called Idema's bet on the     flop. On the   turn, Schulman led out and Idema made the call. Schulman check-called once more when the   hit the river and was shown Idema's    for top pair on the flop that became a flush on the river.

The next orbit, Hoyt Corkins raised on the button and Schulman called again from the big blind. Both players checked the     flop and Schulman led out on the   turn. Corkins made the call with the action the same on the   river. Schulman turned over    for a flush draw on the flop that gave him bottom pair on the turn. Corkins mucked and Schulman reversed what happened to him on the previous hand.

Daniel Idema500,000-24,000
Nick Schulman350,00053,000
Hoyt Corkins250,000-50,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

The Rio has been packed today with the numerous events being held; as such, the players in the Limit Hold'em Championship were not seated at tables with automatic shufflers. That is about to change as some tables equipped with the machines are now available. The players are racking their chips and switching tables, much to their delight.

Friday, June 17, 2011 2:40 PM Local Time

Hoyt Corkins

Steve Landfish raised on the button only to have Domenico Denotaristefani three-bet from the small blind. Hoyt Corkins was in the big blind and quickly announced a four-bet. Landfish got out of the way while Denotaristefani made the call.

Denotaristefani checked the     flop, Corkins bet, Denotaristefani check-raised, and Corkins made the call. When the   was put out on the turn, Denotaristefani decided to slow down and ended up check-calling a Corkins' bet. The same action occurred on the   river and Corkins, nicknamed the "Alabama Cowboy," flipped over   . Denotaristefani did not look happy as he tossed his cards to the middle of the table.

Hoyt Corkins300,000128,000
Domenico Denotaristefani235,000-119,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:36 PM Local Time

Nick Schulman raised from the cutoff only to have Daniel Idema three-bet from the button. Steve Landfish made the call from the big blind, and Schulman came along for the ride as well. When the flop fell    , the betting really took off, well after both Landfish and Shulman checked. Idema took the opportunity to bet, Landfish check-raised, Schulman three-bet, and Idema put in the four-bet.

Landfish tanked for a long time before folding his hand, inspiring Schulman to make the call. Both players checked the   turn, which was followed by the   on the river. It went bet-call as Schulman showed down    for two pair. Idema showed    for the same two pair and the duo chopped up Landfish's money.

Steve Landfish520,000-80,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:29 PM Local Time

We missed most of the action but saw Tam Hang bet the river and Matthew Gallin make the call. Hang immediately mucked and Gallin produced    for a club flush on the river.

Matthew Gallin700,000125,000
Tam Hang380,000-100,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:27 PM Local Time

Justin Smith raised in the hijack and Tam Hang three-bet on the button. Smith made the call and check-called Hang's bet on the     flop. Both players checked the   on the turn which prompted Smith to take a stab on the   river. Hang picked Smith off however as Smith announced "jack high" and Hang turned over    for ace high to win the pot.

Tam Hang480,000150,000
Justin Smith220,000-110,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:24 PM Local Time

Barry Greenstein raised in the cutoff and Tam Hang defended from the big blind. On the     flop and   turn, Hang check-called Greenstein's bets. Both players checked the river and Hang showed    for a pair of queens. Greenstein turned over a superior pair however with    to win the pot.

The next hand, Greenstein raised again and Darren Woods called from the big blind. Like Hang before, Woods check-called Greenstein's bets on the     flop and   turn. However on the river this time, once Woods checked, Greenstein fired one more bet which got his opponent to fold.

Greenstein was off to a solid start to the day.

Barry Greenstein340,00089,000
Tam Hang330,000-124,000
Darren Woods220,000-20,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:14 PM Local Time

Steve Landfish raised from middle position and was soon three-bet by Marwan Abdelal in the big blind. Landfish four-bet, Abdelal called, and the flop came down    . It went bet-call, as it did on the   turn and   river.

"Tens up," Landfish said as he flipped   . Abdelal double checked his cards before tossing them in the muck.

Steve Landfish600,000107,000
Marwan Abdelal60,000-148,000
Friday, June 17, 2011 2:03 PM Local Time

The remaining 14 players have taken their seats and the cards are back in the air. The plan for the day is to play down to a winner or ten levels, whichever comes first.

Friday, June 17, 2011 1:28 PM Local Time

Daniel Idema finished runner-up in this event last year.

What was once a field of 153 limit-hold'em aficionados and professionals is now down to just over a dozen players. Yesterday, the field reached the money at 18 players, which was followed by four bust outs: Michael Schneider (18th- $20,274), Ian Johns (17th- $20,274), Mikhail Smirnov (16th- $20,274), and Carlos Mortensen (15th- $24,060). Today, just 14 players will return in attempt to capture the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet and the accompanying $378,642 first-place prize. Matthew Gallin is the man best positioned to do so as he begins Day Three as the chip leader with 575,000.

There are some interesting storylines to keep an eye on here on Day Three. For instance, last year's runner-up, Daniel Idema, is alive and well in this event, no doubt looking for redemption. Standing in his way is a laundry list of established pros including Richard Brodie, Hoyt Corkins, Nick Schulman, Isaac Haxton, Justin "Boosted J" Smith, and Barry Greenstein. Will any of these players emerge victorious and join the following prestigious list of Limit Hold'em Champion?

Former $5,000-$10,000 Limit Hold'em Champions

2005Event #28 ($5,000)269Dan Schmeich$404,585
2007Event #18 ($5,000)257Saro Jason Getzoyan$333,379
2008Event #30 ($10,000)218Rob Hollink$496,931
2009Event #33 ($10,000)185Greg Mueller$460,836
2010Event #29 ($10,000)171Matt Keikoan$425,969
2011Event #27 ($10,000)152???$378,642

Day Three is set to begin at 3:00 PM local time, which is just over a half an hour away. Be sure to join us then as well look to crown the next $10,000 Limit Hold'em Champion.

Friday, June 17, 2011 1:08 PM Local Time

Table #286

SeatPlayerChip Counts
2Tam Hang454,000
3Darren Woods240,000
4Richard Brodie218,000
5Matthew Gallin575,000
6Barry Greenstein251,000
7Justin "Boosted J" Smith330,000
9Isaac Haxton153,000

Table 279

SeatPlayerChip Counts
1Hoyt Corkins172,000
2Marwan Abdelal208,000
3Nick Schulman297,000
4Daniel Idema524,000
7Matt Hawrilenko210,000
8Steve Landfish493,000
9Domenico Denotaristefani354,000