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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 18, 2011 to Monday, June 20, 2011

Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,579,200
  • Entries: 168
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:20 AM Local Time

Players are on a 20 minute break

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:16 AM Local Time

Racener:   /  
Rodawig:   /   - folded
Hellmuth:   /  

John Racener defended his bring in after Eric Rodawig's completion and Phil Hellmuth's call.

On fourth street, Racener bet his pair and Rodawig folded. Hellmuth snap-raised and Racener responded, "Well I love this spot!"

He turned over    to Hellmuth's   .

Here are the boards through sixth street:

Racener:   /    
Hellmuth:   /    

Hellmuth peeled the  , making a flush.

"I want you to admit you sucked out," said Racener with a grin on his face.

"He hasn't yet," said Eric Rodawig.

There would be no suckout for Hellmuth, as Racener turned over the   to fill up and remain in the tournament.

Phil Hellmuth1,400,000-400,000
John Racener1,000,000495,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:07 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
John Racener:    /      /  

Racener was all in on fourth and in trouble by sixth when Hellmuth couldn't be scooped, the latter making two pair on the end but Racener pulled a third three to survive.

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:57 PM Local Time

Rodawig:   /    / 
Racener:   /    / 

All in on third street, John Racener fell behind on fourth. However, he took the lead back on fifth and held on for the double with aces up.

Eric Rodawig3,075,000-225,000
Phil Hellmuth1,460,000-15,000
John Racener505,000240,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 11:50 PM Local Time

Eric Rodawig

John Racener:    /      /  
Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  

John Racener completed and Phil Hellmuth made it two bets. Racener called and called all the streets before both players checked on seventh. Racener checked his cards and said, "You're good Phil," before mucking. Hellmuth showed     to scoop.

Soon after Racener lost another pot, this time to Eric Rodawig.

Racener's board was      and he check-called bets on sixth and seventh against Rodawig's board of     . The latter showed     for two pair which was good for the pot.

Eric Rodawig3,300,000770,000
Phil Hellmuth1,475,000215,000
John Racener265,000-985,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 11:36 PM Local Time

Though that elimination bumped Hellmuth to about 2,000,000, John Racener has won two pots from him since and has closed the gap.

Eric Rodawig2,530,000130,000
Phil Hellmuth1,260,000-740,000
John Racener1,250,000650,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 11:35 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 15000
Monday, June 20, 2011 11:33 PM Local Time

Ted Forrest - 4th place

Hellmuth:   /    / 
Forrest:   /     
Racener:   /    / 

Phil Hellmuth was the bring in and Ted Forrest called. John Racener completed, getting calls from both Hellmuth and Forrest.

Hellmuth checked fourth street, Forrest bet, and was called by both. Fifth street saw Hellmuth and Forrest both check to Racener who tanked for a bit before betting. After getting called by both, sixth street gave Hellmuth a pair of kings. He bet, Forrest raised all in, and Racener called.

Seventh street was checked by both as Hellmuth announced kings. That didn't interest Forrest, though, who was praying Racener didn't have a low. He did, unfortunately for Forrest.

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:27 PM Local Time

Details to come shortly...

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:26 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest

Ted Forrest has seen most of his stack go up in flames in just two hands.

Forrest:    /      /  
Eric Rodawig:    /      /  

Forrest completed and Rodawig raised before betting every street including the seventh. Forrest called but couldn't beat his opponent's     for just a pair of aces.

The next hand saw Phil Hellmuth limp in on Forrest's bring in.

Forrest:    /      /  
Hellmuth:    /      /  

Forrest bet fourth and fifth before check-calling sixth. On seventh, he tanked for several minutes before calling and Hellmuth flipped     for a low and sixes which was good for the whole pot.

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:12 PM Local Time
Eric Rodawig2,250,000250,000
Phil Hellmuth1,400,00050,000
Ted Forrest850,000-300,000
John Racener500,000-40,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 11:09 PM Local Time

David Benyamine - 5th place

Shortly after busting Mikhail Savinov, David Benyamine is out in fifth place.

First, in a hand against Ted Forrest. The final board read like this:

Forrest:   /    / 
Benyamine:   /    / 

Ted Forrest completed his bring in and David Benyamine called. Benyamine then check-called fourth, fifth, and sixth street bets from Forrest. Both checked seventh with Forrest tabling     for a pair of aces. Benyamine couldn't beat it and was left with about 350,000.

Shortly thereafter, Benyamine tangled with Phil Hellmuth.

Forrest:   / 
Benyamine:   /    / 
Hellmuth:   /    / 

David Benyamine called the bring in amount, but Phil Hellmuth raised. Ted Forrest folded and Benyamine called.

Both checked fourth street and that was followed by Hellmuth bets on fifth and sixth, both called by Benyamine. On seventh Hellmuth bet again, sending Benyamine into the tank for his remaining 90,000. After about three minutes, Benyamine stuck his stack into the middle, but mucked when Hellmuth tabled     for aces up.

Monday, June 20, 2011 11:02 PM Local Time

Details on the way...

Monday, June 20, 2011 10:58 PM Local Time

Mikhail Savinov

Mikhail Savinov:    /      /  
David Benyamine:    /      /  

David Benyamine had the bring in and Mikhail Savinov completed when it was folded around to him, Benyamine called before leading out on fourth street. Savinov made the call and then bet and was check-raised all in by the Frenchman - Savinov again making the call.

The Russian wasn't in bad shape, holding a gutterball, a pair and four to a low against Benyamine's aces. On sixth, Savinov went ahead with two pair but Benyamine pulled out a queen for aces up on seventh. Savinov needed a five, six or seven to scoop or any other low card to chop but he could only pick the   and bricked.

David Benyamine670,000290,000
Mikhail Savinov00
Monday, June 20, 2011 10:47 PM Local Time

Hellmuth:   /   
Benyamine:   /   
Racener:   /  

On fourth street, Phil Hellmuth bet his pair and David Benyamine raised to chase away John Racener. Hellmuth called, very much to the liking of Benyamine. "Somebody doesn't have three queens," said a happy Benyamine.

On fifth street, the rest of Benyamine's stack got into the middle and he was very happy to hit the   on sixth street to make a low and make Hellmuth sweat. Hellmuth, meanwhile, turned over an   on sixth, followed by the   on seventh.

Benyamine slowly peeled his seventh street with Eric Rodawig and Racener sweating with him, but it was just the   to improve his low.

Chop it up.

Phil Hellmuth900,0000
David Benyamine380,00030,000
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Monday, June 20, 2011 10:36 PM Local Time

There has been very little action over the last ten minutes, no pots of any particular action and very few that actually made it past third.

The only thing of note that this reporter enjoyed was Ted Forrest putting up his hood and briefly pretending he was the Emperor from Star Wars.

Monday, June 20, 2011 10:29 PM Local Time

Racener:   /    / 
Benyamine:   /     

John Racener was the bring in and the table folded to David Benyamine, who completed. Racener popped it with a raise, Benyamine called, and then check-called Racener's fourth-street bet.

Racener took the on-board lead on fifth street and bet, getting called by Benyamine. Racener improved to trips on sixth street and bet again, forcing Benyamine to a decision for his remaining 70,000 roughly. After a few moments deliberating, Benyamine called.


Racener had trips and a wheel draw to Benyamine's pair of fours and a low draw. Racener turned over his seventh street first, the   to make a 6-5 low. Benyamine was drawing thin, but pulled a timely   to make better trips and chop up the pot.

John Racener710,000-55,000
David Benyamine350,000-5,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 10:15 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 50000/100000
Ante: 10000
Monday, June 20, 2011 10:13 PM Local Time
Eric Rodawig1,590,000-360,000
Ted Forrest840,000125,000
Phil Hellmuth830,000440,000
John Racener765,000-155,000
Mikhail Savinov660,000-40,000
David Benyamine355,000-85,000
Monday, June 20, 2011 10:10 PM Local Time

Racener:   /  - folded
Rodawig:   /    / 
Hellmuth:   /    / 

John Racener was the bring in. Eric Rodawig completed and Phil Hellmuth called. John Racener ducked out of the way.

Hellmuth check-called on fourth street and when Rodawig took the on-board lead on fifth street, he bet. Hellmuth called, setting up the drama and crazyness on sixth. Hellmuth paired up and led out with a bet, Rodawig raised, and Hellmuth got his chips in as quickly as he could.

There was a good amount of confusion at the table, especially with Rodawig, on how the action reached that point and what still needed to be put into the pot. After about a minute of running through it, it was figured out and Hellmuth turned over his full house. Rodawig was none too pleased, turning over a worse full house.

Both players caught queens on seventh, securing the double for Hellmuth.

Hellmuth - 830,000
Rodawig - 1,590,000