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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 19, 2011 to Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Event #34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $2,829,600
  • Entries: 3,144
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:52 PM Local Time

Alex Findlay Eliminated in 14th Place

First into the pot, Andrew Rudnik raised to 45,000. It folded around to Alex Findlay in the big blind and he moved all in for 400,000. Rudnik decided to make the call and the race was on.


The flop was     and Findlay was still left wanting. The   turn gave him extra outs for a straight but two were already being held by his opponent. The river was the   and eliminated Findlay in 14th place. With the successful flip, Rudnik has now hit 1.15 million chips.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:43 PM Local Time
Mark Schmid1,250,000600,000
Robbie Verspui1,100,0000
Benjamin Volpe1,000,000200,000
Justin Cohen825,000-100,000
Michael Souza745,000-255,000
Andrew Rudnik740,000-10,000
Jeremy Kottler550,00084,000
Daniel Sosa550,000-90,000
Jonathan Clancy525,000-245,000
Trevor Vanderveen425,0005,000
Alex Findlay420,00020,000
Paulus Valkenburg355,00035,000
Mitch Schock350,00045,000
Steven Davisson320,000-110,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:40 PM Local Time

Domenico Palesse

Robbie Verspui raised to 42,000 on the button and Domenico Palesse shoved for 470,000 in the small blind. Verspui made the call and the players flipped their cards.


The board ran out       and provided no help to Palesse who was eliminated.

Robbie Verspui1,100,000350,000
Domenico Palesse0-440,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:27 PM Local Time

John Berreman Eliminated in 16th Place

Shortly after losing the pot to Jonathan Clancy, Paulus Vaulkenburg moved all in from the cutoff for 98,000. Clancy thought for well over a minute before letting it go but John Berreman decided to play, re-raising all in for 186,000. The preflop action was over yet, however. Robbie Verspui was waiting in the big blind and made the call as well. With two players at risk, Verspui was in good shape to knock them both out.


The flop came     and just like that Berreman had gone from worst to first. But he turn changed all of that when it fell the  . Now Vaulkenburg was well in the lead after being in 3rd with two cards to come. Vaulkenburg, despite having hit a pair of Aces, was now drawing dead for the main pot but ahead in the side pot.Berreman needed a King, Queen or Jack to win the side pot and stay alive while only the King would be good enough to split the main pot. The   river bricked out for Berreman and he hit the rail in 16th place.

With that hand, Vaulkenburg triples up to 320,000 and Verspui basically breaks even and remains at around 750,000.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time

It was folded around to Paulus Valkenburg on the button who went all in for 420,000. Jonathan Clancy immediately called from the small blind for his stack of 315,000. The big blind folded and the players flipped their cards.


The board ran out       and provided no help to Valkenburg who dropped down to five big blinds while Clancy doubled.

Jonathan Clancy770,000460,000
Paulus Valkenburg105,000-315,000
Gorillla Gaming
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:43 PM Local Time

After two levels of play, the players are on their first 20 minute break of the day

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:29 PM Local Time

We caught up with the action on a       board where Andrew Rudnik checked to Alex Findlay who bet 80,000. Rudnick check-shoved for 269,000 more and after a bit of time, Findlay made the call. Rudnik turned over    for the nut flush which was good for the double up when Findlay mucked.

Andrew Rudnik750,000390,000
Alex Findlay400,000-400,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:21 PM Local Time

Genefredo Legaspi Eliminated in 17th Place

From under the gun, Genefredo Legaspi made a raise to 110,000, leaving himself with just 1,000 behind. Justin Cohen was on the button and didn't see the stack of 22 red chips worth 5,000 each sitting in the middle of the table that represented Legaspi's near all-in raise. He tried to make it 35,000 but eventually just called when he figured out what was going on. The dealer made sure to let the players know that Legaspi was not all in.

The blinds folded, the flop came     and the players got it in. Cohen had    and left Legaspi drawing to running cards with   . The turn was the   and that was all she wrote for Legaspi. Cohen now sits with 925,000.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:08 PM Local Time

Jeremy Kottler raised to 36,000 on the button and Jonathan Clancy moved all in for 320,000 total from the big blind. Kottler went into the tank but finally folded and Clancy only flashed the   as the rail oohd and aahd.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:02 PM Local Time

Ravi Raghavan Eliminated in 18th Place

From the cutoff, Ravi Raghaven moved all in for his last 211,000. Justin Cohen asked for a count and eventually made the call from the small blind. The big blind quickly mucked and the hands were revealed.


"King-Queen! Good luck!" Cohen exclaimed. He seemed excited just to be in the moment. The positive attitude brought a positive flop.     peeled out and Cohen had his all-in opponent drawing to running Kings or running clubs. The turn was the   and left Raghaven drawing dead. Cohen filled up with the   on the meaningless river and stacked chips now amounting to 800,000.

Gorillla Gaming
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:56 PM Local Time
Michael Souza1,000,000-100,000
Benjamin Volpe800,000100,000
Alex Findlay800,000287,000
Robbie Verspui770,000-230,000
Mark Schmid650,000375,000
Daniel Sosa640,00040,000
Justin Cohen590,00066,000
Jeremy Kottler466,00066,000
Domenico Palesse440,00070,000
Steven Davisson430,000-20,000
Paulus Valkenburg420,000-132,000
Trevor Vanderveen420,000102,000
Andrew Rudnik360,000126,000
Jonathan Clancy310,000-52,000
Mitch Schock305,000-95,000
John Berreman240,000-31,000
Ravi Raghavan220,000-150,000
Genefredo Legaspi150,000-110,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:53 PM Local Time

Table 280
Seat 1: Mitch Schock
Seat 2: Justin Cohen
Seat 3: Alex Findlay
Seat 4: Daniel Sosa
Seat 5: Mark Schmid
Seat 6: Genefredo Legaspi
Seat 7: Andrew Rudnik
Seat 8: Trevor Vanderveen
Seat 9: Ravi Raghavan

Table 286
Seat 1: Steven Davisson
Seat 2: Michael Souza
Seat 3: Benjamin Volpe
Seat 4: Jeremy Kottler
Seat 5: Paulus Valkenburg
Seat 6: Jonathan Clancy
Seat 7: John Berreman
Seat 8: Robbie Verspui
Seat 9: Domenico Palesse

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:44 PM Local Time

Action folded around to Mike Schmid in the small blind and he decided to raise to 40,000. Jake Flores looked down at his cards, thought a moment and moved all in for his remaining 226,000. Schmid thought for about a minute before making the call. His    was well ahead of the    of Flores but the window card hit Flores hard. It was the   and came with the   and  . The turn was the   and Schmid needed one of the three Nines left in the deck.

The dealer slowly dealt the last card face down and dragged it to where the river card should go. After building the anticipation with a slow draw, he quickly flipped it up when it reached its final destination. Of course at that point it could only be the  . The table and rail all flinched a little for different reasons when it hit and in just over one level, we have eliminated nine players and have reached our final two tables.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:40 PM Local Time

Jeremy Kottler raised to 38,000 on the button and Steven Davisson moved all in for 211,000 total from the small blind. Kottler made the call and the players turned up their hands.


It was off to the races but not for long as Kottler took a commanding lead with the     flop. The   on the turn changed nothing nor did the   on the river as Davission doubled up.

Steven Davisson450,00031,000
Jeremy Kottler400,000-179,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:26 PM Local Time

Jonas Mackoff

We caught up with the action on the     where Jonas Mackoff got it all in against Benjamin Volpe.


Mackoff flopped top two but Volpe held a straight so Mackoff would need a queen, jack or some form of runner-runner to survive and double up. The   on the turn was a brick for Mackoff and although the river paired the board, it was the wrong pair with the   which sent Mackoff to the payout desk.

Benjamin Volpe700,000343,000
Jonas Mackoff0-363,000
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:24 PM Local Time

Randy Kritzer Eliminated in 21st Place

From early position, Daniel Sosa raised to 31,000 before Randy Kritzer went all in from the small blind. After the big blind got out of the way Sosa quickly made the call and the cards were placed on their backs.


The flop came     which provided the all in Kritzer with no relief. The turn was the   and Kritzer would need to find an Ace or a Jack to stay alive. He bricked with the   and exited the tournament in 21st Place.

Sosa, on the other hand, now has 600,000 chips.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:17 PM Local Time

Scott Shelley

Michael Souza raised to 30,000 in middle position and Mark Schmid called in the hijack. Scott Shelley re-raised all in for 230,000 in the cutoff and Souza made the call while Schmid folded.


The flop came     and Shelley who picked up a flush draw said "diamonds would be nice". The turn was the   which gave him outs to the king and nine as well and the table said "more outs". The river blanked with the   though and Shelley was eliminated while Souza took back the chip lead.

Michael Souza1,100,000250,000
Scott Shelley0-240,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:14 PM Local Time

Michael Rushton Eliminated in 23rd Place

It folded around to Michael Rushton in the small blind. With about 250,000 left, he moved all in and Michael Souza was waiting in the big blind with an easy decision. He called with    and was dominating the    of Rushton. The flop came     and the turn was the  . That left Rushton drawing dead and out of the tournament in 23rd place.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:08 PM Local Time

Andy Wong Eliminated in 24th Place

From early position, Andy Wong moved his final 179,000 into the middle. The action folded to Mark Schmid who isolated from the button by moving all in and the blinds got out of the way.

Schmid was just slightly ahead with his    against the    of Wong. The board ran out       and Wong was unable to improve on his hand. With the pot, Schmid has now chipped up to 430,000.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:01 PM Local Time

Wenlong Jin

We missed the action but found Wenlong Jin all in and at risk preflop against Ravi Raghavan.


The     was pretty much as good as Jin could have asked for without taking the lead as he flopped an open-ended straight draw. However the   turn and   river bricked for him and he was eliminated.

Ravi Raghavan370,000154,000
Wenlong Jin0-273,000
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