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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 24, 2011 to Sunday, June 26, 2011

Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $726,300
  • Entries: 538
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 26, 2011 5:04 PM Local Time

Christoph Kwon

Jordan Rich came in for a raise, and Christoph Kwon made it three bets in the small blind. It folded back to Rich, who made it four bets. Kwon called, and the flop came    . Kwon check called a bet from Rich, and he did the same on the   turn. The river came the  , and Kwon checked a third time. Rich bet out, and Kwon went into the tank. He eventually folded, leaving just 27,000 behind.

Kwon found a double up a few hands later when he put his last 27,000 with    against Dom Denotaristefani, who was priced in with    in the big blind. But a few hands later, Kwon found himself all in once again, after a raising war preflop with Adam Tyburski.


The flop came    , keeping Tyburski in the lead. The   hit the turn, and the river came the  . Tybruski collected the pot, and Kwon was eliminated.

Jordan Rich824,00084,000
Adam Tyburski392,000-48,000
Christoph Kwon0-140,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:59 PM Local Time
Level: 22
Blinds: 8000/15000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:54 PM Local Time
Dale Eberle880,000231,000
Eugene Katchalov750,000-73,000
Jordan Rich740,00020,000
Mathieu Jacqmin700,0001,000
Adam Tyburski440,0000
Stephen Bass410,000-10,000
Justin Pechie290,00075,000
Dom Denotaristefani150,000-22,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:51 PM Local Time

Ari Engel Eliminated in 10th

Ari Engel is our first player to be eliminated from the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

In the hand that crippled him, Dale Eberle raised it up to 24,000 preflop, Engel re-raised to 36,000 and Eberle called to see the     flop.

Engel bet out 12,000, Eberle raised to 24,000 and Engel made the call.

The turn came  , Engel checked, Eberle bet out 24,000 and Engel called.

The river was the   and again Engel checked, Eberle bet out 24,000 and Engel called. Eberle showed    for the nut flush. Engel was crippled and left with only 8,000 after the hand.

A few hands later, Engel put his last 8,000 in from the cutoff, Stephen Bass called in the small blind and Justin Pechie called in the big blind. The two checked the board the whole way down as it ran out       and Bass showed    for a pair of fours. Engel showed    for ace high and that sent him to the rail in tenth.

Ari Engel0-164,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:32 PM Local Time

Eugene Katchalov has been winning most the pots he's entered at this final table, but he has just lost a decent sized one to Dale Eberle. It folded around to those two, who were in the blinds, and Eberle limped in the small blind. Katchalov raised, and Eberle called. The flop came out    , and Eberle check called a bet from Katchalov. The turn brought the  , and this time, Eberle bet out. Katchalov called, and the river brought the  . Once again, Eberle bet and Katchalov called, and Eberle showed    for a pair of kings. Katchalov mucked, and Eberle took the pot.

Eugene Katchalov823,000-74,000
Dale Eberle649,00074,000
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Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:26 PM Local Time

Ari Engel has just had a roller coaster of a few hands that has seen him win and lose a big pot. Dale Eberle came in for a raise, and Engel put in a third bet. Action folded to Jordan Rich in the big blind, who made the call, as did Eberle. The flop came    , and it checked around to Engel, who bet out. Rich raised, and Eberle folded. Engel called, and the turn brought the  . Rich bet out and Engel called, and the same thing happened on the river, the  . Rich showed   , and Engel mucked.

On the very next hand, Eberle once again came in for a raise, and Engel once again three bet. This time it folded around to Eberle, who made the call. The flop came out    . The two got in a raising war that saw Engel's last 46,000 get in the middle. The two flipped their cards up, and Engel was in bad shape.


Needing a jack, the turn brought the  , giving Engel an inside straight draw as well, and that came on the river when the   hit. Engel secured the double up, but he's still one of the short stacks.

Jordan Rich720,000108,000
Dale Eberle575,000-82,000
Ari Engel164,0004,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:19 PM Local Time

Eugene Katcholov

Eugene Katchalov raised it to 24,000 from the small blind and got re-raised to 36,000 by Ari Engel in the big blind. Katchalov called and the two saw the     flop.

Katchalov checked the flop, Engel bet out 12,000 and Katchalov called.

The turn came   Katchalov checked, Engel again bet out for 24,000 and Katchalov called.

The river was the   and one last time, Katchalov checked, Engel bet, and Katchalov called.

Engel showed    but they were bested by the    of Katchalov.

Katchalov has a big chip lead now with nearly 900,000.

Eugene Katchalov897,00096,000
Ari Engel160,000-93,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:12 PM Local Time

Jordan Rich

Jordan Rich raised it up to 24,000 from the cutoff, and Mathieu Jacqmin re-raised to 36,000 from the button. The betting wasn't done though as Chris Kwon, re-raised to 48,000 from the small blind and Rich re-raised one last time to cap it at 60,000. Jacqmin folded and Kwon called to see the     flop.

Kwon checked, Rich bet out 12,000 and Kwon called. The turn came   and both players checked to see the river  . Chris bet out and got a call from Rich.

Rich showed    to beat the    of Kwon.

Rich scooped the big pot and moves up to 612,000 and Chris is very short with only 140,000.

Mathieu Jacqmin699,0000
Jordan Rich612,0000
Christoph Kwon140,0000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 4:00 PM Local Time

The players are taking their seats from the break right now, and here are the updated counts for all of them.

Dale Eberle741,000-119,000
Mathieu Jacqmin735,00060,000
Eugene Katchalov717,000182,000
Jordan Rich480,00025,000
Adam Tyburski440,00072,000
Stephen Bass420,000-20,000
Christoph Kwon272,0002,000
Ari Engel253,000-307,000
Justin Pechie215,000-295,000
Dom Denotaristefani172,000-10,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:58 PM Local Time
Level: 21
Blinds: 6000/12000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time

Players are on a twenty minutes break

Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:36 PM Local Time

Justin Pechie put in two bets in early position, and Dale Eberle called. It folded to a short stacked Dom Denotaristefani, who put in three bets, saying "ok time to double up!." Pechie four bet, and Eberle capped it. Denotaristefani called, leaving himself just a few thousand behind. Denotaristefani checked in the dark, and the flop came out    . Pechie bet, Eberle raised, and Denotaristefani put in his last few thousand. Pechie called, and the two players checked down the   on the turn, and the   on the river. Eberle showed   , but Denotaristefani showed    for trip queens. It was good enough to take the pot, and Denotaristefani got some much needed chips.

Dom Denotaristefani182,0000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:36 PM Local Time

Dale Eberle limped in from under-the gun, Stephen Bass raised it up to 20,000 from the cutoff, and he got called from Chris Kwon in the big blind and Eberle in the big blind.

The flop came down    . Kwon checked, Eberle checked, and Bass ruined the fun by betting out 10,000. Both Kwon and Eberle called and they saw the   turn.

Both Kwon and Eberle checked, and again Bass bet out 20,000. Kwon folded but Eberle made the call.

The river was the  , Eberele changed it up by betting out and Bass made the call.

Eberle showed    for the rivered straight and Bass threw his    in the air and couldn't believe his eyes. Eberle has been seemingly untouchable at this final table and he is up to 860,000.

Dale Eberle860,000170,000
Stephen Bass440,000-70,000
Christoph Kwon270,000-30,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:35 PM Local Time

Ari Engel

Dale Eberle raised it up from middle position, Ari Engel re-raised to 30,000 from late position and Eberle called.

The flop came down     Eberle checked, Engel bet, and Eberle made the call to see the   turn.

Eberle checked again, Engel bet out 20,000 and Eberle check-raised to 40,000. Engel made the call and the river came down  .

Eberle bet out 20,000 and Engel insta-called. Eberle confidently flipped over    for a pair of tens, but Engel one upped him with    to have him out-kicked and to take down the pot.

Eberle is still way up in chips, but Engel slowed down his run a bit with that win.

Dale Eberle690,000-100,000
Ari Engel560,000100,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:25 PM Local Time

Mathieu Jacqmin

Mathieu Jacqmin made it two bets in middle position, and Ari Engel made it three from the button. Everyone else folded, and Jacqmin called. The flop came    , and Jacqmin checked. Engel bet out, and Jacqmin raised. Engel called, and the turn came the  . Jacqmin led out, and it was Engel's turn to raised. However, Jacqmin came over the top for another bet, and Engel made the call, making this one of the biggest pots of the day. The river brought the  , and Jacqmin bet out. Engel tanked for about 30 seconds, before calling. Jacqmin showed    for a flopped set turned full house, and it was good enough to take down the big pot.

Mathieu Jacqmin675,000130,000
Ari Engel460,000-130,000
Gorillla Gaming
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:19 PM Local Time

Mathieu was under the gun, and put in two orange chips, then two more. This is your classic string bet, and although he claimed he announced raise, no one heard him. His bet was deemed a call, and due to the discounted price, Dale Eberle, Ari Engel, and Dom Denotaristefani all called. Stephen Bass raised on the button, and it folded back to Jacqmin, who made a proper raise this time. Eberle and Engel got out of the way, and Denotaristefani and Bass called. The flop came out    , and Jacqmin bet out. Denotaristefani raised, and while Bass folded, Jacqmin called to see a turn, which came the  . Jacqmin check called Denotaristefani's bet, and the river came the  . This time, Jacqmin bet out, and Denotaristefani went into the tank. He opted to fold, and the big pot was shipped over to Jacqmin, while Denotaristefani was left as our early short stack.

Mathieu Jacqmin545,000130,000
Dom Denotaristefani136,000-130,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:13 PM Local Time

Dale Eberle

Despite being the oldest player at the table by at least 20 years, Dale Eberle has been by far the most active player. Eberle just took four of six hands to boost his chip lead even further. Every time, he raised preflop, and was either called or three bet making it a heads up hand. Eberle came along each time, and by the end of the hand, he had the chips each time. Eberle is now up nearly 800,000, and is the early chip leader.

Dale Eberle790,000135,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:07 PM Local Time

Chris Kwon raisied it up to 20,000 from early position and Dale Eberle re-raised to 30,000 from middle position. Kwon made the call and the two saw the flop of    

Kwon checked, Eberle bet out 10,000 and Kwon called.

The turn came   and Kwon checked again. Eberle bet, Kwon raised to 40,000, and Dale called.

The river came  , both players checked, and Dale showed    to take down the pot with a pair of aces.

The very next hand, Eberle raised it up from early position, Stephen Bass re-raised from the cutoff, and Eberle called.

The flop came down    , Eberle checked, Bass bet out 10,000, and Eberle called.

The turn came   and again, Eberle checked, Bass bet 20,000 and Eberle called.

The river came   and both players checked. Eberle showed    for a rivered pair of aces. Bass mucked and Eberle took down the pot. He is well up over 600,000 now and is definitely our chip leader

Dale Eberle655,000150,000
Stephen Bass510,000-70,000
Christoph Kwon230,000-80,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 2:59 PM Local Time

Dale Eberle raised it up preflop from late position and Dom Denotaristefani called from the big blind.

The flop came     Denotaristefani checked, Eberle bet out 10,000, Denotaristefani check-raised to 20,000 and Eberle called.

The turn came   Denotaristefani checked, Eberle bet out 20,000, and Denotaristefani called.

The river came  , Denotaristefani checked, Eberle bet out 20,000 and Denotaristefani reluctantly made the call.

Eberle said, "two pair" and turned over    for trip aces and the third pair of aces we've seen at this final table already.

Eberle moves back up over 500,000 after the hand and Denotaristefani is in the danger zone with only around 250,000

Dale Eberle505,00080,000
Dom Denotaristefani266,000-80,000
Sunday, June 26, 2011 2:53 PM Local Time

From late position, Dale Eberle raised it up to 20,000 and Ari Engel in the small blind re-raised to 30,000. Eberle made the call and the two saw the     flop.

Engel bet out 10,000, Eberle raised to 20,000 and Engel made the call.

The turn came   Engel checked, Eberle bet 20,000, Engel check-raised to 40,000, and Eberle called.

The river was the   Engel bet 20,000 and Eberle instantly folded.

Engel moved up to 570,000 after the hand and Eberle fell to 425,000

Ari Engel570,00088,000
Dale Eberle425,000-89,000
Gorillla Gaming