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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 26, 2011 to Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $2,601,000
  • Entries: 2,890
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:30 PM Local Time

On the last hand of the level, the action folded around to Antonio Esfandiari on the button. The Magician sized up the dead money in the pot and made a raise of 48,000. Philip Hammerling defended his big blind by calling and the players watched the dealer flop the    .

Hammerling was first to act and tapped the table for a check, which prompted Esfandiari to try and take the pot right there with a bet of 57,000. The native of Germany paused for a minute or so before deciding to call and the   hit the table on the turn. Both players checked this innocuous card and we were off to the river.

River:  

Hammerling had enough of checking and led out for a bet of 82,000. Esfandiari stared him down for a but before releasing his hand and the bracelet winner took a slight hit to begin official final table action.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:22 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 12000/24000
Ante: 4000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:18 PM Local Time

After introductions of all the final table players, we have now resumed play with 4 minutes remaining in level 23.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:09 PM Local Time

David Haiman - 10th place

Here at the secondary feature table -- under the spotlights and amid the nonstop cheering over in the "mothership" -- a blind-vs.-blind confrontation just developed between David Haiman (SB) and Jean Luc Marais (BB).

It having folded to him, Haiman raised to 62,000 from the small blind. Marais checked his cards, deliberated about a half-minute, then slid out some green (25K) chips to make it 200,000 to go. Haiman thought a beat, then announced he was all in, and Marais called.

Haiman showed    and Marais   . The flop came    , giving both pairs of aces but Marais a dominating second pair of treys. The turn was the   and river the  , and we are down to the official nine-handed final table.

The Frenchman Marais looks to be our chip leader to begin the final table proceedings with over 1.8 million.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:08 PM Local Time

After finally reaching his ultimate goal of sitting at a WSOP final table, Aaron Massey did not wast any time chipping up.

On the first hand dealt after moving to the final table area, Massey was in the small blind and open-shoved for his last 269,000. He was instantly called down by Andrew Teng in the big blind, who flipped over   . Massey revealed the    and would need a fortunate flop to overcome Teng's pocket pair.

Flop:    

Fortune had smiled on Massey in this instance and the queen on the flop gave him the lead. After the turn card came  , he the aspiring young pro was one card away from earning the double.

River:  

Teng could not find a nine in the deck and Massey doubled through, giving him a stack that, while still below average, allows him some much needed breathing room.

Massey rushed over after the double and told us "This is my dream come true! It's actually happening." He didn't need to tell us anything though, as Massey's ear-to-ear grin and genuine sense of excitement said it all.

Aaron Massey545,000273,000
Andrew Teng535,000-280,000
Gorillla Gaming
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:57 PM Local Time
Antonio Esfandiari1,600,000550,000
Kenneth Griffin1,485,00010,000
Jean Luc Marais1,300,00050,000
Philip Hammerling1,100,000-120,000
Andrew Teng815,000-35,000
Eric Baudry735,000135,000
Jeremiah Siegmund465,000-15,000
David Haiman420,000-17,000
Aaron Massey272,00042,000
Jonathan Lane230,000-50,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:54 PM Local Time
SeatPlayer
1Kenneth Griffin
2David Haiman
3Jean Luc Marais
4Antonio Esfandiari
5Jonathan Lane
6Philip Hammerling
7Jeremiah Siegmund
8Eric Baudry
9Aaron Massey
10Andrew Teng
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time

Jonathan Driscoll - 11th place

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 45,000 from UTG, and Andrew Teng called from the button. It folded to Jonathan Driscoll in the big blind who checked his cards, sat looking ahead for a moment, then announced he was all in. A count of his remaining chips determined he was committing a stack of 335,000.

Esfandiari thought about a minute, then leaned over to get a look at Teng's stack. "About eight," said Teng referring to his stack that totals around 850,000 at present. Esfandiari leaned back, then announced he was all in, forcing a fold from Teng.

Driscoll   
Esfandiari   

The board ran out      , and after spending time at the top of the leaderboard today, Driscoll just misses the unofficial final table, finishing in 11th place.

Esfandiari is up over 1 million at present. The remaining ten players have packed up and moved over to the secondary feature table, where they will be assigned new seat. Back in a few with the table draw and more action.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:44 PM Local Time

In one hand action folded to Aaron Massey in the small blind who raised to 50,000. Philip Hammerling called from the big blind and they saw the flop come    . Massey bet 65,000 and Hammerling called. The turn was the   and Massey bet out 80,000. Hammerling again opted to call and they saw the   fall on the river.

Both players checked and when Hammerling showed his   , Massey mucked his hand and was left with around 420,000.

Not long after that hand, Jeremiah Siegmund raised all in from the button for a total of 237,000 and Massey who was in the big blind snap called.

Siegmund:   
Massey:   

Siegmund was drawing slim until the flop came     to give him a pair and the lead. The turn and river were the   and   and Siegmund doubled to 480,000 while Massey was left with only 230,000.

Philip Hammerling1,220,00030,000
Jeremiah Siegmund480,000155,000
Aaron Massey230,000-295,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:34 PM Local Time

Having been quiet since the start of Day 3, Jean Luc Marais finally made his presence known after doubling through Jonathan Lane.

Marais opened for 65,000 from the cutoff and watched Lane three-bet to 190,000 to defend his small blind. The action folded around and Marais tossed a few T25,000 chips forward for the call.

Flop:    

Lane took the initiative with the textured board and led out for 200,000. Marais took his time and deliberated for a minute or so before placing two stacks in the middle for a call.

Turn:  

Lane immediately announced "All-In" and watched as Marais stood while declaring "Call!" The Frenchman revealed his    for a flopped nut straight, and Lane winced when he saw he was drawing dead with the   . Marais had ran the slowplay perfectly and trapped Lane into shoving when he could not win the pot. The meaningless river card came   and Lane was forced to ship more than half of his stack across the table.

Jean Luc Marais1,250,000655,000
Jonathan Lane280,000-665,000
Gorillla Gaming
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:25 PM Local Time

Eric Baudry raised to 50,000 from under the gun and received calls from Andrew Teng, Ken Griffin in the small blind and Antonio Esfandiari in the big blind.

The flop came     and both blinds checked to Baudry who bet 105,000. Teng and Griffin both folded and Esfandiari raised to 480,000. Baudry opted to fold and Esfandiari took the pot bumping his stack above the one-million chip mark.

Antonio Esfandiari1,200,000280,000
Eric Baudry600,000-260,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:18 PM Local Time

It folded around to Philip Hammerling who raised to 44,000 from the small blind, and Jean Luc Marais called from the BB. The flop came    . Hammerling pushed out a bet of 33,000, and Marais called. The turn was the  , and Hammerling kept hammering, this time betting 86,000.

But Marais hit back, announcing immediately he was raising all in with the 415,000 or so he had left. Hammerling thought for a full minute, then let it go.

Hammerling still has about 1.2 million, currently second behind Griffin. Meanwhile, Marais chips up to 595,000.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time

After reaching the unofficial final table of ten players during Event # 8: No-Limit Hold'em, Jonathan Driscoll is just two eliminations away from surpassing that 10th place performance.

The native of Quebec was active early on the day with his large stack, but after some unsuccessful confrontations he has dropped about half of his stack. With the final table so close at hand, he has tightened up just a bit and is looking to pick his spots wisely.

Jonathan Driscoll420,00095,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:10 PM Local Time

When Jeremiah Siegmund raised to 45,000 from the small blind, Jonathan Lane peered down to inspect his opponent's smaller stack, before defending his big blind and coming along.

The flop rolled out     and Siegmund continued his line, firing 55,000 into the middle. Lane called him down and the turn card brought the   to the table.

This time Siegmund slowed down and checked to Lane, who proceeded to bet 125,000. After an agonizing tank of over six minutes, Siegmund finally released his hand and the pot was shipped to Lane.

Jonathan Lane945,000145,000
Jeremiah Siegmund325,000-110,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:56 PM Local Time

The remaining 11 players are now back from break. When we hit 10 we will combine to form the unofficial final table so stay tuned!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:51 PM Local Time

Aaron Massey Is Stylin' and Proflin' As He Tries to Burst Onto the Poker Scene With His 1st WSOP Final Table Appearance

Aaron Massey arrived at the Rio today dressed to the nines in hoped of making a good impression at his first WSOP final table. With his maroon leather jacket and crisp new jeans, Massey told us he "is hoping to make a splash here today."

After becoming a fixture on the WSOP Circuit and the Heartland Poker Tour, Massey is seeking his biggest score to date here at the world's premiere poker event. Repeating his personal motto of "Destiny is mine," when Massey told us that "He just wants to be a poker star so bad" his passion for the game was written on his red leather sleeve. He has been documenting what he termed "his failures so far this summer" through his website chicagopokerclub.net, and says the blog is his way of living his dream of becoming a professional player.

So far, the affirmations have worked and Massey is already running good from the get go, after having found a $20 bill tucked inside his jacket pocket. Massey laughed when he found the lost dough, saying "I'm on a freeroll now baby!" before adding "Round of drinks on me!"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time

Players are now on their first 20-minute break of the day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:32 PM Local Time

Jonathan Driscoll raised to 32,000 from the button and Antonio Esfandiari called from the big blind. The flop came     and the fireworks began. Esfandiari checked, Driscoll bet 32,000, Esfandiari raised to 86,000, and Driscoll then re-raised to 140,000. Not to be outdone, Esfandiari put in yet enother raise to 215,000 total. Driscoll opted to simply call and the   fell on the turn. Esfandiari only had a little over 200,000 left in his stack and checked the action to Driscoll who put out two green chips equaling 50,000. Esfandiari then pushed in a raise to 150,000 and Driscoll immediately said he was all in.

Esfandiari snap-called and Driscoll cried "You better not have a better kicker" and groaned in agony when Esfandiari showed his   . Driscoll flipped over his    and the entire table waited to see what the river would bring. The   came giving Esfandiari a full house and the double up.

Antonio Esfandiari920,000535,000
Jonathan Driscoll325,000-945,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:23 PM Local Time

Tamas Lendvai -  Eliminated in 12th Place ($26,192)

Tamas Lendvai decided to raise it up from the cutoff, making it 36,000 to go. Jonathan Lane defended his big blind with a call and the players watched a flop of     hit the table.

Lane checked it to Lendvai, who fired a bet of 43,000 into the middle. This was met by a check raise to 155,000 by Lane and Lendvai thought hings over for a minute or so. He eventually settled on an all-in shove and was disheartened to hear Lane instantly make the call with authority in his voice.

He flipped up his    for a flopped flush, and when he saw Lendvai's   , Lane did a little shimmy to celebrate his enormous lead in the hand. The   on the turn ended the proceedings and Lendvai was drawing dead. After the   on the river made things official, he hit the rail in 12th place.

Jonathan Lane960,000435,000
Tamas Lendvai0-375,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:17 PM Local Time

David Baker - 13th place

David "OBD" Baker came into play with a short stack and put it to the test several times during these first two levels. Recently, following a button raise by Andrew Teng, Baker pushed his stack of about 220,000 in the middle from the small blind and got a call from Teng. Baker had    and hopes of doubling versus Teng's   , but the board came       and the pair chopped the pot.

Just a couple of orbits later, Baker was all in again from under the gun for his last 180,000 and got a caller once more in Teng in the big blind. This time Baker held    and had run into Teng's   . The board brought no help to Baker's hand, and he's out in 13th place.

Teng is now up to 930,000.

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