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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, July 07, 2011 to Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Event #58: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $64,540,858
  • Entries: 6,865
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:29 PM Local Time

On the turn of a         board, we watched Brian Park bet 50,000, then call an opponent's check-shove of 115,600 total. Mr. Opponent had    , but Park's     had him drawing dead to four outs.

The river was the  , and another knockout moves Park up into second place overall with about 1.13 million.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:29 PM Local Time

Freddy Deeb

Jon "Apestyles" Van Fleet has been eliminated, getting the last of his chips in following a     flop while holding    and running into Freddy Deeb's   . The turn was the   and river the  , and Van Fleet is out.

"You run good," said Deeb's neighbor. "I always run good," he replied. Someone from across the table said something about getting lucky, and Deeb had a response to that as well.

"I mean, look," he said. "We're all trying to get lucky. Look at all of these people," he waved to the packed Amazon room. Then, after a moment, another thought occurred to the two-time WSOP bracelet winner. "We're all lucky to be here in the first place," he said. "It doesn't matter how far we go." The table agreed.

Be it by luck or other means, Deeb has had a most fortunate day thus far. He's sitting at 280,000 now.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:26 PM Local Time

Robert Varkonyi opened from under the gun, and the action folded to Marvin Rettenmaier who three-bet to 15,600 on the button. Varkonyi four-bet to 45,000, and Rettenmaier went into the tank.

"Do you know how much you started the hand with?" Rettenmaier asked him.

"I have about one-fiften, one-twenty behind," Varkonyi responded.

Rettemaier then moved all in, sending Varkonyi into the tank.

"What do you think?" Varkonyi asked him. "Another big pot?"

Rettenmaier sat silently, and eventually the clock was called on Varkonyi. As the clock ticked down, the 2002 Main Event Champion mucked    face-up. Rettenmaier showed   , and raked in the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:23 PM Local Time

They are down to triple digits. The top 693 finishers make the money.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:17 PM Local Time

A player opened to 7,200 from under the gun, Jake Cody called in the hijack seat, and the flop fell    . Both players checked. The turn was the  , and the two knuckled again. The   completed the board, the action went check-check again, and Cody's opponent turned over    for a set of jacks.

Cody nodded, acknowledging that his opponent had the best hand, then mucked his own.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:17 PM Local Time

We just managed to pick up the action between Kevin Saul and Amanda Musumeci on a board that read      ; Saul fired out 27,800 on the river, which put Musumeci into the tank for some time before she eventually laid her hand down.

Though it may have seen Saul's stack soar to almost 800,000, it was reported to us that apparently Musumeci managed to pick off one of Saul's bluffs earlier on in the evening to stack up to more than 400,000. As it stands, she's still on a healthy 360,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:16 PM Local Time

We picked up the action on the flop as the dealer spread out a       to start. Austin Schaaf was the bettor, and he made it 36,000 to go. Blair Hinkle called, and Schaff checked to him him on the   turn. Hinkle took his cue to bet 77,000, and Schaff called. On the   river, Schaff check-called another bet, 115,000 this time.

Hinkle could be forgiven if he thought his     was good. It wasn't. Schaff showed down the surprise    , and his set of kings bumps him all the way up to 560,000. For Hinkle, it's a setback to 365,000 or so, but he's likely content to get off as cheaply as he did with those strong hands colliding.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:15 PM Local Time

Freddy Deeb is not tight

When were reached Table 362, Freddy Deeb had an opponent all in and at risk preflop.


The board ran      .

"That's how I run," the player lamented in a thick southern accent, then left the tournament area.

Apparently the player was short, and when he three-bet shoved over Deeb's open, he was already pot committed.

"I didn't look that time," Deeb said after the hand. "Decided to gamble one time."

"So that's what you're raising with, huh?" a player asked.

"Well," Deeb responded. "You can't say I'm tight."

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:14 PM Local Time
Nicolas Fierro515,000-5,000
Sam Simon395,000-20,000
Eli Elezra111,0003,000
Sandra Naujoks100,00046,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:09 PM Local Time

Josh Kay opened the action by raising to 6,600 and was called by Timothy Joseph. It folded around to Edmund Chan who pushed his stack all in for 56,000 total. Kay moved all in over the top and Joseph quickly mucked his cards. The hands were turned up to see Kay was in dominating position.


The board ran out       and Kay's queens were able to hold, sending Chan to the rail.

Edmund Chan0-69,900
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:08 PM Local Time

A player in the cutoff raised to 7,500 and got one caller in Phil Hellmuth on the button. The flop came     and Hellmuth's opponent continued for 11,500. Hellmuth quickly counted out the chips to call, and slid them forward. The turn was the  , bringing another bet from the cutoff, this time for 22,500. Hellmuth quickly called again.

The river brought the   and checks from both. Hellmuth's opponent showed    for tens, better than Hellmuth's   .

Hellmuth slips to 65,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:08 PM Local Time

Jordan Smith and Brian Colin got it all in preflop and Collin held    . Smith turned over     and the board ran          . Smith's ladies held and he's up to 138,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:02 PM Local Time
Peter Jetten515,00060,000
Darren Woods350,00090,000
Jeff Fenech185,00050,000
Lars Bonding175,000-90,000
Matt Savage80,000-10,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:58 PM Local Time

David Diaz

David Diaz opened for 6,000 in late position and the player in the cutoff bumped it to 12,500. Diaz three bet to 27,000 and got a call. The flop came       and Diaz check-called 23,000. Both players checked the   turn and the   hit on the river.

Diaz bet 30,000 and his opponent called after thinking it over and Diaz tabled    . His opponent turned over     and took the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:58 PM Local Time

Over at the featured table, short stacked Edmund Chan moved all in preflop for his last 32,400 and was called by Timothy Joseph.


Chan took the lead on a flop of     and Joseph was unable to catch up when Chan made a full house with the   turn. The   hit the river and Chan was able to scoop a double up, keeping him alive in the Main Event.

Edmund Chan69,900
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:58 PM Local Time

Sebastian Ruthenberg

We got over just in time to see Sebastian Ruthenberg raking in another big pile of chips, so naturally we had to enquire as to how he raked in said chips.

As it was recalled to us, an opponent had moved the last of his money in with   , but Ruthenberg woke up with   . With the board improving neither hand, the number of players remaining was reduced by one and Ruthenberg now has more than 650,000 in chips.

Sebastian Ruthenberg670,000225,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:58 PM Local Time

Mark Herm opened with a raise to 6,200 from under the gun and it folded all of the way around to the button who reraised all in for 47,800 total. The blinds stepped aside, and Herm called the reraise.

Herm showed    and his opponent   . The flop came    , pairing Herm but giving his opponent a set of sixes. The turn was the   and river the  , and Herm's opponent survived.

Herm still has a healthy stack of 310,000 after that one.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:56 PM Local Time

From early position, Phil Hellmuth raised to 9,000. Action folded to the man on the button and he three-bet to 25,000. Play folded back to Hellmuth and he tanked. Once the cameras got there, Hellmuth folded his hand, but it wasn't without giving a bit of a speech. We couldn't make out exactly what he said, but one of the things he did comment about was how he keeps getting reraised, but will still end the day with 300,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:56 PM Local Time

All the tables in the Pavilion Room have been broken, meaning that the remaining 1,052 runners - including the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion - are all here in the Amazon Room.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:56 PM Local Time

Will Failla open-raised all in from the hijack seat with his last 44,000, and his neighbor in the cutoff -- also short-stacked -- announced he was all in as well. The others folded, Failla showed    and his opponent   .

"Keep it low," said Failla to the dealer. "Wheel it out." Alas for Failla, the cards didn't cooperate, coming       to double up his opponent. A count afterwards showed Failla had him just covered, leaving him just 4,100 for the next hand.

All of those chips went in for Failla on the next hand on the strength of his   , and the same opponent reraised to isolate with   . The board went      , and Failla doubled back to about 9,000.

Failla failed on the next attempt to double-up, however, and has hit the rail here at the start of Level 14.

Playtika - Jason Alexander