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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 7:06 PM Local Time

A player on the button opened with a raise to 6,500, and Sorel Mizzi reraised to 16,500 from the small blind. The big blind then repopped it to 60,300 total, forcing out the original raiser. Mizzi called instantly.

Mizzi tabled   , while his opponent was hoping his   . Five cards later --       -- the tens were still good and Mizzi's opponent doubled up. Meanwhile, Mizzi slips to 90,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:06 PM Local Time

Aleksandr Mozhnyakov was at the turn with the board reading        . His opponent bet 20,000 and Mozhnyakov moved all in. HIs opponent called and held    . Mozhnyakov had    .

The river was the   and Mozhnyakov is up to 640,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:05 PM Local Time

Patrick Poirier - Over a Million Chips

A player in middle position opened to 5,300, Patrick Poirier three-bet to 13,500, and the action folded back to his opponent who four-bet to 25,300. Poirier then five-bet to 55,000, sending his opponent deep into the tank.

The player leaned back into his chair, put his arms behind his head, and stared down Poirier. He then leaned forward but his hands on his face, and moved all in for 135,000.

Poirier snapped it off.


It was your classic race situation. The flop (   ) and turn ( ) changed nothing, but the   slammed on the river to give Poirier the elimination. His opponent gave a small speech for the cameras before leaving, while Poirier stacked his newfound chips.

He now has well over a million, making him our first player in the 2011 WSOP Main Event with a seven-figure stack.

Patrick Poirier1,100,000276,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:02 PM Local Time

A player in middle position opened for 5,800, and Jennifer Shahade reraised to 15,000 from the cutoff. It folded back around and the original raiser leaned over to ask how much Shahade had behind. "About 155," came the response. He made the call.

The flop came all hearts --     -- and both players checked. The turn brought the   and a check from Shahade's opponent. She bet 20,000, and he quickly called.

The river brought the   and a quick bet of 20,000 from the middle position player. Shahade thought about a minute, then let her hand go. She sits with about 135,000 at present.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:59 PM Local Time
Jon Van Fleet335,0000
Matt Stout164,0000
Eric Stocz160,0000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:58 PM Local Time

Peter Jetten and player in early position went to a flop of      . Jetten called 8,000 and the turn came  . The other player bet 8,000 and Jetten called to see the   river. The other player checked, Jetten bet 30,000 and got a call.

Jetten tabled     and his frustrated opponent showed    .

Peter Jetten455,00050,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:55 PM Local Time
Chris Kwon690,00010,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:50 PM Local Time
Sebastian Ruthenberg435,00035,000
JP Kelly315,00040,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:48 PM Local Time

Justin Bonomo

We picked up the hand with about 32,000 in the pot already, and the board showed         with four cards out. Justin Bonomo was heads-up in position, and he bet 12,600, drawing a check-call from his opponent. The   river paired the bottom card on board, and the out-of-position player now led out into the pot with 21,100 of his own chips. Bonomo looked him up, and the bettor could only show    . Ace-high was no good against Bonomo's    , and that pot pushes him up to 295,000 as he grinds deeper into this Main Event.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:47 PM Local Time

Victor Ramdin

A player opened the betting by making it 6,000 to go. Action folded around to Victor Ramdin who moved all in for 27,000. It folded back around to the original raiser who made the call only to find out Ramdin had him crushed.


Ramdin stayed safe on the flop when it fell     but was heartbroken when the turn brought the  . Ramdin halted his massage in progress and stood up to see the   drill the river, sealing his fate in this year's Main Event. Ramdin quickly gathered his belongings, paid his masseuse, and made for the exit of the Amazon room.

Victor Ramdin0-33,500
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:46 PM Local Time

Robert Varkonyi - Won't Bluff "Him"

When we reached the table, the flop had already fallen    . Marvin Rettenmaier led for 6,400, Robert Varkonyi raised to 18,800, and Rettenmaier called.

The turn was the  , and Rettenmaier checked to Varkonyi who moved all in for about 80,000. Rettenmaier tanked for quite some time.

"I'd take a split right now," Rettenmaier joked before finally folding.

"Good fold," Varkonyi complimented. "I had one of the full houses."

"No you did not," Rettenmaier protested.

"Yeah I did," Varkonyi responded. He then turned to a neighbor, saying, "I'm not gunna bluff him."

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:46 PM Local Time

From the cutoff seat, Matt Stout raised to 5,400. The player on the button called and everyone else folded. The flop came down     and Stout continued with a bet of 8,000. The button flat-called to see the turn.

Fourth street was the   to place two pair on board, tens and eights. Stout checked first and the button knuckled behind.

The river was the   and Stout fired 20,000. His opponent snap-called.

Stout showed the    for the low end of a full house, eights over tens. His opponent mucked and Stout won the pot.

Matt Stout210,000100,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:45 PM Local Time

Sam Stein

A player under the gun opened with a raise to 5,200 and it folded around to Sam Stein in the small blind who shoved all in over the top for his last 61,400. The big blind quickly stepped aside, and Stein's opponent snap-called.

Stein had   , but he'd run into an opponent holding   . Stein stood to watch the board come      , and then quickly exited the Amazon Room, his Main Event run having ended here in Level 13.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:44 PM Local Time

With bellies full and thirsts quenched, it was always going to be a slow start after the long break, but Joseph Cheong has just given up a small pot in one of the first hands we've seen.

The action folded around to Cheong who raised to 5,500 from middle position before the flop; his neighbor in the one seat called and the others got out of the way before the dealer spread the flop of    .

Cheong fired out 7,300 and the other player called, but then both players checked down both the turn of the   and the river  .

"King high," Cheong said, but not showing. "I got an ace," the opponent replied, tabling   . Cheong mucked his hand.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:43 PM Local Time

Garry Gates

Action folded to Kevin Howe in the cutoff seat on the first hand back from the dinner break. He raised to 5,700. Two seats over, the player in the small blind paused and reached for chips -- he wasn't calling either. The small blind three-bet to 13,300. Then action fell on Garry "Beast Mode" Gates in the big blind. He looked at his cards and then paused for about 45 seconds. Gates then reached for chips and put in a reraise, four-betting to 26,500.

Play was back to Howe and he tanked for a little bit, but eventually slid his hand into the muck. The small blind took a few moments and then he, too, folded. Gates won the pot and added a little over 20,000 to his stack.

Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:42 PM Local Time

Annette Obrestad

In late position, Annette Obrestad opened the pot with a raise, and Russell Thomas shoved in enough chips to cover her from the big blind. Obrestad had around 60,000, and she called all in with    . Thomas tabled    , and his two black tens were racing for the knockout.

They'd get it. The board rolled out          , and the pair holds to send Obrestad packing. The Norwegian starlet has one Main Event title under her belt already, but a second shot at that title one will have to wait until the Series heads to Cannes for the European leg this fall.

With the knockout, Thomas climbs to within smelling distance of a half-million chips, sitting with 497,000 by our count.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:28 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air! The remaining 1,149 players have taken their seats and we're now playing one more hour of Level 13 (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante of 300).

Thursday, July 14, 2011 5:08 PM Local Time

Guillaume Darcourt leading the way into dinner break

Guillaume Darcourt948,400-600
Patrick Poirier824,0001,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:25 PM Local Time

The excitement is at fever pitch here in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, with the viewers at home being given plenty to whet their appetite in this last hour of play.

Max Heinzelmann, who only turned 21 more than one week ago, is already making his presence felt at the ESPN feature table, all but stacking Shaun Deeb just before the previous break to move up to more than 500,000 in chips. He'll still have a long way to go if he's going to catch Guillaume Darcourt (948,400) followed by Daryl Jace (927,000), Chris Bonita (887,100), and Patrick Poirier (824,000)

Phil Hellmuth's still fighting on, but unfortunately Mike Caro, Noah Boeken and Jason Alexander have all been amongst the pre-dinner break casualties.

Speaking of dinner, it's time for all of us to get out of here and rustle up some grub! Play will resume at 7.25pm PST (GMT -7). See you in two hours!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:24 PM Local Time

Chris Bonita is going to enjoy his dinner break much more now.

On the last hand before the players exited for dinner, Bonita picked up    and three-bet Don Nguyen. A four-bet came from Nguyen, though, and Bonita called to see the flop come down    . Another series of raises came, culminating with Nguyen being all in and at risk for roughly 400,000 with   .

It was a huge sweat for Bonita, but he held through the   turn and   river to move to third in chips at the dinner break.

Don Nguyen0-315,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander