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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 11:53 AM Local Time

Shaun Deeb kicked off the action with a raise to 3,700 under the gun. Apparently the table didn't respect that raise much, because he was called by four players before the action hit Kristy Gazes in the big blind. She re-raised all in for about 59,000 and Deeb mulled it over for a little while before folding. The other players folded rather quickly and Gazes took it down.

Shaun Deeb265,000-29,700
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:53 AM Local Time

Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker raised to 3,400 from the hijack only to have Christina Lindley move all in for 15,600 from the cutoff. Action folded back around to the young internet star and he thought for about 30 seconds before releasing his hand. Lindley took down the pot without resistance, though she is still short with just 20,000.

Meanwhile, both Jose Pereira and David Powers have been eliminated from the Main Event.

Christina Lindley20,0002,100
David Powers0
Jose Pereira0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:50 AM Local Time
Patrik Antonius361,0000
Thomas Keller168,600
Huck Seed68,2000
Young Phan48,200
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:50 AM Local Time

Ramin Henke opened to 3,400 from under the gun, Lamar Wilkinson moved all in for 28,200 on the button, and Amerigo Santoro called in the small blind. Henke released, and the hands were opened.


Wilkinson was crushed, but the     flop hit him right in the face. Neither the turn ( ) nor the river ( ) were a queen, and it didn't come running fives, more than doubling Wilkinson to over 60,000 chips.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:50 AM Local Time

Neil Channing

Michael Meredith came in for a raise in the cutoff to 3,600, and Jonathan Jaffe called on the button. Action folded around to Neil Channing in the big blind, who went all in for 31,800 more. Meredith thought it over for a couple minutes before folding, and Jaffe instantly threw the chips in for the call. The cards were flipped, and Channing was in great shape.


The flop was a brutal one for Channing, as it came    , giving Jaffe a pair of tens. All Channing could say was "unbelievable" as he started to stand up, realizing his tournament was likely over. The turn gave him no help, coming the  , and the river brought the  . Jaffe's top pair was still good, and Channing grabbed his stuff and headed to the rail. Meanwhile, Jaffe is a force to be reckoned with, as he now has over 300,000 chips.

Neil Channing0
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:43 AM Local Time

Three players were in to see a flop come    . Pinkal Darji checked from the big blind, Lee Childs fired a bet of 11,700 from middle position, Edward Ochana called from the button, and Darji stepped aside. That made the pot about 35,000 when the turn brought the  . Childs bet 19,200 this time, and Ochana again made the call.

The river brought the   and quick checks from both players. Childs tabled    for the Broadway straight. Ochana looked at Childs' overturned cards, then spoke up. "Ten of hearts you get all my money," he said, turning over his   .

Childs chips up to 142,000 after that one, while Ochana has 278,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:43 AM Local Time

Noah Boeken raised to 3,500 from early position and found two callers in the form of the button and the big blind. When the flop fell    , the big blind led out for 8,000, Boeken popped it to 28,000, and the button folded. After the big blind called, the dealer burned and turned the  .

We're not sure of the betting at this point, but we do know that Boeken ended up being all in as the   appeared on the river. Boeken rolled over    for a rivered straight, and he managed to survive with a double.

Noah Boeken119,00067,200
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:42 AM Local Time

When we reached the table, Phil Collins was heads-up with Stephen Rose, and the flop had already been dealt    . Rose tossed out 4,200 from the small blind, and Collins called from the big.

The turn was the  , and Rose checked. Collins tossed out a single orange T5,000 chip, Rose folded, and Collins pulled in the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:40 AM Local Time

Sorel Mizzi on Day 1c

We walked around the room at the beginning and spotted Sorel Mizzi with his starting stack of around 110,000. When we came back around five minutes later, he was sitting around on about 235,000 and has clearly doubled up (and some) to start the day. Apparently Mizzi got it all in preflop with    vs.    and they clearly held up. With Mizzi's success in large field No-Limit Hold'em tournaments, this only means trouble for the rest of the field as he starts to chip up

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:38 AM Local Time

Olivier Busquet came into today very short stacked with just around 14,000. Our plan was to keep one eye on him as we figured he would be all in soon, but when we went over there, we noticed there was already someone new in his seat! This means that Busquet has been eliminated, ending his 2011 WSOP.

Olivier Busquet0-14,800
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:37 AM Local Time

Here is a list of the players currently seated in the Tan Section (Note that Daniel Negreanu and Ben Lamb are on the featured table and secondary-featured table respectively).

David Baker207,700
John Racener182,900
Dan Shak182,600
Lyle Berman173,000
Daniel Negreanu104,300-9,800
Noah Boeken51,8000
Thorsten Schafer50,000
Christina Lindley17,900
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:34 AM Local Time

Picking up the action on a      board, Martin Hanitz bet 22,000. His lone opponent at this point in the hand called to see the   river card where Hanitz fired 45,000. His opponent tanked for about 60 seconds before calling, mucking when Hanitz turned over   .

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:29 AM Local Time

People in the White section of Pavilion.

Sam Simon317,900
Matt Stout148,200
Huck Seed68,200
Greg Mueller50,500
Jennifer Harman33,600
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:28 AM Local Time

Brad Garrett goofing around on Day 2a

On our first lap around the room, we saw that there was some confusion at one of the tables as it seems a player's bag was missing from his seat. Anton Ionel (who came third at this years PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and second in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed at the 2011 WSOP) is missing his 200,000 or so chips that he comes into Day 3 with. It seems the floor is trying to sort it out in as timely a fashion as possible, and they made an announcement asking the players to be on the lookout for the bag. Funny man and former Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett, took this advantage to make his presence in the Pavilion Room known when he stood up and started screaming in some sort of accent, "I am Anton Ionel, where is my bag???" A floor person was walking by and Garrett grabbed a bag he was holding and began to breath deeply in and out of it, pretending like he was nauseous. Most of the room heard him and was turned to see the man in action.

We went over to check on Garrett to see how he started the day, and he has already turned over    for the winning hand and gotten himself to around 65,000. He still has a lot of work to do to get some real chips to play with, but he should be an entertaining player to have around either way

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:28 AM Local Time

On the      board, Claudia Crawford fired 16,300 into Jaime Kaplan. Kaplan called and the river completed the board with the  . Crawford fired 20,000 and Kaplan mulled it over for a minute prior to folding. Crawford showed a set of jacks as she raked in the chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:27 AM Local Time

As we were doing our rounds through the Tan Section here in the Amazon Room, we noticed an empty chair in Seat 6 on Table 263. That was the seat assigned to Jason Mercier for the start of Day 3. Given it is now empty and void of chips, we can only assume that Mercier has been eliminated from the Main Event, which isn't a surprise considering he started the day with a short stack if 34,400.

Also hitting the rail early was Yuriy Kozinskiy.

Yuriy Kozinskiy0
Jason Mercier0-34,400
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:26 AM Local Time

Just another small sample of the notables that are all up in here on Day 3, y'all:

T.K. Miles297,8000
Victor Ramdin172,4000
Humberto Brenes157,9000
Galen Hall131,000
Matt Matros105,000
Ken Cox50,300
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:22 AM Local Time

Jeremy Saunders raised to 3,400 on the button and Lars Bonding three-bet to 8,800 from the small blind. The big blind folded, Saunders called, and the flop came down    .

Bonding's bet of 10,200 was called by Saunders, landing the   on the turn. Another bet was on the way from Bonding, this time for 16,200. Saunders re-raised all in and Bonding called quickly, tabling   . Saunders was not happy at all, showing   .

The river was the  , ending Saunders' tournament and increasing Bonding's stack to about 215,000.

Lars Bonding215,000
Jeremy Saunders0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:22 AM Local Time

We caught the action on the flop with Jean-Robert Bellande heads up with Paul Volpe. The board read    , and Bellande checked to Volpe, who bet out 2,500. Bellande put in a check raise to 9,000, and Volpe made the call.

The turn brought the  , and Bellande fired out 11,000. This time it was Volpe's turn to raise, as he made it 27,500. Bellande made the call, and the river brought the  . Despite being what appeared to be an action card, both players checked, and Bellande revealed    for a rivered flush, and Volpe mucked his hand. That pot brought Bellande up to nearly 200,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:19 AM Local Time

With current leader Phil Hellmuth and his closest competition, Ben Lamb, both in the field today, the Player-of-the-Year Race ought to be as interesting and heated as it has been all year!

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Phil Hellmuth710.25530$1,591,004
Ben Lamb659.05431$1,331,832
Brian Rast550322$1,976,522
Chris Moorman486.20520$1,051,466
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier479.25421$811,639
Sam Stein416.13521$731,279
Joe Ebanks410.25311$1,179,031
Owais Ahmed408.03521$764,997
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Jason Mercier385.33531$696,438
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
Sean Getzwiller343321$672,627

*Through Event #57

Playtika - Jason Alexander