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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 9:16 PM Local Time
Daniel Negreanu149,600-2,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:16 PM Local Time

Robert Varkonyi opened to 6,400 from early position, Rafe Furst three-bet to 16,500 from the blinds, and Varkonyi called. The flop fell    , and Furst checked to Varkonyi who tossed out 16,600. Furst called.

The turn was the  , and Furst led for 22,000. Varkonyi instantly moved all in for 74,500, and Furst tank-folded.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:11 PM Local Time

Action folded to Garry "Beast Mode" Gates in the cutoff seat. He raised to 7,500. Chee Kian Chan flat-called on the button and the flop came down    . Gates stayed on the gas and fired a bet of 9,700. Chan thought for a minute and then gave it up. With that pot, Gates moved back over 200,000 in chips.

Garry Gates205,000-5,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:05 PM Local Time

Another round of chip counts from Amazon Blue.

Sebastian Ruthenberg890,000220,000
T.K. Miles576,00090,500
Bryan Devonshire460,000123,500
JP Kelly378,000-6,000
Humberto Brenes63,0000
Galen Hall0-113,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:04 PM Local Time

Tom Koral

From the hijack seat, a player raised to 6,500. On the button, Tom Koral reraised to 17,000. The blinds folded back to the original raiser and he reraised to 38,500. Koral flatted and the flop came down    . The original raiser bet 36,500 and Koral folded.

Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:04 PM Local Time

Ryan D'Angelo

Ryan D'Angelo came into the day fourth in chips, and ten hours later, he's out. It's a brutal thing, this Main Event.

D'Angelo got the last ~120,000 of his chips into the middle with his     flipping against David Barter's    . D'Angelo found a pair on the flop, but it was a disaster. The board ran       (gulp!)    , and that's all she wrote. D'Angelo's Main Event is done with just over 900 players left, and Barter suddenly finds himself working towards the top with 780,000 or so.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:02 PM Local Time

Joe Tehan

A player in middle position raised to 6,500, and it folded to Joe Tehan on the button who reraised to 19,300. The small blind then reraised over the top to 43,900. The player in the big blind tanked for some time before letting her hand go. The original raiser stepped aside as well, but Tehan made the call.

Tehan showed    and his opponent   . (The big blind said she'd folded pocket tens.) The flop came     and the jacks were still best, but the   binked on the turn, pairing Tehan. The river was the  , and another player has hit the rail in Level 14.

Tehan is now hovering around the 400,000-chip mark.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:01 PM Local Time
Patrick Poirier1,230,00045,000
Matthew Wantman480,00020,000
Marvin Rettenmaier325,00065,000
Ronnie Bardah303,00021,000
Stefan Huber260,000120,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:59 PM Local Time

From under the gun, an opponent raised before the action folded to Humberto Brenes, who announced he was all-in. The others got out of the way and as the opponent put himself into the tank, Brenes waved wildly at the ESPN crew nearby, getting their attention with his toy shark, which when squeezed, opens its mouth and flashes a red LED.

The camera crew stood on our toes to get in for the shot, but it was all in vain - the opponent folded and Brenes hammed it up.

"Ohhhhh!" he lamented in jest. "I get all the camera here, you fold - what, you no like camera?"

The opponent, who was staring down at his stack at the time, couldn't help but join in the laughter.

Humberto Brenes63,000-87,500
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:58 PM Local Time

Billy Kopp, the 12th place finisher in the 2009 Main Event, has just been eliminated. We missed the action, but Kopp and his opponent got all the money in preflop, with Kopp holding    and his opponent having   . The flop left Kopp drawing virtually dead, coming    . Kopp would need runner runner straight to take the pot, but he wouldn't get it, as the turn came the   and the river brought the  . Kopp left rather quickly, and some of the players at the table thought he had more chips. The floor came over to count it down, and Kopp had to wait around to see if he was still alive. After the count, it was determined he was the shorter stack, and Kopp headed towards the rail for a second time, ending his event.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:57 PM Local Time

Denilson Menezes opened to 7,000 from under the gun, and Sam Barnhart three-bet to 22,000 from middle position. Menezes called, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The turn was another ace - the   - and Menezes checked again. Barnhart tossed out 20,000, and Menezes called.

The river was the  , both players checked again, and the hands were tabled.


Barnhart 's wired pair of nines had been counterfeited, and Menezes pulled in the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:57 PM Local Time

Daryl Jace battling for the chip lead.

A player in middle position opened for 7,000 and action passed to Daryl Jace in the big blind. Jace kicked it up to 20,000 and the original raiser moved all in for 83,000. Jace called and they were off to the showdown.


The board ran           ending the other player's tournament. Jace is now at 1.18 million.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:51 PM Local Time

Daniel Negreanu

From under-the-gun, Daniel Negreanu raised to 6,800. Adam Junglen, Max Heinzelmann, and Sami Kelopuro all made the call. The four players saw the flop come    . Negreanu continued out by betting 18,700 and Junglen and Heinzelmann got out of the way rather quickly.

When the action came upon Kelopuro, he pushed out a raise, making it 51,500. Negreanu quickly flat called and the turn came  . Negreanu checked and Kelopuro went into the tank for about a minute and a half before pushing out a bet of 78,000. Once again Negreanu called and the river came  . Negreanu checked again and Kelopuro announced that he was all in. Negreanu would have to make the choice for his tournament life and opted to fold his hand, awarding Kelopuro the pot.

Daniel Negreanu151,600-110,100
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:50 PM Local Time

"I just wanna f***in' throw up!"

The action folded to Chee Kian Chan who completed from the small blind. Phil Hellmuth raised to 10,200 from the big, and Chan called. The flop fell    , and both players checked.

The turn was the  , Chan checked again, and Hellmuth tossed out 4,800. Chan called.

Both players knuckled after the   completed the board, and Chan rolled over    for a pair of aces.

"Of course he has ace-four," Hellmuth spat, tabling a wired pair of eights and jumping out of his chair. "I just wanna f***in' throw up. How f***in' bad are they?"

Hellmuth stormed around a little longer, then returned to his seat to offer a warning. "Enough is enough, bro!"

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:48 PM Local Time

Sam Simon just now called a short-stacked player's all-in shove. Simon held    and was looking to fade his opponent's   . It was all over by the turn, as the board came      .

Another player has hit the rail. Meanwhile Simon, one of the original developers of "The Simpsons" series, now has 537,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:36 PM Local Time

Ted Forrest has just survived another coin flip, this time with     against    . He had 21,500 chips left preflop, and he's got more than double that now as the           board keeps his head above water.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:35 PM Local Time

Action opened with Adam Junglen raising to 7,000 preflop. It folded around to Josh Kay who decided to three-bet the action to 20,300. Action was back on Junglen who sat thinking for a bit before putting in a four-bet, making it 48,000 to go.

Kay wasted little time five-betting all in for 271,000. The pressure was back on Junglen as he sat contemplating a call. After tanking for about two minutes, Junglen mucked his cards, allowing Kay to scoop up a nice sized pot without ever seeing a flop.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:33 PM Local Time
Matt Stout285,000-18,000
Garry Gates210,00025,000
Eric Stocz145,000-15,000
Jon Van Fleet00
Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:32 PM Local Time

The action folded around to Scott Clements who raised from the button before his opponent in the big blind shoved over the top with   . Clements called, meekly showing   .

Both players paired up on the flop of    , but the opponent's aces held all the way as the turn and river ran out  ,   to double up. Clements is down to almost 180,000 in chips as a result.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:30 PM Local Time

Action folded to Phil Hellmuth in the small blind and he completed. Terrence Valenzuela was in the big blind and checked. The flop came down     and all Hellmuth had to do was announce a bet before Valenzuela quickly folded.

"Hold the cards! Hold the cards! Hold the cards!" said one of the production team members into his headset. The dealer didn't muck the two hands and then one of the other production members pushed the hands back to each player and began putting the mini camera on the top for Hellmuth and Valenzuela to show in order to record the hole cards.

"You really wanna see my hand when I limped the small blind?" Hellmuth said. Then as he was showing the cards to the camera, he sarcastically commented, "This was a really big pot!"

Playtika - Jason Alexander