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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 7:54 PM Local Time
Nicolas Fierro520,00020,000
Sam Simon415,00025,000
Eli Elezra108,0008,000
Sandra Naujoks54,0004,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:51 PM Local Time

Sorel Mizzi opened from the hijack seat, an opponent moved all in for 30,000, and Mizzi made the call.


Mizzi had his opponent crushed, and the board ran      . Mizzi's opponent hit the rail, while he chipped up to 150,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:46 PM Local Time

We caught a hand over in the blue section just before the break between Brian Roberts and his opponent that lasted over 10 minutes. We came to the table as the turn was being dealt in a pot that already had about 65,000 in it. The board read     , and Roberts checked to his opponent who bet out 22,700. Roberts thought it over for about a minute before making the call and taking it to the river.

That card was the  , and Roberts checked again. His opponent thought for about 30 seconds before going all in, having Roberts slightly covered. This is where Roberts tanked...and tanked....and tanked. Two minutes went by. Then 5. Then 8. It looked like Roberts was going to tank into the break. Despite the length of the tank, no one called the clock, and after nearly 10 minutes of thinking, he gave up his hand. Neither player opted to show their cards, so the player's holdings will remain unknown. After the hand, Roberts dropped to around 60,000, which is around 30 big blinds.

Brian Roberts60,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:45 PM Local Time

Prior to the last break, this hand occurred between Marvin Rettenmaier and 2002 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi.

The money was all in preflop with Varkonyi holding the    and Rettenmaier holding the   . The board ran out       and Varkonyi's full house earned the double up.

Marvin Rettenmaier260,0000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:44 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air! The remaining 1,080 players are now back into battle - two more hours to go!

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:44 PM Local Time
Level: 14
Blinds: 1500/3000
Ante: 400
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:32 PM Local Time

We're now on another 15-minute break, so it's that time of the night where wrap up the most recent happenings out on the floor into a neat little package for all y'all:

No sooner than play had resumed, we saw Annette Obrestad head out the door, closely followed by Victor Ramdin and Sam Stein. Patrick Poirier wasn't going anywhere though – he was announced as the first player in this year's WSOP Main Event to reach the magical one million-chip mark.

Justin Bonomo has also been working hard during this level, having doubled up his stack to stay alive, while Peter Jetten has also been trending upward, now holding more than 400,000 in chips.

And just before the break, Huck Seed was sent packing, and it looks like that Kristy Gazes is also on life support. However, Ted Forrest has managed to pick up a bit, but Brian Park has been the biggest mover, chipping up to 860,000 and change.

The players are now on their last 15-minute break of the day. When we return, one more level will be played out and then we're done for the night!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:32 PM Local Time

Ronnie Bardah (2010 24th-place finisher)

Ronnie Bardah called a raise from the big blind after the player in the cutoff seat opened for an unknown amount. The flop came down     and Bardah checked. His opponent continuation bet 7,200 and Bardah called.

The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   fall on the river. Both checked again.

Bardah tabled the    and his opponent mucked.

Last year, Bardah ran very deep in this event. Out of the 7,319 players, Bardah placed 24th for $317,161. He was eventually eliminated on the main feature table at the hands of Filippo Candio for the largest score of his career.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:32 PM Local Time

Action folded to Tom Koral on the button and he raised to 6,000. The player in the big blind moved all in for 29,000. Koral tanked for a tiny bit, but then folded. Koral still has about 550,000 in chips though.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:31 PM Local Time

Super big stack Guillaume Darcourt opened for 6,500 from under the gun and it folded around to the player on the button who called. The small blind called as well. The flop came    , it checked to the button who bet 15,000 and only Darcourt called. The turn was the   and both checked.

The river brought the   and a quick bet of 18,000 from Darcourt. As the break began and players left the Amazon, the conversation between the two remaining players -- started with cards and chips -- continued in words.

"Why so little?" asked Darcourt's opponent. "Because I want you to call," came the reply. "Or you can raise." "I should've raised preflop," said the button. "What do you do now?" replied Darcourt.

The conversation continued, with the tournament director coming over to remind Darcourt not to say anything to induce or not to induce action. Finally his opponent called. "Two pair," said Darcourt, flipping over   . His opponent, disgusted, flung his cards, showing his   .

Darcourt goes to break with 951,500.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:29 PM Local Time
Guillaume Darcourt900,000-30,000
Sol Bergren510,000
Matthew Wantman460,000120,000
Ronnie Bardah282,000245,000
Marvin Rettenmaier260,000-30,000
Garry Gates185,0003,000
Jared Jaffe183,00018,000
Stefan Huber140,000
Will Failla55,000
Doug Lee35,000-190,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:25 PM Local Time

Ted Forrest is awfully short on chips, but he's not going down without a fight. On the last hand, he got the last ~18,000 of them in with    , and he was in good shape for the double against an opponent's    .

Board:          . Forrest is back up to 41,000 -- back over starting stack!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:23 PM Local Time

We wish we had more details on this hand, but we only caught up as the action was frozen by the now-common, "All in and a call!" from a dealer. When we walked over, we could see that the action happened after a       flop, and Dale Robinson had gotten about 200,000 chips in with    . Brian Park had the covering stack across the table, and his     had flopped the joint.

"This would be a really bad beat," Robinson astutely noted as we walked up. It wasn't to be, though, and the turn   left him drawing dead to the   river.

Robinson is out, and his chips give a big boost to Park. He's suddenly right on the top of our radar and in the chase for the overall lead with 860,000 chips.

Dale Robinson0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:20 PM Local Time
T.K. Miles485,50063,500
Sebastian Ruthenberg445,00010,000
Bryan Devonshire336,50016,500
Humberto Brenes150,5000
Galen Hall113,000-5,500
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:20 PM Local Time
Justin Bonomo285,000-10,000
Vanessa Rousso225,00050,000
Patrik Antonius92,000-118,000
Ronnie Bardah37,000-193,000
Huck Seed0-70,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:19 PM Local Time

With only four tables left of the Main Event in it, the WSOP has nearly finished with the Pavilion Room. What once was the home of all Day 1's and was often packed full of thousands of players is now down to a mere 36. The deafening sounds of 270 tables worth of chip shuffling, the mad rush to the bathroom on breaks, the bracelet ceremonies with our fearless leader Jack Effel, all no more. In about 20 minutes time, the rest of the Main Event, up to the formation of the November Nine, will be decided in the Amazon Room next door, and we will have to wait a year before we get to come back to the sea of tables in this monstrosity of a poker room. Until next year, it's been real Pavilion. Thanks for being so freakin' huge.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:18 PM Local Time

There was about 12,000 in the middle and the board read     when a player in middle position bet 7,500. Jake Cody, sitting in late position, stole a glance at his opponent and then tossed out the chips to call. The turn was the   and the pair followed the same sequence, with Cody's opponent betting 16,000 this time and Cody again taking a quick look before making the call.

The river brought the   and one more bet from Cody's opponent, this for 32,000. Cody didn't need to look this time, and instantly said he was calling. "Call?" said his opponent, obviously not wanting to hear Cody's action confirmed as he tabled his   . Cody showed    for aces and kings and scooped the pot.

After sitting on the short stack for much of the early afternoon, the Event No. 2 winner ($25K Heads-Up NLHE) is now up to 248,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:18 PM Local Time

Kristy Gazes

Kristy Gazes opened the action at the featured table by raising to 6,100. Max Heinzelmann made the call and it folded around to Zachary Fahmie who moved all in for 70,100. Gazes made the call and Heinzelmann folded.


Gazes was drawing slim going to the flop and was brought bad news when it came    . She would need running jacks to win the pot and did not get there as the turn and river fell   . Fahmie doubled up to 150,200 while Gazes dropped to 61,800.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:15 PM Local Time

Huck Seed

On a       flop, Huck Seed got the last of his money in with pocket queens, and he was in fair shape as his opponent put him at-risk with the    .

The turn   left Seed drawing dead, though, and the river   flushed him out the exit door.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:11 PM Local Time

Christian Harder was looking to double up low on chips and got it all in preflop when he had    . His opponent held    .

The board ran           and Harder has doubled up to 87,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander