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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 3:51 PM Local Time

We haven't seen much action from Humberto Brenes today, but caught up with him in a heads up pot with the board reading    . Brenes checked to his opponent who bet out 6,000. Brenes made the call and the turn came  . Brenes checked and his opponent checked behind.

The river brought the   and Brenes fired out 7,000. His opponent thought for a few seconds before mucking his hand. Brenes smiled and flashed the   to the table and returned to singing along with his headphones while stacking his newly acquired chips.

Humberto Brenes160,00014,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:51 PM Local Time

Patrik Antonius caught with hand in cookie jar.

The button opened for 7,000, the small blind called and Patrik Antonius called from the big blind. The flop came       and all three players checked. The turn came   and they checked around again. The river fell  , the small blind checked, Antonius bet 11,500, the button called and the small blind folded.

Antonius tapped the table and showed    . The button showed     and took the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:48 PM Local Time

Yet another hand involving pocket aces for you here. Could go either way.

In this one Sam Stein opened from under the gun for 5,300 and it folded around to the big blind who called the raise. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn was the  . Stein's opponent bet 10,300, and Stein called.

The river brought the  . Stein's opponent bet again, this time 13,700, and Stein called once more. Stein showed   , but was beaten by his opponent's   .

Stein slips to 85,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:43 PM Local Time

Rob Perelman got his last ~25,000 chips into the middle with     against an oppoent's    , and he could not get over the hump. The       flop was a good miss for Perelman, but the turn   and river   failed to provide any salvation, ending his run here on Day 3.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:43 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb

We've been left Deebless at the feature table. Shaun Deeb moved all in preflop for his last 19,800. Max Heinzelmann made the call before Sami Kelopuro raised to about 60,000 behind him, forcing the German out of the pot.


The board came       and Deeb couldn't pair or hit his gutshot. The day had been going smoothly for the former online wizard, but his stack has been destroyed in just two hands in fifteen minutes.

Shaun Deeb0-20,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:42 PM Local Time

A blind-vs.-blind battle involving John Shipley, playing from the small blind, had built a modest pot by the river, at which point the board showed      . Shipley checked, his opponent bet 20,000, then Shipley raised to 45,000, and with some anguish his opponent let his hand go.

Shipley has 243,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:42 PM Local Time

Patrick Poirier just entered the Amazon Room, taking his seat at Table 360. Before he could even un-bag his chips, he opened to 5,200 in early position. A player in middle position called, and another player on the button shoved for 32,600. Poirier reached into his plastic bag, and pulled out enough orange T5,000 chips to call. The other player folded, and the hands were tabled.


Poirier had his opponent crushed, and held as the board ran      . Poirier is now up to around 770,000 chips - we'll have a more accurate count when he actually gets them on the table.

Patrick Poirier760,00030,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:40 PM Local Time

Blair Hinkle opened to 5,000 from the button, and he called a three-bet to 14,000 from the big blind. It would end of being the last hand of the day for one of them.

The flop came out      , and the big blind checked. Hinkle bet 12,000, the big blind called, and the   dropped on fourth street. The big blind leapt into action now, shoving all in for a pot-sized bet. Hinkle snap-called with    , and the big blind's     had him drawing stone dead.

With that knockout, Hinkle leapfrogs all the way up to 435,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time

We missed the action of the hand but we saw Christian Harder sending almost half of his stack across the table. The board was           and his opponent moved all in for 111,200.

Harder is sitting on 133,000 after having around 240,000 and tweeted that he had the nut flush draw.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:37 PM Local Time

From early position, Don Yang Yan raised to 4,500 from early position and the action folded around to the player on the button who called, before Yan check-called the button's bet of 5,000 on the flop of    .

Yan checked again on the turn of the  , but folded after the button threw out a bet worth 10,000. You win some, you lose some.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:33 PM Local Time

Nicolas Fierro raised to 6,000 from under the gun and action folded to the small blind. That player reraised for his entire stack and was all in for 35,100. Fierro called.

Small Blind:   

The flop, turn and river ran out       to give Fierro the win in this flip. He's up to half a million in chips now.

Nicolas Fierro500,00014,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:31 PM Local Time

We just came into another huge pot where we got our second player over 700,000.

Poirier raised from under the gun to 12,500 and and a player in middle position re-raised to 26,000. Poirier made the call and the two saw the     flop. Poirier bet out 37,000 and his opponent just called.

The turn came the   and Poirier check-called a bet of 38,000 from the middle position player. The river was the   and Poirier checked. The middle position player cut out a bet of 99,000 and after a minute or so, Poirier went all in for close to 185,000 more. Eventually the middle position player called and Poirier showed    His opponent instantly mucked but flipped over a   in the process. Later he did announce he had    and was only beaten on the river.

Either way, Poirier took down the enormous pot and now has around 730,000. He is only our second player over 700,000 so far

Patrick Poirier730,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:31 PM Local Time

Max Heinzelmann

Oh boy.

Shaun Deeb is probably on suicide watch right after this hand that finished the end of the last level. There had been an opening raise to 4,600 before Shaun Deeb made it 15,600 to go. Max Heinzelmann then cold four-bet to 31,300 which forced the original raiser to fold.

Deeb, however, wasn't going anywhere and put out a five-bet to 68,600 with about 170,000 or so behind but Heinzelmann didn't take much time in moving all in and Deeb snap-called quicker than a speeding cobra.


Heinzelmann was in hot water but there was a glimmer of hope when the flop came    , the   on the turn made some split outs possible but the   on the river was greeted with audible groans from most of the audience as the German escaped with a pot worth over 400,000.

Deep has just ten big blinds left whereas Heinzelman, who only turned 21 just over a week ago, now has a stack with which he can really bully this feature table.

Shaun Deeb20,000-191,800
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:25 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air! We'll now be playing one hour of Level 13 before the remaining players are sent on a two-hour dinner break.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:25 PM Local Time
Level: 13
Blinds: 1200/2400
Ante: 300
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:15 PM Local Time

Guillaume Darcourt on Day 2

Another two hours have passed and according to the tournament clock, we're down to 1,314 players at the end of this level. There have certainly been some big movers throughout, including Guillaume Darcourt, who now has 880,900 in chips, as well as Anton Ionel, who is now second overall in chips after being on the right end of the uber-cooler.

Daniel Negreanu, Isabelle Mercier, T.K. Miles and Phil Hellmuth have been gradually working their stacks up, however 2010 November Niner John Racener wasn't so lucky, heading to the rail along with two former World Champions – Tom McEvoy (1983) and Joe Cada (2009).

The players are on a very short 10-minute break and the TV crew must stick to their production schedule, so with the impending stampede, excuse us while we duck and cover!

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:14 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren opened to 4,500 under the gun, and he found one call from the player in the small blind.

Heads-up, the flop came      , and the action checked through to the   turn. Lindgren bet now, and his opponent check-called the 7,000. On the river, the   got the small blind to check-call another 11,500, and Lindgren tabled     to take the pot.

It moves him back up to about 128,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:13 PM Local Time

Jake Cody

After losing that chunk to Dan Morgan just a moment ago, Jake Cody found himself all in before the flop with    and in the sad situation of being up against an opponent holding   .

But the flop came    , pairing Cody's jack, and after the   turn and   river, Cody doubled back to about 90,000 as we near the end of Level 12.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:09 PM Local Time

In the middle, 22,000-ish. The board,    .

Jake Cody, playing from the big blind, checked. Dan Morgan, Cody's lone opponent in middle position, set out a bet 14,300. Cody thought for a moment, then made the call. The turn brought the   and checks from both.

The river was the  , pairing the board. Cody set out a stack of orange and yellow chips which toppled over to reveal a bet of about 55,000. Morgan immediately declared himself all in for just a touch more, and Cody called.

Morgan showed    for aces full, while Cody had but   . Morgan chips up to about 140,000, while Cody slips back down to 42,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:05 PM Local Time

Sam Barnhart might have just saved his tournament life by making an amazing fold preflop for a good portion of his chips. He was up against Denilson Menezes and here's what went down.

From under the gun, a player raised to 4,500 to start things off. Action then folded to Menezes in the hijack seat and he reraised to 11,000. Barnhart, who was in the small blind, four-bet and made it 30,000 to go. The original under-the-gun raiser folded his hand and then action fell back on Menezes. With a total stack size of 169,800, Menezes pushed it all in with a five-bet shove. Barnhart began to tank. He tanked for quote some time while the ESPN cameras filmed what was going on after rushing to the scene. Eventually, Barnhart folded his hand and showed that he was laying down the    to the amazement of everyone watching. Menezes didn't show at first, but everyone talked him into it, saying it was "good for the game." Menezes obliged and showed the   , which made Barnhart's fold look like sheer genius. Barnhart was left with 230,000 in chips.

This big fold isn't the first time we've heard Barnhart's name. He was the winner of the $1,000,000 WSOP Circuit National Championship event held back in May. Barnhart conquered a field of 100 that qualified for the event and took home $300,000. You can read about his victory here in the recap.

Playtika - Jason Alexander