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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 3:04 PM Local Time

Chip counts for the Tan section of the Amazon room.

Aleksandr Mozhnyakov530,00020,000
Lyle Berman145,000-70,000
Christina Lindley103,00043,000
Noah Boeken98,0008,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:03 PM Local Time

Erick Lindgren flashes inferior card to Obrestad.

The ESPN camera crews had descended on Annette Obrestad and Erick Lindgren's table. The pair were in hand together but the pot was rather small. The board read          , Obrestad had checked and Lindgren bet 8,500.

Obrestad was mulling her options as the cameras swirled around the table. She folded, but not before flashing the   to Lindgren.

Lindgren flashed the   and took the pot. Obrestad is near 73,000 and Lindgren is just under 90,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:02 PM Local Time

Jean-Robert Bellande raised to 4,500 UTG and David Baker made the call from middle position. Bellande fired out 8,000 on the     flop, another 15,000 on the   turn and finally 30,000 on the   river.

Baker called all three streets but could only muck when JRB turned over    for a turned full house.

David Baker168,000-62,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:00 PM Local Time

Joe Cada - Eliminated

We missed the action, but Joe Cada has been eliminated from the 2011 Main Event.

Cada held    on a       board, but it was no good against an opponent's    for a straight.

Joe Cada0-60,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:54 PM Local Time

Some feature tables don't always live up to the billing, but today this one is an absolute corker. Not only to we have 'KidPoker' himself Daniel Negreanu but also on the features Kristy Gazes, Shaun Deeb, nosebleed stakes Finn Sami 'LarsLusak' Kelopuro and the newly 21 year-old Max Heinzelmann. The last of these might not be known so well in the US, but the young German managed to finish runner-up in back-to-back EPT's in Berlin and San Remo for over $1.5 million just over six weeks ago.

Meanwhile Deeb and Negreanu have been sparring, Deeb raising to 5,500 from UTG and Negreanu making the call in the small blind. The     flop was checked before Negreanu bet 8,200 on the   turn, Deeb made the call to see the   river.

Now Negreanu bet 18,700 and Deeb made the call once more, the Canadian flipped over    and Deeb mucked, a clearly pro-Negreanu crowd in the 'Mothership' loudly cheering for their man.

Shaun Deeb211,800-68,200
Daniel Negreanu179,60027,400
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:50 PM Local Time

Andrew Hinrichsen began the day as one of the big stacks with more than 335,000. But his first two levels haven't gone as well as Days 1 and 2.

In a recent hand, a late position player opened for 4,500, then Hinrichsen made it 10,000 to go from the button. It folded back around and Hinrichsen's opponent tanked for some time before making it 17,300. Hinrichsen responded by setting out a big stack of orange (5,000) chips, and his opponent quickly called, putting himself all in for 62,000 total.

Hinrichsen showed    and his opponent   . The board provided a bit of a sweat, coming      , but Hinrichsen's opponent's kings held up.

Hinrichsen is down to 120,000 now.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:49 PM Local Time

Randall Flowers was all in preflop for his last 26,600 holding   , and was at risk against an opponent with   . Flowers held when the board ran      , doubling him to 59,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:48 PM Local Time

Before the flop, Kevin Saul raised from early position and the action folded around to Shane Abbott who re-raised from the button. The blinds got out of the way and Saul called before the dealer spread the flop of    .

Saul check-called Abbott's bet of 8,500 after the flop, as well as on the turn of the   after Abbott's bet of 17,000 before both players elected to check down the river  .

"I have an ace," said Saul, rolling up   . Abbott mucked, but the swarm of ESPN crew members were quick to pounce, retrieving the hand (which was still visible) from the muck and mock hole-camming it before the pot was scooped over.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:44 PM Local Time
Sebastian Ruthenberg400,000110,600
Matan Krakow325,000-15,000
JP Kelly275,00010,000
Tyler Bonkowski185,00080,000
Darren Woods180,000-15,000
Raymond Rahme166,00040,500
Jeff Fenech147,000
Vanessa Rousso130,00089,000
Mike Caro55,00012,700
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

Wow. We just saw one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far in a pot that saw Dominic Ricciardi make a fantastic call against Mike Sowers. When we got to the table, Ricciardi was pacing up and down by his chair, as he was making a huge decision. The board read      , and with about 90,000 already in the pot, Ricciardi checked to Sowers, who over bet the pot by going all in. Ricciardi had about 160,000 left, and was put to an incredibly tough decision.

After about 2 minutes of pacing and thinking he made the call, and all Sower could say was "You're good." Ricciardi slammed down    for a flopped set, and Sowers mucked his hand. After counting everything down, Ricciardi was up to 480,000, while Sowers, who started the day with over 400,000, is now sitting on just over 50,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

Eddie Ochana opened to 4,800 on the button, and was called by an opponent in the small blind. The flop fell    , and both players checked. The turn was another heart - the   - and Ochana's opponent led for 6,600. Ochana called.

The river was the  , and Ochana's opponent led again - this time for 11,600. Ochana released, and his opponent raked in the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

Marcos Cerqueira just now pushed his short stack all in from the cutoff, and it folded around to Phil Hellmuth in the big blind who quickly called. Cerqueira showed    and Hellmuth   .

Hellmuth had Cerqueira covered, and so the latter was the one at risk. The board ran out      , and Cerqueira stepped over to shake Hellmuth's hand on the way out. Hellmuth is now back up to 110,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:37 PM Local Time

The under the gun player opened for 4,600, Tony Hachem called in early position, a mid position player called, another middle position player moved all in.

Shawn Keller was on the button and folded. The initial raiser folded and Hachem asked the dealer for a count. The dealer counted out 62,300 and while that was happening Keller asked, "What's happening?"

"The player is all in," the dealer responded.

"I didn't hear that," Keller said -- after removing his headphones.

Hachem folded along with the rest of the players that heard the action.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:36 PM Local Time

Tom McEvoy - Eliminated

Tom McEvoy, the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, had an opponent all in and at risk with the board reading    . McEvoy was ahead with    against   , but the   turned, giving his opponent a flush. The river was a meaningless  , and McEvoy was left with just 700 chips.

He got the rest of his chips in the next hand with    against an opponent with   . The board ran      , and McEvoy hit the rail.

Tom McEvoy0-105,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:36 PM Local Time

T.K. Miles- Over 400,000!

A player in middle position opened to 4,500 and received a late position caller. The small blind three-bet the action to 15,500, putting the action on T.K. Miles in the big blind. Miles slowly counted out chips and decided to four-bet, making it 27,500 to go . The original raiser and caller folded and action returned to the small blind who announced an all in.

"What did he say?" Miles asked to the dealer. "Yeah, I call." Miles tabled    and was ahead of his opponent's   .

The board ran out       and Miles' aces were able to hold, sending one player to the rail and giving his stack a significant boost.

T.K. Miles402,000141,000
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:34 PM Local Time

We walked up to a       flop with about 60,000 chips piled in the middle of the table. Bryan Micon was out of position, and Chad Batista was in position with all ~70,000 of his chips out in front of the imaginary betting line. He was all in, though we can't be sure if it was a raise or just a flat-shove all in. Either way, the decision was on Micon, and he'd spend an agonizing few minutes considering. While he was in the tank, we spent a moment sizing up the two players:

Micon: ~ 6'0"
Batista: ~ 4'11"

Facial hair
Micon: scruff
Bastia: N/A

Micon: white hat w/ logo
Batista: black beanie + gray hoodie

Number of patches
Micon: 3
Batista: 0

Drink of choice
Micon: Fiji water
Batista: Corona (x12)

The tale of the tape gives a slight edge to Micon, but the pot would go to Batista. Micon asked for the pot to be spread, patted the felt, and surrendered his cards into the muck. Batista took a big swig from his Corona, then opened up his airball     as the dealer pushed him the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:32 PM Local Time

NYPD = Notables You'd Probably Desire chip counts from.

T.K. Miles261,000-4,000
Victor Ramdin165,00032,000
Humberto Brenes146,00026,000
Galen Hall116,000-79,000
Ken Cox55,000-11,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:30 PM Local Time

With the board showing     , Sam "KingKobeMVP" Stein considered for some time before checking from the big blind. His opponent sitting in the cutoff then bet 8,000 -- about two-thirds the pot -- and Stein called.

The river brought the   and another check from Stein. This time his opponent bet 12,000, and after some more consideration Stein called. Stein's opponent showed    for trip treys, and Stein mucked.

Stein has 136,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:29 PM Local Time

When we reached the table, the flop had already fallen    . The action checked to Jason Wheeler who bet 7,000, and a player on the button called. The turn was the  , and Wheeler slowed down, check-calling 15,700 from his opponent.

Wheeler checked again after the   hit the river, and his opponent fired 34,200. Wheeler immediately called, and his opponent rolled over    for the stone-cold nuts.

"Oh come on!" Wheeler exclaimed. "Jesus Christ!"

Wheeler cut out the call-chips and slid them forward, leaving himself with only 68,000.

Jason Wheeler68,000-57,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:28 PM Local Time
Matthew Wantman340,000132,000
Jon Van Fleet295,00092,000
Doug Lee225,000-2,000
Marvin Rettenmaier220,000140,000
Jared Jaffe197,000
Garry Gates180,000-12,000
Eli Elezra140,000-8,000
Sam Stein136,000-84,000
Jason Wheeler125,000-50,000
Matt Stout110,000-38,200
Eric Stocz108,000-25,000
Tom McEvoy105,00025,000
Dave Fox90,000
Lee Watkinson85,00043,000
Joe Cada60,000-15,000
Sandra Naujoks50,000-28,000
Arturo Diaz26,000-9,000
Maikel van Leeuwen0-21,000
Jaime Kaplan0
Matt Lefkowitz0-75,000
Nam Le00
Danny Suied00
Gorilla Gaming