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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 1:46 PM Local Time

We came upon this hand with a mountain of chips in the middle of the table. The pot was already at 65,000 with the board reading          . Billy Paradiso had checked and Don Nguyen had an 87,200 river bet in front of him.

Paradiso was deep in the tank and a considerable amount of time passed before Paradiso announced call. Nguyen revealed     for air and Paradiso turned over     to take the pot and chipped up substantially with that hero call.

Billy Paradiso420,000
Don Nguyen404,000-132,300
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:45 PM Local Time

Last year's Main Event runner-up John Racener has been having a tough go of it here on Day 3. While he began the day with a big stack, he seems to be stuck in reverse. In a recent hand, a player in the cutoff raised to 4,100 and Racener made the call from the small blind.

Racener then check-called a bet of 7,500 on the     flop, leading to the   turn. Both players checked that card, as well as the   on the river. The cutoff rolled over    for a pair of jacks, which was good enough to win the pot. Racener is down to 52,000.

John Racener52,000-130,900
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:44 PM Local Time
Justin Bonomo310,000-10,000
Shaun Deeb280,00027,000
Lars Bonding265,00050,000
Jason Alexander245,000-40,000
Matt Savage202,00019,000
Annette Obrestad115,00028,000
Josh Brikis55,000
Nick Mitchell35,0000
Steve Dannenmann0-64,000
Florian Langmann0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:44 PM Local Time

When we reached Table 372, the board read    , and there was about 19,000 in the middle. Matthew Kay checked to an opponent who bet, and Kay check-raised to 20,500. His opponent tank-called, and the turn brought the  . Kay led out this time, tossing in 33,000, and his opponent tank-called.

The river was the  , and Kay fired 32,000, sending his opponent deep into the tank. He eventually grabbed all of his chips with trembling hands, and moved all in. Kay looked disgusted, and quickly folded.

"I have a straight," Kay said as his cards hit the muck.

His opponent said nothing, opting to silently rake in the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:41 PM Local Time

Ryan Olisar raised to 4,400 under the gun only to have Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker three-bet to 8,900 from middle position. Action folded back around to Olidar, and he made the call. Both players proceeded to check both the     flop and   turn, leading to the   on the river.

Olisar checked, Lyndaker bet 5,700, and Olisar folded. Lyndaker is back up to 100,000. Meanwhile, Florent Leprovost, Dara O'kearney, and Tri Nguyen have all been eliminated from the tournament.

Tri Nguyen0
Florent Leprovost0
Dara O'kearney0
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:39 PM Local Time
Sam Simon390,00072,100
Doug Lee200,000-20,000
Garry Gates192,000-1,000
Tom McEvoy80,000-38,000
Joe Cada75,00011,000
Arturo Diaz60,000-26,000
Lee Watkinson42,0005,000
Jamie Kaplan0-40,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:37 PM Local Time

We walked over to Ryan D'Angelo's new table in the black section and saw that he was in a big pot with Matan Krakow. The board read     , and Krakow had put out a bet of what looked to be around 40,000. D'Angelo then announced himself all in, and Krakow snap called.


D'Angelo turned a straight, but he was drawing dead, as Krakow had turned a flush. The meaningless river came the  , and D'Angelo stood up in disgust. He began talking to himself about the hand, and we got an insight as to how the hand went down. He said that he raised under the gun, and after the button called, Krakow three bet. D'Angelo put in a reraise, and Krakow called. D'Angelo continued to comment on how poorly Krakow played, and his response was simple, and well accurate. "I had you crushed the whole time." D'Angelo still has a big stack, and we have a feeling that this won't be the last big pot these guys play.

Matan Krakow340,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:37 PM Local Time

With the board reading      , we caught up to see Joseph Cheong contemplating calling a bet of 33,700 from his opponent. Cheong announced call and his opponent quickly said "Eight-high."

Members of the table were astonished to see Cheong flip over   , for only a flush with the four of spades. Regardless, it was enough to win the pot and boost Cheong's stack.

The very next hand Cheong raised to 4,700 preflop and was called by the small blind. The flop came     and the small blind checked. Cheong continued with a bet of 5,900 and his opponent made the call. Both players checked a turn of   and the river brought the  . The small blind player fired out 10,000 and Cheong folded, losing some of what he won the previous hand.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:35 PM Local Time

A few counts in the rapidly depleting White section of Pavilion.

Patrik Antonius210,000-151,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:32 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth has slid back to short-stacked status once again. Just now he found himself involved in what became a decent-sized pot versus his neighbor to the right, Chee Kian Chan.

Just before the break, Chan had shown his willingness to call down opponents in a hand versus Garry Gates when he called a river bet from Gates with ace-high to take the pot. In this instance, Chan raised before the flop from the hijack to 5,100, Hellmuth reraised to 13,000 from the cutoff, and it folded back to Chan who called.

The board would eventually run out seven-high, with both checking the flop, then Chan check-calling Hellmuth's bets on the turn and river, the pot ultimately exceeding 100,000. "You got it," said Hellmuth following Chan's river call, at which point Chan showed his    and claimed the pot.

A muttering Hellmuth is down to 48,000 now.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:26 PM Local Time

We found Shaun Deeb heads up with an opponent on a flop of      . Dee check-called 5,500 and the turn came  . Both players checked to the   river. Deeb fired out 12,200 and got his opponent to fold. Deeb is back up to 253,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:24 PM Local Time

We came into a hand where on a board of       and 100,000 or so already in the pot, Kennth Friis went all in on the river. After a little bit of time, he got a call from his opponent who showed    and his    were clearly beat as he said "Nice call" and pushed over all but 2,800 of his stack.

Two hands later he pushed his last 2,800 in from early position, and the same player who crippled him raised to 6,000. Everyone else folded and Friis showed    while his opponent had him dominated with   . The board ran out       and he again announced nice hand and walked off into the sunset.

Kenneth Friis0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:23 PM Local Time

Just before the break, Isabelle Mercier found some fightin' chips. There was about 25,000 in the pot already when we joined a       flop. A player in middle position opened to 14,000, and Mercier three-bet shoved for 41,300 total. The bettor tanked for ages before calling with    , and Mercier's     was well in front.

The turn   and river   kept the overpair safe for the lady, and she's doubled her way up to about 110,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:17 PM Local Time

Here are some chip counts from the Tan Section of the Amazon Room

David Baker230,00022,300
Lyle Berman215,00040,000
Dan Kelly152,000
Daniel Negreanu120,00015,700
Huck Seed70,0001,800
Christina Lindley60,00040,000
Noah Boeken60,000-59,000
Thorsten Schafer0-50,000
Brendan Terrana0
Raymond Dolan0
John Cardwell0
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:16 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air!

Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:15 PM Local Time
Level: 12
Blinds: 1000/2000
Ante: 300
Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:00 PM Local Time

It certainly hasn't been a slow start to Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event, with Daniel Ryan exploding out of the gates to move up to 300,000 in chips after picking up a double KO when his pocket jacks cracked both pocket queens and pocket aces!

Ben Lamb is still at the top of the counts with 611,700. Jean-Robert Bellande, Lars Bonding, Phil Collins, Sorel Mizzi, Jonathan Jaffe, John Cernuto and Martin Hanitz have also increased their stacks, but Sam Trickett, Jennifer Harman, Dan Shak, Nam Le, Matt Matros, and Greg Mueller are just a few of the big names to have already hit the rail.

Due to today's ESPN coverage, the players have been sent on a 15-minute break. We'll be back shortly (assuming we don't get trampled on by the stampede rushing to the bathroom).

Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:00 PM Local Time

Kevin Saul came into play today as second in chips, bested only on day two by Ben Lamb. Today he's been continuing with his aggressive play, being active in many pots. His stack has been fluctuating around what he's started the day with and he hasn't been able to scoop any significant pots to keep himself trending upward. That being said, he has won his fair share of pots this level.

We caught up to see the board reading       and Kevin Saul's opponent checked. Saul pushed out a bet of 15,800 into a pot of roughly 32,000. His opponent made the call and Saul tabled    for two pair. His opponent shook his head and mucked his cards, allowing Saul to scoop up the pot.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:59 PM Local Time

Freddy Deeb, hanging in.

Freddy Deeb opened with a standard raise from the hijack seat, then saw an opponent in the small blind reraise all in for 25,000 more. The big blind got out, and Deeb called.

Deeb showed    and his opponent   . The flop came a dramatic     -- a set for Deeb and two pair for his opponent. And the turn added further to the drama -- the  ! -- giving Deeb's opponent the better full house. The river was the  , and Deeb's opponent survived.

Meanwhile, Deeb slips to 75,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:59 PM Local Time

Steve Dannenmann on Day 2

Steve Dannenmann got his last ~50,000 into the pot on a       flop, and he can't be faulted for doing so with    . The problem for him was that Scott Schwalich woke up with     to make the call, and the 2005 Main Event runner-up was in bad shape with two to come.

The turn   and river   were not the nine that Steve-O was looking for, and he has been sent to the exit here in the first level of Day 3.

Playtika - Jason Alexander