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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 12:24 PM Local Time

A player opened for 3,600 from early position and Victor Ramdin made the call from middle position. The two players saw a flop of     and Ramdin's opponent continued out with a bet of 4,200. Ramdin quickly called and the   came on the turn.

Ramdin's opponent led out once again, this time making it 6,500. Ramdin tanked for about a minute before making the call. The river brought the   and both players quickly checked.

"Tens," Ramdin's opponent announced, causing Ramdin to shoot his cards to the muck, dropping his stack down to about 224,000.

Victor Ramdin224,00051,600
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:24 PM Local Time

Joe Cada slipped a bit to start the day, doubling an opponent at his table, but after eliminating that very same player, he's closing back in on a six-figure stack.

Cada's opponent opened to 4,100, The 2009 Main Event Champion three-bet to 11,600, and the action folded back to his opponent who went deep into the tank. The ESPN crew hovered over the table as the man sat silently, and when he finally grabbed the rest of his 28,000-chip stack, Cada beat him into the pot.

Cada :   

The     flop was fairly dry, but the   turned, giving Cada's opponent ten more outs to Broadway. The river was the   however - a brick - and Cada's opponent was eliminated from the tournament.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:20 PM Local Time

Dan Shak getting his chips ready for Day 3, only to bust within the first hour of the day.

The last time we checked up on Dan Shak, he was sitting on a stack of over 180,000. On our most recent pass, we noticed his chair was empty and their were no chips in his spot. A quick check with his former table confirmed that Shak has been eliminated.

We didn't get all the details, but the table informed us that Shak apparently had a set but was beat by the flush of Ben Tollerene. Whatever the case, Shak has been eliminated from the Main Event.

Dan Shak0-182,600
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:20 PM Local Time

The action folded around to a player in middle position who raised to 3,500 preflop; the player in the hijack position called, but Donny Mizrachi shoved from the small blind for around 23,000. The big blind snap-called and the others got out of the way before showdown:

Big Blind:   

The players chopped it up after the board ran out      . Unlike last year's "brothers-in-arms" story, Donny is the Last of the Mizrachis this year and will have plenty of work to do as he's now on less than 28,000 in chips.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:18 PM Local Time

Shawn Keller opened for 6,600 from middle position and Mario Delis called from the big blind. The flop came       and both players checked. The turn came   and they checked a second time. The river fell  , Delis checked and Keller bet 15,000. Delis tossed in the call and Keller announced full house and tabled    .

His opponent mucked and Keller said, "I wish you had eights full or something there." Keller is up to 270,000.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:17 PM Local Time

Ty Stewart  taking to the mic.

Before play began today, Ty Stewart took to the mic to mark this very special day in poker's history. Today is the day that ESPN's coverage of the 2011 WSOP officially begins, and they're rolling out some new and exciting toys for this year's production. For the first time ever, the run to the Main Event bracelet will be shown "live" on a 30-minute delay on either ESPN, ESPN2, or We know "live delay" is a bit of an oxymoron; we're just going with what the press release says here. Either way, the important bit is that there will be hole cards and live commentary from Lon McEachern, David Tuchman, and a rotating cast of guest pros to compliment the broadcasts. Football isn't the only sport with a sideline reporter, either, and the WSOP now has Kara Scott filling in the coverage from the rail. In fact, there's a whole new production crew in charge as 441 is out and Poker PROductions is in. The regular Tuesday night telecasts will begin on July 26th and run for 16 consecutive weeks leading up to the November Nine. Here are some more numbers involved in the production this year:

  • 4.5 - Miles of cable used
  • 10 - Number of days to build the WSOP bracelet-themed lighting truss structure
  • 40 - Number of live hours of Main Event coverage -- a first
  • 55 - Number of ESPN cameras (18 hole-card cams, 14 feature cams, 9 secondary cams + others)
  • 88 - Number of LED video panels throughout the room
  • 150 - Number of people involved in the WSOP telecasts
  • 700 - Number of lights used on-set
  • 1,000 - Number of man hours needed to go from an empty room to a final set for the telecast

Today's broadcast schedule has coverage from 3-9pm Eastern (that's now!) on, and from 7-9pm and 11pm-2:30am on ESPN 2. As such, the break schedule for today is a bit funky.

We'll play this first level, then take a twenty-minute break. Then we'll play the second level, followed by a ten-minute break. That will put us into the third level of the day, and we'll play half of it before heading off for a two-hour dinner break around 5:30pm local time. Play will resume at 7:30 with the other half of the level, then we'll take a 15-minute break, then we'll play the fourth level of the day. And that's it. The bags will be out right at 10:45pm tonight for the lucky survivors.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:14 PM Local Time
Justin Bonomo320,000
Annette Obrestad87,000
Steve Dannenmann64,000
Nick Mitchell35,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:13 PM Local Time

Eric Jackson opened with a raise to 4,000 from middle position and got two callers, including Phil Hellmuth in the small blind. The flop came     and it checked to Jackson who continued for 7,000. Only Hellmuth called. The turn brought the   and checks from both players.

The river brought the  . Hellmuth didn't waste much time tossing out a bet of 16,000, and Jackson sat back in his chair in response. With a resigned look he rechecked his cards, rubbed his chin, and sat another half-minute with a "Can I call this?" expression on his face.

Finally he did call. "Flush," called out Hellmuth in response, flipping over   . Jackson showed his no-good   , and Hellmuth took the pot.

Hellmuth has about 110,000 at the moment, a bit below the average stack (almost 120,000) with 1,722 players left. Meanwhile, Jackson has 130,000.

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

We missed most of the preflop raising, but when we went over to Darryll Fish's table we noticed that he was all-in in the small blind for around 80,000, and that the player in the big blind, James Guinther, had made the call. The cards were flipped up, and Fish was crushed going to the flop.


The flop came    , pairing Guinther but giving Fish an extra out, as he now needed one of four jacks in the deck. The turn was no help, coming the  , but the   slammed down on the river, giving Fish the broadway straight and the win. Fish did a spastic shake after hitting the card, and shook his head in disbelief as the chips were being pushed towards him. "I wasn't planning on geting my money in that bad. Its been a while since that has happened to me." Regardless of how long its been, Fish will gladly take the double up, as his stack is now up to 180,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:08 PM Local Time

Jason Wheeler opened to 3,500 from the cutoff, and an opponent called in the big blind. The flop came down    , and Wheeler's opponent check-called a 4,600-chip bet.

The turn was the  , Wheeler's opponent checked again, and Wheeler tossed out 10,100. His opponent folded, and Wheeler showed    for a flopped set of sevens.

Jason Wheeler160,00020,600
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:06 PM Local Time

Mickey Appleman was heads up with another opponent with a flop of      . His opponent bet 5,200 and Appleman raised to 20,000. His opponent moved all in and Appleman called.


The board finished     and Appleman doubled to 93,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:06 PM Local Time

With about 38,000 already in on the turn of a      board, Erick Lindgren was tanking against an all in of 27,400 from his small blind opponent. Finally Lindgren made the call showing    for the turned flush but he had been right to be wary, his opponent flipping    for the nut flush which held on the   river.

Lindgren drops to 112,000

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:04 PM Local Time

Nikolaus Kovacs raised to 4,000 from the cutoff and received calls from Lyle Berman on the button and Craig Schauer in the small blind. All three players proceeded to check the     flop, leading to the   turn. It went check-check to Berman, who fired out a modest 7,500.

Schauer quickly got out of the way while Kovacs opted to make the call. The   river inspired a check from Kovacs, opening the door for Berman to bet 20,000. Kovacs reluctantly flicked his cards to the muck , preserving his stack of 71,000. Berman is up to 175,000.

Lyle Berman175,0002,000
Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:01 PM Local Time

From the UTG +1 position, Joseph Cheong popped it up to 3,500 before the flop and the action folded around to the player in the big blind who called, but then both players checked down the whole board of      .

The big blind tabled    and Cheong mucked his hand. It was only a small hit though - he's still sitting pretty with 224,000 in chips.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 PM Local Time

With about 12,000 in the middle and the board showing    , it checked to Phil Collins on the button who bet 7,000. John Hill called from the big blind, and the third player folded in between.

The turn was the  . This time Hill led with a bet of 12,000, and Collins sat motionless for about a minute. Finally, with great deliberation, Collins raised to 27,000, and Hill went deep into the tank. After a couple of minutes Hill stacked 61,000 and began riffling the chips, gauging Collins' for a reaction. Finally Hill rechecked his cards, then pushed them face down to the dealer.

Collins has about 245,000 now.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:59 AM Local Time

The flop had already fallen     when we reached Table 347. "Miami" John Cernuto led out for 20,000 from the small blind, Arturo Diaz raised to 50,000 on the button, and Cernuto called.

The turn was the  , and Cernuto moved all in for effectively 85,000. Diaz tank-folded    face-up, and Cernuto won the pot.

Arturo Diaz85,000-22,700
Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:58 AM Local Time

We found this hand developing at the river. The board read           with 30,000 already in the pot. Peter Jetten had a 25,000 bet in front of him and his opponent was tanking. His opponent finally called and Jetten tabled     and his opponent mucked. Jetten is up to 120,000.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:56 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth raised to 3,800 from middle position and Marcos Cerqueira called from the big blind to see the     flop. Both players checked and the turn brought the  . Both checked again and the river completed the board with the  . Both checked a third time.

Cerqueira mucked after Hellmuth showed the   , but the hand took a few minutes longer.

Hellmuth's table is not one of the two featured tables here on Day 3. The table is in the middle of the Purple Section of the Amazon Room , but there's plenty of filming going on every single hand in order to catch all of the action at the table and especially action involving Hellmuth.

After many hands have been completed, the production team has instructed the dealer to hold the board and all cards where they are while they film. The dealer does so, which takes an extra minute or two before washing the deck and moving to the next hand. The dealer also has been instructed to hold a player's mucked holding, as happened on this hand.

Hellmuth showed his hand and Ader mucked, but the dealer didn't pull the hand into the muck. After the filming team shoots the board in the middle of the table with the winning hand, a mini camera is placed on the table in front of the player who mucked, in this case it was Cerqueira. He takes back his cards and shows them to the camera as though it were a hole-card camera. This is so when the hand airs later on, all hole cards can be known throughout the action.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:56 AM Local Time

Over at table 12, Jeff Fenech raised it up to 4,200, and the player to his left re-raised to 11,000. Apparently, as all this went down, they realized that the player who re-raised (who had just been moved to the table that hand) was in fact sitting in the wrong seat. Fenech seemed rather pissed off seeing as the action would've been different had the player been in his own seat. The floor was called over and they ruled that the hand had to be played out as is, but that once the hand was over, the player would obviously move to his correct seat. After yet another floor person was called over to confirm it, and Fenech continued to air his frustration, he finally folded, still shaking his head. The player scooped the small pot and moved to his new seat, two seats to the left

Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:53 AM Local Time

Jason Alexander

We just walked past Table 312, where sits Jason Alexander and Jonathan Frey, among others. On our way past, Alexander threw his hands up in the air and stared over in our direction. He has shades on, so we couldn't immediately tell if he was looking at us directly. He did the motion again, though, following us around the table with his eyes.

"Where were you?!" he finally spoke up. "Two good ones over here already."

A quick check on Alexander's stack sees that his day has indeed started off well. He began play with 167,000 chips just a half level ago, and he's already turned that into about 285,000, making him the biggest-stacked celebrity left in the field.

While he continues to gain respect for his prowess on the felt, it's Alexander's other passion that he's best known for. Born in New Jersey with a full head of hair, Alexander initially had his heart set on being a magician. He soon realized how hard it was to pay the bills making little red balls disappear under plastic cups, though, and he made a fortuitous switch to a career in acting. He writes, he sings, he tells jokes, he produces and directs, he's won a ton of awards, and he's played one of the more memorable characters in television history, Seinfeld's George Costanza. Still, more than a decade after the show's final episode, we still very often hear people asking "George!" for his autograph in the Amazon Room. Even the dealer at Table 312 was asking him, "Do you ever see Kramer?" as we walked past.

If any of the mainstream celebrities have a chance to win a gold bracelet, Alexander may well be the best bet. He won a season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, and he finished 10th in the Ante Up for Africa event in 2007. This appearance today marks the second time in three years he's made Day 3 of the Main Event, and he's got some fighting chips to work with over there, too.

Gorilla Gaming