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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 18, 2011 to Monday, June 20, 2011

Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,579,200
  • Entries: 168
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:58 AM Local Time

Eric Rodawig started today as the chip leader by a fair distance and then never once relinquished the top spot. He was always above everyone else and even when he suffered a slight dip during the final table, he kept his nose in front of the rest of the field.

With 18 players coming back today, it was a quick jump into the money as it took less than 10 minutes for Jon Turner and Justin Smith to be eliminated having turned up for three days to take home no money. Cyndy Violette, Erik Seidel and Phil Laak all made the money while unlucky Frenchman Antony Lellouche was to be the bubble at our final table.

Ali Eslami was first to be knocked out of the final table having been the short stack coming in. Joe Tehan was next, despite managing to fold a full house on sixth street correctly, he got chopped up in one pot to leave himself dangerously short and busted disappointingly in seventh place. Phil Hellmuth was the shortest for much of the six-handed play, managing to find several double ups to bring himself up the leader board. Russian Mikhail Savinov, a limit-game specialist was next to be eliminated, followed by David Benyamine - another deep run for the Frenchman but he will have wanted another bracelet.

Four-handed saw Ted Forrest go from second place to virtually out when he called every street against Rodawig, only to muck when he was shown a simple pair of aces. Forrest then got scooped by Hellmuth soon after and ended up going out in fourth.

Three-handed play between Hellmuth, Rodawig and John Racener continued for an extended period of time but Rodawig always stayed in control as the other two vied for second position. Racener eventually lost out after losing consecutive significant pots to first Rodawig then Hellmuth leaving us with our heads up battle.

All eyes were on Hellmuth, but he faced a mountainous climb and was unable to get there, all in several times before finally Rodawig was able to scoop his man and win his first bracelet - the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:38 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth - 2nd place

After Eric Rodawig brought it in and Phil Hellmuth completed, Rodawig raised. Hellmuth got it in for 280,000 and Rodawig called.

Rodawig:   /  -    / 
Hellmuth:   /  -    

Facing Rodawig's two pair, Hellmuth was left with only three outs to keep his hopes for a 12th WSOP bracelet alive. The   wasn't it, ending Hellmuth's run in second place for the second time this WSOP.

Hellmuth was gracious in defeat, telling Rodawig, "You played well." He received consolation from friends Huck Seed and Jean-Robert Bellande as the crowd gave him a rousing ovation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:27 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth:        
Eric Rodawig:        

Phil Hellmuth was all in again with queens but was in trouble when Eric Rodawig made aces on fourth, Hellmuth hit a second pair on sixth and somehow Rodawig completely missed everything allowing Hellmuth to scoop.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:20 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
Eric Rodawig:    /      /  

Phil Hellmuth was all in on third and managed to make aces and an 8-6-4-2-A, Rodawig couldn't make anything and Hellmuth doubled back up.

Eric Rodawig4,530,000-225,000
Phil Hellmuth520,000225,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:16 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
Eric Rodawig:    /      /  

Rodawig had the bring in and Phil Hellmuth called, both checked fourth street before Rodawig fired fifth, sixth and seventh. Hellmuth called down but couldn't beat his opponent's     for trip threes.

Eric Rodawig4,755,0001,065,000
Phil Hellmuth295,000-1,065,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:11 AM Local Time
Eric Rodawig3,690,000-390,000
Phil Hellmuth1,360,000390,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:09 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
Eric Rodawig:    /      /  

Phil Hellmuth was all in by fifth street and ahead against Eric Rodawig but the latter pulled out a queen on seventh to make a straight. Hellmuth now needed to make a low or full house otherwise he'd finish in second place. He picked up the   and it was back to the battle.

Soon after though...

Hellmuth:    /      /  
Rodawig:    /      /  

Hellmuth was all in by sixth and showing    and picked up the   on the seventh to scoop as Rodawig flipped     for only a lowly pair of fives.

Hellmuth is back in this.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:53 AM Local Time

Hellmuth:   /   
Rodawig:   /   

Phil Hellmuth defended his bring in. Eric Rodawig bet fourth street, quickly getting raised by Hellmuth. Rodawig called, but then check-folded on fifth street.

Eric Rodawig4,080,000-335,000
Phil Hellmuth970,000335,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:50 AM Local Time

A few hands into heads-up play...

Eric Rodawig4,415,000715,000
Phil Hellmuth635,000-665,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:45 AM Local Time

John Racener - 3rd place

John Racener:    /      /  
Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
Eric Rodawig:    /      /  

Racener was all in on third, Hellmuth and Rodawig checked the pot down until seventh where Hellmuth bet, Rodawig folded and Hellmuth showed     for queens up. Racener turned over     unable to make a low and was out in third place.

Eric Rodawig3,700,0000
Phil Hellmuth1,300,000-50,000
John Racener00
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:41 AM Local Time

Racener:   /    / 
Rodawig:   /    / 

Eric Rodawig defended his bring in. He check-called Racener's bet on fourth street and then took the lead with a bet on fifth street. Racener called and bet his pair on sixth street. Rodawig called and when seventh street came, Racener checked. Rodawig bet, was called, and announced just a low. However, the dealer pointed out his flush with     under, winning the pot and knocking Racener down significantly.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:41 AM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 20000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:33 AM Local Time
Eric Rodawig3,495,000-105,000
Phil Hellmuth1,015,00065,000
John Racener540,00040,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:24 AM Local Time

Eric Rodawig:    /      /  
Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  

Rodawig raised and Hellmuth called. Rodawig bet fourth before Hellmuth led out on fifth only for the chip leader to raise. Hellmuth quickly called and snap-called bets on sixth and seventh, Rodawig picked out the three to make him a 6-5-4-3-A and a straight to crack Hellmuth's trip aces.

Hellmuth was left muttering to himself about how he had freerolled Rodawig so many times and never managed to scoop him.

Eric Rodawig3,600,0001,000,000
Phil Hellmuth950,000-400,000
John Racener500,000-600,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:12 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth

After bet-folding to John Racener in a hand on sixth street, Phil Hellmuth has just lost a pot to Eric Rodawig as well.

Rodawig:   /    / 
Hellmuth:   /    / 

Fourth and fifth streets were checked by both, followed by Hellmuth check-calls on sixth and seventh. Rodawig tabled     for a straight and 6-5 low to scoop.

Eric Rodawig2,600,000150,000
Phil Hellmuth1,350,000-335,000
John Racener1,100,000375,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:04 AM Local Time

John Racener has been all in twice since that last hand, both times making a low to chop the pot against Eric.

Sooner or later something is going to give, either Racener will double or we will be heads up.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:00 AM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth:    /      /  
John Racener:    /      /  

Phil Hellmuth completed and John Racener made it two bets which Hellmuth called. Racener bet fourth and fifth before check-calling sixth and seventh. Hellmuth showed     for a 7-5 low and ace-king-queen for the high. Good for both.

Phil Hellmuth1,685,000535,000
John Racener725,000-535,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:44 AM Local Time

Racener:   /    
Hellmuth:   /    

John Racener raised his bring in after Phil Hellmuth completed.

Hellmuth called, then proceeded to check-call on fourth and fifth. He checked sixth, too, but folded to Racener's bet.

John Racener1,260,000395,000
Phil Hellmuth1,150,000-360,000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:37 AM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 80000/160000
Ante: 20000
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:27 AM Local Time
Eric Rodawig2,675,00075,000
Phil Hellmuth1,510,000110,000
John Racener865,000-135,000
Gorilla Gaming