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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 14, 2010 to Thursday, June 17, 2010

Event #26: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $2,863,500
  • Entries: 1,245
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:22 AM Local Time

After 30 Levels of play over three days we have a champion of Event #26; William Haydon.

On Day 1, 1,245 players packed into the Pavilion Room with hopes that they would be sitting at the final table playing for a gold bracelet and the first-place prize. Haydon was the chip leader of after Day 1 and seemingly never looked back. The former UC Davis golf player played extremely well throughout the past two days, picking his spots while always maintaining one of the bigger stacks in the room.

Haydon's first and only other cash at the WSOP came during last year's Main Event where he took home over $30,000. Today, the professional poker player from San Francisco, California has recorded his biggest live cash for $630,031.

Congratulations are in order for William Haydon the winner of Event #26 of the 2010 World Series of Poker!

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:16 AM Local Time

Just a handful of hands into heads-up play, the big all-in confrontation occurred. Jeffrey Papola had been shoving in a few times, but William Haydon could never find a hand he wanted to make the call with, until this last time.

Papola moved all in with the    and Haydon called him with the   , having him dominated.

The flop came down     and there wasn't much there for Papola, who was pushed further out the door. The turn card was the   and then the river card completed the board with the  . There was a few moments of silence before anyone even moved when they all realized what had just happened: Haydon won a bracelet and Papola finished in second place. Papola earned himself $391,068 for his finish while Haydon conquered Event No. 26.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:07 AM Local Time

And then there were two:

William Haydon - 7,390,000 chips

Jeffrey Papola - 1,910,000 chips

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:02 AM Local Time

Action folded to William Haydon in the small blind who shoved all in. Joe Baldwin called and the hands were turned up.




"Ace!" Joe Elpayaa yelled from the rail.

Elpayaa's request was granted when the flop fell  .

The   on the turn was an even greater disaster, now Baldwin only had one out; the  .

It wasn't to be as the   fell on the river, eliminating Baldwin in 3rd place. He'll go collect $248,265 for his efforts and Haydon is now heads up for the bracelet.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:51 AM Local Time

All three players saw a flop of     for the minimum. On the flop, William Haydon fired 180,000 and only Papola called.

The turn brought the   and both players checked.

The river completed the board with the   and Haydon fired 345,000. After another long tank, Papola mucked his hand.

We've now successfully played two hands in 20 minutes.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:41 AM Local Time

When this hand began, the clock read just over 30 minutes. When it finished, the clock read 18 minutes, meaning this one hand took 12 minutes. What took so long? Well, we'll show you.

William Haydon raised from the small blind to 245,000. Joe Baldwin called from the big blind and the two took a flop of    . Haydon fired 265,000 and Baldwin called after a little bit of a tank.

The turn card brought the   and Haydon moved all in. Baldwin had roughly 1.4 million in chips and he was shoving in more than that to put Baldwin to the test. Baldwin went into the tank again, this time for over seven minutes! As we watched the clock tick away, Haydon sat waiting patiently and playing with his stack of three million or so chips. Eventually, Baldwin folded and Haydon was pushed the pot.

At this rate, we may see six hands this level.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:18 AM Local Time

So you might ask, what's going on? Well, nothing really. There has only been one flop and the action stopped there since returning from break. Other than that, no one is doing anything too exciting at the table. There was just a series of walks awarded to each player in the big blind. It went for three hands straight and on the third one, William Haydon got the walk and showed that he had two aces. This is the second walk with the player in the big blind holding aces during the final table.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:46 AM Local Time

The remaining three players are now on a 20-minute break.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:45 AM Local Time

From the button, Will Haydon raised to 175,000. Joe Baldwin reraised from the small blind to 595,000. Haydon moved all in for 1.815 million and Baldwin called.

Baldwin was in dominating position with the    versus the    of Haydon.

The flop was everything but a miss for Haydon when it came    , giving him a pair of tens and a flush draw. The turn got even better when the   fell and then the river ended things and secured his double up with the  , finishing him off with a flush.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:30 AM Local Time

Eddy Scharf open shoved from under the gun and Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola re-shoved on the button. The blinds released and the hands were opened.




"Jamie Gold flop!" Andrew Black yelled from the rail. "Eight, nine, ten!"

The   flopped pair Scharf and the   on the turn added some more outs.

Scharf stood pumping his fist trying to will a queen, jack or ten.

The river was the   though and Scharf could do nothing but smile. He shook Papola's hand and headed to the cage to collect his $163,649 for 4th place.

Papola is now second in chips with 3,300,000.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:10 AM Local Time

Action folded to Jarred Solomon on the button. He moved all of his 1.095 million chips into the middle. William Haydon folded from the small blind and then action moved to Joe Baldwin in the big blind.

"I feel like I have to call," said Baldwin, taking a moment. He then made the call and the hands were revealed.

Solomon held the    and was behind, but live against the    of Baldwin.

The flop came down     and Baldwin improved to a pair of aces while Solomon was left with a straight draw to broadway.

The turn card was the   and then the river the  . Neither of those helped Solomon despite the pleas from his railbirds and he was eliminated in fifth place, over three hours after we lost the sixth-place finisher. He took home over $110,000 for his effort.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:59 PM Local Time

So what's happened in the first 15 minutes since returning from break? Well, Eddy Scharf moved all in once and there were a couple of preflop raises to take down the blinds, but not much has really happened.

We did witness one flop come down     and Joe Baldwin check-raised Scharf's bet of 110,000 to 260,000, but that was it. Scharf folded to the raise and we moved on the next the one.

The tournament director came over and said, "You know, this is supposed to be more agressive with six handed."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:30 PM Local Time

The flop read   and William Haydon check-called 175,000 from Joe Baldwin.

The turn brought the   and Haydon checked again. Baldwin bet 250,000 and Haydon released.

Baldwin is up to 1,800,000 chips and Haydon has slipped to 2,700,000.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:22 PM Local Time

Action folded to Joe Baldwin who raised to 135,000 from the cutoff. Eddy Scharf called on the button and Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola moved all in from the small blind. Both Baldwin and Scharf released and Papola took down the pot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:06 PM Local Time

Eddy Scharf was getting short and in a previous hand he open-shoved but received no callers.

He found a customer the next hand.

William Haydon opened to 150,000 on the button and Scharf moved in for an extra 435,000 from the big blind. Haydon thought a bit before making the call.




The   flop was fairly dry, but   on the turn was interesting. It gave Scharf a set, yes, but it gave Haydon four outs to a straight. Haydon made a useless pair of queens when the   rivered though, and Scharf doubled to 1,200,000 chips.

Haydon is still strong with 2,900,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:57 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Joe Baldwin raised to 135,000 before Jeffrey Papola reraised all in for 1.465 million total. The tournamnt staff pulled in 130,000 from Papola's stack and not 135,000, but the mistake went unnoticed. Either way, the extra 5,000 wasn't that big of a difference.

Baldwin tanked for several minutes and the flicked his hand into the muck with one of his T25,000 chips and Papola won the pot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:54 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Jarred Solomon raised to 120,000 and got a call from Jeffrey Papola in the big blind. The flop came down     and Papola checked. Solomon fired 180,000 and Papola called.

The turn card was the   and Papola checked. Solomon tanked for some time before firing 550,000. Papola wasted little time in folding and Solomon scooped the pot. He moved to 1.8 million while Papola dropped to 1.4 million.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:42 PM Local Time

Action folded to Jeffrey "jpapola" Papola who limped in from the cutoff. William Haydon completed from the small blind and Joe Baldwin checked his option in the big blind.

The flop fell   and Haydon led for 85,000. Baldwin got out of the way and Papola raised to 210,000. Haydon didn't budge though, instead he re-raised to 465,000 forcing Papola to fold.

Haydon is now up to 3,460,000 chips.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:15 PM Local Time

The players are on a 20-minute break.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:02 PM Local Time

Jarred Solomon raised to 130,000 from the curoff seat and then William Haydon reraised to 275,000 from the button. Joe Baldwin was in the small blind and four-bet to 600,000, his second big four-bet of this final table. Solomon folded and then after a little bit of time in the tank, Haydon moved all in for 2,025,000. Baldwin tanked for a couple of minutes and then folded the    face up. He dropped to 1.85 million in chips while Haydon increased to nearly three million.