Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Mizrachi Grinded Down

• Level 9: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

Michael Mizrachi entered today with just 4,700 in chips, so he would need an early double up. When action folded aroudn to him on the button, he raised, but Dan Kelly reraised in the big blind. Mizrachi decided to make a stand, and went all in, with Kelly instantly calling.

Mizrachi: {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Kelly: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

Mizrachi was in about as bad a shape as you can be in, and any shot at a miracle flush or trip sevens virtually went out the door when the flop came {q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. The turn brought the {9-Spades} and the river was the {8-Spades}, and Kelly scored the knockout, sending Mizrachi to the rail.

Tags: Dan KellyMichael Mizrachi

Tough Table

[user153638] • Level 9: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

One of the toughest starting tables on Day 2 has to be that of Table 283. Have a look at this lineup:

Seat 1- Pat Pezzin
Seat 2- Tom Dwan
Seat 3- Jennifer Harman
Seat 4- Robert Zoellner
Seat 5- Steve Landfish
Seat 6- Erik Cajelais
Seat 7- Ted Forrest
Seat 8- David Chiu
Seat 9- Jason Mercier

Cajelais Doubles Through Mercier


On a board reading {2-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, Erik Cajelais got the remainder of his short stack all in holding {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and was up against the {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} of Jason Mercier. The {6-Clubs} river blanked and Cajelais receiveed an early double, though he is still quite short.

Erik Cajelais 16,200 7,500
Jason Mercier 5,500 -7,400

Tags: Jason MercierErik Cajelais

Set Over Set

We caught up with the action on a {A-Hearts}{6-}{2-Spades}{7-Spades} board where the betting was capped between David Baker and JC Tran. On the {8-Diamonds} river, Baker bet and Tran just called. Baker showed {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} for top set while Tran turned over {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} for a lower set on the flop as he mucked.

David Baker 71,000 20,400
JC Tran 30,000 -22,300

Tags: David BakerJC Tran

Turn Raise for Witteles Gets the Job Done


Action folded to Nacho Barbero on the button and he did what he does best, put the pressure on with a raise. Dan Kelly responded with a three-bet from the small blind, Todd Witteles called from the big, and Barbero came along for the ride.

It was three-handed to the {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop, which Kelly immediately bet. Both Witteles and Barbero made the call and watched the {2-Clubs} hit the turn. Kelly bet yet again, but this time Witteles raised. Barbero got out of the way and Kelly insta-mucked behind.

Dan Kelly 50,000 -14,400
Todd Witteles 42,000 16,600
Jose Nacho Barbero 36,000 -6,800

Tags: Todd WittelesNacho BarberoDan Kelly

Benyamine Busts Early

• Level 9: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

We are just a few hands in, but we have already suffered our first casuality of the day: David Benyamine. He came into the day with 13,400 chips, but those are all gone after he ran into Mikhail Smirnov. Benyamine raised in middle position, and Smirnov put in a third bet in the small blind. Benyamine called, and they took a flop of {6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Smirnov quickly bet and Benyamine quickly called. The same occured on the {8-Hearts} turn, and the players saw the {q-Spades} hit the river. Smirnov bet again, and this time Benyamine raised. Smirnov didn't slow down though, and put in a three bet that put Benyamine all in. He called, and flipped over {a-Spades}{q-Hearts} for a rivered pair of queens, but Smirnov had {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} for an overpair. Benyamine left the table, and Smirnov collected the chips to up his stack to 105,000.

Tags: Mikhail Smirnov

Shuffle Up and Deal!

[user153638] • Level 9: 1,200-2,400, 0 ante

Day 2 is officially underway and the cards are in the air. We have quite a few short stacks spread throughout the room, so we expect the eliminations to mount fast.


The March to the Money Begins on Day 2 of the $10K Limit Hold'em Championship

Daniel Negreanu begins Day 2 as our chip leader!
Daniel Negreanu begins Day 2 as our chip leader!

Day One of the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship came to an end yesterday with 106 players remaining from a 152-player field. All were competing for their share of a $1,428,800 prizepool, $378,642 of which is reserved for first place. With the fall of Matt Keikoan late in Day 1, this event is guaranteed a new winner.

The man best positioned to make a deep run is fan favorite Daniel Negreanu, who begins the chip leader on a stack of 118,800. Negreanu has two limit hold'em WSOP bracelets to his name, so we expect he’ll make a deep run here in Event #27.

Negreanu’s day won’t be easy. A number of big-name pros will be in action today including:

Josh Arieh - 107,000
Shawn Buchanan - 92,000
Maria Ho - 75,700
Carlos Mortensen – 76,600
Barry Greenstein - 74,400
Jeff Shulman – 66,700
Isaac Haxton – 66,300

Below is a graph showing the champions of this event from the past five years. Who will be the next to join this prestigious list?

Former $5,000-$10,000 Limit Hold’em Champions

2005Event #28 ($5,000)269Dan Schmeich$404,585
2007Event #18 ($5,000)257Saro Jason Getzoyan$333,379
2008Event #30 ($10,000)218Rob Hollink$496,931
2009Event #33 ($10,000)185Greg Mueller$460,836
2010Event #29 ($10,000)171Matt Keikoan$425,969
2011Event #27 ($10,000)152???$378,642

Day 2 is set to begin at 3 PM local time, which is about a half an hour from right now. Be sure to join us then for all the action, hands, and eliminations from the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.

Event #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
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