Event #7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

Chop Pot

David Singer limped under the gun, the player next to act raised to 450, Annette Obrestad called from the hijack and the player in the cutoff followed suit. Singer made the call as well, allowing all four players to see the flop come {q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}.

Singer checked action to the initial preflop raiser who bet 1,600. Obrestad and the cutoff both called and Singer folded. The {8-Hearts} came on the turn and both the preflop raiser and Annette checked the action to the cutoff who bet 3,700. The pre-flop raiser folded and Annette pondered for a bit, calmly shuffling her chips, before making the call.

The {5-Spades} hit the river and both Obrestad and her opponent checked. Obrestad flipped over the {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} while her opponent tabled the {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} resulting in a chop pot.

Tags: Annette Obrestad

Duhamel Takes One From Fellow November Niner

2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel is seated at the same table with 2009 November Niner James Akenhead. We found them at the river with around a 12,000 pot. The board showed {6-Spades} {J-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {6-Diamonds} {7-Hearts} and Duhamel bet out 7,700. Akenhead considered his options for a moment, then folded. Duhamel is just above the 30,000 starting stack.

Tags: James AkenheadJonathan Duhamel

Quick Start for Bonomo


With a board reading {8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{A-Hearts}{3-Spades}, Justin Bonomo led out for a bet of around 12,000. His sole opponent, who was on the button, tanked for a long time before making the call. Bonomo slowly rolled over {Q-Spades}{6-Spades} for a rivered flush, and it was good as the button simply mucked. Bonomo is already up to 50,500.

Tags: Justin Bonomo

In Da House


This event is the first $10,000 Championship Event of the year, so it's no surprise the pros are out in force. During our initial walk through of the tournament floor, we spotted a laundry list of notables including:

Lee Watkinson
David "Devilfish" Ulliott
Shannon Shorr
Dan Shak
Beth Shak
Jeffrey Lisandro
Nikolay Evdakov
Barry Greenstein
Thomas Keller
Todd Terry
David Benyamine
Men "The Master" Ngueyn
David Chiu
Justin Bonomo
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Frank Kassela
Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy
Kunimaro Kojo
Jonathan Duhamel
Vitaly Lunkin


Shuffle Up and Deal!


Players are filtering into the Pavilion Room and finding their seats. They'll have to hurry though, the tournament officials have announced "Shuffle up and deal!" Right now, the tournament clock says we have 116 entries, though that number is certainly to go up.

Welcome to the Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship!

Valdemar Kwaysser winning his bracelet in this event last year.
Valdemar Kwaysser winning his bracelet in this event last year.

Welcome to the first $10,000 Championship Event of the 2011 World Series of Poker. At 5 PM local time, players will make their way to the Rio to take part in the Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship. As of late, the European contingents of players have found tremendous success in this event. In fact, it was a Hungarian by the name of Valdemar Kwaysser who captured the bracelet in 2010, preceded by John Kabbaj of the United Kingdom the year before. Other winners of this event include Canadian Nenad Medic (2008- $794,112), Allen Cunningham (2007- $487,287), Jason Lester (2006- $550,764), and Brian Wilson (2005- $370,685).

Last year, this same event drew 268 entrants and created a prizepool of $2,519,200. Given it was a championship event, one of the more popular ones at that, the tournament appealed to poker’s elite. Some of the players who entered and ultimately cashed were Mike Matusow (26th- $21,665), Amit Makhija (17th- $27,282), Sandra Naujoks (15th- $34,639), Allen Kessler (14th- $34,639), and Sam Stein (10th- $44,010).

Here is a look at the results from last year’s final table:

2010 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Results

1stValdemar KwaysserBudapest, Hungary$617,214
2ndMatt MarafiotiToronto, Ontario$381,507
3rdJames CalderaroVenice, Florida$$284,845
4thKonstantin BucherlRengensburg, Germany$214,106
5thDaniel SternNew York, New York$$161,934
6thTom MarcheseBoonton, New Jersey$123,264
7thPeter JettenToronto, Ontario$94,394
8thBlair RodmanLas Vegas, Nevada$72,754
9thAlexander KuzminMoscow, Russia$56,404

Action is set to kickoff in about an hour and a half, so be sure to check back then for all the actions and eliminations from the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship!

Event #7: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
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