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Buy-In: $9,400 + $600
Prize Pool: $1,804,800
Entrants: 192

Event 8 - World Championship Mixed Event

  • Jun 04, '08 - Jun 06, '08


Updates on Final Day (Jun 06, 08)


Anthony Rivera Wins Event No. 8

Anthony RiveraMatthew Glantz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($184,992)

On a flop of 763, James Mackey bet 125,000 and Matthew Glantz moved all in. Mackey made the call showing J7 and was ahead of Glantz and his 65. The turn and river bricked when they came Q3 and Glantz was eliminated in third place.

Anthony Rivera Wins Event No. 8 ($483,688)

On the very first hand of heads up play, James Mackey raised to 87,000 and Anthony Rivera reraised to 287,000. Mackey moved all in and Rivera instantly called showing AK. Mackey turned over A9 and needed help to stay alive. The board ran out QQ245 and Mackey was eliminated in second place, earning $297,792.

Rivera earns $483,688 for his win and his first WSOP bracelet.


Player Tags: James Mackey,   Matthew Glantz,   Tony Rivera

$10,000 Mixed Games Championship - Back From Dinner

The final three players have returned from the dinner break.


$10,000 Mixed Games Championship - Eli Elezra and Michael DeMichele Eliminated

Players Remaining: 3

Chip Leaders:

Matt Glantz - 1,000,000
James Mackey - 950,000
Tony Rivera - 1,900,000

Eliminations: Eli Elezra (5th Place), Michael DeMichele (4th Place)

Story Lines:

Eli Elezra fought to hang on, but his pocket kings ran into Michael DeMichele's rolled up treys to bust in fifth place. The action picked up in the Deuce-to-Seven round and DeMichele was crippled before being forced to committ his chips predraw.

Big Hands:

Eli ElezraEli Elezra Eliminated in 5th Place ($108,288) - Stud eight-or-better

After Tony Rivera brought it in, Michael DeMichele completed with the 3 and Eli Elezra raised with the 7. DeMichele put Elezra all in and he made the call, revealing two black kings in the hole. Unforunately for Elezra, DeMichele was rolled up and made a full house to eliminate Elezra in fifth place.

Michael DeMichele Eliminated in 4th Place ($139,872) - Triple Draw

After getting crippled on a previous hand, Michael DeMichele committed his chips predraw and drew to a 10-low, but Tony Rivera showed down a 8-7-6-4-2 to take him out in fourth place.

NOTE: The players are now on a 60-minute dinner break until 8:40 p.m. PST.



$10,000 Mixed Games Championship - Sam Farha and Tom Dwan Eliminated

Players Remaining: 5

Chip Leaders:

Matt Glantz - 1,600,000
James Mackey - 950,000
Tony Rivera - 750,000
Eli Elezra - 325,000
Michael DeMichele - 225,000

Eliminations: Tom Dwan (7th Place), Sam Farha (6th Place)

Story Lines:

After Tom Dwan exited, Sam Farha and Eli Elezra were left on the short stack. Farha couldn't pick up anything in Razz and he was sent home. Meanwhile, James Mackey joined Matthew Glantz at the top of the leaderboard with more than 1 million.

Big Hands:

Tom DwanTom Dwan Eliminated in 7th Place ($67,680) - Limit Hold'em

After being crippled on an earlier hand by Matthew Glantz, Tom Dwan moved all in over the top of a Michael DeMichele bet. Both Tony Rivera and DeMichele made the call and the flop came 10-9-3. Rivera bet and DeMichele called. The turn was a 5 and once again Rivera bet. This time, DeMichele folded and Rivera turned up his hand along with Dwan.

Dwan - 2-2
Rivera - 3-2

Dwan needed a miracle one-outer on the river but it bricked out. Dwan finished in seventh place.

NOTE: The players then took a 20-minute break.

James MackeyJames Mackey Over a Million - Omaha 8/b

Sam Farha raised and Eli Elezra called on the button. James Mackey came along in the big blind and the flop came down K97. Mackey bet and Farha raised. Elezra got out of the way and Mackey made the call. The turn was the K and Mackey bet once again. Farha raised and Mackey reraised. Farha called and the river was the 8. Mackey put in one more bet and Farha called. Mackey showed down KJ98 to scoop a huge pot with Kings full of nines. After the hand, Mackey was toping 1.1 million.

Sam Farha Eliminated in 6th Place ($85,725) - Razz

Sam Farha and Eli Elezra are all in against James Mackey in razz. Despite holding four to the wheel on fourth street, Mackey bricks out and Elezra's 8-7-6-5-4 is enough to triple up and knock out Farha in sixth place.


$10,000 Mixed Games Championship - Jeff Madsen Eliminated

Players Remaining: 7

Chip Leaders:

Matthew Glantz – 1,100,000
James Mackey – 750,000
Sam Farha – 690,000
Tony Rivera – 610,000
Michael DeMichele – 260,000
Eli Elezra – 240,000
Tom Dwan – 190,000

Eliminations: Jeff Madsen (8th Place)

Story Lines:

Tom Dwan took several hits to his stack after doubling up most of the table and Jeff Madsen couldn't recover from his low starting stack and busted in eighth place.

Big Hands:

Tony Rivera Doubles Through Tom Dwan - Pot-Limit Omaha

Tom Dwan raised to 31,000 and Tony Rivera called. Matthew Glantz called in the small blind and Sam Farha came along in the big blind. The flop came Q-5-2 and Rivera bet 90,000. Dwan put him all in and Rivera made the call, showing A-Q-Q-6 for top set. Dwan was behind with K-K-J-9 and a back door flush draw. The turn and river came 4-5 and Rivera's hand improved to a set to double up to 610,000. Dwan took a big hit and now has 350,000.

Sam FarhaSam Farha Doubles Through Tom Dwan... Twice - Pot-Limit Omaha

Tom Dwan raised to 21,000 and Eli Elezra moves in on the short stack for 76,000. Dwan makes the call and turns over 9532 and is behind, albeit slightly, to Elezra's AKQ2. The board ran out 7325Q and Elezra's two pair bested Dwan's to double up to around 165,000. Meanwhile, Dwan's stack started the day off going in reverse.

A few hands later, Dwan put Elezra all in once again after floping top and bottom pair. But Elezra held top and middle pair and it held to double him up once again. After the hand, Elezra moved up to 300,000 and Dwan was left treading water with 150,000.

Jeff MadsenJeff Madsen Doubles Through Matthew Glantz - Triple Draw

On the severe short stack Jeff Madsen raised all in pre-draw against Matthew Glantz. After three rounds of draws, Madsen turned over 8-7-5-4-2 and Glantz could only muster A-8-5-4-3. Madsen took the pot and doubled up to 195,000.

Jeff Madsen Eliminated in 8th Place ($54,144) - Limit Hold'em

Jeff Madsen raised all in on the short stack and Matthew Glantz called in the small blind. Sam Farha reraised out of the big blind and Glantz called. Both players checked down a board of K6258 and Farha turned over A2 to take the side pot and the main pot after Madsen couldn't produce better than 10-high. Madsen was eliminated in eighth place.


$10,000 Mixed Games Championship - Shuffle Up and Deal

After a lenghty introduction to each player at the final table, the action has finally begun.

The first game will be Pot-Limit Omaha, so there could be some early action.


$10,000 Mixed Championships - Final Table Set to Begin at 4 P.M.

Players Remaining: 8 of 192

Average Stack:

Final Table:

Matthew Glantz – 1,150,000
James Mackey – 742,000
Tom Dwan – 642,000
Michael DeMichele – 434,000
Sam Farha – 374,000
Tony Rivera – 274000
Jeff Madsen – 149,000
Eli Elezra – 76,000


We are just under three hours away from the start of the $10,000 Mixed Games Championships Final Table.

Story Lines:

Matthew Glantz has a strong chip lead heading into the final table, but his next closest competitor James "" Mackey is heading after his second bracelet in as many years. Tom "durrrr" Dwan is sitting in third chip position, and many on the rail have pegged him as the favorite to take down his first bracelet. The rest of the field aren't exactly slouches themselves, with five bracelets between them. Eli Elezra will have to make a move early as he sits with the short stack at 76,000.

Stay tuned for's complete coverage of the final table.

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