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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $3,160,350
Entrants: 2341

Event 8 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 02, '10 - Jun 04, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 04, 10)


Level 29 Update: Max Steinberg Eliminated, Pascal LeFrancois Wins Event No. 8

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 10,534,500

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 10,534,500


2. Max Steinberg – $352,916

Elimination Hands

Max Steinberg

Max Steinberg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($352,916)

Pascal LeFrancois limped in and Max Steinberg checked. The flop came KHeart SuitJClub Suit4Club Suit and Steinberg bet 140,000. LeFrancois made the call. The 5Heart Suit on the turn prompted Steinberg to bet 360,000. Once again the bet was called. The 10Diamond Suit hit the felt and Steinberg moved all in. LeFrancois contemplated briefly before making the call with the JSpade Suit6Club Suit. Steinberg’s 4Heart Suit3Diamond Suit was no good and he was eliminated in second place. LeFrancois won the bracelet and $568,974.

Player Tags: Max Steinberg,   Pascal LeFrancois

Level 28 Update: Kevin Howe Eliminated, Heads Up Begins

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 5,267,250

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 9,184,500
2. Max Steinberg — 1,350,000


2. Kevin Howe – $249,351

Elimination Hands

Kevin Howe Eliminated in 3rd Place ($249,351)

Pascal LeFrancois opened to 180,000 on the button. Kevin Howe reraised to 455,000, prompting a four-bet from LeFrancois. Howe moved all in and LeFrancois made the call with the KClub SuitKSpade Suit, while Howe tabled the ASpade Suit10Spade Suit. The flop of 8Heart Suit5Spade Suit3Spade Suit gave Howe the nut flush draw, however the turn and river bricked and he was eliminated in third place.

Player Tags: Pascal LeFrancois

Level 27 Update: David Aue and Daniel Wjuniski Eliminated

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 2,633,625

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 4,200,000
2. Max Steinberg — 3,800,000
3. Kevin Howe — 2,500,000


5. David Aue — $130,617
4. Daniel Wjuniski — $179,286

Elimination Hands

David Aue

David Aue Eliminated in 5th Place ($130,617)

Kevin Howe bet 140,000 from the cutoff and David Aue shipped from the small blind. Howe made the call and exposed the 9Heart Suit9Club Suit and was far behind the 10Diamond Suit10Spade Suit of Aue. The flop came 7Heart Suit6Club Suit4Diamond Suit and everything looked good for Aue. The 10Club Suit on the turn gave Aue a set but gave Howe four outs to win. The 8Diamond Suit on the river sent Aue to the rail in heartbreaking fashion.

Max Steinberg

Daniel Wjuniski Eliminated in 4th Place ($179,286)

Kevin Howe was at it again. This time he made it 140,000 from under the gun and Daniel Wjuniski shoved for 830,000 on the button. Max Steinberg was caught in the middle and moved in over the top. Howe mucked and Wjuniski exposed the 7Spade Suit7Heart Suit. He was in horrible shape against the JClub SuitJHeart Suit of Steinberg. The board offered no help for Wjuniski and he was eliminated.

Player Tags: Max Steinberg,   David Aue

Level 26 Update: Kurt Disessa and James Andersen Eliminated

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 1,755,750

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 4,300,000
2. Max Steinberg — 1,700,000
3. Daniel Wjuniski — 1,500,000
4. Kevin Howe — 1,250,000
5. David Aue — 825,000


7. Kurt Disessa — $72,087
6. James Andersen — $96,422

Elimination Hands

Kurt Disessa Eliminated in 7th Place ($72,087)

In a blind vs. blind battle, Kurt Disessa moved all in for 410,000 with the QSpade Suit9Heart Suit and was called by the AClub Suit2Diamond Suit of Kevin Howe. The board ran out AHeart SuitJHeart Suit5Heart SuitQDiamond SuitADiamond Suit and Disessa was eliminated.

James Andersen Eliminated in 6th Place ($96,422)

James Andersen bet 150,000 preflop and action was folded to Daniel Wjuniski, who moved all in. Andersen made the insta-call for his tournament life and exposed the AClub SuitADiamond Suit. Wjuniski tabled pocket tens and was way behind. However, the flop came 10Spade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit giving the underdog a set and the huge advantage. The turn brought the KSpade Suit and the river bricked with the 4Heart Suit. Andersen was eliminated.

Left in the Deck:

Players are now on a short 20 minute break.


Level 25 Update: Josh Brikis and Saar Wilf Eliminated

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante

Players Remaining: 7 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 1,504,928

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 4,900,000
2. Kevin Howe — 1,400,000
3. David Aue — 1,300,000
4. Max Steinberg — 850,000
5. Daniel Wjuniski — 750,000
6. Kurt Disessa — 750,000
7. James Andersen — 260,000


9. Saar Wilf — $41,843
8. Josh Brikis — $54,579

Player Twitter Accounts:

Josh Brikis

Elimination Hands:

Josh Brikis

Double Knockout: Saar Wilf Eliminated in 9th ($41,843) and Josh Brikis Eliminated in 8th ($54,579)

Josh Brikis (570,000) and Saar Wilf (315,000) were all in against the bigger stack of Max Steinberg. Brikis tabled the AClub SuitKClub Suit and was unhappy to see the ASpade SuitKHeart Suit of Wilf. Steinberg exposed the JClub SuitJDiamond Suit and had his two opponents in bad shape.

The board ran out QSpade Suit7Club Suit5Heart Suit6Club Suit8Diamond Suit and Steinberg recorded the double elimination.

Player Tags: Josh Brikis

Dinner Break

The remaining 10 players have gone on a 60-minute dinner break and will return to play at 9:20 p.m.

A total of 2,341 players registered for the event, amounting to a prize pool of $3,160,350. The remaining players are at the unofficial final of ten, with the next player eliminated receiving $32,456. The winner of the event will take home the bracelet and $568,974.

Josh Brikis

Card Player Blogger Josh Brikis is still in contention for his first bracelet.

Here are counts:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 4,000,000
2. Kevin Howe — 1,780,000
3. David Aue — 1,300,000
4. Max Steinberg — 900,000
5. Saar Wilf — 855,000
6. James Andersen — 665,000
7. Kurt Disessa — 651,000
8. Jose Gatmaitan — 640,000
9. Josh Brikis — 375,000
10. Daniel Wjuniski — 350,000

Stay tuned to as we bring you a recap of the day’s events.

Player Tags: Josh Brikis

Level 22 Update: Phil Hellmuth Eliminated

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 with a 3,000 ante

Players Remaining: 14 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 752,464

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Pascal LeFrancois — 2,000,000
2. Saar Wilf — 1,800,000
3. Keith Lehr — 653,000
4. Daniel Wjuniski — 639,000
5. Scott Vener — 576,000
6. Josh Brikis — 547,000
7. David Aue — 479,000
8. Max Steinberg — 478,000
9. Kevin Howe — 405,000
10. Jose Gatmaitan — 383,000

Notable Eliminations

15. Phil Hellmuth — $25,472

Player’s Twitter Accounts:

Phil Hellmuth
Josh Brikis

Hellmuth Hands:

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 15th Place ($25,472)

After his stack had dwindled to just four big blinds, Hellmuth moved all in for just 80,000 after action folded to him on the button. Scott Vener made the call from the big blind with the AClub Suit6Club Suit and was ahead slightly against the QDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit of Hellmuth. The board ran out JHeart Suit5Heart Suit2Spade Suit2Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit and Hellmuth’s quest for his 12th bracelet was over.

Left in the Deck

Players are now on a 20 minute break. Card Player blogger Josh Brikis is still left in the tournament. Stay tuned for more updates from the 2010 World Series of Poker.

Player Tags: Phil Hellmuth,   Josh Brikis

Level 21 Update: Phil Hellmuth Hovering

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante

Players Remaining: 19 out of 2,341

Average Chip Count: 554,447

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Saar Wilf — 1,207,000
2. Keith Lehr — 653,000
3. Scott Vener — 576,000
4. Josh Brikis — 547,000
5. Daniel Wjuniski — 490,000
6. Pascal LeFrancois — 483,000
7. David Aue — 479,000
8. Jared Michelizzi — 479,000
9. Max Steinberg — 478,000
10. Phil Hellmuth — 367,000

Player’s Twitter Accounts:

Phil Hellmuth
Josh Brikis

Hellmuth Hands:

Phil Hellmuth

Hellmuth Playing Snug

With 350,000 in his stack, Hellmuth called the 8,000 to complete the blind. Keith Lehr checked from the big blind. The board ran out JClub Suit8Club Suit4Heart Suit5Club Suit7Spade Suit with both players checking to the river. Hellmuth once again checked and this time Lehr fired out a bet of 20,000, prompting a muck from Hellmuth. Hellmuth was at 342,000 after the hand.

Hellmuth Wins a Pot

With about about 340,000 in his stack, Hellmuth made it 38,000 preflop from the cutoff. Keith Lehr made the call from the button and both blinds folded. The flop came 9Spade Suit3Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Hellmuth checked. Lehr checked as well and the 8Spade Suit fell on the turn. Hellmuth bet 60,000 and Lehr looked down at his cards because he said he thought he had the nut flush. He tabled the AClub Suit10Club Suit for the wrong black cards and mucked. Hellmuth was at 426,000 after the hand.

Hellmuth Faced With an All-In Bet

An opponent in late position bet 40,000 and Hellmuth made the call from the big blind. The flop came QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit3Spade Suit and Hellmuth checked. His opponent bet 75,000. Hellmuth took off his glasses and contemplated before making the call. The 7Heart Suit fell on the turn and Hellmuth checked. His opponent moved all in for 138,000 more and Hellmuth mucked. He was down to 367,000 after the hand.

Player Tags: Phil Hellmuth,   Keith Lehr

Final Day Begins At 3 p.m.

Phil HellmuthThe remaining 25 players will return to the felt at 3 p.m. to play down to a winner.

The blinds will be at 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante. The field is guaranteed $16,275 but they will all be driven toward the $568,974 prize for first to go along with the WSOP bracelet.

While many players fell on day 2, there is one very recognizable face returning on day 3. The “Poker Brat” himself, Phil Hellmuth, is still alive and very well as he will bring a healthy stack with him for the final day of play. Hellmuth, who already holds the record with 11 WSOP bracelets, will look to expand his all-time lead over Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson.

Stay tuned to as we bring you all of the elimination hands once the field reaches the final table.

Here are the official chip counts heading to the final day of play:

1 Saar Wilf 1,207,000
2 Andrew Cohen 848,000
3 Charles Lehr 653,000
4 Scott Vener 576,000
5 Phil Hellmuth 556,000
6 Josh Brikis 547,000
7 Daniel Wjuniski 490,000
8 Pascal LeFrancois 483,000
9 David Aue 479,000
10 Jared Michelizzi 479,000
11 Max Steinberg 478,000
12 Looney Devin 447,000
13 Kevin Howe 405,000
14 Jose Gatmaitan 383,000
15 Darin Utley 351,000
16 James Andersen 324,000
17 Raymond Geary 310,000
18 David Frazier 297,000
19 Matthew Ezrol 266,000
20 Ronald Eberhard 255,000
21 Paul Fehlig 180,000
22 Kurt Disessa 176,000
23 Erich Kollmann 148,000
24 Vinny Pahuja 110,000
25 Richard Geyer 94,000
Player Tags: Phil Hellmuth
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