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Buy-In: $2,000
Prize Pool: $866,320
Entrants: 476

Event 18 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 09, '10 - Jun 11, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 11, 10)


Eric Buchman Wins Event No. 18

Blinds: 25,000-50,000, Limits 50,000-100,000

Players Remaining: 1 out of 476

Notable Eliminations:

Brent Courson – $125,737

Big Hands:

Eric BuchmanBrent Courson Eliminated in Second Place, Eric Buchman Wins Event No. 18

Eric Buchman raised from the button and Brent Courson three-bet from the big blind. Buchman called and saw the flop of 2Diamond SuitQClub Suit2Spade Suit. Courson bet and Buchman called.

The turn was the 7Heart Suit and Courson bet the last of his chips and was called by Buchman. Buchman showed the 10Heart Suit7Diamond Suit and Courson showed the AClub SuitKHeart Suit. The river card was the 8Club Suit and Courson was eliminated one spot short of the bracelet.

Courson earned $125,737 for his efforts and Buchman takes home $203,607 and the gold bracelet.

Player Tags: Eric Buchman,   Brent Courson

Flavio Ferrari and Steven Hustoft Eliminated

Blinds: 20,000-40,000, Limits 40,000-80,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 476

Average Chip Count: 952,000

Tournament Leaderboard: 1,428,000

1. Eric Buchman – 1,900,000
2. Brent Courson – 970,000

Notable Eliminations:

Flavio Ferrari – $66,446
Steven Hustoft – $90,928

Big Hands:

Flavio FerrariFlavio Ferrari Eliminated in Fourth Place ($66,446)

Eric Buchman raised when action folded to him in the small blind and Flavio Ferrari three-bet all in and Buchman made the call. Buchman showed 9Diamond Suit7Spade Suit and had only three outs against Ferrari’s ASpade Suit9Club Suit.

The flop came KDiamond SuitJSpade Suit7Diamond Suit to give Buchman the lead. The turn was the 5Spade Suit and the river was the 5Club Suit to give Buchman the pot and eliminate Ferrari in fourth.

Hustoft Tangles With Buchman, Eliminated in Third ($90,928)

There was a flurry of preflop raises between Steven Hustoft and Eric Buchman before they saw a flop of QDiamond SuitADiamond Suit5Spade Suit. Hustoft got his last 50,000 in on the flop and Buchman called.

Buchman showed KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit, giving him a flush and straight draw against the QClub Suit8Spade Suit of Hustoft. The turn card bricked off for Buchman, but the 10Club Suit on the river gave Buchman the pot and heads-up play will begin.

Player Tags: Eric Buchman,   Flavio Ferrari

William Jensen and Hansu Chu Eliminated

Blinds: 15,000-30,000, Limits 30,000-60,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 476

Average Chip Count: 571,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Eric Buchman – 1,300,000
2. Steven Hustoft – 700,000
3. Brent Courson – 650,000
4. Flavio Ferrari – 440,000

Notable Eliminations:

William Jensen – $36,619

Big Hands:

William JensenWilliam Jensen Another Buchman Casualty, Finishes Sixth ($36,619)

Eric Buchman raised under-the-gun and William Jensen three-bet from the big blind. Buchman called and the flop came AHeart Suit8Heart SuitJSpade Suit and Buchman called a bet from Jensen.

The turn was the 3Spade Suit and the rest of Jensen’s chips got into the middle.

Buchman had AClub Suit7Club Suit and Jensen was in need of some help holding QClub SuitQDiamond Suit. The river bricked out and Jensen was eliminated in sixth place, while Buchman increases his chip lead and now has 1,300,000.

Hansu Chu Eliminated in Fifth Place ($49,068)

Hansu Chu three-bet all-in after a raise from Steven Hustoft. Hustoft made the call and the cards were turned on their backs.

Chu showed the 10Club Suit9Heart Suit, but was dominated by Hustoft’s QSpade Suit9Spade Suit. The flop was KClub SuitJClub Suit9Diamond Suit and both players needed their opponent’s kicker to make a straight. The turn was the 6Heart Suit and the river was the 5Diamond Suit, filling neither straight and Hustoft took the pot and is up to 700,000 in chips.

Player Tags: Eric Buchman,   William Jensen,   Hansu Chu

Matt Grapenthien Eliminated in Seventh

Blinds: 10,000-20,000, Limits 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 476

Average Chip Count: 476,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Eric Buchman – 950,000
2. Flavio Ferrari – 722,000
3. Steven Hustoft – 380,000
4. Hansu Chu – 265,000
5. William Jensen – 250,000
6. Brent Courson – 156,000

Notable Eliminations:

Matt Grapenthien – $27,609

Big Hands:

Matt GrapenthienMatt Grapenthien Eliminated in Seventh Place ($27,609)

Matt Grapenthien raised from the button and Eric Buchman three-bet from the big blind. Grapenthien moved all-in and Buchman called.

Buchman showed AClub SuitQSpade Suit and was well behind Grapenthien’s ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit. That is, until the flop came 7Diamond SuitQHeart SuitAHeart Suit, putting Buchman out in front. The turn was the 6Spade Suit and the river was the 5Diamond Suit, giving the pot to Buchman and sending Grapenthien home in seventh place.

Buchman increased his stack to 950,000 and last year’s November Niner is the chip leader.

Player Tags: Matt Grapenthien,   Eric Buchman

Matt Matros and Gary Bogdanski Sent Home

Blinds: 8,000-15,000 Limits 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 476

Average Chip Count: 408,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Flavio Ferrari – 800,000
2. Eric Buchman – 630,000
3. Steven Hustoft – 440,000
4. William Jensen – 350,000
5. Matt Grapenthien – 300,000
6. Hansu Chu – 300,000
7. Brent Courson – 50,000

Notable Eliminations:

Matt Matros – $16,174
Gary Bogdanski – $21,025

Big Hands:

Matt MatrosMatt Matros Eliminated in Ninth Place ($16,174)

Action folded to Matt Grapenthien raised and was met with a reraise from Matt Matros on the button. Grapenthien made the call and the two saw a flop of 9Heart Suit5Spade Suit2Club Suit.

Grapenthien bet and Matros called with his only 29,000 left after the call. The turn was the 9Spade Suit and Grapenthien bet again. Matros called and showed ASpade SuitJSpade Suit and was well behind Grapenthien’s QDiamond SuitQHeart Suit. The river bricked off with the 6Club Suit and Matros, who won a bracelet in a limit hold’em event earlier this series, was the first casualty of the final table.

Gary Bogdanski Eliminated in Eighth Place ($21,025)

With only 21,000 in chips left, Gary Bogdanski moved all in from under-the gun and as called by Stevn Hustoft ohe button, Matt Grapenthien from the small blind and William Jensen came along from the big blind.

The flop was 10Club Suit7Club Suit4Heart Suit and Grapthien checked and called a bet from Jensen and Hustoft got out of the way.

The turn was the 4Club Suit and Grapenthien checked and folded to a bet from Jensen. Jensen showed 7Spade Suit4Spade Suit, for a full house, which meant that although Bogdanski had the nut flush with his AClub SuitJClub Suit, he was drawing dead when the river card was dealt.

Player Tags: Gary Bogdanski

Shuffle Up and Deal

The cards are in the air in the Amazon room for the final table of event no. 18, the $2,000 limit hold’em event. Stay tuned to Card Player for updates from the final table.


Final Day Begins At 2:30 p.m.

Matt MatrosThe final 10 players in event no. 18 ($2,000 limit hold’em) are hours away from playing down to a winner. The blinds will be 6,000-12,000.

The remaining 10 players are guaranteed at least $12,561 with everyone gunning for the top prize of $203,607 and the WSOP bracelet.

Card Player columnist Matt Matros will need to overcome one of the shorter stacks at the table if he wants to pick up his second WSOP bracelet in less than a week. He won event no. 12 ($1,500 limit hold’em), good for $189,870.

Here are the official chip counts and final table seating assignments:

Seat 1: Matt Matros – 224,000
Seat 2: William Jensen – 326,000
Seat 3: Gary Bogdanski – 115,000
Seat 4: Eric Buchman – 453,000
Seat 5: Hansu Chu – 447,000
Seat 6: Falvio Ferrari – 373,000
Seat 7: Brent Courson – 240,000
Seat 8: Daniel Quach – 55,000
Seat 9: Steven Hustoft – 383,000
Seat 10: Matt Grapenthien – 254,000

Stay tuned to as we bring you all of the elimination hands from the final table.

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