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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $2,519,200
Entrants: 268

Event 38 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Jun 20, '10 - Jun 22, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 22, 10)


Level 28: Valdemar Kwaysser Wins Event No. 38

Blinds: 40,000-80,000

Players Remaining: 1 out of 268

Notable Eliminations:

4. Konstantin Bucherl — $214,106
3. James Calderaro — $284,845
2. Matt Marafioti — $381,507

Big Hands:

Konstantin BucherlKonstantin Bucherl Eliminated In Fourth Place ($214,106)

Konstantin Bucherl found himself all in preflop against Valdemar Kwaysser. Here were their cards:

Bucherl: AClub SuitQHeart Suit
Kwaysser: ASpade SuitKSpade Suit

The board ran out KHeart Suit10Heart Suit3Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit4Heart Suit and Bucherl was eliminated.

James CalderaroJames Calderaro Eliminated In Third Place ($284,845)

James Calderaro opened for a raise and Valdemar Kwaysser repotted. Calderaro then moved in for 1.7 million and Kwaysser made the call. Here were their cards:

Calderaro: ASpade SuitKClub Suit
Kwaysser: JClub SuitJHeart Suit

The board ran out 6Spade Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit3Club Suit and Kwaysser’s jacks held, sending Calderaro to the rail in third.

Valdemar KwaysserValdemar Kwaysser Wins Event No. 38 ($617,214), Matt Marafioti Eliminated In Second Place ($381,507)

Matt Marafioti raised to 200,000 preflop and Valdemar Kwaysser made the call. The flop came down JClub Suit10Club Suit6Spade Suit and Marafioti bet 425,000.

Kwaysser reraised the pot and Marafioti put all his chips in the middle. Here were their cards:

Marafioti: KClub Suit6Club Suit
Kwaysser: JDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit

Marafioti was drawing very live with four clubs against Kwaysser’s top pair. The turn and river were both black, but they were the QSpade Suit and 7Spade Suit and Kwaysser took down his first WSOP bracelet.


Level 27: Dani Stern Eliminated In 5th Place

Blinds: 30,000-60,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 2,010,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Valdemar Kwaysser – 3,730,000
2. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,915,000
3. James Calderaro – 1,650,000
4. Matt Marafioti – 700,000

Notable Eliminations:

5. Dani Stern — $161,934

Big Hands:

Dani SternDani Stern Eliminated In Fifth Place ($161,934)

Dani Stern raised to 130,000 and Valdemar Kwaysser reraised to 300,000. Stern made the call for the last of his chips and the players turned up their hands:

Stern: 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit
Kwaysser: AClub Suit2Club Suit

The board ran out AHeart SuitASpade Suit3Spade Suit5Diamond Suit6Club Suit to give Kwaysser trip aces on the flop and the pot. Stern was eliminated and took home $161,934.

Player Tags: Dani Stern,   Valdemar Kwaysser

Level 26: Down To Five

Blinds: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 5 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 1,608,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. James Calderaro – 2,425,000
2. Valdemar Kwaysser – 2,325,000
3. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,620,000
4. Dani Stern – 900,000
5. Matt Marafioti – 760,000

Notable Eliminations:

7. Peter Jetten — $94,394
6. Thomas Marchese — $123,264

Big Hands:

Bucherl First To 2 Million

Konstantin Bucherl raised to 110,000 and Peter Jetten made the call preflop. The flop then came down KClub Suit8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit and Bucherl bet 140,000. Jetten made the call and the JHeart Suit fell on the turn.

Both players checked and the river was the 10Spade Suit. Bucherl bet 200,000 and Jetten made the call. Bucherl tabled ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit for top pair and Jetten mucked.

Bucherl took the pot and he was at 2,055,000.

Peter Jetten Eliminated In Seventh Place ($94,394)

Peter Jetten raised to 175,000 preflop and Valdemar Kwaysser reraised enough to put Jetten all in. Jetten made the call and the players turned over their cards:

Jetten: ASpade Suit5Diamond Suit
Kwaysser: ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit

Kwaysser was dominating and the board offered no help to Jetten as he was eliminated.

Thomas MarcheseThomas Marchese Eliminated In Sixth Place ($123,264)

James Calderaro raised to 150,000 from the button and Thomas Marchese reraised to 575,000 from the big blind. Calderaro repotted and Marchese made the call for the rest of his chips.

Calderaro then showed the bad news, turning over KHeart SuitKSpade Suit. Marchese could only show 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit and he needed help.

What he got instead was a quick boot out the door as the flop came down KDiamond Suit7Heart Suit7Club Suit, leaving him virtually drawing dead.

The turn was the 4Club Suit and the river was the AClub Suit and Marchese was eliminated.


Level 25: Final Table Set

Blinds: 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 1,005,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Valdemar Kwaysser – 1,690,000
2. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,640,000
3. James Calderaro – 1,225,000
4. Dani Stern – 1,125,000
5. Peter Jetten – 820,000
6. Thomas Marchese – 775,000
7. Matt Marafioti – 650,000

Notable Eliminations:

9. Alexander Kuzmin — $56,404
8. Blair Rodman — $72,754

Big Hands:

Kuzmin Doubles

Alexander Kuzmin was all in against Peter Jetten. Here were there cards:

Kuzman: AClub SuitAHeart Suit
Jetten: JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit

The board ran out QDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit2Heart Suit7Club Suit and Kuzman doubled up to 410,000.

Sam SteinSam Stein Eliminated In 10th Place, Official Final Table Set

Sam Stein raised to 140,000 from the button. Dani Stern then raised enough to put Stein all in.

Stein called his last 70,000 and the players turned up their cards:

Stein: 10Club Suit8Club Suit
Stern: ASpade Suit4Diamond Suit

Stein was drawing live preflop, then virtually drawing dead on the flop of AClub SuitAHeart Suit6Heart Suit. Stein needed running straight cards but the board finished out 2Diamond Suit and KClub Suit, sending Stein to the rail.

Alexander KuzminAlexander Kuzmin Eliminated In Ninth Place ($56,404)

Alexander Kuzmin raised preflop and Thomas Marchese reraised enough to put Kuzmin all in. Kuzmin made the call and the players showed down their cards:

Kuzmin: KHeart SuitJHeart Suit
Marchese: ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit

The board ran out ASpade SuitQClub Suit5Diamond SuitKClub Suit7Diamond Suit and Kuzmin was the first casualty at the official final table.

Blair Rodman Eliminated In Eighth Place ($72,754)

Blair Rodman was all in after a flop of KHeart SuitJClub Suit7Spade Suit against Valdemar Kwaysser. Rodman had flopped top two pair with his KClub SuitJSpade Suit.

Unfortunately for Rodman, Kwaysser had flopped top set as he held KDiamond SuitKSpade Suit. The board finished off 7Club Suit9Spade Suit and Rodman was eliminated.

Player Tags: Blair Rodman

Level 24: Jetten Doubles Through Stein

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 10 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 804,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Valdemar Kwaysser – 1,675,000
2. Thomas Marchese – 1,315,000
3. Alexander Kuzmin – 850,000
4. Dani Stern – 750,000
5. Matt Marafioti – 745,000
6. James Calderaro – 685,000
7. Peter Jetten – 560,000
8. Konstantin Bucherl – 550,000
9. Blair Rodman – 470,000
10. Sam Stein – 295,000

Notable Eliminations:

Big Hands:

Sam SteinJetten Doubles Through Stein

Peter Jetten raised to 100,000 preflop and Sam Stein raised to 360,000. Jetten made the call and was all in.

Jetten: JDiamond SuitJHeart Suit
Stein: AClub SuitQHeart Suit

It was a classic race situation and the board ran out 8Spade Suit7Heart Suit4Diamond Suit2Spade Suit6Heart Suit and Jetten’s jacks held, doubling him up to over 500,000. Stein was the new short stack with just under 300,000.

Player Tags: Peter Jetten,   Sam Stein

Level 23: Still At 10

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 10 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 804,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Valdemar Kwaysser – 1,298,000
2. Dani Stern – 1,157,000
3. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,080,000
4. Sam Stein – 1,000,000
5. Thomas Marchese – 932,000
6. Alexander Kuzmin – 818,000
7. Matt Marafioti – 815,000
8. Peter Jetten – 340,000
9. James Calderaro – 268,000
10. Blair Rodman – 231,000

Notable Eliminations:

Big Hands:

Dani SternStern Takes Down A Pot

Konstantin Bucherl raised to 55,000 and Dani Stern made the call from the big blind. The flop came down 9Spade Suit8Spade Suit3Spade Suit and both players checked.

The turn was the ADiamond Suit and Stern checked again. Bucherl took a stab at the pot with a bet of 60,000 and Stern would have none of it, as he check-raised to 200,000.

Bucherl released his hand and Stern took down the pot. He was at 1.15 million in chips.

Marafioti Takes One

In a battle of the blinds, Matt Marafioti called from the small blind and Peter Jetten checked. Both players saw a flop of 10Club Suit9Club Suit8Diamond Suit and Marafioti checked. Jetten bet 30,000 and Marafioti called.

The turn was the AClub Suit and both players checked. The river was the 7Heart Suit and Jetten bet 90,000. Marafioti called and showed JClub Suit10Spade Suit for the straight and Jetten mucked.


Level 22: Down To One Table

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 10 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 804,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,825,000
2. Valdemar Kwaysser – 1,398,000
3. Sam Stein – 1,202,000
4. Thomas Marchese – 764,000
5. Alexander Kuzmin – 707,000
6. Peter Jetten – 700,000
7. Dani Stern – 537,000
8. Matt Marafioti – 357,000
9. James Calderaro – 328,000
10. Blair Rodman – 282,000

Notable Eliminations:

Note: Players have gone on a 60-minute dinner break and will return at 8:45 p.m.

Big Hands:

Blair RodmanRodman Knocks Out Doudney

Blair Rodman raised to 60,000 and Nathna Doudney moved all in for his last 137,000. Rodman made the call and the players turned up their hands:

Rodman: KDiamond Suit9Spade Suit
Doudney: KHeart Suit3Diamond Suit

Rodman was dominating and the board ran out ASpade SuitQHeart Suit7Club Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit, offering no help to Doudney as he hit the rail in 11th place.

Thumy Eliminated

Clement Thumy was the chip leader of the tournament at one point but found himself all in against Valdemar Kwaysser.

Thumy had pocket aces but they were cracked when Kwaysser’s KHeart SuitQClub Suit made trip kings on the river and Thumy was eliminated.


Level 21: Allen Kessler Eliminated

Blinds: 9,000-18,000

Players Remaining: 13 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 618,461

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Konstantin Bucherl – 1,442,000
2. Sam Stein – 1,242,000
3. Valdemar Kwaysser – 1,050,000
4. Peter Jetten – 690,000
5. Thomas Marchese – 685,000
6. Alexander Kuzmin – 620,000
7. James Calderaro – 491,000
8. Matt Marafioti – 473,000
9. Dani Stern – 463,000
10. Marc Inizan – 377,000

Notable Eliminations:

Allen Kessler
Amnon Filippi
Sandra Naujoks

Big Hands:

Allen KesslerAllen Kessler Eliminated

Allen Kessler moved all in for his last 59,000 and Konstantin Bucheri made the call. Here were their hands:

Kessler: ADiamond SuitJSpade Suit
Bucherl: 10Spade Suit4Heart Suit

Bucherl made the call from the big blind and decided to take a shot at the knockout. The flop came down 9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit4Spade Suit and Bucherl took the lead. Kessler failed to improve his hand on the following streets and he was eliminated.

Marchese Takes One Off Inizan

Marc Inizan raised to 45,000 preflop and Thomas Marchese made the call. The flop then came down QSpade Suit6Club Suit4Diamond Suit and both players checked.

The turn was the 9Club Suit and Marchese bet 74,000. Inizan made the call and the 3Diamond Suit came on the river. Marchese bet 141,000 and Inizan made the call again.

Marchese tabled QHeart Suit10Diamond Suit for top pair and Inizan mucked. Marchese took the pot and was at 685,000.

Inizan Takes Another Hit, Bucherl Takes Chip Lead

Picking up the action after the flop, the board read 9Club Suit5Heart Suit4Heart Suit. Konstantin Bucherl bet 63,000 and Marc Inizan raised to 175,000. Bucheri then moved all in and Inizan made the call.

Bucherl tabled QHeart SuitJHeart Suit while Inizan showed ASpade Suit9Heart Suit for top pair and the lead.

But the turn was the AHeart Suit, giving Inizan two pair but completing Bucherl’s flush. The river was the 2Spade Suit and Bucherl doubled to 1.4 million while Inizan was down to 330,000.

Sam SteinSam Stein Doubles Up

After a flop of 7Diamond Suit5Heart Suit4Spade Suit, Sam Stein bet 62,000. Clement Thumy raised it to 175,000 and Stein moved all in. Thumy made the call.

Stein turned over pocket fives for middle set, besting Thumy’s pocket fours and bottom set. The turn and river bricked as they came 6Spade Suit and 7Club Suit respectively.

Stein doubled to 1.2 million while Thumy was down to 200,000.


Level 20: Naujoks Doubles Up

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Players Remaining: 18 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 446,667

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Clement Thumy – 680,000
2. Peter Jetten – 680,000
3. Dani Stern – 565,000
4. Marc Inizan – 555,000
5. Thomas Marchese – 455,000
6. Matthew Marafioti – 440,000
7. James Calderaro – 425,000
8. Konstantin Bucheri – 390,000
9. Nathan Doudney – 369,000
10. Alexander Kuzmin – 360,000

Notable Eliminations:

Noah Boeken

Big Hands:

Sandra NaujoksNaujoks Doubles Up

Marc Inizan raised to 36,000 and Sandra Naujoks moved in for her last 120,000. Inizan made the call and tabled KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit.

Naujoks showed down AHeart SuitKSpade Suit and the board ran out AClub SuitQDiamond Suit2Heart Suit3Spade SuitADiamond Suit.

Naujoks made trip-aces and doubled up to 264,000 after the hand.

Thomas Petterson Eliminated

Picking up the action after a flop of JHeart Suit9Club Suit9Diamond Suit, Thomas Petterson moved all in for his last 31,000 and Konstantin Bucheri made the call.

Petterson showed down ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit while Bucheri held AHeart SuitJClub Suit.

The board ran out 4Heart Suit9Spade Suit and Petterson was out.

Chip Leader Takes A Hit

Marc Inizan and Clement Thumy got into a raising war preflop that resulted in Inizan being all in. Here were their cards:

Inizan: ASpade Suit10Heart Suit
Thumy: ADiamond SuitQClub Suit

Inizan was in some trouble but the board ran out 5Spade Suit4Club Suit4Diamond Suit10Club Suit2Diamond Suit, giving Inizan his pair on the turn and he doubled up to 550,000.

Thumy was knocked down to 680,000 and still held the chip lead but he had much less room to breathe.


Level 19: Vitaly Lunkin Eliminated

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Players Remaining: 22 out of 268

Average Chip Count: 365,454

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Clement Thumy – 925,000
2. Peter Jetten – 684,000
3. Sam Stein – 531,000
4. James Calderaro – 509,000
5. Marc Inizan – 492,000
6. Thomas Marchese – 465,000
7. Nathan Doudney – 465,000
8. Nikolai Yakovenko – 463,000
9. Dani Stern – 425,000
10. Alexander Kuzmin – 424,000

Notable Eliminations:

John Dwyer
Vitaly Lunkin

Big Hands:

Vitaly LunkinVitaly Lunkin Doubles Through Marchese, Then Eliminated By Thumy

Dustin Woolf raised to 33,000 and Vitaly Lunkin made it 62,000 from the cutoff. Thomas Marchese then reraised to 180,000 from the big blind and Woolf got out of the way.

Lunkin made the call with the rest of his chips and turned over KHeart SuitKClub Suit while Marchese showed ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit.

The board ran out QHeart Suit8Diamond Suit7Heart SuitJSpade SuitSpade Suit4Spade Suit and Lunkin doubled up to 312,000.

A few hands later, Lunkin saw a flop of ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit6Club Suit against Clement Thumy. Thumy bet 33,000 and Lunkin raised to 90,000. Thumy then raised enough to put Lunkin all in and Lunkin made the call.

Lunkin tabled KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit for the nut flush draw while Thumy showed AHeart Suit6Heart Suit for two pair.

The turn was the 3Spade Suit and the river was the 10Spade Suit and Lunkin was eliminated just a few hands after doubling up. Thumy was near 1 million in chips after the hand.

John Dwyer Eliminated

John Dwyer was all in preflop with ASpade SuitKSpade Suit against Amnon Filippi’s ADiamond Suit4Diamond Suit.

Dwyer was in good position to double up, but the board ran out 9Spade Suit4Spade Suit2Club Suit2Heart Suit5Heart Suit, giving Filippi a pair and the win and sending Dwyer to the rail.

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