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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $4,180,950
Entrants: 3097

Event 45 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jun 25, '10 - Jun 27, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 27, 10)


Jesse Rockowitz Wins Event No. 45

Blinds: 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 3,097

Notable Eliminations:

2. Raymond Coburn – $446,274

Big Hands:

Jesse RockowitzRaymond Coburn Eliminated in Second Place, Jesse Rockowitz Wins Event No. 45

Raymond Coburn limped in on the button and Jesse Rockowitz checked his option. The two saw the flop 7Club Suit8Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit and Rockowitz led for 95,000.

Coburn then raised to 500,000, Rockowitz made it 1,360,000, and Coburn made the call. The turn came the 6Spade Suit and Rockowitz led for 945,000. Coburn raised all-in and Rockowitz shot up from his chair and asked the dealer to pull in the bet.

He stood in silence mulling over the decision before making the call. Coburn showed KClub Suit9Club Suit and Rockowitz was ahead with 7Heart Suit2Heart Suit.

The 8Spade Suit fell on the river and while Rockowitz’s two pair was counterfitted, his hand stayed in the lead and took home the bracelet.

Rockowitz takes home $721,373 for his victory and Coburn will receive $446,274 for his second place finish.

Player Tags: Jesse Rockowitz

Thiago Nishijima Eliminated

Blinds: 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 3,097

Average Chip Count: 6,968,250

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Raymond Coburn – 7,200,000
2. Jesse Rockowitz – 6,800,000

Notable Eliminations:

3. Thiago Nishijima – $315,828

Big Hands:

Thiago NishijimaThiago Nishijima Eliminated in Third Place ($315,828)

Ray Coburn limped in on the button, Jesse Rockowitz folded from the small blind, and Thiago Nishijima raised to 395,000 in the big blind. Coburn made the call and the flop came 7Heart Suit10Spade Suit8Heart Suit.

Nishijima led out for 475,000 and after a brief pause, Coburn announced that he was all-in. Nishijima re-checked his hole cards and made the call, tabling QSpade SuitQClub Suit. It was basically a coin flip when Coburn showed 8Diamond Suit9Club Suit.

All of the drama was gone on the turn when the dealer peeled off the 6Diamond Suit, filling Coburn’s straight and making the river card meaningless. The 6Club Suit was dealt as a formality and Nishijima was eliminated in third place. Coburn now takes on Jesse Rockowitz for a bracelet.

Player Tags: Thiago Nishijima

Two Eliminations Leave Us With Three

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

Players Remaining: 3 out of 3,097

Average Chip Count: 4,645,500

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Jesse Rockowitz – 6,000,000
2. Raymond Coburn – 5,700,000
3. Thiago Nishijima – 2,150,000

Notable Eliminations:

5. Michael Goldfarb – $167,405
4. Keving O’Dell – $228,614

Big Hands:

Michael GoldfarbMichael Goldfarb Eliminated in Fifth Place ($167,405)

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 185,000 under-the-gun and Michael Goldfarb called from the big blind.

The flop came 3Diamond Suit5Heart Suit2Spade Suit. Goldfarb checked and called 145,000 from Rockowitz. The turn was the 3Heart Suit and now Goldfarb led for 500,000 and was called by Rockowitz.

The 6Diamond Suit fell on the river and Goldfarb announced he was all-in. Rockowitz thought for a long time before making the call and showing ADiamond SuitASpade Suit. Goldfarb showed 8Club Suit6Club Suit and was eliminated from the tournament in fifth place.

Rockowitz vaulted up to 6,000,000 with the win and is now the chip leader with just four left.

Kevin O’Dell Eliminated in Fourth Place (228,614)

A short stacked Kevin O’Dell got all his money in the middle with AClub SuitQSpade Suit against Thago Nishijima’s 9Club Suit4Diamond Suit.

O’Dell was in the lead until 9Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit came on the flop, giving Nishijima top pair and a flush draw. The turn was the 10Spade Suit and the river was the 3Diamond Suit to complete Nishijima’s flush and give him the pot, while eliminating O’Dell in fourth place.

Player Tags: Kevin O'Dell,   Michael Goldfarb

Players Dropping LIke Flies

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

Players Remaining: 5 out of 3,097

Average Chip Count: 2,787,300

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Kevin O’Dell – 5,750,000
2. Jesse Rockowitz – 2,575,000
3. Raymond Coburn – 2,050,000
4. Michael Goldfarb – 1,900,000
5. Thiago Nishijima – 1,500,000

Notable Eliminations:

8. Justin Conley – $70,365
7. Shaun Malough – $92,900
6. Steven Brown – $124,006

Big Hands:

Justin ConleyJustin Conley Eliminated in Eighth Place ($70,365)

Michael Goldfarb raised to 150,000 from early position and Justin Conley moved all-in for 640,000. Goldfarb went deep into the tank before making the call.

Goldfarb showed 5Spade Suit5Club Suit and was way behind Conley’s JDiamond SuitJSpade Suit.

Goldfarb hit a fortunate flop as it came KDiamond Suit3Spade Suit5Diamond Suit, moving Goldfarb into the lead. The turn was the QClub Suit and the river was the 6Club Suit to finish off Conley in eighth place.

Shaun Malough Eliminated in Seventh Place ($92,900)

Shaun Malough moved all-in from the small blind and Raymond Coburn made the call from the big blind and the hands were turned face up on the table.

Malough held the KDiamond Suit5Spade Suit and Coburn held the 10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit.

The board came out as bad as it could for Malough when the dealer ran the 10Club Suit9Diamond Suit7Club Suit7Spade SuitJClub Suit across the middle of the table.

Coburn is up to 2,050,000 in chips and Malough is heading for the exits in seventh place.

Steven BrownSteven Brown Eliminated in Sixth Place ($124,006)

Kevin O’Dell raised to 150,000 on the button and Steve Brown moved all-in from the small blind. After a fold, O’Dell quickly made the call and found the good news.

Brown had AHeart Suit10Heart Suit and was dominated by O’Dell’s AClub SuitQSpade Suit.

The board brought no help for Brown as it came 5Spade SuitKClub Suit4Heart Suit6Club Suit7Heart Suit to eliminate Brown and move O’Dell’s stack above 5,000,000.


Johan Jakobsson Eliminated

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

Players Remaining: 8 out of 3,097

Average Chip Count: 1,742,062

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Kevin O’Dell – 4,950,000
2. Jesse Rockowitz – 2,575,000
3. Michael Goldfarb – 1,900,000
4. Thiago Nishijima – 1,500,000
5. Shaun Malough – 1,150,000
6. Steven Brown – 1,100,000
7. Raymond Coburn – 800,000
8. Justin Conley – 640,000

Notable Eliminations:

9. Johan Jakobsson – $53,892

Big Hands:

Johan JakobssonJohan Jakobsson Eliminated ($53,892)

Johan Jakobsson raised to 100,000 under-the-gun and Jesse Rockowitz three-bet to 270,000 from the big blind. Jakobsson moved all-in and was called by Rockowitz.

Jakobsson was in big trouble when he turned over his 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit and was up against Rockowitz’s QDiamond SuitQClub Suit.

The board ran out 5Spade Suit9Spade Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Rockowitz took the pot to eliminate Jakobsson from the tournament.

Player Tags: Johan Jakobsson

Final Table Set Just Before Dinner Break

With the elimination of Edward Yoo, the official final table has been set and the remaining players have gone on a one-hour dinner break.

Everybody still alive is guaranteed a minimum pay day of $53,875, but everybody is looking to get their hands on the $721,373 for first place.

Kevin O’Dell is running away with the chip lead at the moment, with 4,300,000 in chips and a sizable lead on everybody else at the table. Here are a look at the final table chip counts.

1. Kevin O’Dell – 4,300,000
2. Thiago Nishijima – 1,775,000
3. Jesse Rockowitz – 1,550,000
4. Shaun Malough – 1,345,000
5. Michael Goldfarb – 995,000
6. Justin Conley – 900,000
7. Raymond Coburn – 850,000
8. Johan Jakobsson – 740,000
9. Steven Brown – 630,000

Stay tuned to Card Player as we continue to update the final table when the players return from dinner.


Final Table Action Starts at 3 p.m.

TrickettThe final 36 players will play down to a winner today, following what was an exciting day 2.

Sam Trickett holds the chip lead with 922,000 in chips, but there’s still a lot of poker to be played, and a lot of good players more than eager to compete with Trickett.

Larry Wilder, Stephen Chidwick and Kevin Odell are not too far behind, and Dutch Boyd is still going strong with 619,000 in chips, fresh off of a WSOP title won just a few weeks ago.

Everyone left will take home at least $16,681, but the winner will get $721,373.

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Here’s a look at the chip counts.

1 Sam Trickett 922,000
2 Larry Wilder 916,000
3 Stephen Chidwick 783,000
4 Kevin Odell 768,000
5 Thiago Nishijima 643,000
6 Dutch Boyd 619,000
7 Michael Goldfarb 617,000
8 Raymond Coburn 560,000
9 Jesse Rockowitz 558,000
10 Johan Jakobsson 522,000
11 Douglas Gord 507,000
12 Aristotle Coronel 480,000
13 Justin Conley 479,000
14 Paul Magriel 460,000
15 Alex Outhred 444,000
16 Tim West 419,000
17 Michael Meerkreebs 363,000
18 Andrew Ferguson 340,600
19 Bryan Porter 332,000
20 Peter Dawson 322,000
21 Nicholas Stowell 268,000
22 Thomas Bichon 264,000
23 Adam Croffut 259,000
24 Sean Hodge 250,000
25 Shaun Malough 245,000
26 Steven Brown 237,000
27 Edward Yoo 233,000
28 Josh Brikis 232,000
29 Rafal Michalowski 211,000
30 Zachary Clark 176,000
31 John Coon 172,000
32 Roger Teska 130,000
33 Christopher Greene 113,000
34 Tanya Gawarecki 77,000
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