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Buy-In: $2,500
Prize Pool: $4,466,600
Entrants: 1942

Event 56 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Jul 02, '10 - Jul 04, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jul 05, 10)


Berda Wins Event No. 56 ($825,976)

KocheslaevskiyBerda Wins Event No. 56 ($825,976), Kocheslaevskiy Finishes Runner-Up ($510,939)

Vladimir Kocheslaevskiy moved all in from the button and was called by Tomer Berda. Their hands:

Berda: ADiamond Suit4Club Suit
Kochelaevskiy: 10Club Suit6Club Suit

The flop was best for Berda, running AHeart Suit2Club Suit6Heart Suit to give him a pair of aces and Kochelaevskiy a pair of sixes. The turn brought the 3Heart Suit and Kochelaevskiy needed to see a ten or six on the river to stay alive.

The 7Club Suit fell instead, and Kochelaevskiy was eliminated in second place, winning $510,939. Berda took down the event, the $825,976 first-place prize, and his first career WSOP bracelet.


Heads Up

PorterPorter Finishes in 3rd Place ($353,260)

Tomer Berda raised to 360,000 from the small blind and Bryan Porter moved all in. Berda quickly called and they showed down:

Berda: ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit
Porter: QSpade Suit9Spade Suit

The ASpade Suit2Club Suit3Diamond Suit hit on the flop and Porter needed running cards to stay alive. The AClub Suit turn left Porter drawing dead and the 5Spade Suit river finished the board.

Porter finished in third place for $353,260, leaving Vladimir Kochelaevskiy and Tomer Berda heads up. Kochelaevskiy had 9.8 million to Berda’s 4.8 million in chips.

Player Tags: Tomer Berda,   Bryan Porter

Food Time

The remaining three players are putting food in their bellies. They’ll be back in an hour.
Here’s a look at their chip stacks:

Vladimir Kochelaevskiy — 5,790,000
Tomer Berda — 4,850,000
Bryan Porter — 3,895,000

Stay tuned to see who will take down event No. 56.


Down to Three!

WattelIn Same Hand, Wattel ($186,250) And Bonavena ($254,777) Bust in 5th and 4th

Mike Wattel pushed all in for 685,000 only to have Salvatore Bonavena move all in over the top for 915,000. Bryan Porter also went all in, having both opponents covered, and the three players showed down. Their hands:

Wattel: ASpade SuitJDiamond Suit
Bonavena: 8Heart Suit8Club Suit
Porter: JClub SuitJHeart Suit

The board missed everyone, running 2Diamond Suit2Spade Suit5Club Suit6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit to give Porter the best hand and eliminate Wattel in fifth place ($186,250) and Bonavena in fourth ($254,777).


Hung Hanged in 6th Place (137,496)

HungHung Hanged in 6th Place (137,496)

Hungcheng Hung pushed all in from under the gun for 760,000 and Tomer Berda called from the small blind. Their hands:

Berda: ASpade SuitKClub Suit
Hung: QClub SuitJClub Suit

Hung was trailing and found no help on a flop of 7Club Suit6Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit. The 3Club Suit on the turn left Hung with one last chance to hit a jack or queen, but the 10Heart Suit finished the board and Hung was the sixth-place finisher, earning $137,496.

Player Tags: Tomer Berda,   Hungcheng Hung

Curcio Falls to Aces in 8th Place ($78,705)

CurcioCurcio Falls to Aces in 8th Place ($78,705)

Vladimir Kochelaevskiy opened to 190,000 and Joseph Curcio moved all in from the small blind. When action folded back to him, Kochelaevskiy had an easy decision. He called and they showed their hands:

Kochelaevskiy: ADiamond SuitASpade Suit
Curcio: JClub SuitJHeart Suit

The flop didn’t bring any help for Curcio, running 2Club SuitKSpade Suit2Spade Suit. The 9Spade Suit turn left him drawing to two outs but the river was the 8Spade Suit and Kochelaevskiy hit the unnecessary flush to eliminate Curcio in eighth place, for which he’ll take home $78,705.

AlawadhiAlawadhi Busts On Missed Draw in 7th Place ($103,527)

Tomer Berda raised to 200,000 and when action folded to Ali Alawadhi he made the call from the big blind.

The flop fell 5Diamond Suit3Diamond SuitAClub Suit and Alawadhi moved all in. Berda made the call and saw that he was ahead, but Alawadhi had outs. Their hands:

Alawadhi: KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit
Berda: ASpade Suit6Spade Suit

The 9Club Suit fell on the turn to pair Alawadhi and give him even more outs, but the JHeart Suit on the river was not one of them. Alawadhi was gone in seventh place, taking $103,527 with him.

Berda had around 3 million in chips after the hand.


Amendola Eliminated in 9th Place ($60,580)

WattelWattel Doubles With Kings

Alfonso Amendola moved all in from under the gun and Mike Wattel made the call from middle position, putting his tournament on the line. Their hands:

Amendola: ADiamond Suit10Club Suit
Wattel: KClub SuitKDiamond Suit

Wattel was the favorite, and Amendola needed some help. The board ran 3Club Suit10Spade Suit9Heart SuitQSpade Suit4Heart Suit and Amendola could only muster a pair of tens. Wattel’s kings held up, doubling him to 720,000 in chips.

Amendola had just 550,000 after the hand.

AmendolaAmendola Knocked Out in 9th Place ($60,580)

Not too long after he doubled up Mike Wattel, Alfonso Amendola got his last 490,000 all in against Tomer Curcio. Their hands:

Amendola: AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit
Curcio: AClub SuitKClub Suit

The flop ran 9Spade Suit2Club SuitKHeart Suit, pairing Curcio and putting him far ahead in the hand. The 7Heart Suit turn left Amendola drawing dead and the QSpade Suit river finished the hand. Amendola was the first elimination from the final table, making $60,580.

Wattel Doubles Up Again

Mike Wattel put in a raise to 125,000 and had to be happy to see Joseph Curcio move all in for around 700,000. Wattel called and was all in for his tournament life. Their hands:

Wattel: ADiamond SuitASpade Suit
Curcio: 9Club Suit9Spade Suit

Wattel was well ahead with his aces, and the board kept it that way. It ran 5Heart Suit10Club Suit6Heart Suit2Heart Suit2Spade Suit and Wattel doubled for a second time in first level, chipping up to 1.2 million. Curcio dropped dangerously low to just 115,000.

Player Tags: Michael Wattel,   Alfonso Amendola

Shuffle Up And Deal

Action is now under way at the final table.
Stay tuned to for live updates on the eliminations.


Final Day Starts at 3 p.m.

The final day of event No. 56 is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Only nine players remain, and they’ll play for the $825,976 first-place prize and WSOP title. Salvatore Bonavena takes a large chip lead into the final table.

Here’s a Look at the Final Nine and Their Chip Counts

Seat 1: Mike Wattel – 365,000
Seat 2: Salvatore Bonavena – 4,505,000
Seat 3: Ali Alawadhi – 670,000
Seat 4: Joseph Curcio – 1,205,000
Seat 5: Tomer Berda – 3,410,000
Seat 6: Bryan Porter – 740,000
Seat 7: Alfonso Amendola – 910,000
Seat 8: Hungcheng Hung – 740,000
Seat 9: Vladimir Kochelaevskiy – 2,025,000

Stay tuned to for final table coverage.

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