2010 WSOP Main Event Hand by Hand Play

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Final Showdown between Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener on Monday night.

Jonathan Duhamel       188,950,000 chips

John Racener                     30,750,000 chips

Excellent work Jonathan!!! Bravo!!!

Hand #219: Joseph Cheong Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,130,049)

John Racener has the button.

Joseph Cheong moves all in from the small blind for 17.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel makes the call after getting a count. Cheong is all in and at risk with the against the for the chip leading Duhamel.

The flop comes down and Cheong misses, but he does add a gunshot. The turn pairs the board with the and everyone grows eager for the river, especially Racener who is standing and watching anxiously. The river completes the board with the and that does it! Cheong is eliminated in third place, earning $4,130,049 for his finish. Both Racener and Duhamel are mobbed by their fans as they’ve made it to Monday’s heads-up battle for the most coveted piece of gold jewelry in the poker world: a WSOP Main Event bracelet!
 

TOP CHIP COUNTS (4:45 AM ET) – Without Daylight Savings Time

1 Jonathan Duhamel 175,250,000
2 John Racener 29,200,000
3 Joseph Cheong 14,850,000

Hand #218: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He folds, and John Racener completes from the small blind. In the big, Joseph Cheong announces an all in again, and Racener yields.

Hand #217: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He open-raises all in for about 8 million. Neither blind calls. Cheong is still kicking.

Hand #216: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #215: Cheong Doubles Back

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 3 million, and Joseph Cheong moves all in for 6.75 million. Duhamel wastes no time matching the bet, and he has Joseph Cheong’s tournament life in his hands:

Cheong: 
Duhamel: 

The dealer burns a card and turns three, flipping them over to reveal the right in the windown. The full flop rolls out , though, giving Cheong some life as he finds his pair as well.

Turn: . Bink!, as they say in the parlance of our times.

River: . That’s safe for Cheong’s bid to double up, and he’s not going anywhere just yet. Mark him down for more than 14 million again. 

Hand #214: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button.

A pre-flop raise by Jonathan Duhamel wins the blinds and the antes.

Hand #213: Joseph Cheong Blows Up in Largest Pot in WSOP History

John Racener has the button.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2.9 million from the small blind after Racener folds his button. Jonathan Duhamel reraises from the big blind to 6.75 million. Cheong doesn’t buy it and four-bets to 14.25 million. Duhamel comes back with a five-bet to 22.75 million.

Cheong goes back and checks his hand while thinking about his decision. The room is completely silent while Cheong tanks. The crowd grows a bit restless after a minute or so, but settles back down before Cheong takes some more time. Cheong moves all in and Duhamel makes the call!

Duhamel:
Cheong:

Cheong moved all in for a massive 95.05 million! Duhamel has less chips. This pot also has a lot riding on it for John Racener, the bystander in the confrontation. Time for the flop…

The flop is spread, and Cheong still needs to hit while Duhamel stays in front.

The turn brings the and everyone in this room in on the edge of their seat awaiting the river card.

The river completes the board with the and that’s it! The sea of red Montreal Canadians jerseys swarms Duhamel on the stage and begins the chant of, “Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!” Cheong sits back in his chair to assist with the final and official count of the stacks. His cheering section stands stunned, many shaking their heads.

Hand #212: John Racener

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million again, and this time John Racener takes pause from the small blind. He eventually calls, and Joseph Cheong comes on into the pot as well, our second family pot of three-handed action.

The flop comes which looks pretty fun but ultimately results in three checks.

Turn: . Cheong bets 3.5 million now, enough to fold Duhamel quickly. Racener, however, is unconvinced as he plunks in the call.

River: . Cheong checks, and Racener checks it right back. He’s first to show, and he tables for the set. That gets Cheong’s cards into the muck and the pot into Racener’s stack.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (4:25 AM ET) – Without Daylight Savings Time

1 Joseph Cheong 102,700,000
2 Jonathan Duhamel 90,900,000
3 John Racener 25,700,000

Hand #211: Joseph Cheong All Day

Joseph Cheong has the button.

It’s a raise to 2.5 million from Cheong. Both blinds fold.

Hand #210: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #209: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million, and big blind Joseph Cheong reraises to 6.5 million. It’s good; Duhamel folds and Cheong takes the pot.

“Joseph Cheong: Korean for raise,” one of his fans said from the rail.

Hand #208: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He opens to his standard 2.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener both fold. 

Hand #207: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button.

From the small blind, Joseph Cheong raises to 2.9 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds from the big blind and Cheong wins the pot.

Hand #206: John Racener Again

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million before John Racener three-bet shoves for the second hand in a row.

A :5x was exposed from Duhamel’s hand as he folded, and Racener takes it down again.

Hand #205: JohnRacener

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He folds. Small blind Jonathan Duhamel raises to 3 million. John Racener moves all in from the big blind and is rewarded with a snap-fold from Duhamel.

Hand #204: Unknown Action

John Racener has the button and the action is unknown.

Hand #203: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to 2.5 million, and Joseph Cheong calls from the big blind.

The flop comes , and Cheong taps the felt. Duhamel does likewise, and the appears on fourth street. When Cheong checks a second time, Duhamel makes a bet of 2.45 million. The call comes after a moment, but there are two more checks after the to bring us to showdown.

Cheong shows his , and it wins the pot. 

Hand #202: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He opens for his standard raise to 2.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds the small blind. Big blind John Racener, the short stack at the table, calls. He checks a flop of   to the aggressive Cheong, whose bet of 1.2 million ends the hand.

Hand #201: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #199: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He opens for 2.5 million. Chip leader Jonathan Duhamel three-bets the small blind to 6,850,000. After John Racener folds the big blind, Cheong puts in a re-raise of his own, to 16,250,000 total. Duhamel postures for about 20 seconds before folding.

Hand #198: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind. 

TOP CHIP COUNTS (4 AM ET) – Without Daylight Savings Time

1 Jonathan Duhamel 107,450,000
2 Joseph Cheong 86,150,000
3 John Racener 25,700,000

Hand #197: The Big Stacks Tangle

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He raises to what looked like 2.8 million, and Joseph Cheong calls out of the big blind.

Heads up, they take a flop of   , and Duhamel continues out with 2.75 million chips. Cheong promptly announces a check-raise to 6.75 million, and nobody is more interested in the proceedings than John Racener. Duhamel makes the call.

Turn: . Cheong keeps the betting lead with a small wager of 5.5 million, and Duhamel wastes no time calling. Racener is really into this pot now.

River: . Cheong is not slowing down now, and he fires 13.5 million more chips at the pot. Duhamel finally takes some time to think it over, shooting occasional glances at his neighbor. Finally, he calls.

Cheong waits to see Duhamel’s before spinning his cards into the muck. With that big swing, Duhamel has taken a commanding chip lead in this battle. He’s up over 110 million now, while Cheong drops under 80 million.

Hand #196: John Racener

Jospeh Cheong has the button.

John Racener gets a walk.

Hand #195: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button.

Joseph Cheong completes from the small blind after Racener folds and Jonathan Duhamel checks in the big blind. The flop comes down and Cheong fires 1.3 million. Duhamel raises to 3.75 million and Cheong folds.

 
Hand #194: John Racener

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 2.

He raises to 2.5 million, but John Racener is having none of that. From the small blind, he makes it 6.85 million total, and he’s quickly rewarded with the pot to chip him back up over 30 million.

Hand #193: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button.

He makes it 2.5 million to go and takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand #192: Joseph Cheong Extends His Lead

John Racener has the button.

Racener raises to 2.8 million and both his opponents call to see the flop come down . Joseph Cheong is up first and bets 4.25 million. Jonathan Duhamel is next and he calls. Racener, the preflop aggressor, folds.

The turn brings the . Cheong fires out again and makes it 8.25 million. Duhamel folds and Cheong wins the pot to extend his lead. He’s also the first player over 100 million in chips.

Hand #191: John Racener

Jonathan Duhamel has the button.

He opens to 2.75 million. John Racener moves all in from the small blind and gets two quick folds from his opponents.

Hand #190: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button.

Jonathan Duhamel makes it 3 million straight, and he wins it without incident.

Hand #189: Joseph Cheong

There is a dead button in Seat 8.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2.5 million and wins the first pot of three-handed play.

Hand #188: Filippo Candio Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,092,545)

Filippo Candio – 4th placeJohn Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Filippo Candio open-shoves from the small blind. Joseph Cheong quickly calls and the theater rises to its feet again.

Showdown
Candio:
Cheong:

is “not a bad flop” for Cheong and utter disaster for Candio. Cheong pairs his ace and leaves Candio looking for running cards. The that falls on the turn is not one of those runners. Candio is drawing dead going to the river . That card gives Cheong an unnecessary wheel.

Candio is the fourth-place finisher and leaves the stage to chants of “Filippo! Filippo” from his rail.

Hand #187: Jonathan Duhamel

There is a dead button for this hand; Jonathan Duhamel is the beneficiary.

When it folds to him, he raises to 2.5 million and takes it down.

Hand #185: Michael Mizrachi Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,332,992)

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action folds to Jonathan Duhamel in the small blind. He limps in. Michael Mizrachi declines his option in the big blind. On a flop of , Duhamel checks. Grinder takes a stab with a bet of 2 million. Duhamel check-raises, Mizrachi moves all in and Duhamel calls! It all happens so fast it takes everyone by surprise.

Showdown
Duhamel:
Mizrachi:

It’s a crafty play of aces by Duhamel that neatly ensnares Mizrachi’s top pair. Mizrachi is at risk and is going to need some help to avoid elimination. He is standing over the table, waiting for the turn. The is no help. He’s down to his last card.

The river is another face card, but it’s not the queen Mizrachi needs. It’s the . Duhamel’s rail is ecstatic as their man stacks up the Grinder’s chips and knocks Mizrachi out in 5th place.

With Mizrachi’s elimination in 5th place, Frank Kassela has (finally!) wrapped up the title of 2010 WSOP Player of the Year.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (3 AM ET)

1 Joseph Cheong 79,850,000
2 Jonathan Duhamel 71,800,000
3 John Racener 26,350,000
4 Filippo Candio 21,750,000
5 Michael Mizrachi 19,550,000

Hand #184: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

The action folds around to the blinds where Joseph Cheong completes and Jonathan Duhamel knocks the table for a free flop.

It comes , and Cheong check-calls a bet of 1.5 million. That brings the to the party on fourth street, and Cheong now leads out with a bet of 2.5 million. Duhamel is the caller this time, and there’s something brewing as we head to the last card.

River: . Cheong loads up another bet and fires, but we couldn’t even eyeball the amount before Duhamel’s cards were in the muck.

Hand #183: Still Flopless

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.75 million from under the gun. Everyone folds and Duhamel wins the pot.

The last hand with a flop was Hand #170. It’s been a while boys, bring it back.

Hand #182: Jonathan Duhamel

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel gets in there for 2,750,000. Everyone else folds.

Hand #181: John Racener

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Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

John Racener gets a walk.

Hand #180: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action folds to Jonathan Duhamel in the small blind and he moves all in. Michael Mizrachi is in the big blind and takes some time to think. Mizrachi folds and Duhamel wins the pot.

Hand #179: John Racener

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener takes the blinds and the antes with a single pre-flop raise.

Hand #178: Filippo Candio

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

The action passes to the blinds where Filippo Candio announces an all in from the small. Big blind Joseph Cheong checks his cards and quickly folds.

Hand #177: Joseph Cheong

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2.5 million and wins another pot.

Hand #176: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong opens to 2.5 million and takes down the blinds and antes without resistance.

Hand #175: Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

He opens with a raise to 2.5 million, and Michael Mizrachi moves all in from the big blind. A snap-fold from Cheong sends the (badly needed) pot to The Grinder. 

Hand #174: John Racener

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener raises to 2.75 million and wins the pot.

Hand #173: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 3.2 million. Joseph Cheong re-raises all in from the big blind after the players in between him and Mizrachi fold. Cheong has Mizrachi covered.

“The Grinder will be facing a call for all of his chips,” MOC Jack Effel notes for the crowd.

After 30 seconds Grinder is no longer facing that call. He elects to fold.

Hand #172: Jonathan Duhamel

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.75 million, and that wins him the blinds and antes.
 

Hand #171: Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Duhamel raises and wins the pot.

Hand #170: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Filippo Candio raises to 2.4 million. Cheong calls from the button and Michael Mizrachi calls out of the big blind for a three-way pot. Mizrachi and Candio check the flop. Cheong puts in a small bet of 3.45 million, but it’s big enough to do the job as Mizrachi and Cheong both fold. 

Hand #169: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button.

Michael Mizrachi opens to 3.1 million under the gun. From the big blind, Jonathan Duhamel makes the call, and we’ll go heads up the rest of the way.

The flop comes , and the action checks through to the turn. Duhamel leads out with a bet of 3.4 million now, and Mizrachi calls after just a few seconds. The river draws another bet from Duhamel, 5.75 million this time. The call comes almost instantly from The Grinder, but it’s not a good one.

Duhamel shows up his   first, and Mizrachi’s   has once again gotten him in some trouble. He drops the pot, dropping more than 12 million chips off his stack in the process.

BREAK TIME

Hand #168: Michael Mizrachi

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 2.5 million. Joseph Cheong makes the call from the big blind and the two are off to a flop.

The flop comes down and both check. The turn is the  and Cheong reaches for chips. He bets 2.525 million and Mizrachi calls.

The river is the , black, but not another spade. Mizrachi shows the after both players check and wins the hand.

Hand #167: Filippo Candio

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong opens from first position with a minimum-raise to 2 million. Filippo Candio gets in there from the big blind and has first action on a flop of . He leads into Cheong with a bet of 2.8 million.

Cheong tuns to MOC Jack Effel and asks a question. It looks like he wants a rough count on how many chips Candio has behind his bet (about 25 million). Cheong then folds his hand.

Hand #166: Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

He opens to 2.2 million when the table folds to him, and Michael Mizrachi calls from the small blind. John Racener does so as well from the big, and we’ve got three-way action.

The flop rolls out , and the blinds check to the raiser. Duhamel continues out with 3.675 million chips, Mizrachi calls, and Racener ducks out of the way.

Turn: . Mizrachi checks, and a deliberate Duhamel cuts out a bet of 8.5 million and slides it forward. Mizrachi takes a long soak in the tank before uncapping his cards and sliding them into the muck. Camp Duhamel, which had been standing biting their lips, instantly burst into cheers.

Hand #165: Filippo Candio

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener raises to 2.5 million from under the gun. Filippo Candio reraises all in from the next seat for 22.975 million. Action then folds back around to Racener and he begins his thought process. Racener folds his hand and Candio wins the pot after not having been involved for quite some time.

Hand #164: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener is the second player to act this hand. He makes it 2.3 million to go after Michael Mizrachi folds. Candio (who has disappeared recently) folds his button, allowing Joseph Cheong to three-bet to 5.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds the big blind and, after about a minute, Racener follows suit.

Hand #163: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jonathan Duhamel opens with a raise to 2.3 million, and Racener calls to see a flop.

It comes , and Duhamel leads out with a bet of 3.275 million to win the pot.

Hand #162: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.3 million from the cutoff seat. Mizachi reraises to 7.5 million from the button and both blinds fold, moving action back to Duhamel. He also folds and Mizrachi wins the pot.

Hand #161: Michael Mizrachi

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong opens to 2 million and is called by Duhamel. Michael Mizrachi then moves all in from the small blind for approximately 35 million. Everyone quickly folds.

Hand #160: John Racener

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener raises to 2.5 million, and he gets no takers.

Hand #159: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Joseph Cheong and Jonathan Duhamel see a flop for the minimum in the blinds. The flop comes down and Cheong checks. Duhamel bets 2.2 million and wins the pot. 

Hand #158: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Joseph Cheong gets a walk in the big blind.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (1:30 AM ET)

1 Joseph Cheong 74,675,000
2 John Racener 41,600,000
3 Jonathan Duhamel 39,950,000
4 Michael Mizrachi 37,350,000
5 Filippo Candio 26,025,000

Hand #157: Joseph Cheong

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2 million and wins the pot.

Hand #156: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong raises to two million. Duhamel reraises to 5.2 million. Action folds back to Cheong and he four-bets to 13 million. Duhamel folds and Cheong scoops the pot.

Hand #155: Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener makes it 2.3 million from first position. Action folds to Michael Mizrachi in the big blind, who calls the raise.

The flop is . After a check from Mizrachi, Racener continues for 2.8 million. Mizrachi calls to a turn, then checks once again. Racener, still smacking that gum, makes a slow check.

The river pairs the board, . Mizrachi fires a bet of 5 million into the pot, a bit less than half the pot. It’s a bet that puts Racener into the tank. He smacks his gum and riffles some chips with his right hand for about a minute and a half before folding.

Those chips don’t get Mizrachi all the way back to where he was, but they’re a start.

Hand #154: Michael Mizrachi

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Under the gun, Michael Mizrachi open-shoves all in. It works (or fails, depending on his intentions), and the table folds to concede their blinds and antes. 

Hand #153: Joseph Cheong 

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 2.5 million in the cutoff seat. Joseph Cheong reraises all in from the big blind. Mizrachi takes a few moments and then folds.

Hand #152: John Racener

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong is under the gun and opens for a minimum raise to 2 million. Small blind John Racener is the only caller.

Both players check a flop . The turn brings another check from Racener and a bet of 2.5 million from Cheong. Racener calls.

The river gives the board a touch of connectivity. Racener cuts some chips out of his stack and pushes them into the middle of the table. It’s a bet of 6 million. Cheong folds. 

Hand #151: Unknown Action

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Hand #150: Jonathan Duhamel Doubles Back Through Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.5 million from the small blind. Michael Mizrachi makes a reraise from the big blind for all of his chips. Duhamel makes the call for his last 27.25 million total.

Mizrachi:
Duhamel:

Everyone jumps to their feet as the flop comes down . Mizrachi’s fan section is dead silent while Duhamel’s roars. Duhamel is the player at risk.

The turn brings the and Duhamel’s fans erupt as if he has already won, but Mizrachi can still hit a three.

The river completes the board with the and the Montreal Canadian jerseys enthrall Duhamel as he doubles up.

Hand #149: Racener Doubles Again

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener opens to 2.2 million. Action folds around to Jonathan Duhamel in the big blind. He re-raises all in, bringing Duhamel’s rail (directly in front of our desk) to their feet.

It will take all of Racener’s chips to call. After a minute, he does indeed call!

Showdown

Racener:
Duhamel:

Racener was relucant to put his chips in the middle and can’t be happy to see Duhamel’s Big Slick. But the   flop turns everything around. It pairs Racener’s kicker and now he is the dominating favorite over Duhamel.

The turn is more paint, the . It gives Duhamel a few additional outs to come from behind and knock Racener out of the tournament.

There is a long pause before the river. With Racener leaning over the table, tense with anticipation, the dealer burns and turns a harmless . For the second time in 11 hands, John Racener doubles up. His 16,950,000 becomes more than 34 million after Duhamel pays him off. Duhamel is down to about 26 million.

Hand #148: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Under the gun, Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.3 million, and Racener wants to play for more. He’s getting a bit active in the last couple orbits, and he decides to three-bet to 6.2 million here. Joseph Cheong is in this pot too, though, and he “says let’s play for a little more,” as TD Jack Effel says. It’s possible he noticed the same thing we did about Racener’s increased activity level. It’s 12.5 million total from the hooded pro, and that’s enough to scare away Duhamel, but the cold four-bet sends Racener deep into the think tank. After a couple minutes, he kicks his cards back to the muck.

Hand #147: John Racener

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to two million. John Racener reraises all in from the small blind and wins the pot.

Hand #146: Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Duhamel opens from the button for 2.2 million. John Racener is in the big blind and calls to a flop of . Both players check. The falls on the turn and again Racener checks. This time Duhamel slides a bet of 2.45 million into the pot. Racener quickly chucks his cards into the muck. 

Hand #145: Michael Mizrachi and His Rockets

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Michael Mizrachi gets a walk in the big blind, and he lifts his two kings off the felt and shows them to his friends behind him on the stage. 

Hand #144: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk.

Hand #143: Unknown Action

John Racener has the button is Seat 7 and the action is unknown.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (2 AM ET)

1 Joseph Cheong 61,225,000
2 Michael Mizrachi 55,500,000
3 Jonathan Duhamel 44,975,000
4 Filippo Candio 32,275,000
5 John Racener 26,900,000

Hand #142: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

He opens to 2.5 million and everyone else folds.

Hand #141: Filippo Candio

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Filippo Candio raises to 2.25 million, and everyone folds.

Hand #140: Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Cheong raises to two million and Michael Mizrachi calls from the big blind. The flop comes down and both players check to see an unknown card on the turn. Mizrachi check-folds to a bet of 2.5 million from Cheong.

Hand #139: Racener Doubles through Mizrachi

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 2.5 million as the first player to act. John Racener re-raises all in for 9,825,000 as the next player to act. Action quickly folds back to Mizrachi.

The theater gets to a preternatural level of quiet (if you ignore the elementary-school shushing that once again hisses around the house). Grinder leans back in his seat slightly and steals a glance at Racener, who has got to be smacking on the same piece of gum that he was to start the day. After two full minutes Mizrachi calls!

Showdown
Mizrachi:
Racener:

For the first time in a few hours we have an all-in situation where one player is at a significant disadantage. The flop connects with neither player, , though it does give Mizrachi some chop outs. A on the turn ends any hope for a chop; it pairs Racener’s king and gives him an unbeatable hand. He doubles up after the river falls .

Racener’s been laboring all day. Is this the boost he needs to get back in the game? 

Hand #138: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Joseph Cheong takes his second walk of the day in the big blind.

Hand #137: Filippo Candio

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Play folds all the way over to John Racener in the small blind and he makes the call, completing the bet. Filippo Candio raises all in and Racener mucks.

Hand #136: John Racener

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

John Racener gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #135: Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Under the gun, John Racner raises to 2.3 million, and he finds action as Michael Mizrachi calls from the big blind.

Heads up, the flop comes , and it checks through to the turn. Racener must have been sensing something on the flop because Mizrachi’s 2.5-million chip bet drew an immediate fold.

Hand #134: Filippo Candio

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Action folds to Candio and he raises to two million. Jonathan Duhamel reraises from the big blind to 5.6 million. Candio quickly moves all in and Duhamel quickly folds.

Hand #133: John Racener

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Racener raises to 2.2 million and takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand #133: John Racener

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Racener raises to 2.2 million and takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand #132: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to 2 million straight, but that’s not going to get it done. Mizrachi announces a reraise, and he makes it 6.4 million to go. When the blinds fold, Cheong’s cards follow theirs into the pot, and Mizrachi takes down another preflop pot.

Hand #131: Joseph Cheong Wins with Min-Bet On Flop

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong raises to two million from the cutoff seat and actions folds over to John Racener in the big blind. Racener makes the call and the flop comes down .

Racener checks the flop to Cheong. He bets one million and Racener folds.

Hand #130: Michael Mizrachi

There is a dead button in Seat 3.

Michael Mizrachi gets a walk.

Hand #129: John Dolan Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,772,959)

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Dolan moves his short stack all in from the small blind,

Dolan: 
Duhamel: 

A bewildered look comes across Dolan’s face, and he seems thrilled to be racing with his meager queen-five. Let’s see if he can connect with the board to stay alive.

The flop brings , and it takes an awkward moment of silence for everyone to realize that it didn’t change anything. The on the turn, however, puts the possibility of a split pot into play as Dolan picks up nine more outs (16 total) to survive.

He can not. The lands on the river, and that’s a swing and a miss for the at-risk player. John Dolan’s Main Event has come to an end in 6th place, and he’ll pick up almost a million extra dollars to add to 9th-place money on his way out the door.

Hand #128: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Action folds around to Joseph Cheong in the small blind and he shoves to put the pressure on John Dolan in the big blind. Dolan folds and Cheong scoops the pot.

Hand #127: Joseph Cheong and Michael Mizrachi

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi moves first, raising to 2.5 million from one off the button. Big blind Joseph Cheong is the only caller to a flop of . Both players check.

The turn is the . Cheong leads out for 2.5 million, just less than half the pot. Mizrachi isn’t deterred. He calls to the river, which puts two pair on board. Both players check. Cheong shows , playing eights and deuces with an ace. Mizrachi shows the same hand when he tables . It’s the first chopped pot of the day.

Hand #126: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

“Come on dealer, cold deck somebody!” Mike Matusow yells as the cards come out.

Mizrachi raises to 2.5 million, and he wins another pot with no flop. No cold deck either.

Hand #125: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong raises to two million and everyone folds.

Hand #124: John Dolan

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Everyone folds to Dolan, who uses the opportunity to move all in. Both blinds quickly muck their cards.

Hand #123: Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Michael Mizrachi opens to 2 million straight, and his raise wins him the pot.

Hand #122: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 2.3 million from under the gun. Everyone folds and this one goes to Duhamel.

Hand #121: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Action folds to Racener. He opens to 2.5 million. Big blind Joseph Cheong, who has Racener covered, re-raises all in. It doesn’t take Racener long to fold his hand.

Hand #120: Filippo Candio

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Hand #119: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong opens with a raise to two million. That’s good enough to in the pot as everyone folds.

Hand #118: Joseph Cheong

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Joseph Cheong is first into the pot with a minimum-raise to 2 million. Michael Mizrachi, the big blind is the only caller.

Both players check a flop of . When the turn comes the third heart, , Mizrachi bets 3 million. Cheong calls to the river, a card that both players check. At showdown Cheong took the pot with , playing the board pair of 9s with ace-high. Mizrachi did not show.

Hand #117: John Racener

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2 again (the dealer didn’t move it after the break).

John Racener comes in raising to 2.5 million, and it earns him the pot right there.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (1 AM ET)

1 Michael Mizrachi 65,375,000
2 Joseph Cheong 46,325,000
3 Jonathan Duhamel 41,425,000
4 Filippo Candio 29,575,000
5 John Racener 21,175,000
6 John Dolan 15,700,000

Hand #116: Jason Senti Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,356,720)

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action folds to Jason Senti and he raises to 1.85 million from the cutoff seat. Cheong reraises from the button to 4.95 million. After the blinds fold, Senti moves all in and Cheong quickly makes the call.

Cheong:
Senti:

The flop comes down and Senti storms to the lead as his cheering sections erupts.

The turn brings the , leaving Cheong needing to hit a nine or a ten to win the hand.

The river is dealt the and Cheong hits a straight and smashes Senti from this tournament in seventh place. His fans chant his name loud and proud as he leaves the stage area with a prize of $1,356,720.

Hand #115: Jason Senti

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Action passes to Senti. He moves all in but nobody calls.

Hand #114: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Jonathan Duhamel opens for the now-standard 1.75 million from second position. Everyone else folds.

Hand #113: Joseph Cheong

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Joseph Cheong opens under the gun with a raise for what looks like a mini-raise to 1.6 million (but we couldn’t tell for sure). Without missing a beat, Jonathan Duhamel reraises to 4.175 million. Michael Mizrachi gives it some thought before eventually passing, and the decision comes back around to Cheong. It’s his turn to move now, shoving all in for 19.65 million on top. Duhamel gives it a cursory look but he can’t call, returning his cards to the muck and sending a nice preflop pot to Cheong.

Hand #112: Filippo Candio Shoves On Flop

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Action folds around to Jonathan Duhamel and he raises to 1.75 million. John Racener makes the call from the small blind and then Filippo Candio calls from the big blind.

The flop comes down between the three players and action checks to Duhamel. He bets 2.15 million. Racener makes the call. Candio raises all in for 20.125 million. Duhamel folds and Racener begins to tank. He turns his head to stare right at Candio and studies him up and down. Finally, Racener folds and Candio scoops the pot.

Hand #111: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong decides the opening raise this hand should be 1.75 million. Everyone else decides to try again next hand.

Hand #110: Joseph Cheong

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

John Racener makes it 2 million to play, and Joseph Cheong reraises to 5 million straight. After some time in the tank, Racener lets it go and sends a chunk to Cheong.

Hand #109: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Jonathan Duhamel gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #108: Grinder Gaining Momentum

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Jonathan Duhamel opens from first position to 1,850,000. Michael Mizrachi is second to act and calls the raise. Everyone else quickly folds. It’s Duhamel and Mizrachi heads-up to a flop of .

Duhamel leads the flop for 2,450,000. Grinder wastes no time in bumping that bet up to 10 million total. Duhamel folds.

Hand #107: John Racener

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener’s 2-million chip raise wins him the blinds and antes.

Hand #106: Jason Senti

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jason Senti gets a walk in the big blind.

Hand #105: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Action folds to Mizrachi on the button. He raises to 2,125,000. John Racener passes in the small blind, bringing the action over to big blind Filippo Candio. Candio has given Mizrachi a few fits today and doesn’t let up here. He re-raises to 5,300,000. It looks like Grinder’s had enough; he four-bets to 16,550,000. Candio makes a small show of pushing some chips around before high-tossing his cards into the muck.

Hand #104: Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

He raises to 1.75 million to open the pot, and the blinds surrender their dead chips without incident.

Hand #103: John Racener

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

John Racener raises to 1.95 million from under the gun. Everyone folds.

Hand #102: John Dolan

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

After a few folds, Jason Senti make it 1.85 million to go from the cutoff seat. Cheong folds his button in front of small blind John Dolan, who re-raises all in. Senti’s chest seems to heave after Jonathan Duhamel folds the big blind. Senti gets a count — it’s 14,300,000 more to call.

Senti folds after about a minute and a half.

Hand #101: John Racener

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

John Racener raises to 1.95 million from middle position, and he finds no takers.

Hand #100: Michael Mizrachi

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 2.125 million. Joseph Cheong calls from the big blind and the flop comes down . Both players check to see the hit the turn. Both check again.

The river completes the board with the . Mizrachi fires two million after Cheong checks. Cheong makes the call, but mucks after seeing Mizrachi’s .

Hand #98: “Du-Ha-Mel!”

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 1.75 million, and he takes it down.

Hand #97: Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Jason Senti raises to 1.85 million. Duhamel reraises to 4.25 million. Everyone folds, including Senti as the original raiser and Duhamel wins the pot.

Hand #96: Jonathan Duhamel

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

When everyone folds to Dolan, he raises to 1.8 million. Small blind Jonathan Duhamel isn’t messing around. He puts in a sizable three-bet to 5.75 million. Big blind Michael Mizrachi and Dolan both quickly fold.

Hand #95: Jason Senti

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action moves around to Jason Senti in the cutoff seat. He raises to 1.85 million. That’s good enough to win the pot

Hand #94: Filippo Candio

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Jonathan Duhamel is under the gun and, just like that, makes it 1.75 million to go. Filippo Candio calls from the cutoff seat. Small blind Joseph Cheong isn’t satisfied playing for 1.75 million. He three-bets to 5.4 million. That re-raise folds Duhamel but not Candio. Candio four-bets all in to 22,015,000. Cheong doesn’t bother asking for a count. He folds.

Hand #93: John Racener

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener raises to 1.75 million. Everyone folds and for the third hand in a row, a simple preflop raise takes down the pot.

Hand #92: John Dolan

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

John Dolan is first into the pot. He makes it 1.8 million to go. Everyone else folds.

After a one-hour break leading up to dinner, Jack Effel is back on the mic. He seems re-energized and is hamming up his MOC duties.

Hand #91: Joseph Cheong

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to 1.75 million. Everyone folds and Cheong takes the first pot after dinner break.

PLAY RESUMES

TOP CHIP COUNTS (10 PM ET)

1 Michael Mizrachi 50,525,000
2 Jonathan Duhamel 50,500,000
3 Joseph Cheong 30,350,000
4 John Racener 25,675,000
5 Filippo Candio 23,525,000
6 Jason Senti 22,775,000
7 John Dolan 19,250,000

DINNER BREAK

Hand #90: John Racener

This is the last hand before the dinner break. Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Action folds to Duhamel. His raise to 1.75 million folds Michael Mizrachi in the small blind. Big blind John Racener is deliberate in re-raising to 4.1 million. Duhamel folds, sending the theater to dinner.

Hand #89: John Racener

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

John Racener raises to 1.95 million to open the pot, and he finds a call from Joseph Cheong in the cutoff seat. Michael Mizrachi calls from the big blind as well, and it’s three-handed to a flop. Mizrachi checks first, and Racener leads out with 2.4 million chips. Cheong calls, Grinder folds, and it’s heads up the rest of the way.

The turn comes the , and Racener pauses for a bit before announcing an all in. It works; Cheong folds, and Racener takes a small step towards climb back into this thing.

Hand #88: Jason Senti

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Jason Senti raises to 1.85 million. Action folds around and Senti wins the pot.

Hand #87: Michael Mizrachi

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Michael Mizrachi, from second position, raises to 2.125 million. Nobody else wants to tango with Mizrachi on this hand.

Hand #86: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Action folds around before Jason Senti completes from the small blind and Joseph Cheong raises to 2.3 million. Senti folds and Cheong wins the pot.

Hand #85: Jason “Bonzai!” Senti

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Action folds to Racener. He opens for 1.75 million. Filippo Candio quickly gives up his small blind. Big blind Jason Senti is not so hasty; he calls.

The flop is . Senti checks to Racener, who follows up his pre-flop raise by betting 2.0 million. Senti puts in a check-raise that quickly induces a fold from Racener.

Hand #84: Filippo Candio Shoves and Shows Another Seven

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 1.75 million. Michael Mizachi makes the call from the button. Filippo Candio reraises all in from the big blind for 21.675 million. Duhamel and Mizrachi both make the fold and Candio shows the .

Hand #83: Jason Senti

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Jason Senti, who’s been quiet since the players returned from break, comes alive with a pre-flop raise to 1.85 million. All other players fold.

Hand #82: Michael Mizrachi

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

He opens the pot to 1.8 million, and Michael Mizrachi shoots him a look from the big blind before splashing in the call.

The flop comes out , and Mizrachi knocks the table. Dolan checks behind, and the turn draws a leading bet of 2 million from Mizrachi. Dolan folds without incident, and the foot-stomping, quick-cheering Grinder section is in full throat. 

Hand #81: John Dolan

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action folds to John Dolan in the small blind. He raises to 2.1 million. Jonathan Duhamel folds from the big blind and Dolan wins the pot.

Hand #80: Michael Mizrachi

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Michael Mizrachi takes down the blinds and the antes with a single pre-flop raise.

Hand #79: Jonathan Duhamel

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Jonathan Duhamel raises and wins the blinds plus antes.

Hand #78: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jonathan Duhamel’s raise to 1,750,000 takes down the blinds and the antes. 

Hand #77: John Racener Picks Off Filippo Candio

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

John Racener completes from the small blind after everyone folds. Filippo Candio checks his option in the big blind and the flop comes down . Both players check and the is added to the board on the turn.

Racener fires 950,000. Candio makes the call. The river completes the board with the and Racener bets 2.5 million. Candio raises to nine million. Racener thinks for a bit and then makes the call.

Candio mucks his hand as Racener shows the for trip queens. 

Hand #76: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

There’s no resistance from anyone at the table as Joseph Cheong raises to 1.75 million. He takes down the blinds and the antes.

Hand #75: Jonathan Duhamel

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Action folds to the blinds where Jonathan Duhamel comes in raising to 2.25 million. Michael Mizrachi calls quickly from the big, and the two men see a flop of . They check-check it, and the lands on fourth street. Check-check again.

River: and two more checks. Duhamel shows his first, and his pair of good enough to earn him the pot.

Hand #74: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener raises to 1.85 million. Jonathan Duhamel reraises all in to put the pressure on Racener. He folds and Duhamel wins the pot.

TOP CHIP COUNTS (9:15 PM ET)

1 Michael Mizrachi 52,300,000
2 Jonathan Duhamel 45,300,000
3 Joseph Cheong 34,600,000
4 Filippo Candio 32,125,000
5 John Dolan 23,650,000
6 Jason Senti 17,825,000
7 John Racener 11,925,000

Hand #73: John Racener

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

As raucous and competing chants break out in te theater, John Racener takes down the pot with a single pre-flop raise.

Hand #72: Michael Mizrachi

Filippo Candio has the button.

Michael Mizrachi limps into the pot, the first limp of the whole day. Jason Senti calls from the small blind, and Joseph Cheong checks his option to see a free flop from the big.

It comes , and the blinds let Mizrachi continue out for 1.5 million chips before folding quickly in turn.

Hand #71: Michael Mizrachi Cold Four-Bets to Chip Lead

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

John Dolan raises to 1.85 million. Jonathan Duhamel reraises to 4.275 million. Michael Mizrachi then four-bets to a little over 10 million. Dolan folds and Duhamel goes into the tank. Duhamel thinks for a minute and then mucks his hand. Mizrachi scoops the pot and the cheers ring loud.

“Men versus boys Grinder! It’s like men versus boys!” yells out Mike “The Mouth” Matusow from Mizrachi’s cheering section.

Mizrachi is now the chip leader with 50.6 million.

Hand #70: Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Mizrachi opens with a raise from the button to 1.6 million that wins the blinds and the antes.

Hand #69 Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Duhamel raises from the button and wins the blinds and antes.

Hand #68 Michael Mizrachi

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Everyone folds to Dolan. He cuts out 1,950,000 in chips and puts them into thee pot. Only Michael Mizrachi, in the big blind, calls. The flop is full of clubs, . Both players quickly check. On the turn Mizrachi leads out for 2.5 millon. It’s a bet that wins the pot as Dolan folds. Cue up the “Grinder!” chants.

Hand #67 Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2 and this is the last hand of the current level before the blinds are raised.

Jason Senti raises to 1.35 million. Cheong calls. Jonathan Duhamel is in the big blind and reraises to 4.45 million. Senti folds, but Cheong makes the call.

The flop comes down and Duhamel is up first. He fires six million and Cheong folds.

Hand #66 Joseph Cheong

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Filippo Candio raises first in to 1.6 million. Senti folds the button, but Candio finds himself a re-raiser when small blind Joseph Cheong three-bets. That three-bet ends the hand when big blind John Dolan and Candio both fold. 

Hand #65 Jason Senti Doubles through Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Action folds all the way to Jason Senti in the small blind. He quietly move all in and big blind Joseph Cheong calls (also quietly). Just like that, the crowd is roused from its slumber to see what’s going on.

Showdown
Senti:
Cheong:

Senti is at risk of elimination. He’s the only one standing for a flop that connects with neither player, . Senti looks resigned, though he manages to crack a smile just before the turn comes . That card gives Cheong a pair of aces but also gives Senti the nut flush draw. Nice sweat!

Since live poker is rigged, you know that the river card came the to give Senti the nut flush. We couldn’t hear him over the pandemoium in the theater, but we could certainly see him throw his head back slightly in disbelief and we could lip-read the “Wow!” that came out of his mouth.

Senti’s stack, once it was counted down, was 10.1 million. He doubles up to a bit more than 20 million and brings Cheong back to the pack at the same time.

Hand #64 John Dolan

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Under the gun, Joseph Cheong opens to 1.325, and John Dolan is going to three-bet him. He makes it a total of 2.925, and the table folds back around to Cheong. He eventually calls, and the two men go heads up to a flop. Cheong checks to the reraiser, and Dolan obliges him with a continuation bet worth 3.3 million. There’s not much hesitation with Cheong, and he takes just a quick glance before cutting the calling chips out into the pot.

We move on to the turn, and Cheong checks it again. Dolan checks it back this time to see the land on fifth street. Another check from Cheong is followed by another from Dolan as well, and it’s showdown time.

Dolan shows his first, and Cheong elects not to reveal his holdings as he concedes the pot.

Hand #63 Jason Senti’s Shove Uncalled Again

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jason Senti moves all in and wins the blinds plus antes.

Hand #62: Joseph Cheong

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

The aggressive Joseph Cheong makes it 1,325,000 pre-flop. Michael Mizrachi calls from the small blind for a heads-up flop of . Mizrachi checks, giving space to Cheong to continue for 1,750,000.

We haven’t seen Mizrachi make many snap decisions today and this hand is no diferent. It’s 40 seconds before he folds his cards, but fold them he does. Push another pot to Cheong.

Hand #61: Filippo Candio

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Filippo Candio raises to 1.6 million and Michael Mizrachi makes the call to see a flop from the big blind.

It comes , and the action goes check-check. The turn draws another check from Mizrachi, and Candio takes his cue to fire 2.25 million at the pot in a delayed continuation bet. We’re not sure how to say, “Take it down,” in Italian.

Hand #60: Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener raises to 1.5 million. Cheong makes the call and then Jonathan Duhamel reraises from the big blind to 5.35 million. Racener folds and Cheong folds. Duhamel scoops the pot. 

Hand #59: John Racener

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Jonathan Duhamel comes in with a raise to 1.4 million from under the gun. John Racener is the only caller.

Duhamel is first on an ace-high flop, . He checks; Racener checks behind. Both players also check the turn and the  river.

“Show me a winner,” says MOC Jack Effel. Duhamel tables pocket treys for fours and treys; Racener beats that with , sevens and treys. He wins the pot.

Hand #58: Walk it Out!

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

The table folds around to the blinds, and Jason Senti gives Joseph Cheong a walk.

That’s the first one of the day. “Don’t mess around with Joe,” T.D. Jack Effel said.

Hand #57: Michael Mizrachi

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 1.5 million. John Racener calls from the button and everyone else folds.

The flop comes down and Mizrachi checks. Racener checks behind and the pairs the board on the turn. Mizrachi fires two million. Racener folds and Mizrachi wins the pot, causing Racener to slip further.

Hand #56: Candio Shows a Bluff

WSOP 2010 Final Table Hand

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jason Senti tri

es a raise again, making it 1,350,000 to go. The Grinder is th

ere to greet him again, this time calling in position. Fili

ppo Candio also calls from the big blind for a three-way pot.

The flop comes all wheel cards, . Candio, the first player to act, checks to Senti. Senti and Mizrachi quickly check behind in turn.

The turn is a second heart, . Candio flings 2,900,000 into the middle of the table, about two-thirds of the pot. Senti folds his cards without much hesitation. Mizrachi, on the other hand, glances in Candio’s direction a few times. After about a minute they start talking to each other. Unfortunately we can’t hear the conversation. Whatever passes between them may have helped Grinder make up his mind. He calls.

The river draws a murmur from the theater. Candio fires again, pushing out a bet of 4,450,000. While Grinder thinks, the audience entertains itself with repeated “shhhhhhhhh”s hissing out from around the theater until Effel kills it all with an, “Ok guys. That’s enough. Thank you.”

After a minute Grinder folds. Candio picks both of his cards up off of the table, holds them over his head (one in each hand) and then throws them down on the table — , a busted flush draw. He drags in a nice pot.

Hand #55: Filippo Candio

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Filippo Candio raises from under the gun to 1.6 million. Everyone folds and Candio wins the pot.

Hand #54: Michael Mizrachi

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Action passes to Jason Senti. He raises to 1,350,000. Michael Mizrachi re-raises to 40 million, enough to put Senti’s short of about 11 million at risk. Senti declines to take the opportunity to try to double up. He folds, giving more chips to the Grinder.

Hand #53: Jonathan Duhamel Gets One Back from Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Cheong makes it 1.325 million to go. Jonathan Duhamel reraises from the big blind to 4.15 million. Cheong makes the call.

The flop comes down . Both players check to see the add another broadway card on the turn. Duhamel takes his time before he slides out a hefty bet worth 7.2 million. Cheong folds and Duhamel wins the pot.

Hand #52: Jonathan Duhamel

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Jonathan Duhamel is under the gun and opens the pot to 1.4 million. Each player behind him folds in turn.

Hand #51: Jason Senti

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener comes out of hibernation and raises to 1.5 million. Jason Senti moves all in for 11.1 million. After he gets a count, Racener folds and Senti wins the pot.

Hand #50: Filippo Candio

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Michael Mizrachi starts the action with a raise to 1.5 million from the cutoff seat. Racener quickly gives up his button, allowing Candio to splash a huge re-raise — to 6.9 million total — into the pot from the small blind. Senti folds the big blind.

We haven’t seen Mizrachi in the think tank much yet today, but here he takes his time deciding what to do. After about a minute, he folds his hand. Candio takes down the pot.

Hand #49: Joseph Cheong

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong raises to 1.325 million to open the pot. Two seats over, Jonathan Duhamel reraises to 3.1 million straight, and the action comes back to Cheong. He calls, and we’ll see a flop heads-up.

It comes , and Cheong knocks the table. Duhamel continues out with a bet of 3.25 million, and his fans applaud his carefully chosen amount. Cheong, though, is unimpressed, and he calls without too much deliberation.

The arrives on the turn, and Cheong checks again. Duhamel checks it back, and the river comes the . Cheong figures now is the time for a bet, and he slides 8.25 million chips out into the pot. Now it’s Duhamel with a decision, and he takes just a minute to consider before announcing the call.

Cheong shows his   first, and we won’t know what Duhamel had until we see it on TV. He mucks, and Cheong drags himself a big pot and the chip lead.

Hand #48: John Dolan

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

John Dolan raises to 1.5 million. Everyone folds and he wins the pot.

Hand #47: Jason Senti

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Jason Senti is open-shoves from two off the button. For at least the fifth time today, Senti’s shove goes uncalled as everyone else folds.

Hand #46: Michael Mizrachi

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 1.5 million and takes it down.

Hand #45: Michael Mizrachi

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Michael Mizrachi raises to 1.5 million. Everyone folds and Mizrachi wins the pot.

Hand #44: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

After an extended break to conduct bust-out interviews with Matthew Jarvis and to change the tapes in ESPN’s camera, play resumes. Action folds to Candio. He raises to 1,550,000. Jason Senti folds the small blind; Joseph Cheong calls the raise out of the big blind.

The players are heads up for a flop of . Cheong leads into Candio for 1,750,000. Candio quickly folds.

Hand #43: Matthew Jarvis Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,045,743)

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jonathan Duhamel makes it 1.4 million to play, and Michael Mizrachi sits shuffling chips for a moment. He flicks the calling chips into the pot, and Matthew Jarvis announces a squeezy raise next door. It’s ‘all you can eat’ as he commits his final 14.3 million to the pot with a verbal declaration. Duhamel quickly folds, but The Grinder takes a few minutes to consider, and it eventually looks like he might be on the cusp of a fold as well. Just as we momentarily let our guard down, he calls! Jarvis is at risk, and the cards are on their backs with a huge pot up for grabs. Let’s race for 30 million chips, shall we?:

Mizrachi: 

Jarvis:

Flop:   ! Camp Mizrachi explodes into a celebration that momentarily deafens us. That middle board card was a little scary, but it was one rank low enough to be safe for Grinder’s trips. It takes several minutes before the Mizrachi cheerleaders quiet down enough to see another card.

Turn: ! Now it’s Camp Jarvis in utter jubilation as their man finds his two-outer to take an enormous lead in the hand. He’s one card from a double up. Mizrachi has seven outs; he needs an ace, an eight, or the case queen to win the pot.

River: ! No! The theater is in stunned shock, either deathly silent (Jarvis and company) or in complete celebratory hysterics (the Mizrachi crew). It’s just the river card Mizrachi was looking for, certain to make his list as “the most beautiful card in the deck” now. The ace of spades is the death knell for Jarvis, however, eliminated in 8th place. That’s good for more than $1 million, but he’s visibly disappointed as he’s pulled into the arms of his friends and family.

“Holy shit!”

“No way that just happened!”

“That guy’s gotta be rigging the deck, right? No way. No way.”

People are still in utter disbelief down here on the stage as the dust settles. Grinder is up to 42.15 million, and this table is in trouble now.

Hand #42: Michael Mizrachi

Matthew Jarvis has the button in Seat 6.

Jason Senti raises to 1.35 million. Michael Mizrachi makes the call from the cutoff seat. The flop comes down and Senti fires 1.5 million. Mizrachi makes the call.

The turn brings the and Senti is up first again. He checks. Mizrachi bets out two million. Senti folds and Mizrachi’s brothers lead the roars from his on-stage cheering section.

Hand #41: Jonathan Duhamel

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Joseph Cheong puts in the first raise from the hijack seat makng it 1,325,000 to go. Jonathan Duhamel re-raises, bumping the price of a flop up to 3,125,000. The button and blinds fold. So does Cheong, alowing Duhamel to drag the pot without further resistance.

Hand #40: Matthew Jarvis

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Joseph Cheong opens to 1.325 million, and Matthew Jarvis three-bet shoves to push him and the rest of the table duck out of the way.

Hand #39: Michael Mizrachi

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Filippo Candio raises to 1.525 million. Action folds to Michael Mizrachi in the big blind. He makes the call and we’re off to a flop.

The flop comes down . Mizrachi is up first and checks. Candio checks behind.

The comes on fourth street and Mizrachi checks. Candio checks behind.

The falls on the river. Both players check again. Mizrachi tables the  and Candio shows what looks to be a pair of nines.

Hand #38: Cheong Finds Value with a Club Flush

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Matthew Jarvis makes it 1,425,000 to go from early position. Action folds to Cheong, who is rapidly shuffling some chips with his left hand. He glances at Jarvis a few times, then re-raises to 3,525,000.

John Dolan is in the small blind and does not instantly muck. He’s shuffling chips with his right hand, red baseball cap turned backwards on his head while he seems to stare into space. He cuts some chips off of his stack and calls. Jonathan DUhamel folds the big blind, bringing the action back to Jarvis. He thinks briefly before folding.

Dolan and Cheong take a flop of . Dolan checks to Cheong. He checks as well, bringing the two players to the turn. Both players check again.

The river is the Jc. Dolan checks a third time. Cheong takes a stab at the pot with a sizable bet of 8.5 million. Cheong’s hands are no longer fidgeting but Dolan’s are as he considers his options.

After two-and-a-half minutes of near-silence, Dolan calls. Cheong shows  for the a club flush, the nuts. Dolan obviously can’t beat that hand. We think Dolan flashed two jacks for a rivered set of jacks but we couldn’t tell for certain.

In any event, Dolan is down to 24.9 million. Cheong now has 45,450,000

Hand #34: Jonathan Duhamel

Matthew Jarvis has the button in Seat 6.

Jonathan Duhamel comes in raising to 1.425 million from the cutoff seat, and everyone folded to his pressure.

Hand #33: John Dolan

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Action folds to John Dolan seated in the hijack seat. He raises to 1.5 million. All his opponents fold and Dolan wins the pot.

Hand #32: Matthew Jarvis

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4. Action passes to John Dolan. He raises to 1.5 million. Jonathan Duhamel and Michael Mizrachi both fold. Matthew Jarvis peeks at his cards and begins riffling chips. He decides to move all in. It’s a move which draws a snap-fold from Dolan.

Hand #31: Matthew Jarvis

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Matthew Jarvis opens to 1.425 million under the gun, and the table wastes no time folding in turn to give Jarvis the first pot of the new level.

Hand #30: Filippo Candio Doubles Through Jonathan Duhamel

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Action folds over to Filippo Candio in the hijack seat. He plays with some chips before raising to 1.325 million. Cheong calls from the button. Jonathan Duhamel pauses in the big blind and studies. He announces a reraise and his cheering section lets out a roar. He makes it 3.95 million to go. Candio moves all in for 14.95 million and the crowd jumps to its feet! Cheong doesn’t fold quickly behind Candio and sits in the tank for a minute. He then folds and Duhamel quickly makes the call, putting the cards on their backs.

Duhamel:
Candio:

The flop comes down   and keeps Candio well in the lead. The turn brings the  and Candio is embraced by his railbirds on stage, knowing he’s secured the double up. The river completes the board with the  . Candio begins waving his arms up and down, trying to get his fans out in the audience to cheer. They oblige and the place goes nut.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow is sitting right in front of us and commented, “Well, more chips for Grinder,” after the turn card fell.

Candio booms to 31.875 million while Duhamel drops to 50.475 million. Duhamel is still leading the way.

Hand #29: Matthew Jarvis

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Two players fold to Matthew Jarvis. He reaches for chips and puts in a raise to 1,175,000. Everyone else folds.

We’re (Finally) Back

The cards are flying once again with 1:28 left in the current level.

Entering the table now are the brand spankin’ new cranberry T500,000 chips. They’re oversized at 50mm in diameter, and they present a whole new riffling challenge for the players. Let’s see who puts them to use first.

Break Time!

That thrilling hand took the remaining eight players — and the 1,500 or so people in the theater — to the first break of the day. Play will resume in 20 minutes.

Hand #28: Soi Nguyen Eliminated in 9th Place ($811,823)

Soi Nguyen has the button in Seat 9.

When the table folds around to him, he announces an all in, and his large cheering section rises to their feet with a loud rush of support. It’s 7.6 million total, and as soon as the amount is announced, Jason Senti immediately makes the call from the small blind. On cue, the entire theater rises to their feet, and the ensuing noise makes the stage tremble a bit.

Showdown
Senti: 
Nguyen:

“Ja-son Sen-ti!” half of the theater is yelling in full throat for their guy while Camp Nguyen is a bit more outwardly nervous. They put their arms around each other, leaning toward the stage as they gaze up to see the cards on the big screen overhead. There is a long pause to build the tension for television, and the dealer is finally given the command to burn and turn:

Flop: ! Senti’s lead grows into a monstrous one, flopping his set to put Nguyen two cards from the door. It’s not without a sweat, though, as Nguyen flops four outs to the gutshot Broadway.

Turn: , an anti-climatic card that takes the air out of the theater for a moment.

River: . It’s scary paint, and the theater all “Ooooooh”s in unison. Ultimately, however, it’s no use to Nguyen’s chances, and he has become the first casualty of the final table.

Jason Senti – 17.5 million

Hand #27: Filippo Candio Three-Bets and Shows a Seven

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

John Racener raises to 1.2 million from the cutoff seat. Candio quickly reaches for a big stack of chips and reraises to over three million. Racener folds after a minute of thought and Candio shows just a :7x .

Hand #26: John Racener

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Actions passes all the way to Racener. He raises to 1.1 million, which is good enough to collect the blinds and the antes.

Hand #25: Jonathan Duhamel

Matthew Jarvis has the button in Seat 6.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 1.3 million, his third raise in a row. He was batting .500 before this one, but he’s improved that to .667 now as he takes the blinds and antes with no contest — though there were a couple of sideways looks on down the line).

Hand #24: Jonathan Duhamel

MIchael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Jonathan Duhamel raises to 1.2 million from the cutoff seat. Everyone folds and Duhamel adds some chips to his field-leading stack.

Hand #23: Jarvis Shoves

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Duhamel opens to 1.25 million after everyone ahead of him folds. Michael Mizrachi gives his cards a long look before pitching them to the dealer. Matthew Jarvis does the complete opposite — he moves all in from the big blind for 7.525 million more. Duhamel quickly cries “Uncle!” and mucks his cards.

Hand #22: Four Bets From Grinder

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Jason Senti raises to 1.125 million, and Joseph Cheong quickly folds. That sends the action to Dolan, and he takes his pause bfore cutting out a stack of reraising chips. After a moment, he slides out a three-bet to 2.525 million, but the action wasn’t done yet. From the big blind, Michael Mizrachi decides it’s cold four-betting time, and he makes it 8.525 million straight. That’s enough to quickly fold Senti out of the way, but Dolan is not so quickly pacified. He takes about three or four minutes to consider before surrendering, and Mizrachi will add 4.35 million chips to his stack. He’s at 18.6 million now.

Hand #21: John Racener’s Kings Are Best

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

John Racener raises to 1.3 million from middle position. Action folds around to fellow Floridian John Dolan in the small blind. He thinks for a little bit and then makes the call.

The flop comes down and Dolan is up first. He checks. Racener checks behind.

The turn card is the , completing a lot of draws. Dolan reaches for chips and fires out 1.775 million. Racener makes the call.

The falls on the river. Dolan puts out a bet of 3.55 million. Racener thinks for a little while and then makes the call. Dolan shows just a pair of queens with :Kx :Qx before Racener tables the to win the pot.

With this pot, Racener improves to 25.275 million while Dolan slips to 42.4 million.

Hand #20: Michael Mizrachi

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Player of the Year candidate Michael Mizrachi raises from early position to 1.2 million. Everyone else surrenders their cards.

Hand #19: Filippo Candio

Soi Nguyen has the button in Seat 9.

Filippo Candio raises to 1.2 million from the cutoff seat, and he runs into no confrontation.

Hand #18: Matthew Jarvis Shoves Over Joseph Cheong’s Open

The Italian Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

From under the gun, Joseph Cheong raises to 1.025 million. This is the second rotation in a row that Cheong has raised from first position. ction then folds around to Matthew Jarvis in the hijack seat. He moves all in for 6.75 million. Everyone folds back to Cheong and he also folds.

Hand #17: John Dolan

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

John Dolan gets things started with a raise to 1.25 million from middle position. That raise also ends things after everyone else folds. Pass the chips to Dolan.

Hand #16: “Grind-er! Grind-er!”

Matthew Jarvis has the button in Seat 6.

When the table folds around to the cutoff, Michael Mizrachi figures it’s time to play a pot. He opens to 1.2 million, and he might well do that again as it’s earned him 1.2 million in blinds and antes.

“Grind-er! Grind-er!” chants ring from the balcony.

Hand #15: Soi Nguyen

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Soi Nguyen raises to 1.15 million. He then watches as one by one each player folds and he wins the pot.

Hand #14: Still No Look-Up For Senti

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

John Racener is under the gun and opens the pot to 1.3 million. Action folds to Jason Senti, who moves all in for the fourth time in 13 hands. That re-raise, to a total of 9.525 million, clears out all remaining players back to Racener.

While Racener is considering what to do, a spectator shouts, “Call!” Jack Effel quickly drops the hammer on such behavior. “That will get you ejected,” he tells the theater.

Racener thinks a few seconds longer and then folds.

Hand #13: Matthew Jarvis

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

Matthew Jarvis opens to 1.175 million under the gun, and he wins the pot.

Hand #12: Jason Senti Shoves

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Jason Senti moves all in and wins the pot.

Hand #11: John Racener

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

John Racener raises to 1.3 million, the first action he’s taken today besides posting his blinds and folding. Filippo Candio is next to act and calls the raise in position. Everyone else folds.

The flop is . Racener, the pre-flop raiser, has first action. He pauses for just a few seconds before tossing 1.7 million into the pot. Candio, the excitable Italian, takes about ten seconds of thought before folding his hand.

Hand #10: John Dolan

Soi Nguyen has the button in Seat 9.

John Dolan opens with a raise from under the gun, and nobody wants to tangle.

Hand #9: Joseph Cheong

Filippo Candio has the button in Seat 8.

Joseph Cheong raises to 1.025 million from under the gun. Action folds all the way around and Cheong scoops the blinds and antes.

Hand #8: Jonathan Duhamel

John Racener has the button in Seat 7.

Jonathan Duhamel opens to 1.3 million from middle position. Soi Nguyen is in the big blind and is the only player to call the raise. He and Duhamel take a flop that comes . Nguyen checks to Duhamel, who leads out for 1.6 million. Nguyen quickly folds.

“Jonathan will get this pot,” says MOC Jack Effel.

Hand #7: John Dolan

Matthew Jarvis has the button in Seat 6.

John Dolan opens the pot to 1.25 million, and he wins the pot right there.

Hand #6: John Dolan

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 5.

Action folds around to Joseph Cheong in late-middle position. He raises to 1.025 million. John Dolan makes the call from the hijack seat, the next spot over. Everyone else folds.

The flop comes down  and Cheong checks. Dolan fires 1.525 million and that’s good enough to get a fold from Cheong.

Hand #5: Soi Nguyen

Jonathan Duhamel has the button in Seat 4.

Soi Nguyen, the player pegged as “the amateur” by ESPN during its broadcasts, raises to 1,175,000 from middle position. Everyone else folds, allowing Nguyen to drag his first pot of the final table.

Hand #4: Jason Senti Shoves Again

John Dolan has the button in Seat 3.

From the hijack seat, Jason Senti moves all in for the second time today. And for the second time today, it gets through. Add the blinds and antes to Senti’s stack again, up to 9.55 million now.

Hand #3: Joseph Cheong Takes a Chunk from Matthew Jarvis

Joseph Cheong has the button in Seat 2.

Matthew Jarvis opens to 1.175 million from early position. Joseph Cheong reraises from the button to 2.675 million and action folds back around to the original raiser Jarvis. He makes the call and the flop comes down and Jarvis is to act first.

Jarvis checks to Cheong, he checks behind to see the come down on the turn. Jarvis takes his time on fourth street before he slides out a bet of three million even. Cheong makes the call.

The is the river card. Jarvis takes his time once again. He fires out two tall stacks of chips with some extra on top for a total of 4.275 million. Cheong pauses for a few moments and then announces that he is all in, drawing a massive uproar of cheers from the audience. Jarvis doesn’t snap call, but rather maintains the same pose he has been the entire hand. After a couple of moments, he mucks his hand and Cheong is awarded the pot.

Jarvis is knocked down to 7.8 million while Cheong rises to 33.775 million.

Hand #2: Jason Senti

Jason Senti has the button in Seat 1.

Action folds to Senti. He open-raises all in, quickly inducing folds from both of the blinds. Senti now has 8,475,000.

Hand #1: Matthew Jarvis

Soi Nguyen has the button in Seat 9.

The table folds around to Matthew Jarvis, and he opens the pot to 1.175 million. The rest of the players quickly pass out of the way, and Jarvis is off to a good start, dragging the first pot of this final table.

(credit WSOP website reports)

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