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Jamie Gold wins Main Event!

Jamie Gold
The New Champion!
He had to survive a field of over 8,773 players to do it but Jamie Gold has won the Main Event. Both players limped pre-flop and the flop came Q 8 5. Paul Wasicka bet out $1.5 million and Jamie Gold moved all-in. Wasicka thought for a long time while Gold looked antsy, pacing the floor and glancing at his opponent. As the tension grew in the Amazon Room, Wasicka eventually decided to call and flipped over 10 10. Gold immediately jumped up, pumping his fist in the air and looking euphoric as he flipped over Q 9 for a pair of Queens. The turn came A and the river sealed the deal with the 4, sending the huge crowd in the Amazon Room in to hysterics as Gold and Wasicka embraced for a long time at center stage.

Jamie Gold wins $12 million and is crowned the 2006 WSOP World Champion! Wasicka is eliminated second and wins $6,102,499. Stay tuned for reaction and analysis.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 230-235

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold in heads-up play
Hand 230: Jamie Gold limps in from the small blind and Paul Wasicka checks to see the flop, which comes A Q 2. Wasicka checks to Gold, who bets $500,000, and Wasicka folds to give Gold the pot.

Hand 231: Wasicka makes a raise from the button and Gold folds.

Hand 232: In the small blind, Gold folds to Wasicka. Hand 233: Wasicka makes it $1.2 million to go and gets a call from Gold. The flop comes J 9 9 and Gold checks to Wasicka, who bets $1 million and gets called. The turn comes K and Gold bets out $1.6 million to be called by Wasicka. The river comes 6 and Gold bets $2 million. Wasicka calls and shows the 7 for the spade flush. Gold mucks and Wasicka takes the pot.

Hand 234: Gold limps in and Wasicka raises to $1.7 million. Gold calls and the flop comes K J 3. Wasicka bets $2 million and Gold moves all-in, prompting Wasicka to fold.

Hand 235: Wasicka raises to $1.2 million and is called by Gold. The flop comes 6 4 3 and Wasicka shoots out $1.5 million like a champ. Gold calls and the turn comes 7. Both players check to see the river, which comes out A. Gold fires out $2 million and Wasicka folds.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
2
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The Mouth out of control

As heads-up play begins, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is filling the air with profanity as he shouts encouragement from the gallery. Tournament organisers are professing themselves scandalized, while the other spectators are plainly delighted.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Michael Binger - "I'll be back"

Third Place finisher Michael Binger just told reporters in a press conference that he will be back next year. He had this to say about this year's event: "It's a huge growing event that's really tiring but a lot of fun."
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Gotta respect chip counts

Paul Wasicka and Jamie Gold are guaranteed at least $6,102,499 as they prepare to go heads-up for the fanciest bracelet in WSOP history. Here are the chip counts for the final two players:
1. Jamie Gold $78,975,000
2. Paul Wasicka $11,225,000
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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2
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1
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Hand 229: Michael Binger eliminated

Michael Binger
Binger Waves Goodbye
Hand 229: Michael Binger raises $1.5 million and both Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka call and the flop comes 10 6 5. Binger bets $3.5 million and Gold moves all-in. Wasicka folds and Binger calls. Binger shows A 10 and Gold flips over 4 3. Gold will need a small miracle on the turn or river and he gets just that when 7 falls on the turn. The river is a meaningless Q and Binger is eliminated in third place. Binger earns $4,123,310.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Hand 228

Paul Wasicka
Don't front on Paul Wasicka
Hand 228: Jamie Gold makes it $1 million to go from the small blind and Paul Wasicka checks from the big blind. The flop comes J 6 5 and Gold checks to Wasicka, who bets out another $1 million to be called by Gold. The turn comes Q and both players check to the river, which comes A. Gold checks again and Wasicka throws out $2 million to be called again by Gold, who shows J 8 for a pair of jacks, but who is defeated by Wasicka's A 5 for two pair.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Even More Hands!

Hand 222: From the big blind Paul Wasicka raises to $1,200,000 and Jamie Gold, who limped in from the small blind, folds this time around. Wasicka wins the pot.

Hand 223: Jamie Gold raises to $900,000 and Michael Binger raises the stakes by re-raising to $2,400,000. Gold isn't in the mood so he mucks and Binger wins a pot.

Hand 224: Michael Binger raises to $1,200,000 and Gold calls it. The flop brings 6 3 2. Binger bets $1,000,000. Again, Gold calls. The turn brings a Q and everybody checks. A K comes on the river and once more everybody checks. Michael Binger reveals 8 6 for the flush while Gold mucks.

Hand 225: Binger raises to $1,000,000 and Gold calls. The flop brings A 5 4 to which Gold checks. Binger bets $1,200,000 and Gold raises to $3,200,000. Binger has a bad feeling about this and so he folds giving Gold the pot.

Hand 226: From the button, Gold calls, Wasicka limps in and Michael Binger raises to $1,400,000. Gold mucks and Wasicka folds leaving Binger with the pot.

Hand 227: Gold wins the pot yet again with a pair of aces. One from the flop and one from his hand of A 3.

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Hands 215-221

Hand 215: Paul Wasicka raises to $1.2 million and no one calls.

Hand 216: Jamie Golds limps in but folds when Paul Wasicka raises to $1.5 million.

Hand 217: Gold raises to $1 million. Michael Binger re-raises all-in and Gold folds.

Hand 218: Binger raises to $1 million, and Jamie Gold calls. The flop: Q 9 4. Binger checks, Gold bets $400,000, Binger calls. The turn: A. Both players check. The river: 8. Binger checks and then folds when Gold bets $1.2 million. Gold shows J 3.

Hand 219: Jamie Gold calls from the small blind and Paul Wasicka checks. The flop comes K T 3. Gold bets $400,000 and wins the pot.

Hand 220: Jamie Gold raises to $1.2 million and wins the pot.

Hand 221: Paul Wasicka raises to $1.2 million and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes 9 5 5 and both players check. The turn is the A, Gold checks, and Wasicka bets $1.5 million, and Gold calls. The river is the 6. Both players check and Gold wins the pot with T T.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Here are your hands from 209 to 214

Hand 209: From the button, Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 and the Golden Boy (aka Jamie) calls from his big blind. The flop brings T 6 5 and everybody checks. The turn brings a K and all Gold has to do is bet $1.1 million to get everyone else to fold so he can take the pot.

Hand 210: Jamie Gold limps in from the small blind. A K 6 6 comes on the flop and Gold bets $800,000. Wasicka folds and Gold wins the pot yet again.

Hand 211: Wasicka raises to $1.2 million and Michael Binger answers with a fold from the big blind.

Hand 212: Nobody wants to meet Jamie past the big blind.

Hand 213: Paul Wasicka raises from the big blind to $1.5 million after a limp-in from Gold on the small blind. Amazingly, Wasicka wins a pot from Gold.

Hand 214: From the button, Gold raises to $900,000 and Michael Binger moves all-in from the big blind. Binger ends up taking the pot of Gold.

Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Chip counts, baby chip counts

Here are the first chip counts of the post-Cunningham era:
1. Jamie Gold $57,000,000
2. Paul Wasicka $16,500,000
3. Michael Binger $14,000,000
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Gold has the Midas touch; takes out Cunningham

Allen Cunningham
Cunningham is Eliminated
The path is pretty much clear for Jamie Gold to take down the $12 million first prize and the WSOP bracelet, as he has eliminated the best player left at the table and narrowed the field down to three. After Michael Binger raised to $1.1 million preflop, Gold called and Cunningham moved all-in. Binger got out of the way and Gold called with K J to Cunningham's pocket tens. The flop was disastrous for Cunningham, coming A K 8, and the turn and the river sealed the deal with the 7 3, busting the pro in fourth place and sending him to the rail with $3,628,513 to take home with him.

Cunningham, who gave his chances at winning the event at 40 percent, was very distraught following his elimination, while his rival was absolutely thrilled, jumping into the air and exchanging hugs with his mentor, Johnny Chan. Long after Cunningham had left the Amazon Room, Jamie Gold wore a huge smile on his face, clearly ecstactic that he'd managed to eliminate his main competition.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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3
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Hands 202-207

Hand 202: Paul Wasicka bets $1.1 million and Michael Binger and Jamie Gold call. The flop comes 8 3-#s. Wasicka bets $2 million and Binger moves all-in and everybody folds.

Hand 203: Unknown

Hand 204: Unknown

Hand 205: Binger raises $1.2 million pre-flop. Jamie Gold calls but Cunningham folds. The flop comes Q 6 5 and both players check. The turn is 10 and Binger bets $1.5 million. Gold calls and the river is 9. Gold bets $4 million and Binger folds.

Hand 206: Michael Binger bets $1.2 million and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes 4 4 2 and both players check. The turn is 7 and Binger checks. Gold bets $800,000 and Binger folds.

Hand 207: Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka limp to the flop. The flop comes K 4 2 and both players check. The turn is 7 and both players check. The river is K and Gold bets. Wasicka folds.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 195-201

Cunningham makes a raise
A very cautious table
Hand 195: Allen Cunningham raises to $1.1 million preflop but nobody takes the bait. He takes down the blinds and the antes.

Hand 196: Jamie Gold makes it $1.1 million to play and takes down some blinds and antes for himself.

Hand 197: Allen Cunningham moves all-in from the small blind and scares the rest of the table away.

Hand 198: Michael Binger limps in from the small blind and Jamie Gold checks from the big blind. Binger checks to Gold after the flop comes 9 8 2 and Gold bets $400,000, which Binger calls. The turn comes 8 and again Binger checks. This time Gold shoots out $2 million and Binger opts out.

Hand 199: Jamie Gold limps in from the small blind and Paul Wasicka checks from the big blind. The flop comes A Q T and the players check to see the turn, which comes A. They check again and the river comes 7, after which Gold throws out an $800,000 bet and Wasicka folds.

Hand 200: Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka limp in and Allen Cunningham checks from the big blind. They check through the flop and the turn to see the river on a board of Q 8 2 J, and the river comes 7. Cunningham bets $800,000 and everyone folds to him.

Hand 201: Paul Wasicka shoots out a $1.5 million bet from the button and takes down the blinds and the antes. Hand 198:
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36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
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Players take break, return

Players have taken a 20 minute break and have returned to play in the 36th level. Blinds and antes are as outlined below.
Level
36
Blinds
200000/400000
Ante
50000
Players Left
4
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Hands 189-194

Hand 189. From the button, Paul Wasicka calls and Allen Cunningham limps in from the small blind. Michael Binger doesn't make a move for any more action and checks. The flop brings A J 5. After a check, Wasicka bets $700,000 but no one takes the bait so he wins the pot.

Hand 190. Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 and quiet Allen Cunningham pushes all-in. That's enough of a hint for Wasicka, so he folds and Cunningham collects the pot.

Hand 191. From the button, Michael Binger calls and the Golden boy limps in, followed by Paul Wasicka checking his big blind. A Q 9 2 comes on the flop and Gold checks. Wasicka wants some money so he bets $700,000 and everybody folds.

Hand 192. Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 and Allen Cunningham folds. 'Nuff said.

Hand 193. Under the gun, it's Jamie Gold who calls from under the gun while Allen Cunningham limps in from the small blind. After a flop consisting of J 6 4 everybody checks. The turn brings a 3 which triggers a bet of $800,000 from Cunningham. Michael Binger however, folds. Gold decides to be a bully and raise $2,500,000 more and Cunningham tosses his card for the fold.

Hand 194. Allen Cunningham moves all-in from the button for a cool $6,200,000. Folds all-around and Cunningham wins the pot.

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Let's see some more chip counts

Here are the updated chip counts to shock and amaze you:
1. Jamie Gold $47,500,000
2. Paul Wasicka $19,000,000
3. Michael Binger $15,400,000
4. Allen Cunningham $7,600,000
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Hands 183-188

Gold Sees Wasicka's Bluff
Gold Sees Wasicka's Bluff
Hand 183: Michael Binger raises to $900,000 and no one calls.

Hand 184: Jamie Gold raises to $900,000. Paul Wasicka re-raises to $2.9 million and wins the pot.

Hand 185: Jamie Gold calls, and Paul Wasicka raises to $1.3 million. Michael Binger re-raises to $3.3 million and wins the pot.

Hand 186: Michael Binger calls from the small blind and Jamie Gold checks. The flop comes J 3 3. Binger checks, Gold bets $3 million and wins the pot.

Hand 187: Allen Cunningham raises to $800,000, Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka calls. The flop comes #A-J 9 and everybody checks. The turn is the A. Gold checks, and Wasicka bets $1 million. Cunningham raises to $3,975,000 and Gold folds. Wasicka moves all-in and wins the hand. Wasicka reveals his hole cards: K Q.

Hand 188: Michael Binger raises to $1 million and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes Q 2 2. Binger bets $1.2 million and wins the pot.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 176-182

Allen Cunningham
That's Mike Matusow's boy
Hand 176: Jamie Gold raises to $800,000 and gets a call from Paul Wasicka. The flop comes Q T 3 and both players check to the turn, which comes 5. Wasicka bets $1,000,000 and Gold quickly folds.

Hand 177: Allen Cunningham calls from the small blind and Michael Binger checks from the big blind. The flop comes A 8 4 and both players check to see the turn, which comes K. Cunningham throws out $500,000 and Binger throws his cards in the muck.

Hand 178: Cunningham raises to $800,000 and gets no callers. He takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand 179: Michael Binger raises to $900,000 and Jamie Gold reraises to $2.9 million. Binger folds and Gold takes the pot.

Hand 180: Paul Wasicka raises to $1 million preflop and takes down the pot.

Hand 181: Jamie Gold raises to $1 million and takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand 182: Allen Cunningham raises to $1 million and gets a call from Jamie Gold in the big blind. The Killer checks in the dark before the flop comes A J 3 and Cunningham replies with a $1.1 million bet. Gold raises to $3.1 million and Cunningham immediately goes all-in for $4,225,000. Gold goes into the tank, scrutinizing Cunningham for any sort of tell and after five minutes throws his cards in the muck. As Cunningham rakes in the pot Mike Matusow stands up from the VIP gallery and shouts "That's my boy!" and begins leading the crowd in enthusiastic cheers of "Allen! Allen!"
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
4
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1
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Are you down with the Chip Count?

Here's a quick look at how the four remaining players are doing:
1. Jamie Gold $48,000,000
2. Allen Cunningham $16,000,000
3. Michael Binger $12,800,000
4. Paul Wasicka $12,400,000
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
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Butler hopes Binger will win

Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler
In his post-final table press conference, Rhett Butler expresses hope that Micheal Binger will win. He says he and Binger ran into each other in the restaurant at Rio on the first day and ate dinner together without having ever met before, and that for the rest of the tournament they continued to eat together. So he hopes "karma and freaky coincidence" will prevail and his new friend will claim the bracelet.

Butler also explains that his percieved tight play was due to his lack of getting any cards, rather than any underlying strategy on his part. He attributed his reticence to patience, rather than any Leif Force-like dedication to tight play.

He tells the media that the WSOP experience is "really neat" and that he'd recommend it to anyone, and promises that he'll be back next year. Good luck, Rhett!
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 171-175

Hand 171: Allen Cunningham raises to $800,000 and Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka calls. The flop comes Q Q T. It's checked around and the turn is the 6. Everyone checks again, and the river comes 8. It's checked to Gold who bets $2 million and wins the pot.

Hand 172: Michael Binger raises to $1 million. Paul Wasicka re-raises to $3 million and wins the pot.

Hand 173: Jamie Gold and Allen Cunningham calls, and Michael Binger raises to $1.3 million. Gold calls, Cunningham folds and the flop comes A T 2. Binger bets $1.5 million and wins the pot.

Hand 174: Everyone folds to Jamie Gold in the big blind.

Hand 175: Allen Cunningham raises to $800,000. Michael Binger re-raises to $2.8 million and wins the pot.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
4
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Hand 170: Rhett Butler Eliminated Fifth

Rhett Butler, Michael Binger
Butler hits the bricks
Allen Cunningham moves in for $900,000 and gets a call from Jamie Gold. Rhet Butler re-raises all-in for $2,075,000. Cunningham and Gold both make the call and the flop comes J 6 5. Gold and Cunningham check and the turn is 2 and Gold bets $2 million more. Cunningham folds and Gold flips over K J for a pair of Jacks. Butler turns over pocket Fours. The river is 10 and Gold wins another pot. Butler has been eliminated in fifth place for $3,216,182.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 167-169

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold: enjoying the camaraderie, destruction
Hand 167: Rhett Butler moves all-in for $2,125,000 and steals the blinds and antes.

Hand 168: Jamie Gold and Allen Cunningham limp in and Michael Binger checks from the big blind. The flop comes Q 7 3 and Cunningham shoots out $800,000, taking the pot when everyone folds.

Hand 169: Paul Wasicka calls the big blind and Jamie Gold checks. The flop comes 6 5 3. Gold checks to Wasicka, who bets $400,000 and Gold calls. The turn comes 2 and both players check to see the river, which comes J. Gold bets out and Wasicka quickly folds.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
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Hands 161-166

Hand 161: Rhett Butler makes a raise to $1 million and no one calls.

Hand 162: Jamie Gold makes a raise to $1million and no one calls.

Hand 163: Rhett Butler makes a raise to $1million and Allen Cunningham re-raises all in. Butler folds.

Hand 164: Allen Cunningham raises to $900,000 and Michael Binger and Jamie Gold calls. The flop: 9 4 2. Binger and Gold checks, Cunningham bets $1.5 million and wins the pot.

Hand 165: Jamie Gold wins the pot by raising first in from the small blind.

Hand 166: Allen Cunningham raises to $900,000 and Michael Binger calls. The flop comes K 4 2. Cunningham bets $1.3 million and Gold folds his cards.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
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Hands 156-160

Hands 156: Jamie Gold bets $900,000 and Rhett Butler makes the call. The flop comes 8 6 6 and both players check. The turn is Q and Gold bets $900,000. Butler folds.

Hand 157: Paul Wasicka bets one million and Allen Cunningham calls. The flop comes A 10 8 and Wasicka bets $1.3 million. Cunningham folds.

Hand 158: Jamie Gold bets one million and Paul Wasicka makes the call. The flop comes A 9 3 and both players check. The turn comes J and Gold bets one million. Wasicka calls and the river comes 2 and both players check. Gold flips over Q J but Wasicka turns over K J to win the pot.

Hand 159: Paul Wasicka bets one million and Michael Binger re-raises $3 million. Wasicka folds.

Hand 160: Jamie Gold bets $800,00 and wins the pot.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
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Cool, refreshing chip counts

Here are the chip counts right now:
1. Jamie Gold $49,500,000
2. Michael Binger $14,300,000
3. Paul Wasicka $12,500,000
4. Allen Cunningham $9,500,000
5. Rhett Butler $4,800,000
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Binger doubles through Wasicka

Paul Wasicka
Paul Wasicka gets some support from his entourage
Michael Binger has doubled up at Paul Wasicka's expense after Wasicka bet $1,000,000 from middle position and Binger moved all-in with pocket Kings. Wasicka called with K Q and the flop came 7 3 Q, giving Wasicka outs as he waited for the turn and river. The board finished out A 2, however, and Binger doubles up to $14,300,000 and 2nd place on the chip leaderboard. Paul Wasicka is down to $12,500,000.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
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Hands 153-154

Michael Binger
Michael Binger will take you out
Hand 153: On a flop of 7 3 2 with the action three-handed, Allen Cunningham bets $800,000. Michael Binger moves all-in and scares everyone else off.

Hand 154: Paul Wasicka makes it $1,000,000 to play and gets a call from Jamie Gold in the big blind. The flop comes A 7 4. Gold checks to Wasicka, who shoots out $1,100,000 and Gold folds.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
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Hands 146-152

Hand 146: Michael Binger raises to $,1000,000 and Jamie Gold calls. Paul Wasicka then re-raises to $5,000,000 and both the other players fold.

Hand 147: Unknown.

Hand 148: Paul Wasicka, Allen Cunningham, and Michael Binger sees the flop in an un-raised pot. The flop comes A A J. It is checked to Wasicka who bets $600,000 and wins the pot.

Hand 149: Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 pre-flop and gets no callers.

Hand 150: Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 pre-flop and gets no callers.

Hand 151: Jamie Gold raises to $900,000 and Paul Wasicka calls. The flop comes J 4 3 and Gold bets $1,000,000. Wasicka folds.

Hand 152: Rhett Butler raises to $1,000,000 pre-flop and gets no callers.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
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Chip counts: you want them, we got them

Here are the latest chip counts updates:
1. Jamie Gold $52,000,000
2. Paul Wasicka $15,000,000
3. Allen Cunningham $9,000,000
4. Michael Binger $7,100,000
5. Rhett Butler $6,700,000
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Hands 141-145

Hand 141: Allen Cunningham bets $900,000 and Jamie Gold and Paul Wasicka call. The flop comes A 8 3. Cunningham bets one million and Gold makes the call while Wasicka folds. The turn is 6 and both players check. The river is 3. Cunningham bets $2 million and Gold raises all-in. Cunningham folds.

Hand 142: Michael Binger raises to one million and Paul Wasicka moves all-in. Binger folds.

Hand 143: Gold bets one million and Paul Wasicka and Michael Binger call. The flop comes K J 3. Gold bets $1.5 million. Wasicka folds but Binger raises all-in. Gold makes the call and both players show King-Ten. The turn is 10 and the river is A. The pot is chopped.

Hand 144: Paul Wasicka and Jamie Gold limp to a flop of A 9 4. Wasicka bets $600,000 and Gold folds.

Hand 145: Paul Wasicka bets one million and Allen Cunningham and Rhett Butler call. The flop comes 8 6 2. Wasicka bets $1.5 million and Cunningham moves all-in. Everybody folds.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Hands 135-140

Paul Wasicka
Paul Wasicka: $1 million up, $1 million down - that's poker
Hand 135: Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000 and the rest of the table folds around him.

Hand 136: Allen Cunningham makes it $900,000 to play from under the gun and Rhett Butler moves all-in. Cunningham folds and Butler takes the pot.

Hand 137: Jamie Gold raises to $1,000,000 and takes down the pot.

Hand 138: Paul Wasicka limps in and Allen Cunningham raises to $1,500,000 from the small blind. Wasicka folds and Cunningham takes it down.

Hand 139: Wasicka makes it $1,000,000 from the cutoff and Michael Binger moves all-in on him. Wasicka thinks for a few minutes and finally folds, giving Binger the pot.

Hand 140: Wasicka again makes it $1,000,000 from under the gun and gets no callers.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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More chip counts, more problems

Here are the chip counts after the latest round of skirmishes:
1. Jamie Gold $44,075,000
2. Paul Wasicka $18,000,000
3. Allen Cunningham $12,800,000
4. Michael Binger $6,900,000
5. Rhett Butler $6,375,000
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Level change

The Final Table
The field braces for the fifth level
We're now at Level 35 with blinds and antes as described below.
Level
35
Blinds
150000/300000
Ante
50000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Hand 134: Wasicka Lucky To Stay Alive

Paul Wasicka raised to $800,000 pre-flop, and Jamie Gold called. The flop came K Q 2, and Jamie Gold checked. Wasicka bet, Gold raised, Wasicka moved all-in, and Gold called. Wasicka showed K T, for top pair, but he was behind Gold who flipped over A K. Wasicka was in real trouble, but was saved when the T fell on the turn. The river was the 8 and Wasicka's fans went crazy in the stands. Jamie Gold looked absolutely disgusted after the hand. Maybe the chip leader's luck is starting to run out?

Jamie Gold is down to around $39,000,000 but still has the lead. Wasicka is in 2nd place with $21,000,000.
Level
34
Blinds
120000/240000
Ante
40000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
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Hands 129-133

Hand 129: Rhett Butler bets $900,000 and everyone folds.

Hand 130: Allen Cunningham bets $750,000 and Michael Binger calls. The flop comes Q 10 6 and both players check to the turn. The turn is 4 and Cunningham bets out another $1.1 million. Binger calls and the river J. Both check and Binger shows J 10 for two-pair and Cunningham folds his hand.

Hand 131. Jamie Gold bets $800,000 and Paul Wasicka calls. The flop comes K 10 6. Gold raises $800,000 and Wasicka folds.

Hand 132: Jamie Gold bets $700,000 and Paul Wasicka calls. The flop comes Q 8 3. Gold bets one million and Wasicka calls. The turn is 9 and Gold raises another $2 million. Wasicka folds.

Hand 133: Paul Wasicka, Allen Cunningham and Michael Binger limp pre-flop. The flop comes J 7 5. All players check and the turn is $5d. Binger bets $600,000. Wasicka calls and Cunningham folds. The river is 7 and both players check. Wasicka shows Ace-high and Binger mucks.
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34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Show me the money

Here's what $12 million looks like when deposited unceremoniously, yet tastefully, on top of a poker table.
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Hands 124-128

Allen Cunningham
Cunningham: straight poker
Hand 124: Michael Binger limps in from the small blind, but Jamie Gold raises to $940,000 from the big blind and Binger folds. Gold takes the blinds and the antes.

Hand 125: Allen Cunningham continues his pattern of making it $750,000 to go, and the rest of the field continues its pattern of folding to his raises.

Hand 126: Jamie Gold raises to $800,000 from the button, but nobody takes the bait.

Hand 127: Gold raises to $700,000 preflop and Cunningham makes the call. Both players check through the flop which comes J T 4 and the turn comes T. Cunningham makes it $1,000,000 to see the river and Gold pays it. The river comes Q and both players check. Cunningham shows 9 8 for the straight and Gold mucks.

Hand 128: Gold, Wasicka and Cunningham limp in but Binger raises to $1,200,000. Gold re-raises to $4,200,000 and takes the pot as everyone folds.
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34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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A Brand New Chip Count

There are five left and their chips stacks look like this:
1. Jamie Gold $50,000,000
2. Allen Cunningham $15,000,000
3. Paul Wasicka $11,000,000
4. Rhett Butler $6,600,000
5. Michael Binger $6,500,000
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34
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120000/240000
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40000
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Hand 123: Rhett Butler Doubled Up

In the very first hand after the dinner break, Rhett Butler doubled up through Paul Wasicka. Butler, sitting in the cutoff moved all-in for $3,280,000 and Wasicka called from the button. Butler showed A T, and Wasicka flipped over 8 8. The board came K Q T K 3. The then on the flop was enough for Butler who won the hand and doubled up.
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120000/240000
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40000
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Rhett Butler Doubles Up

Rhett Butler calls all-in pre-flop and gets called by Paul Wasicka. Butler shows A 10 while Wasicka flips 8 8. The board comes K Q 10 K 3 and Butler doubles his stack.
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34
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40000
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Dinner break is over

Players are returning to the table as the dinner break nears its conclusion. In a few minutes the cards will be back in the air and play will resume. Stay tuned!
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40000
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Richard Lee: "You Have To Take Your Shots"

Richard Lee
Richard Lee after being eliminated
Sixth place finisher wasn't too disappointed when he talked to the press about being knocked out with J-J against Jamie Gold's Q-Q:

"I've been watching Jamie Gold play pretty closely over the last few days, and he has been raising a lot of pot. So I came over the top hoping that I would win the pot right there or that he would call with A-K or T-T," Lee Said

"You don't get a million opportunities in a poker tournament. You have to take your shots," he continued.
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Dinner break

Play has been suspended until 10:30 p.m PST as players indulge in that old habit, eating dinner.
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120000/240000
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40000
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Chip counts from the place to be

With Jamie Gold's massive takeout of Richard Lee, here are the chip counts for the five remaining players:
1. Jamie Gold $54,000,000
2. Allen Cunningham $14,500,000
3. Paul Wasicka $11,700,000
4. Michael Binger $7,500,000
5. Rhett Butler $3,400,000
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120000/240000
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40000
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Hand 122: Richard Lee Eliminated!

In one of the biggest hands of the tournament Richard Lee bet $1.2 million pre-flop and Gold re-raised $4 million. Lee moves all in and Gold calls and shows Q Q. Lee flips J J and the board comes K K 3 6 10. Richard Lee has been eliminated in sixth place and will earn $2,803,85.
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40000
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Hands 120-121

Jamie Gold
Gold doing his thing
Hand 120: Paul Wasicka raises to $800,000 and gets a call from the Killer, Jamie Gold in the small blind. The flop comes T 9 5 and both men check. The turn comes the 3 and Gold shoots out $2,000,000, causing Wasicka to fold.

Hand 121: Jamie Gold raises to $800,000 and nobody calls. Gold takes down the blinds and antes.
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120000/240000
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40000
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Hands 115-119

Hand 115: Allen Cunningham bets $750 pre-flop and everyone folds.

Hand 116: Michael Binger bets $750,000 and Richard Lee makes the call. Paul Wasicka re-raises to $3 million. Binger and Lee fold.

Hand 117: Richard Lee, Paul Wasicka and Allen Cunningham all limp into the flop. The flop is A 9 2 and everybody checks except for Lee who bets $900,000. Cunningham folds and Wasicka calls. The turn card is K and both players check. The river is 2 and they both check. Wasicka shows A 8 and Lee mucks.

Hand 118: Paul Wasicka raises to $900,000 pre-flop. Gold makes the call and the flop is A K 10. Wasicka bets one million and Gold mucks.

Hand 119: Richard Lee bets $800,000 and Gold makes the call. The flop comes 7 5 2. Lee bets $1.1 million and Gold raises to $3 million. Lee folds.
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34
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120000/240000
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40000
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Get your Chip Count right Here!

There are six players left and this is what their chip stacks look like:
1. Jamie Gold $37,000,000
2. Richard Lee $18,000,000
3. Allen Cunningham $13,700,000
4. Paul Wasicka $9,900,000
5. Michael Binger $8,000,000
6. Rhett Butler $4,600,000
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120000/240000
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Hands 113-114; Cunningham funds another Binger double

Wasicka, Cunningham and Binger
Cunningham makes a third deposit into the Binger account
Hand 113: Allen Cunningham raises to $750,000 and gets a call from Jamie Gold. The flop comes Q J 5 and Cunningham bets out $1,200,000, causing Gold to fold.

Hand 114: Cunningham again raises to $750,000 preflop. This time, Michael Binger moves all-in from the button for $3,010,000, and Cunningham calls with Q J to Binger's A Q. The flop is gravy for Binger, coming 8 6 2, leaving Cunningham drawing for a red jack to make the kill. The board finishes out 5 7 and Binger doubles through Cunningham for the third time.
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34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Hands 109-112

Jamie Gold
Killer must kill again
Hand 109: Jamie Gold raises to $800,000 and Richard Lee calls. The flop comes 10 9 2 and Lee bets out another $1.2 million. Gold folds.

Hand 110: Michael Binger bets $800,000 and nobody calls.

Hand 111: Jamie Gold bets $800,000 and Allen Cunningham calls. The flop comes 8 8 3 and Cunningham checks. Gold bets out another one million and Cunningham calls. The turn is 2 and Cunningham and Gold check. The river is Q and Gold bets $2 million. Cunningham calls and shows A 9 and Gold mucks his hand.

Hand 112: Rhett Butler moves all-in everybody folds.
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40000
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Hands 104-108; or The Man with the Golden Bluff

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold: A face you can't trust
Hand 104: Jamie Gold makes it $750,000 to play from the cutoff and gets a call from Richard Lee and Paul Wasicka. The flop comes Q Q J and the players check around. The turn comes J and the action checks to Gold, who throws out an $800,000 bet. As Lee and Wasicka fold Gold shows 2 3 and rakes the pot.

Hand 105: Gold raises to $105,000 preflop and Paul Wasicka reraises to $2,500,000 from the small blind. Gold folds and Wasicka takes the pot.

Hand 106: Gold, Rhett Butler, Richard Lee and Allen Cunningham limp into the pot, and Michael Binger checks from the big blind. The flop comes A J 9 and the action checks to Gold, who bets $1,000,000 and rakes the pot as everyone folds.

Hand 107: Michael Binger limps in and Jamie Gold checks from the big blind. The flop comes J T 7 and the players check to see the turn, which comes 2. Binger bets out $500,000 and Gold folds with 9-2.

Hand 108: Allen Cunningham raises to $750,000 preflop and makes off with the blinds and antes.
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120000/240000
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Hands 100-103

Hand 100: Rhett Butler bets $900,000 pre-flop and wins the pot.

Hand 101: Paul Wasicka raises to one million pre-flop. Richard Lee calls and the flop comes Q 9 6. Both players check to the turn which is a 7 and Lee decides to bet $2.5 million. Wasicka folds.

Hands 102: Allen Cunningham bets $750,000 pre-flop and Rhett Butler re-raises all-in. Cunningham folds.

Hands 103: Allen Cunningham bets $750,000 and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes 8 4 3 and Cunningham bets $1.1 million. Gold folds.
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34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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The crowd is pro-Wasicka

Paul Wasicka has brought a large contingent to the Amazon Room to cheer him on, including people from all over the country who he hasn't seen in years. The pride of Westminster, Colorado draws a huge cheer from his entourage every time he rakes a pot.
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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The Crowd Gets Involved...

Here are some of the various cheers heard throughout the crowd during Final Table action:
"Who's the boss?!" "Binger!"
"Guys, you better go home!"
"Goooold!"
and the usual "Oy! Oy! Oy!" for Allen Cunningham.
Stay tuned for more audience squawks, squeels, whoops, yips and yelps.
Level
34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Operation Chip Count

Straight from the trenches, here's how the chips are stacking up:
1. Jamie Gold $38,800,000
2. Richard Lee $17,400,000
3. Paul Wasicka $14,400,000
4. Allen Cunningham $12,500,000
5. Michael Binger $4,400,000
6. Rhett Butler $3,600,000
Level
34
Blinds
120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Hands 95-99

Paul Wasicka
Paul Wasicka: Donating to the Cunningham Fund
Hand 95: Rhett Butler moves all-in preflop and everyone takes notice. Butler has been playing a quiet, conservative style of play and when he makes moves, the rest of the table takes note. His move is successful in scaring off the rest of the field and he takes down the blinds and antes.

Hand 96: Paul Wasicka raises to $800,000 and the table folds around him.

Hand 97: Wasicka again raises to $800,000 and this time gets a call from Allen Cunningham. The flop comes A A 9. Wasicka checks to Cunningham, who bets $1,100,000 and takes down the pot as Wasicka folds.

Hand 98: Cunningham raises to $750,000 and this time, it's Wasicka who calls the raise. The flop comes 4 3 2 and Wasicka checks to Cunningham, who shoots out a $1,000,000 bet and takes down another pot as Wasicka folds again.

Hand 99: Jamie Gold raises to $800,000 and Wasicka calls. Both players check through the board as it comes 7 5 5 9 9 and Gold shows A 6. Wasicka mucks and Gold takes the pot.
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34
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Binger doubles through Cunningham redux

Michael Binger
Binger still banging, thanks to Cunningham
Michael Binger is clinging to life thanks to another influx of Allen Cunningham's chips. Cunningham moved all-in from the small blind and Binger called with the shorter stack and while holding A 6. Cunningham showed pocket deuces, setting a race situation that saw a huge momentum swing when the flop came 4 A 6. The turn brought the 5 leaving Cunningham drawing for a deuce or a three for the kill, but the river came K and Binger has doubled through again. He now sits at $4,400,000 while Cunningham is down to $11,800,000.
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120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Hands 92-93

Hand 92: Richard Lee bets $940,000 and everybody folds.

Hand 93: Jamie Gold bets $800,000 pre-flop and Cunningham makes the call. The flop comes 10 9 8 and both Cunningham and Gold check. The turn is 8 and Cunningham raises $1.1 million. Gold re-raises to $4 million and Cunningham folds.
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34
Blinds
120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Chip counts: the opiate of the masses

Or is opium the chip count of the masses?
1. Jamie Gold $37,400,000
2. Richard Lee $17,030,000
3. Allen Cunningham $15,230,000
4. Paul Wasicka $14,870,000
5. Rhett Butler $3,365,000
6. Michael Binger $2,280,000
Level
34
Blinds
120000/240000
Ante
40000
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Hands 88-91

Allen Cunningham
Allen Cunningham at the Final Table of the Main Event
Hand 88: Allen Cunningham bets 1.4 million and everyone folds.

Hand 89: Rhett Butler raises one million and everyone folds.

Hand 90: Jamie Gold bets $700,000 and does not get called.

Hand 91: Allen Cunningham bets $600,000 and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes Q 7 4 and both players check. The turn comes 9 and they both check again. The river is 2 and Cunningham bets 1.4 million. Gold calls and Cunningham shows Q 9 for two pair. Gold mucks his hand.
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33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 85-88

Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler
Hand 85: In the first hand of the post-Doug Kim era, Rhett Butler raises to $600,000 from the small blind and gets no takers.

Hand 86: After Richard Lee calls the big blind, Paul Wasicka raises to $600,000 and is called by Lee. The flop comes out J T 4 and Lee checks to Wasicka, who bets $1,200,000 and takes down the pot after Lee folds.

Hand 87: Jamie Gold raises to $700,000 and gets a call from Richard Lee and Allen Cunningham. The flop comes A 6 4. Gold shoots out a $2,000,000 bet and everyone folds.
Level
33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
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No more Poker for Doug Kim?

Doug Kim
Kim after his elimination
Doug Kim just mentioned that he probably won't play much more poker since he has a job lined up.
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30000
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Hand 84: Doug Kim Busts

Doug Kim
Kim Busts
Paul Wasicka bets out $700,000 and Doug Kim makes the call. The flop comes 4 4 3 and Wasicka bets one million. Kim retaliates by pushing all-in and Wasicka calls. Kim shows pocket Nines and Wasicka turns over pocket Queens. The turn is J and the river is 7. Kim is eliminated in 7th place and will receive $2,391,520.
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33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 81-83

Allen Cunningham
Cunningham + Big Slick = $$$
Hand 81: Allen Cunningham calls from the small blind and Michael Binger checks from the big blind. The flop comes T 8 3 and Cunningham pushes all-in. Binger folds and as Cunningham rakes the pot he shows A K.

Hand 82: Richard Lee raises to $700,000 preflop but nobody takes the bait.

Hand 83: Michael Binger moves all-in preflop and takes down the blinds and antes.
Level
33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Everybody Loves Chip Counts

Seven players, one shot at $12 million:
1. Jamie Gold $35,000,000
2. Richard Lee $21,300,000
3. Allen Cunningham $13,500,000
4. Paul Wasicka $9,100,000
5. Doug Kim $5,600,000
6. Rhett Butler $3,700,000
7. Michael Binger $3,000,000
Level
33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 76-80

Jamie Gold
Jamie Gold: not happy with a chopped pot
Hand 76: Paul Wasicka raises to $700,000 preflop and the table folds to him.

Hand 77: Richard Lee raises to $700,000 and Michael Binger re-raises all-in for $2,240,000. Gold ups the going rate to $4,000,000 and Lee gets out of the way, so the flop comes 8 6 5 heads-up, with Binger showing K K and Gold pushing K K. The only hope for either man to win the entire pot would be the turn and river coming runner-runner hearts, but the board finishes out A 4 and the players chop the pot.

Hand 78: Allen Cunningham raises to $600,000 and gets a call from Jamie Gold from the button. Richard Lee calls from the big blind and the flop comes 9 4 3. Action checks to Gold, who bets $1,800,000 and Lee and Cunningham fold.

Hand 79: Allen Cunningham raises to $600,000 and is called by Doug Kim. Jamie Gold folds but shows A T, which proves to be a disastrous laydown as the board comes K Q J. Cunningham shoots out a $500,000 bet and Kim lays down immediately.

Hand 80: Doug Kim raises to $800,000 preflop and takes down the blinds and antes.
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33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 71-75

Hand 71: Paul Wasicka bets $700,000 and Doug Kim re-raises to 2.1 million. Wasicka re-raises all-in for $4.8 million. Kim folds.

Hands 72: Jamie Gold raises to $600,000 and everybody folds.

Hands 73: Doug Kim raises $600,000 and wins the pot.

Hands 74: Rhett Butler bets $700,000 and wins.

Hands 75: Five players limp into a flop of A K 6 and they all check. The turn is the 2 and Jamie Gold bets one million. Gold wins the pot.
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Hands 66-70

Hand 66: Richard Lee raises to $700,000 and the action folds to him.

Hand 67: Doug Kim raises to $600,000 from under the gun but nobody takes the bait.

Hand 68: Jamie Gold and Richard Lee limp in and Paul Wasicka raises to $1,000,000. Gold and Lee both fold.

Hand 69: Allen Cunningham raises to $600,000 and is called by Jamie Gold in the big blind. The flop comes A 6 4 and after Gold checks, Cunningham shoots out a $900,000 bet. Gold mucks and Cunningham takes the pot.

Hand 70: Cunningham raises to $600,000 preflop and steals the blinds and antes.
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Ante
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Hands 61-65

Hand 61: Allen Cunningham bets pre-flop and everyone folds.

Hand 62: Unknown

Hand 63: Jamie Gold raises to $500,000 and wins the pot.

Hand 64: Allen Cunningham raises to $600,000 and he wins the blinds.

Hand 64: Michael Binger bets $700,000 and wins the pot.
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100000/200000
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Got Main Event fever?

The only prescription is more chip counts:
1. Jamie Gold $37,200,000
2. Richard Lee $20,000,000
3. Allen Cunningham $11,200,000
4. Doug Kim $7,300,000
5. Paul Wasicka $6,600,000
6. Rhett Butler $4,400,000
7. Michael Binger $3,200,000
Level
33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hand 60: Paul Wasicka Doubles up

Paul Wasicka moves all-in pre-flop and gets called by Michael Binger. Binger flips over A 9 but Wasicka shows a dominating A J. The board comes up A A 8 5-#10 and Wasicka has doubled up.
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Ante
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Binger doubles through Cunningham

Michael Binger made it $700,000 to go from under the gun and was called by Allen Cunningham in the big blind. The flop came Q J 8 and Cunningham checked to Binger, who moved all-in for $2,250,000. Cunningham called, turning over A Q and Binger showed A T, needing to improve on the turn or the river to stay alive. The turn came K, giving Binger that improvement that he needed, and after the river came A Binger's ace-high straight was enough to double him to $6,000,000.
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Friberg fried

Erik Friberg
Eric Friberg just couldn't catch a jack
Erik Friberg will finish in eighth place in this tournament. The 23-year-old Swede limped in from under the gun on hand 57 and was raised to $1,000,000 by Jamie Gold from the button. Friberg moved all-in and Gold immediately called, leaping to his feet and showing pocket Queens to Friberg's pocket Jacks. The board came 7 3 2 T Q and Gold's set of queens was more than enough to give him the pot and send Friberg to the rail. He'll take home $1,979,189 as a consolation prize, and Jamie "The Killer" Gold will add more chips to his stack and another notch to his gun belt.

When asked what he would do with the prize money, Friberg answered simply, "I'll gamble with it."
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Ante
30000
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Hands 53-56

Hand 53: Jamie Gold limps and Richard Lee raises to one million. Allen Cunningham calls and Gold re-raises to $5 million. Lee and Cunningham both fold and Gold wins.

Hand 54: Allen Cunningham raises one million pre-flop and gets called by Jamie Gold. The flop comes K 5 2. Gold checks and Cunningham bets $1.2 million. Gold folds and Cunningham wins the pot.

Hand 55: Doug Kim raises pre-flop and everybody folds.

Hand 56: Allen Cunningham raises to $600,000. Doug Kim and Jamie Gold both call. The flop comes 5 3 3 everybody checks but Cunningham who bets one million. Kim makes the call while Gold folds. The turn is 7 and Cunningham checks. Kim bets $1.5 million and Cunningham folds. Kim wins the pot.
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33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Chip Count

Here's a look at the chip stacks:
1. Jamie Gold $37,000,000
2. Richard Lee $15,500,000
3. Allen Cunningham $12,000,000
4. Doug Kim $8,800,000
5. Rhett Butler $5,400,000
6. Erik Friberg $5,000,000
7. Paul Wasicka $4,100,000
8. Michael Binger $3,100,000
Level
33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 48-52

Michael Binger
Michael Binger
Hand 48: Richard Lee raises $800,000 from under the gun and gets no takers.

Hand 49: Erik Friberg, Doug Kim and Jamie Gold limp in and Richard Lee checks from the big blind. The flop comes A K 3 and all players check to the turn, which comes 9. Friberg bets $575,000 and Gold calls while Kim and Lee get out of the way. The river comes 9 and both players check. Gold shows an Ace and Friberg mucks his hand.

Hand 50: Doug Kim raises to $600,000 and Lee calls from the small blind. The flop comes A 3 2 and Lee checks to Kim, who bets $900,000. Lee raises to $2,900,000 and Kim folds.

Hand 51: Michael Binger raises to $700,000 and everyone folds around, giving him the antes and the blinds.

Hand 52: Rhett Butler pulls a Michael Binger and raises to $700,000. Again, there are no takers.
Level
33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hands 43-47

Hand 43: Doug makes it $600,000 to play and Jamie Gold calls him. The flop comes Q 10 2. Both players check and the turn is J. Again they check and the river is 5. Gold turns over pocket Eights and he wins the pot.

Hand 44: Richard Lee, Allen Cunningham and Jamie Gold all limp pre-flop. The flop comes J 6 2 and Cunningham bets out $500,000. Gold folds and Lee makes the call. The turn is Q and both players check. The river is 4 and Cunningham bets 1.2 Million and Lee folds.

Hand 45: Paul Wasicka pushes all-in and everybody folds.

Hand 46: Richard Lee, Allen Cunningham and Doug Kim limp to a flop of J 5 3. Cunningham bets one million and wins the pot.

Hand 47: Erik Friberg raises $800,00 and everybody folds.
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Hand 42

Jamie Gold raises to $600,000 preflop and gets a call from Richard Lee in the big blind. The flop comes K T 7 and Lee checks to Gold, who bets $1,000,000. Lee calls and both players check after the turn comes J. The river is the 3 and Lee checks to Gold, who bets $1,500,000. Lee quickly calls and shows A J as Gold folds, giving Lee the pot.
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33
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30000
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Hand 41

Allen Cunningham bets and wins the pot pre-flop.
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Hand 40

Jamie Gold in the small blind, Rhett Butler in the big blind. Allen Cunningham bets $500,000 and is called by Doug Kim. The flop comes 4 6 Q and Cunningham bets $900,000. Kim folds quickly and Cunningham takes the pot.
Level
33
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100000/200000
Ante
30000
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Hand 39

After the flop, Doug Kim, Erik Friberg and Jamie Gold are still in the hand. Friberg bets, Kim folds and Gold comes over the top on him and wins the pot.
Level
33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Chip counts one time

As players return from break, here are the chip counts:
Jamie Gold $32,500,000
Richard Lee $17,110,000
Allen Cunningham $12,650,000
Doug Kim $8,930,000
Rhett Butler $5,545,000
Erik Friberg $5,125,000
Paul Wasicka $3,990,000
Michael Binger $3,640,000
Level
33
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
30000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 36-38

Hand 36: Doug Kim, Richard Lee, and Erik Friberg limp in and Allen Cunningham checks from the big blind. The flop comes J T 8 and all players check to see the turn, which comes 2, where Kim bets $500,000 and everyone folds.

Hand 37: Erik Friberg makes it $500,000 to go from the cutoff and gets no takers.

Hand 38: Michael Binger raises $500,000 from the small blind and gets a call from Doug Kim in the big blind. The flop comes J J 8 and both players check to the turn, which comes Q. Binger checks to Kim, who bets $750,000 and Binger folds.

Players are now on a 20 minute break and will return at 4:35 p.m. PST.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 33-35

Hand 33: Gold bets $600,000 pre-flop and Richard Lee calls. The flop comes Q 8 3. Both players check and the turn card is 6 and Lee bets 1.2 million. Gold folds and Lee wins the pot.

Hand 34: Michael Binger raises $500,000 pre-flop and everybody folds.

Hand 35: Richard Lee, Paul Wasicka and Erik Friberg all limp pre-flop. The flop comes 9 9 7. Everybody checks and the turn card is A. Friberg bets $200,000 and Lee calls and Wasicka folds. The river card is 8 and both players check. Lee shows Ace-Three for a pair on the board and he wins the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 30-32

Hand 30: Erik Friberg makes it $500,000 to play and Doug Kim calls. The flop comes Q 10 7 and both players check. The turn comes 9 and both players check. Kim has Ace-high and wins the pot.

Hand 31: Paul Wasicka raises $500,000 but Allen Cunningham re-raises 1.5 million and he wins the pot.

Hand 32: Richard Lee, Rhett Butler and Jamie Gold both limp pre-flop. The flop comes out K K 7. Butler and Gold check to Lee who bets. Both Butler and Gold fold. Lee wins the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Updated Chip Count

Here's how the chips are stacking up these days:
Jamie Gold $34,900,000
Richard Lee $15,800,000
Allen Cunningham $13,000,000
Doug Kim $7,200,000
Erik Friberg $5,800,000
Paul Wasicka $4,900,000
Rhett Butler $4,700,000
Michael Binger $3,400,000
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 28-30

Allen Cunningham
Cunningham on the rebound
Hand 28: Michael Binger raises from under the gun and gets a call from Allen Cunningham. The flop comes K 5 3 and after Cunningham checks, Binger bets $800,000, causing Cunningham to fold.

Hand 29: Jamie Gold, Richard Lee, and Paul Wasicka limp in but Allen Cunningham raises to $1,260,000 from the small blind. Gold calls while the other two players fold and the flop comes T 6 5. Cunningham bets out $1,800,000 and Gold folds.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 26 and Hand 27

Hand 26 Richard Lee steals the blinds preflop.

Hand 27 Five players limp into the hand and the flop comes 3 3 A. Friberg bets out $500,000 and only Jamie Gold calls. The turn card is 6 and Friberg bets out another 1.5 million. Gold eventually mucks.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 22-25

Hand 23: Richard Lee calls and Erik Friberg raises to $700,000. Everyone folds and the pot goes to the Swede.

Hand 24: From the small blind, Jamie Gold raises to $480,000. Rhett Butler calls from the big blind and the flop comes A K K. Gold bets out $300,000 and Butler calls. The turn comes Q and Gold checks to Butler, who bets $210,000. Gold calls and the river comes A. Gold checks and Butler bets $600,000, causing Gold to fold and Butler takes the pot.

Hand 25: Erik Friberg, Doug Kim, and Jamie Gold limp in and Richard Lee checks from the big blind. The flop comes A Q J and all players check to see the turn, which comes T. Action checks to Gold, who bets $300,000 and all fold to Friberg, who calls. The river comes 2. Friberg checks and Gold bets out $1,800,000. Friberg calls and Gold shows K 8 for a straight. Friberg mucks.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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New Chip Count

This is how the final eight are doing:
1. Jamie Gold $34,500,000
2. Richard Lee $16,000,000
3. Allen Cunningham $12,000,000
4. Erik Friberg $7,700,000
5. Doug Kim $5,800,000
6. Paul Wasicka $5,500,000
7. Rhett Butler $4,800,000
8. Michael Binger $4,400,000
Level
31
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 21

Erik Friberg bets out pre-flop and wins the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 17-20

Richard Lee
Richard Lee: huffing and puffing
Hand 17: Erik Friberg calls and Richard Lee checks from the big blind. The flop comes K 8 2 and both players check to see the turn, which comes A. Both players check again and the river comes T. Lee checks to Friberg, who bets $200,000, and Lee folds.

Hand 18: Jamie Gold makes it $500,000 to go from early position. Action folds around and Gold takes the blinds and the antes.

Hand 19: Jamie Gold bets $500,000 and gets a call from Richard Lee and a raise from Erik Friberg. Michael Binger folds from the big blind and Gold and Lee fold as well, giving the hand to Friberg.

Hand 20: Three players limp into the pot, including Allen Cunningham, and the big blind checks. The flop comes 8 9 9 and Gold shoots out $1,000,000. Erik Friberg calls, as does Cunningham. Turn comes 5 and Gold and Friberg check to Cunningham, who bets $2 million. Gold calls and Friberg gets out of the way. River comes A. Gold checks and Cunningham bets $2 million. Gold calls with a set of nines and a ten kicker, and Cunningham shows a nine as he mucks. Gold takes a massive pot and Cunningham is down to $10 million.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hands 15-16

Hand 15: Erik Friberg and Paul Wasicka call but Michael Binger raises to $1,060,000 from the button. Friberg calls while Wasicka folds and the flop comes K 5 4. Friberg checks to Binger, who moves all-in, and Friberg folds.

Hand 16: Richard Lee and Jamie Gold limp in and Rhett Butler checks from the big blind. The flop comes J J 3 and the action checks to Lee, who bets $200,000 and is raised by Gold to $500,000. Butler folds, Lee calls, and the turn comes A. Gold and Lee both check and the river comes A. Gold bets $600,000; Lee calls and shows Q J for the full house and Gold mucks.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Updated Chip Count

Here's a look at how the remaining eight players are doing:
1. Jamie Gold $31,000,000
2. Allen Cunningham $16,800,000
3. Richard Lee $10,000,000
4. Erik Friberg $9,000,000
5. Doug Kim $6,600,000
6. Paul Wasicka $6,500,000
7. Rhett Butler $4,400,000
8. Michael Binger $3,000,000
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 13

Hand 13: Binger in the small blind, Doug Kim in the big blind. Action folds to Paul Wasicka, who raises to $500,000. Everyone folds and Wasicka takes the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 12

The flop comes A K Q and Allen Cunningham bets out $300,000. Michael Binger calls and the turn card is 5. Both players check and the river is 2. Cunningham checks and Binger checks. Binger shows one King and Cunningham mucks.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 11

Paul Wasicka in the small blind, Allen Cunningham in the big blind. Doug Kim raises to $480,000. Action folds to Cunningham, who folds, and Kim takes the blinds.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 10

Jamie Gold makes it $500,000 to play. Richard Lee calls and the flop comes J 6 7 both players check and the turn card is 5. Gold bets out one million and Lee folds.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 6-9

Hand 6: Michael Binger in the small blind, Doug Kim in the big blind. Gold calls, action folds to Binger. Binger calls and Kim checks to see the flop. 7 J 2. Kim bets $500,000 and is called by Gold. Binger folds and the turn comes 5. Kim checks to Gold, who bets $800,000, and Kim calls. The river comes Q and Kim moves all-in. Gold folds and Kim takes the pot.

Hand 7: Action folds to Jamie Gold in the big blind.

Hand 8: Doug Kim raises to $480,000 from the button and gets re-raised to $1,200,000 by Rhett Butler in the big blind. Kim quickly calls and the flop comes A 9 3. Butler moves all-in and Kim folds.

Hand 9: Binger raises to $500,000 and Richard Lee raises all-in from the big blind. Binger folds and Lee takes the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Hand 5 - Nassif eliminated

Dan Nassif
Dan Nassif: The Pain
Dan Nassif raises on the button. Makes it $700,000 to go and Jamie Gold calls. The flop comes 2 3 5. Dan Nassif pushes all-in and Gold quickly calls. Gold flips over pocket Deuces for a Set while Nassif shows A K. The turn card is A and the river is 10. Nassif has been eliminated from the final table and will finish in ninth place. He makes $1.5 million.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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Hands 2-4

Hand 2: Richard Lee takes the pot with a preflop raise.

Hand 3: Michael Binger raises to $500,000 and takes the blinds down.

Hand 4: Nassif in the small blind, Cunningham in the big blind. Action folds to Richard Lee, who makes it $600,000 to play. Wasicka re-raises to $1.6 million, the blinds fold and Lee re-raises $1 million more. Lee thinks for three minutes, then makes the call. Flop comes 5 3 4, both men check to see the turn, which comes K. Richard Lee moves all-in on the turn, and Wasicka quickly folds. Lee takes down the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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Round One is Golden

Jamie Gold has taken the first pot of the day after Doug Kim raised to $480,000 from late position and Gold raised to $1,480,000. Kim folded and Gold raked the pot.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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Shuffle up and Deal!

After members of Aerosmith played the national anthem, Joseph Hachem addressed the crowd, congratulating the nine finishers and then starting play with the ceremonial "Shuffle up and deal!" The dealer complied, and the first hand of the Main Event's final day has been dealt.
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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Opening Chip Counts

Here are the chip counts of the final nine as play looms:
Jamie Gold $26,650,000
Allen Cunningham $17,770,000
Richard Lee $11,820,000
Erik Friberg $9,605,000
Paul Wasicka $7,970,000
Doug Kim $6,770,000
Rhett Butler $4,815,000
Michael Binger $3,140,000
Dan Nassif $2,600,000
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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The moment we've all been waiting for

Welcome to the final table of the 2006 WSOP $10,000 World Championship event. The final nine players are at the table and opening ceremonies are commencing. Play will begin in the next few minutes and will continue until someone is crowned the champion. Over the next few hours, PokerListings.com will go above and beyond all sane levels of dilligence to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the Main Event you'll find, so sit back, relax, and get your finger on that "refresh" button as we get ready to "shuffle up and deal!"
Level
32
Blinds
80000/160000
Ante
20000
Players Left
9
Tables Left
1
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Event Name Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event
Venue Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 28 July 2006
Final Day 10 August 2006
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 8773
Prize Pool $82,466,200
First Prize $12,000,000
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 100/200
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 50 250/500
Level 8 75 300/600
Level 9 100 400/800
Level 10 200 500/1000
Level 11 200 600/1200
Level 12 200 800/1600
Level 13 300 1000/2000
Level 14 300 1200/2400
Level 15 400 1500/3000
Level 16 500 2000/4000
Level 17 500 2500/5000
Level 18 1000 3000/6000
Level 19 1000 4000/8000
Level 20 1000 5000/10000
Level 21 2000 6000/12000
Level 22 2000 8000/16000
Level 23 3000 10000/20000
Level 24 4000 12000/24000
Level 25 5000 15000/30000
Level 26 5000 20000/40000
Level 27 5000 25000/50000
Level 28 10000 30000/60000
Level 29 10000 40000/80000
Level 30 10000 50000/100000
Level 31 20000 60000/120000
Level 32 20000 80000/160000
Level 33 30000 100000/200000
Level 34 40000 120000/240000
Level 35 50000 150000/300000
Level 36 50000 200000/400000
Level 37 50000 250000/500000
Level 38 100000 300000/600000
Level 39 100000 400000/800000
Level 40 100000 500000/1000000
Level 41 200000 600000/1200000

Jamie Gold
wins
$12,000,000

Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Jamie Gold $12,000,000
2. Paul Wasicka $6,102,499
3. Michael Binger $4,123,310
4. Allen Cunningham $3,628,513
5. Rhett Butler $3,216,182
6. Richard Lee $2,803,851
7. Doug Kim $2,391,520
8. Erik Friberg $1,979,189
9. Dan Nassif $1,566,858
10. Fred Goldberg $1,154,527