Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em - Live Updates

Day 3 Live Updates

07/03/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Daneshgar Wins!

David Daneshgar
The champ!

This thing is over! David Daneshgar came into this heads-up match at a disadvantage in the stack department but fought his way back and took a commanding lead going into the final hand.

Scott Sitron limped from the button and Daneshgar made it $400,000 from the big blind. Sitron paused for just a moment before moving all-in and Daneshgar beat him into the pot. A 8 for Sitron needed help against Daneshgar's T T but got none from the 6 6 4 9 J.

Daneshgar's two pair, tens and sixes, are good for the pot, the win and everything that goes with it. The bracelet and the $625.443 are his while Scott Sitron takes $385,974 for his runner up finish.

Level
28
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$8,079,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Final Table - Heads-Up Continues

The is heads-up match is still rolling but, with the blinds getting seriously high, it's hard to say how much longer than it will last. Read on for all the goods.

The hands below occurred when the blinds were $50k/$100k but the level has just gone up to $60k/$120k.

New Counts

Here are the new counts, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

David Daneshgar $5,675,000
Scott Sitron
$2,420,000

Daneshgar Takes the Lead

The hands outlined below detail how Scott Sitron controlled the action in the first segment of this match but David Daneshgar just took down a big pot and with it the chip lead. It began with Sitron opening to $320,000 from the button and Daneshgar re-popping to $895,000 from the big blind.

Sitron made the call and the flop came out A 6 2. Daneshgar fired $610,000 and got a call. The turn was the 6 and Daneshgar checked. Sitron bet $800,000 and Daneshgar announced all-in. Sitron thought for a moment before releasing his hand and conceding the pot.

Nice One for Sitron

Scott Sitron came into this match with a healthy chip lead and has used that advantage well to keep constant pressure on David Daneshgar. A recent hand started with a min-raise from Sitron on the button and a call from his opponent.

The flop came down 7 5 3 and Daneshgar checked. Sitron fired $350,000 and Daneshgar made the call. The turn was the 5 and both players checked. The river was the T and after one final check from Daneshgar, Sitron fired $1 million at the pot.

Daneshgar opted to fold and Sitron picks up a juicy pot without the inconvenience of a showdown.

Another One for Sitron

So far in this heads-up match the advantage seems to lie with Scott Sitron. This hand started with Daneshgar opening to $250,000 from the button and Sitron calling from the button. The flop came down A K 6 and Sitron checked.

Daneshgar fired $350,000 and got a quick call from his opponent. The turn was the 4 and both players checked. The river was the 7 and after two more checks Sitron tabled K 8 which was enough to earn him the pot.

Nice Call from Sitron

Scott Sitron was on the button and limped in. Daneshgar did the same in the big blind and the flop came down A J 2. Both players checked and the turn was the 6. Two more checks and the T hit the river. Daneshgar tossed $100,000 into the pot and after some thought Sitron made the call.

Daneshgar had been taking a stab with 7 3 and Sitron had looked him up with $Kc4 for nothing but king-high.

Results So Far

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Level
28
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
15000
Average Stack
$4,039,500
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 50 - Final Table - Heads-Up Begins!

Heads-up play has begun with the elimination of Dan Heimiller in third place. These two have enough chips to play a bit of poker so, without the help of two big hands clashing, we could be in for a match.

Read on for the details on that elimination, and some other goodies.

Heads-Up Hand of Note

The first substantial pot we’ve seen in this heads-up match started with David Daneshgar limping his button and Scott Sitron checking his option. The flop came down K 8 2 and Sitron fired $100,000. Daneshgar raised to $380,000 and got a call.

The turn was the T and Sitron opted to check. Daneshgar kept the pressure on with a $700,000 bet which was enough to force Sitron out of the hand.

Mano a Mano

Here are the new counts for the final two players, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Scott Sitron $4,220,000
David Daneshgar
$3,875,000

Heimiller Heimlich’d (Third)

Dan Heimiller has been eliminated, paving the way for heads-up play between Scott Sitron and David Daneshgar. Heimiller’s last hand began with a raise to $225,000 from the button. David Daneshgar got out of the way and Heimiller thought for a moment before announcing all-in.

It was about $1.6 million total and after some thought Daneshgar made the call. A T for Daneshgar was in great shape against Heimiller’s A 3. The flop rolled out J T 4 and things were looking bad for the all-in Heimiller.

The board finished out J 5 and that was all she wrote for Mr. Heimiller. He takes $275,695 for is third place finish.

Daneshgar Takes the Lead

In a big hand that was played entirely pre-flop David Daneshgar has taken the chip lead from Scott Sitron. It began with Daneshgar opening from the button to $250,000. Dan Heimiller called from the small blind but Sitron re-popped to $700,000 from the big blind.

Daneshgar thought for a few moments before announcing raise, making it $1.7 million total. Heimiller quickly got out of the way and, after a short dwell, Sitron did the same. Daneshgar is now up close to $3.5 million.

Level
27
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$4,039,500
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Final Table - Back from Dinner

The final three players are back from their one-hour dinner break and ready to continue the fight for the bracelet and the cash. Scott Sitron is the big chip leader and both Dan Heimiller and David Daneshgar have their work cut out for them.

Here are the chip counts as the cards get back in the air.

Scott Sitron $3,665,000
David Daneshgar
$2,750,000
Dan Heimiller$1,690,000
Level
27
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$2,693,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Three-Handed at the Final Table

We're down to the final three at this final table with the eliminations of Farzad Rouhani and Corwin Cole. Read on the for the details on those as well as the updated three-handed chip counts.

Players have just left for a one-hour dinner break. 

Sitron Steamrolling

Scott Sitron has a stranglehold on this final table and has almost as much as both his opponents combined. We saw a hand a few moments ago that started as a three-way limped pot with Dan Heimiller on the button.

The flop came down A A 2 and Sitron fired $225,000 from the small blind. David Daneshgar folded in the big blind and Heimiller called. The turn was the 5 and both remaining players checked. The river was the 6 and Sitron fired $500,000.

Heimiller made a bit of a pained call and turned over A 4. Sitron’s A 7 had him out-kicked and he raked a hefty pot.

Rouhani Ravaged (Fourth)

Farzad Rouhani already won one bracelet this summer and made it within sight of another here tonight. He’s been eliminated in fourth position and will take $231,584. He was getting relatively short and moved all-in for a total of $515,000.

Scott Sitron made the call and tabled T T which had Rouhani’s A 9 crushed. A ten hit the flop and put Sitron even further ahead in the hand. The turn and river were devoid of any miracles for Rouhani and he’s forced to abandon his seat at this final table.

Cole Crushed (Fifth)

Corwin Cole enjoyed a big chip stack for much of this final table but, unfortunately for him, he’s now on his way out the door. The blinds are really becoming a factor and Cole open-shoved all-in for $870,000 from the cut-off and Scott Sitron made the call from the big blind.

A 8 for Sitron had Cole’s 8 9 dominated and when an ace hit the flop things went from bad to worse. The turn failed to improve Cole’s hand and he was drawing dead going to the river. Cole is out in fifth position and will take $189,311.

Three on the Tree

Scott Sitron $3,700,000
Dan Heimiller
$2,190,000
David Daneshgar
$2,180,000
Level
26
Blinds
40000/80000
Ante
10000
Average Stack
$2,693,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Sitron Takes Control

The action keep getting wilder at this final table. Every time we think a competitor is headed for the rail, he fights back from having his back against the wall to give himself a second - or sometimes third or fourth - chance at winning a bracelet.

Cole Catches!

Corwin Cole has been one of the most active players at the table today and he's keeping that reputation alive. Luckily for him, he's also hanging on to his tournament life when he's up against the wall.

Case in point: Farzad Rouhani opened to $155,000 from the cutoff, and Cole shipped it for a full $940,000. Rouhani took his time making the call, but eventually he did so and showed A Q. Cole turned up 5 5 for the coin flip situation. Things looked bad for Cole on the A K 7 flop, but the 5 sent the crowd into heavy cheering. For his part, Cole sat in his seat completely stone-faced through the end of the hand.

The Name of the Game

Right now we’re seeing this table played out without many flops. Preflop re-raises are so large by now - generally somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000 or so - that it almost takes a stack commitment to make the call. Selective aggression is really the key at this point - not to mention good timing.

Sitron Surges

The chip has changed hands more than a dollar bill today. Our latest leader is Scott Sitron, who picked up a very nice pot a little while ago from Farzad Rouhani.

The action folded to Rouhani in the small blind, where he raised it up to $155,000. Sitron called in the big blind and the flop came down A 7 6. Rouhani led out for $230,000 and Sitron called. The turn came the 5, Rouhani checked, Sitron fired $350,000, and Rouhani called. The 3 on the river brought a check from Rouhani and a $1,300,000 all-in bet from Sitron. Rouhani gave the decision some consideration but eventually mucked his hand - only to have Sitron flash 10 9 for nothing more than a busted straight draw.

After that hand Rouhani was down to about $680,000, while Sitron claimed the biggest chip lead of the day at $2,800,000.

Flip Flop

After the big pot with Sitron, Farzad Rouhani managed to turn his situation right back around. David Daneshgar opened in the cutoff for $155,000, and Rouhani shoved from the big blind for another $495,000. Daneshgar took a while but eventually made the call with 7 5. Rouhani flipped up A K, which was good until the flop came down Q 7 10. The turn kept Daneshgar ahead with the 6, but the river brought the K to double Rouhani up to a little over $1,300,000.

Chip Counts off the Old Block

Here are your current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Level
25
Blinds
30000/60000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,615,800
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Return of the Five Musketeers

Our players have been back from a 20-minute break for a short time now, having taken a breather before getting back in the fast lane and trying to take each other out.

A Change in the Air?

The atmopshere at the final table is much the same as it was earlier in the day. We now have about 75 people in the stands, but several of those with seats in the No Limit Lounge are actually looking down behind the set at the tables still going in the Limit Hold’em Shootout. The crowd is still a far cry from the rowdy bunches we’ve seen for other events in the past, but they are beginning to get a little more enthusiastic when a big pot comes around. Good! The players certainly deserve their enthusiasm.

Heimiller Hanging Around

Dan Heimiller has been riding the short stack for the bulk of the day, but he managed to claw back some of the ground he needs to make up if he plans to win this event. At one point he took down four out of five pots, mostly through post-flop play.

The bad news for Heimiller is that right before the break he made an ill-timed big bet against David Daneshgar to drop a full two-thirds of his stack right back. Daneshgar had raised to $125,000 under the gun and Heimiller had called from the button to see the flop come down 10 8 5. Daneshgar led out for $205,000, and after some thought Heimiller made a raise to $500,000. Apparently Daneshgar sensed a little weakness, because he moved all-in pretty quickly. That got a fold from Heimiller, dropping him right back down to about $400,000 in chips.

Things got better for Heimiller right after the break, even though he got in behind with A 6 against Corwin Cole’s A 9. The flop was a beautiful 6 6 2, and he dodged running nines to climb back up to $900,000.

Chips Count in Large Amounts

Here are the current chip counts, as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Scott Sitron $2,215,000
Farzad Rouhani
$1,930,000
David Daneshgar
$1,830,000
Corwin Cole
$1,260,000
Dan Heimiller
$900,000

 

Level
24
Blinds
25000/50000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,615,800
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - The Five Musketeers

If the rest of the preliminary events here at the WSOP have been American highways, this one is the German autobahn - no speed limits allowed! The action continues to move right along, taking us down to just five contenders.

Zaichenko Zeroed! (7th)

Russia’s last hope in this event has been crushed mercilessly by the evil capitalist imperialist running dog pig, Scott Sitron.

When the action folded around to Andrey Zaichenko, he shoved all-in from the button for a hefty $770,000. The common wisdom says that a move like that only gets called by a monster hand, and that wisdom proved true when Sitron called with K K. Zaichenko rolled over 9 6. As bad as things looked before the flop, they looked even worse when the first three cards came down K Q 2. The 9 left Zaichenko drawing dead, sending him home in 7th place with $112,116.

Matros Mashed! (6th)

After dropping down to the bottom of the leaderboard, Matt Matros got aggressive in position and managed to stay ahead of the blinds and antes. Sooner or later he was bound to get into a confrontation - and he did just that against his nemesis from earlier, Corwin Cole.

Cole opened with A 9 under the gun for $125,000 and made the call when Matros shipped it for $690,000. Matros flipped up A Q, leaving him in great shape, but the flop was a nightmare of K 9 4. Matros still had three outs twice, but the turn brought the 10 and left him drawing dead. He collects $148,875 for his sixth place finish.

Rouhani Claims the Lead

Farzad Rouhani came in with the shortest of the nine stacks at the table, but he's been very active today and as a result has vaulted into the chip leader's position. He's picked up several small pots from Corwin Cole in the last orbit or two to put him in the lead.

Chip Counts and the Beast

Here are your current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Farzad Rouhani
$2,310,000
Scott Sitron
$2,195,000
Corwin Cole
$2,090,000
David Daneshgar
$1,475,000
Dan Heimiller
$455,000
Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,615,800
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Seven Is Our Lucky Number

Just as we expected, the quick pace of play has continued throughout the last hour. It’s like these guys are trying to knock each other out. Are they playing for money or something?

Courtney: No Love! (8th)

They say that if you’re going to win a tournament, you have to win your coin flips. That’s especially true when your entire stack is in the middle like Jeff Courtney’s was a few minutes ago, when he held J J against Farzad Rouhani’s A Q. The bad news for Courtney was the queen on the flop, which gave Rouhani the lead in the hand. The board ran out full of bricks and Courtney took a walk to the cage to collect his eighth place prize of $84,546.

Daneshgar Doubles!

David Daneshgar took a big hit earlier when he ran his kings into Dan Heimiller’s aces, but he caught a good break a few minutes ago to climb back into the thick of things. Andrey Zaichenko opened for $105,000 and Daneshgar shoved for his last $360,000; Zaichenko called with A J, and Daneshgar flipped up 8 8. The flop was harmless, but 8 on the turn was a thing of beauty for the short stack, leaving Zaichenko drawing dead and boosting Daneshgar to almost $750,000 in chips.

Cole Comes Back, Mutilates Matros

When two big stacks go head-to-head, it’s bound to get ugly for somebody.

Corwin Cole opened the betting for $100,000 in the cutoff and Matt Matros called out of the small blind. The flop came down A K 6 and Cole led out for $135,000. Matros check-raised to $400,000 total and made the call when Cole shipped it. It was a cold deck for sure: Cole held 6 6 for the flopped set, while Matros had Q J for the flush draw and Broadway straight draw. Matros had plenty of outs going to the turn, but when it came the A he found himself drawing dead.

Matros was down to under $500,000 after that hand, while Cole crept up over $1,800,000.

The Chip Counts of Monte Cristo

Here are your current chip counts, according to WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Corwin Cole
$1,865,000
Farzad Rouhani
$1,665,000
Scott Sitron
$1,590,000
David Daneshgar
$1,005,000
Andrey Zaichenko $845,000
Dan Heimiller
$595,000
Matt Matros
$480,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$1,154,143
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
07/02/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 52 - Insert Witty Headline Here

A full hour has passed and we still haven't lost anyone. That doesn't mean there hasn't been a fair bit of action, though. The leaderboard continues to shift and we don't expect things to slow down any. 

Do They Give Away JV Bracelets?

If the atmosphere at the $50,000 HORSE event was akin to an NBA Finals game, the atmosphere around today’s final table is more like a junior varsity pre-season scrimmage. There are only about 40 or 50 people in the stands, about the same size crowd as we’ve been getting standing on the ropes outside of the final tables played out to the side of the ESPN set.

When someone wins a pot, the spectators aren’t really going crazy. Things are subdued, to put it lightly, and we can only figure that the presence of Ante Up For Africa is having an impact on how many people are watching these players vie for one of the last bracelets of the 2008 WSOP. It’s a good thing all those empty seats aren’t being broadcast on television somewhere.

Cole Come Tumblin’ Down?

Corwin Cole came in to this final table with the chip lead, but he relinquished that position just a little while ago even though he didn’t make any mistakes. The big drop came courtesy of Andrey Zaichenko, who shipped it for $379,000 from the small blind after Cole opened for $75,000. Cole did the math and made the call with A 10, finding himself ahead of Zaichenko’s K J. The A K 5 flop was a good one for Cole and the 9 left him in the lead, but when the river came the K he doubled up his opponent and dropped back to near $1,000,000 in chips.

I’ll Take The Hei-miller Road

There’s nothing better when you’re holding pocket aces than seeing a ton of action in front of you. That’s the spot Dan Heimiller found himself in a little while ago, and when he shipped it David Daneshgar made the call with pocket kings. The board brought no drama, meaning Heimiller doubled up and Daneshgar was left as the new short stack.

Chip Counts Rising

Here are your current chip counts as reported by WorldSeriesOfPoker.com:

Matt Matros
$1,417,000
Scott Sitron
$1,308,000
Corwin Cole
$1,293,000
Dan Heimiller
$1,042,000
Andrey Zaichenko
$897,000
Jeff Courtney
$895,000
Farzad Rouhani
$809,000
David Daneshgar
$434,000

 

Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$1,009,875
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Event 52, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2008-06-30
Final Day
2008-07-02
Buy In
$1,500
Entrants
2693
Prize Pool
$3,675,945
First Prize
$625,443

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 David Daneshgar $625,443
2 Scott Sitron $385,974
3 Dan Heimiller $275,695
4 Farzad Rouhani $231,584
5 Corwin Cole $189,311

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