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Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

He'll Put a "Spell" On You

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We just spotted Praytush Buddiga over in the black section. He may not be a household name in the poker world just yet, but that's because he's only 22 years old.

Buddiga was pretty famous as a 13-year-old though when he won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2002. He won $12,000 for correctly spelling the word "prospicience" which means foresight.

We actually had the prospicience to peg Buddiga as a player to watch when he played in his first WSOP event of the summer, the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. He made it to the second round of that shootout good for a cash of $4,998 and has cashed in two other events this summer including a 40th place finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event good for $14,914.

We'll be keeping our eyes on Buddiga and perhaps we'll even test his spelling skills if we get the chance.

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Slow Start for Harrington


Dan Harringto raised to 300 from late position and was called by the cutoff and the small blind to see a flop of {6-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} which was checked around, as was the {10-Diamonds} turn.

On the {9-Spades} river, it was checked to the cutoff a third time and he bet 550, the small blind folded but Harrington made the call - only to be shown {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for a rivered two pair. Not a great start for the former Main Event champion but there's a long way to go yet.

Dan Harrington
Dan Harrington
28,300 -1,700

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Forrest Continues to Slide


Action folded to the player in the cutoff and he raised to 300, which Ted Forrest called from the big blind. When the flop fell {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{9-Spades}, Forrest check-called a bet of 350, and the {K-Spades} appeared on the turn.

Both players checked to see the {Q-Hearts} follow on the river. Forrest was first to act and bet 950, which was quickly raised to 2,750 by the cutoff. Forrest made the call only to muck when the cutoff showed {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for a flopped full house.

Ted Forrest
Ted Forrest
14,000 -5,500

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Timoshenko Off to Hot Start

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Yevgeniy Timoshenko has been seen scooping a pot nearly every time we walk by his table.

Just now, the board read {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{4-Hearts} and the player in the small blind led into two opponents, including Timoshenko in the big blind position, for 625. Timoshenko thought for a bit before raising to 2,400. The opponent in position got out of the way and the initial bettor folded as well.

With that pot Timoshenko chips up to 48,000.

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Potter Needs No Showdown


Jason Potter had taken a small hit to his stack early on in this level, but he's now back up to just over 28,000 after this hand played out on 284.

The player in the UTG +1 position raised to 250 and another player in middle position called, as well as Potter from the hijack position and the player in the small blind to make it four-handed to the flop of {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}.

The other three checked to Potter, who led out for 750, but only the small blind came along to the turn of the {8-Clubs}, which both players checked before the small blind checked again on the river of the {A-Spades}, but folded after Potter opened for 750.

Jason Potter
Jason Potter
28,400 -1,600

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Gromenkova Gets Aggressive


The action folded around to 2008 WSOP Ladies Event champion Svetlana Gromenkova on table 288, who raised to 350 from middle position. Another player in late position called, but then Roberto Romanello re-raised to 1,600.

Gromenkova came back with a four-bet worth 3,350, forcing the late position out of the way before Romanello called, making it heads-up to the flop of {Q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. From there, Romanello folded after Gromenkova fired out 6,000.

Svetlana Gromenkova
Svetlana Gromenkova
27,800 -2,200
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
gb 24,800 -5,200

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Lee Cracks Aces . . . Again!


After an under-the-gun player raised to 275 and received three callers, Bernard Lee called from the big blind to make it five-way action to the {A-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop. The UTG continuation bet 1,000, only Lee called, and the {6-Diamonds} hit the turn, which both players checked.

The {J-Clubs} river saw Lee lead out for 1,725, and the UTG call with {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}; however, Lee rolled over {5-Spades}{3-Clubs} for a straight and the win. For those keeping counts, Lee has managed to crack aces twice in the last hour of play!

Bernard Lee
Bernard Lee
37,000 3,000

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The WSOP in the 1970s

Chad_Holloway • Level 1: 50-100, 0 ante

We mentioned 1978 World Champ Bobby Baldwin earlier, and we thought that might be our opening to present you with the following charts that highlight the WSOP in the 1970s. It's no wonder Baldwin is labeled a living legend, considering he graces all three charts:

Top 10 1970s WSOP Most Money Won

PlacePlayerMoney Won
1Doyle Brunson$776,250
2Bobby Baldwin$458,500
3Johnny Moss$366,150
4Hal Fowler$270,000
5Sailor Roberts$245,850
6Puggy Pearson$219,200
7Billy Baxter$155,000
8Perry Green$154,800
9George Huber$114,000
10Bobby Hoff$108,000

Top 10 1970s WSOP Most Bracelets

1Johnny Moss7
2Doyle Brunson6
3Bones Berland5
4Puggy Pearson4
Bobby Baldwin4
6Perry Green3
Lakewood Louie3
Bill Boyd3
Jimmy Casella3
106 players tied2

Top Six 1970s WSOP Most Cashes

PlacePlayer# of Cashes
1Johnny Moss9
2Doyle Brunson6
Puggy Pearson6
Bones Berland6
5Bobby Baldwin5
610 Players Tied3