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Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

The World Plays Poker

Shamus • Level 36: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante

Depending on how tonight concludes, this year's November Nine will see either seven or eight different countries represented among the final nine players, most likely a record for WSOP Main Event final tables. (Check out the profiles from earlier in the evening to see who is from where.)

A quick search back through the last decade shows the most countries represented at a single WSOP ME final table during the 2000s to have been six (in 2007).

2010 - U.S. (6), Canada (2), Italy (1)
2009 - U.S. (7), England (1), France (1)
2008 - U.S. (5), Canada (2), Denmark (1), Russia (1)
2007 - U.S. (4), Denmark (1), South Africa (1), Russia (1), Canada (1), England (1)
2006 - U.S. (8), Sweden (1)
2005 - U.S. (6), Australia (1), Ireland (1), Sweden (1)
2004 - U.S. (8), Sweden (1)
2003 - U.S. (8), Iran (1)
2002 - U.S. (6), England (2), Ireland (1)
2001 - U.S. (7), Spain (1), Germany (1)

In 2000, all nine of the final tablists were American.

Hewitt Jams


Ben Lamb opened to 1.2 million from the hijack seat, John Hewitt moved all in for 8.825 million on the button, and the action folded back to Lamb who folded as well.

Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 30,325,000 -1,350,000
John Hewitt
John Hewitt
11,275,000 875,000

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Lamb Check-Raises O'Dea


In middle position, Eoghan O'Dea raised to 1.2 million. Ben Lamb made the call from the small blind and the two saw the flop come down {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}. Lamb checked and O'Dea fired 1.3 million. Lamb check-raised to 3.25 million and won the pot. He's back over 30 million while O'Dea dropped to under 40 million.

Eoghan O'Dea ie
Eoghan O'Dea
ie 37,850,000 -2,550,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 31,675,000 4,950,000

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Giannetti Doubles

Matt Giannetti coudln't stand to watch
Matt Giannetti coudln't stand to watch

Matt Giannetti open-shoved his last 5.5 million from under the gun, and the action folded all the way to John Hewitt in the big blind. Upon sweating his cards, he ripped his hood off of his head, and went into the tank. He painstakingly called, and was in bad shape.

Giannetti: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Hewitt: {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Giannetti looked sick. Despite having way the best hand, he was pacing back and forth on the main stage, unable to look at the table. His friends David Williams and Nenad Medic tried to console him, but it was no use.

The dealer rapped the table, and delivered a flop of {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}.

Seemingly the entire crowd was rooting against Giannetti. A few Ukrainian gentlemen were yelling, "ace" with a thick accent, and other people were calling for running hearts.

"Jack of diamonds for a sweat," Medic joked from the rail.

The turn was the {5-Clubs}.

Giannetti's rail clapped loudly, knowing he was on the verge of a much-needed double up. The mothership fell silent right as the river was about to be dealt, and when the {6-Spades} hit the felt Giannetti's rail exploded.

He doubled to over 11 million chips, while Hewitt dropped to just 10.4 million.

Matt Giannetti us
Matt Giannetti
us 11,750,000 6,150,000
John Hewitt
John Hewitt
10,400,000 -4,375,000

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Another Final Table Bubble Break

Shamus • Level 35: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Another level down, and ten players still remain.

The reassembling of players around a single ten-handed table introduced a marked change from the fast pace of play we'd seen for most of the day. Indeed, the first hour of Level 35 saw relatively few hands even reach a flop, let alone make it to showdown. The group began to carry things further more frequently during the second hour, but most pots remained relatively small, not growing beyond the 2-3 million chip range.

Then came a hand between Martin Staszko and Phil Collins in which Staszko drew pocket jacks, led a ten-high flop, check-called a Collins bet on the turn, and checked down the river to earn a 5 million-plus chip pot. Soon after Collins scored about 5 million himself from Ben Lamb in a hand in which Collins check-raised the flop and then pushed Lamb out on the turn.

After that minor flurry, Staszko was in a virtual tie for the lead with Eoghan O'Dea, both hovering near the 40 million mark, with Lamb and Collins their closest challengers. Meanwhile, Matt Giannetti slowly sunk to the bottom of the counts, joining Badih Bounahra as the table's short stacks. The tight Bounahra did shove all in once just before the break, but got no takers. With the blinds moving to 250,000/500,000, neither is going to be able to wait around much longer.

So to Level 36 they'll go. Back in 10 minutes.

Bounahra Shoves


Pius Heinz raised from middle position to 900,000 and action folded to Badih Bounahra on the button. When play got to him, he almost immediately pushed all of his chips into the middle. Bounahra was all in for 7.35 million and everyone folded to his shove.

Pius Heinz de
Pius Heinz
de 19,625,000 -1,100,000
Badih Bounahra
Badih Bounahra
9,350,000 650,000

Tags: Pius HeinzBadih Bounahra