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2011 World Series of Poker

Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

Day 3 Completed

Posted 06-21-2011 12:18 GMT
Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Day 3 Completed

Eric Rodawig Wins Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship! ($442,183)

• Level 28: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante

Eric Rodawig started today as the chip leader by a fair distance and then never once relinquished the top spot. He was always above everyone else and even when he suffered a slight dip during the final table, he kept his nose in front of the rest of the field.

With 18 players coming back today, it was a quick jump into the money as it took less than 10 minutes for Jon Turner and Justin Smith to be eliminated having turned up for three days to take home no money. Cyndy Violette, Erik Seidel and Phil Laak all made the money while unlucky Frenchman Antony Lellouche was to be the bubble at our final table.

Ali Eslami was first to be knocked out of the final table having been the short stack coming in. Joe Tehan was next, despite managing to fold a full house on sixth street correctly, he got chopped up in one pot to leave himself dangerously short and busted disappointingly in seventh place. Phil Hellmuth was the shortest for much of the six-handed play, managing to find several double ups to bring himself up the leader board. Russian Mikhail Savinov, a limit-game specialist was next to be eliminated, followed by David Benyamine - another deep run for the Frenchman but he will have wanted another bracelet.

Four-handed saw Ted Forrest go from second place to virtually out when he called every street against Rodawig, only to muck when he was shown a simple pair of aces. Forrest then got scooped by Hellmuth soon after and ended up going out in fourth.

Three-handed play between Hellmuth, Rodawig and John Racener continued for an extended period of time but Rodawig always stayed in control as the other two vied for second position. Racener eventually lost out after losing consecutive significant pots to first Rodawig then Hellmuth leaving us with our heads up battle.

All eyes were on Hellmuth, but he faced a mountainous climb and was unable to get there, all in several times before finally Rodawig was able to scoop his man and win his first bracelet - the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship!

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 2nd Place ($273,233)

• Level 28: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth - 2nd place
Phil Hellmuth - 2nd place

After Eric Rodawig brought it in and Phil Hellmuth completed, Rodawig raised. Hellmuth got it in for 280,000 and Rodawig called.

Rodawig: {A-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}/{3-Clubs} - {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}/{K-Diamonds}
Hellmuth: {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}/{9-Hearts} - {5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades}

Facing Rodawig's two pair, Hellmuth was left with only three outs to keep his hopes for a 12th WSOP bracelet alive. The {J-Hearts} wasn't it, ending Hellmuth's run in second place for the second time this WSOP.

Hellmuth was gracious in defeat, telling Rodawig, "You played well." He received consolation from friends Huck Seed and Jean-Robert Bellande as the crowd gave him a rousing ovation.

Tags: Eric RodawigPhil Hellmuth

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Phil Hellmuth
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Phil Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {J-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} / {x-}
Eric Rodawig: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{A-Clubs} / {x-}

Rodawig had the bring in and Phil Hellmuth called, both checked fourth street before Rodawig fired fifth, sixth and seventh. Hellmuth called down but couldn't beat his opponent's {3-Spades}{J-Clubs}{8-Spades} for trip threes.

Eric Rodawig 4,755,000 1,065,000
Phil Hellmuth 295,000 -1,065,000

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Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth: {2-Hearts}{5-Clubs} / {5-Hearts}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} / {7-Diamonds}
Eric Rodawig: {J-Spades}{8-Clubs} / {A-Spades}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs} / {Q-Diamonds}

Phil Hellmuth was all in by fifth street and ahead against Eric Rodawig but the latter pulled out a queen on seventh to make a straight. Hellmuth now needed to make a low or full house otherwise he'd finish in second place. He picked up the {7-Diamonds} and it was back to the battle.

Soon after though...

Hellmuth: {x-}{x-} / {5-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} / {x-}
Rodawig: {x-}{x-} / {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} / {x-}

Hellmuth was all in by sixth and showing {4-Clubs}{2-Spades} and picked up the {3-Clubs} on the seventh to scoop as Rodawig flipped {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for only a lowly pair of fives.

Hellmuth is back in this.

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