Event #38: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,519,200
Players 268

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 0

End of Level 25 Chip Counts


Valdemar Kwaysser 1,690,000
Konstantin Bucherl 1,640,000
James Calderaro 1,225,000
Dani Stern 1,125,000
Peter Jetten 820,000
Tom Marchese 775,000
Matt Marafioti 650,000


Blair Rodman Eliminated in 8th Place ($72,754)

Blair Rodman, 8th place
Blair Rodman, 8th place

The table folded around to the blinds where Valdemar Kwaysser opened the pot to 120,000 from the small. In the big, Blair Rodman thought it over for a moment and made the call to see a flop.

It came {J-Clubs} {K-Hearts} {7-Spades}, and Kwaysser continued out with another 135,000 chips. After another minute in the tank, Rodman announced an all-in raise for about 450,000 total, and Kwaysser quickly called. With Rodman at risk for his tournament life, the cards were on their backs:

Kwaysser: {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades}
Rodman: {K-Clubs} {J-Spades}

Matt Marafioti couldn't help himself. "Oh, what a f***ing cooler!" he practically yelled as the cards were turned over. The {7-Clubs} on the turn cued the handshakes, and Rodman was ushered out the door by a meaningless {9-Spades} on the river. For his eighth-place finish, he'll take home more than $70,000.

Tags: Blair RodmanValdemar Kwaysser



Suddenly, it's turned into the World Cup in here. As our floor supervisor Nikki Ivey began introducing our final tablists, each group of railbirds got their opportunity to let their voices be heard. By far the most vocal were Konstantin Bucherl's supporters, who broke into song, waved German flags and swilled beer. Peter Jetten and Dani Stern's groupies are rather excitable as well, and many of them are already on their third or fourth drink.

Hey, it's almost midnight and we've still got nine players left. Anything to elevate the mood!

Sam Stein Eliminated in 10th Place ($44,010)

Sam Stein, 10th place
Sam Stein, 10th place

After three full levels on the bubble, we have a final table.

Sam Stein opened for 140,000 from the button, Dani Stern set out a stack of green 25,000-denomination chips, setting him all-in for his last 75,000, and Stein made the call.

Stein {8-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Stern {A-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Stern flopped trips on the {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} board and Stein became our final table bubble boy, exiting in 10th place.

We've paused for a short break before the final table players are introduced.

Tags: Dani SternSam Stein