Live Events 2
Event #5: £10,350 WSOPE Championship No-Limit Hold'em

Event Info

Buy-in £10,000
Players 346

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000

Three for Lee and No-one Gets Bord


Hand #152: Ronald Lee was the recipient of the first post-dinner walk, as Bord got his breath back after his initial aggression flurry.

Hand #153: Lee on the small blind gave big blind Fabrizio Baldassari no such benefit, as he raised to 140k, prompting a fold.

Hand #154: Lee again, raising to 105k on the button. With that he won one hand in each posible table position.

Hand #155: Fabrizio Baldassari made it 125k to go, and James Bord moved all in for the second time in about five minutes. Again the initial raiser immediately threw his cards away and the short stack became slightly less so.

Hand #156: Lee raised to 140k, repopped to 450k by Baldassari in the big blind. First one to him post break.

Tags: Ronald LeeFabrizio BaldassariJames Bord

Three's a Crowd

James Bord
James Bord

Hand #149: On the first hand after the dinner break, James Bord raised it up from the small blind and Ronald Lee let it go.

Hand #150: Bord raised to 175,000 from the button to take the second pot.

Hand #151: Lee opened his button and Bord shoved all in. Lee quickly folded and Bord made it a trio of wins, much to the delight of the rail.

Tags: James bordRonald Lee

Back in Action


The dinner break is over and the cards are back in the air.

Dinner Break


With 20 minutes remaining on the clock, players are being treated to a well-deserved 90-minute dinner break - ample time for nippers!

Repeat Performance by Lee


Hand #148: Ronald Lee on the button, as is usual, raised to 105k. Just like last time in this configuration, small blind Fabrizio Baldassari reached for chips, and threw out a raise - to 275k. Back to Lee who, just like last time, repopped him - to 580k! Back in the decision-saddle and Baldassari turned to his rail with a wry smile, sighed, and gave it up.

Tags: Ronald LeeFabrizio Baldassari

Raising the Button


Hand #143: James Bord made it 145,000 from the small blind and Roland Lee folded from the big blind. This mammoth pot sent the rail into an explicable frenzy of celebration.

Hand #144: Bord raised his button to 125,000 and Fabrizio Baldassari called. Both players checked the {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, before Baldassari led for 100,000 on the {6-Hearts} turn. Bord called. Check, check on the {3-Hearts} river, the Italian taking it down with {Q-}{9-} for top pair.

Hand #145: Lee made it 145,000 from the button. Both opponents gave it up.

Hand #146: A trio of button raises, Baldassari this time picking up the blinds and antes with a raise to 155,000.

Hand #147: Bord raised slightly less, 120,000. No folds on this occasion - Lee reraised to 350,000. Bord folded.

Tags: Fabrizio BaldassariJames BordRonald Lee

He Can Do No Ron

Ronald Lee: accumulator
Ronald Lee: accumulator

Hand #141: Lee made it 140k preflop and after the one-hand hiatus it's back to Ron-based domination.

Hand #142: Lee on the button raised to 105k, this time prompting a reraise from Fabrizio Baldassari to 300k in the small blind. Lee thought about it for about as long as anyone has thought about any decision on this fast-paced final, and then fourbet it to 610k total. Few have challenged Baldassari's reraises so far, and he dealt with it by looking straight down at his chips (or the rail of the table) before finally glancing at Lee and gently swivelling on his chair. He let his hand go and Lee continues to ascend.

Tags: Ronald LeeFabrizio BaldassariJames Bord

4/5 For Lee


Hand #136: Ronald Lee wins with a preflop button raise, while Baldassari is still stacking Roland de Wolfe's final chips.

Hand #137: Walk for Lee (still 35k).

Hand #138: Lee raised to 140k in the small blind when button James Bord passed preflop. Baldassari sat still, furiously blinking for a few moments, but opted for a fold.

Hand #139: Back on the button (oh how fast it goes), Lee made it 105k to play. Still no one wanted to take him on, and a fourth preflop pot is added to Lee's towers.

Hand #140: Fabrizio broke with tradition and raised on the button himself, taking a set of blinds from the voracious Lee.

Tags: Ronald LeeFabrizio BaldassarJames Bord

Roland De Wolfe Eliminated in 4th Place (£278,945)

Roland de Wolfe
Roland de Wolfe

Hand #135: It seemed like it was just a matter of time before one of Roland De Wolfe's short stack shoves reached a showdown, and the clock finally chimed as De Wolfe moved in from the small blind and neighbour Fabrizio Baldassari made the call.

De Wolfe: {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Baldassari: {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

An uneventful {3-Clubs}{A-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} board (I willed a {10-Clubs} onto the turn, but to no avail) meant that De Wolfe was out in fourth.

De Wolfe is often regarded as a great chip-getter, but this week he proved his short stack abilities too by showcasing a never-say-die attitude that even Rocky would be proud off.

He's one of few triple crown winners in poker; the quadruple will have to wait.

Tags: Roland De Wolfe