Event #1: €2,680 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

A Few Hellmuth Pots

Phil Hellmuth raised to 3,000 on the button, and the small blind made it 7,000 to play before Hellmuth peeled one off in position. The action was checked through to the river on a board of {A-Hearts} {J-Clubs} {7-Spades} {10-Hearts} {K-Spades} and Hellmuth bet 11,000 to win the pot.

In the next hand Hellmuth raised to 3,000 in the cut-off and Jonathan Maisonneuve moved all-in from the big blind. It was 4,300 more for Hellmuth.

"You got me this time but I have to call," said the Poker Brat.

Maisonneuve{A-Diamonds} {6-Clubs}
Hellmuth{K-Hearts} {7-Spades}

Board: {J-Spades} {8-Hearts} {2-Clubs} {5-Hearts} {3-Diamonds}

A double up for Maisonneueve. It is pretty impossible to work out the hellmuth stack with any accuracy because it is literally all over the place but we cannot be too far away from 175,000

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 175,000 5,000
Jonathan Maisonneuve
Jonathan Maisonneuve
18,000 -18,250

Taguri: Phil HellmuthJonathan Maisonneuve

Jetten Still Strong

Peter Jetten
Peter Jetten

Peter Jetten is one of the big guns still in the hunt for the first WSOPE bracelet. After being very close in 2008 when he finished second in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha he's probably very eager to take this one down.

We just saw {Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs} on the table in a pot between Jetten and Azusa Maeda. After the Canadien bet 16,000 into the 22,000 pot he got his opponent to fold. Jetten is now close to the 100,000 mark while Maeda is also having a great day, he's up to 111,000.

Azusa Maeda jp
Azusa Maeda
jp 111,000 53,000
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 96,000 1,000

Taguri: Azusa MaedaPeter Jetten

Alexander Salabaschew Joins the Hundred Club

Adrian Allain raised to 2,200 from the hijack and Alexander Salabaschew called in the small blind. The flop was {7-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {2-Clubs} and Salabaschew check-called a 2,700 bet. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and once again Salabaschew check-called, this time 4,100. The river was the {J-Spades} and both players decided they had finished their action and Salabaschew won the pot.

Salabaschew{9-Clubs} {9-Diamonds}

Salabaschew is one of this players who doesn't like to make things easy for us. His stack is not easy to count but we believe he has around 100,000.

Alexander Salabaschew
Alexander Salabaschew
100,000 42,000
Adrien Allain fr
Adrien Allain
fr 50,000 17,500

Taguri: Alexander SalabaschewAdrien Allain

One Table Before the Money

• Nivel 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

At the moment, we've got 42 players remaining with 36 players getting paid. This is a six-max tournament so we need to lose one more full table in order for the rest to cash. The first payout level will be €4,536.

Only One Kenney Left!

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

There is only one Kenney left in event #1, as Bryn Kenney has just been eliminated at the hands of Matan Krakow.

There was a five-way flop that looked like this - {J-Clubs} {6-Spades} {5-Hearts}. Four players checked to Bryn Kenney who was seated on the button and he bet 3,700. Adrien Allain and Shawn Buchanan both called before Matan Krakow moved all-in for 27,000. Kenney made the call and Allain and Buchanan decided to let them have this one dance together.

Krakow{8-Spades} {7-Clubs}
Kenney{6-} {5-}

Kenney was ahead and was looking good for a double up until the {4-Hearts} turn gave Krakow the straight sending Kenney spinning out of the competition.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 78,000 22,000
Matan Krakow il
Matan Krakow
il 58,000 30,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us Eliminat

Taguri: Bryn KenneyMatan Krakow

Benyamine Still in the Running

One of the most accomplished French tournament players, David Benyamine, is still in the running here in Cannes. In the summer of 2008 Benyamine won his first and only WSOP Bracelet in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split for an amount of $535,687. Benyamine has been quite so far in this tournament but with the money nearing he's still hovering around the average stack.

We just saw him in a hand against Dmitry Motorov where the board read {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} when both players decided to check. The turn was de {Q-Clubs} and Motorov bet out 3,100. Benyamine counted out a raise and threw in 7,700. This was enough to get Motorov to fold his cards. Benyamine has around 58,000 chips.

David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 59,000 5,000

Taguri: David Benyamine

Daniel Negreanu Has Been Eliminated

Daniel Negreanu busts at the hands of Benveniste
Daniel Negreanu busts at the hands of Benveniste

Daniel Negreanu has been eliminated by Bruno Benveniste who is now our chip leader.

There was a raise and cold call before the action fell to Daniel Negreanu and Bruno Benveniste in the blinds, and both players made it a four-way flop. When the dealer delivered it there were more clubs than you would find in Greg Normans garage.

Flop: {10-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {3-Clubs}

Negreanu checked, Benveniste took the betting lead and when it folded around to Negreanu he moved all-in for around 40,000. Benveniste snap-called and we had a showdown in a huge pot.

Benveniste{J-Clubs} {8-Clubs}
Negreanu{3-Diamonds} {3-Hearts}

Negreanu was desperate for the board to pair but the luck he needed never materialise and Negreanu left event #1.

Bruno Benveniste fr
Bruno Benveniste
fr 175,000 55,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca Eliminat

Taguri: Bruno BenvenisteDaniel Negreanu

Big Swings for Bryn Kenney

Bryn Kenney just doubled up and we got the details but shortly after this hand finished he told us about a hand he played earlier against Sam Chartier. "I three-bet and he cold-four-bet all-in" Kenney said about the hand that crippled him. Kenney called the shove with tens and was in good shape against pocket fours. A four popped out on the river giving Chartier a set and leaving Kenney with just 11,000 chips.

Moments later Bruno Benveniste raised from the under the gun position, Kenney shoved from the button for 10,800 and Beneviste called.

Bruno Benveniste{K-Spades}{7-Spades}
Bryn Kenney{A-Clubs}{A-Spades}

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Spades}{K-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} giving Kenney new hopes on a deep run. He's still well below average but there's more room to maneuver after this double up.

Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 45,000 -25,000
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 22,000 -13,000

Taguri: Bryn KenneyBruno Benveniste


Chip Count Sweep

Here is the state of play during the L10 break.

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 170,000 20,000
Bruno Benveniste fr
Bruno Benveniste
fr 120,000 22,000
Flavien Guenan
Flavien Guenan
105,000 -10,000
Casey Kastle si
Casey Kastle
si 100,000 -20,000
Brian Powell us
Brian Powell
us 98,000 34,000
Anton Wigg se
Anton Wigg
se 98,000 20,000
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
ca 95,000 25,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de
Marvin Rettenmaier
de 92,000 92,000
Guillaume Humbert
Guillaume Humbert
91,000 35,000
Sylvain Mazza fr
Sylvain Mazza
fr 83,000 71,325
Alessandro Speranza it
Alessandro Speranza
it 72,000 -6,000
Anatolii Ozhenilok ru
Anatolii Ozhenilok
ru 70,000 26,000
Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 70,000 42,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 67,000 -26,000
Tristan Wade us
Tristan Wade
us 66,000 -14,000
Freddy Deeb lb
Freddy Deeb
lb 64,000 22,000
Azusa Maeda jp
Azusa Maeda
jp 58,000 -8,000
Johan Sundell
Johan Sundell
58,000 -9,000
Michael Friedrich
Michael Friedrich
55,000 -1,000
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 54,000 20,225
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 45,000
Marton Czuczor hu
Marton Czuczor
hu 39,000 5,750
James Mitchell gb
James Mitchell
gb 28,000 -6,150
John Racener us
John Racener
us 24,000 -4,000