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Tomer Berda Wins WSOP 2010 $2,500 NLHE

6 July 2010, By:
Event #56 of the 2010 WSOP was the $2,500 NL Holdem Event. 1,941 players turned out for the last preliminary tournament before the WSOP Main Event.
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Event #56 of the 2010 WSOP was the $2,500 NL Holdem Event. 1,941 players turned out for the last preliminary tournament before the WSOP Main Event.

Day 1 saw the field shrink from 1,941 players to just 502. Among those that cashed were Jamie Gold, Victor Ramdin, Dan Heimiller, David Singer, Dan Shak and James Mackey.

PokerStars Italy pro Salvatore Bonevena was the chip leader by over 1 Million chips heading into final-table play.

Here's how the final nine started play:

Seat 1: Mike Wattel - 365,000
Seat 2: Salvatore Bonavena - 4,505,000
Seat 3: Ali Alawadhi - 670,000
Seat 4: Joseph Curcio - 1,205,000
Seat 5: Tomer Berda - 3,410,000
Seat 6: Bryan Porter - 740,000
Seat 7: Alfonso Amendola - 910,000
Seat 8: Hungcheng Hung - 740,000
Seat 9: Vladimir Kochelaevskiy - 2,025,000

While Bonavena entered the final table with a strong lead, he was unable to capitalize on it and wound up finishing in 4th place. Heads-up play was between Vladimir Kochelaevskiy and Tomer Berda.

Kochelaevskiy led at the start of heads-up play with 9.8 million chips to just 4.8 million for Berda.  Sometimes when people say that heads-up play went back and forth, that's just a fancy way to explain a relatively uneventful match.

In this case however, it was truly a back-and-forth match. Both players held the chip lead several times and the leads swung wildly.

The turning point came just before the start of the 120k and 240k blind level. Berda was all-in and behind with A-10 against the pocket nines of Kochelaevskiy. The flop fell A-J-9 to give Kochelaevskiy a set and seemingly a stranglehold on the bracelet.

Unfortunately for him, the turn fell an eight and the river a queen to give Berda a running straight and at this point, Berda was sitting with almost 12 million in chips. Kochelaevskiy had about 10 big blinds left.

Shortly thereafter, Kochelaevskiy moved all-in with 10c-6c from the button and Berda made the call with an A-4.

The flop fell A-2-6, hitting both players. Kochelaevskiy needed a six or a ten to win. The turn was a three and the river a seven to give Berda the bracelet.

Tomer Berda is the event #56 winner. In addition to the last preliminary bracelet of this WSOP, he took home $825,976.

Final table payouts:


Tomer Berda



Vladimir Kochelaevskiy



Bryan Porter



Salvatore Bonavena



Mike Wattel



Hungcheng Hung



Ali Alawadhi



Joseph Curcio



Alfonso Amendola


From this point on, we will bring you recaps of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Stay tuned to as we bring you day by day recaps from the Main Event all the way up to the November Nine.


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