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Poker News: July 15th, 2010

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HEADLINE: Day 10 of the World Series of Poker main event

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Two-time World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan was eliminated from the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event Thursday after gambling strong pocket pairs twice against pocket aces, the game's best starting hand.

"One of those things came out of the freezer," said Chan, who won the main event in 1987 and 1988 and has 10 gold bracelets at the series.

The legendary card player immortalized in the 1998 movie "Rounders" lost the last of his chips with pocket jacks. The community cards missed Chan and his opponent, and the aces held.

Chan started the day ninth in chips with 205 players remaining, but lost most of them soon after the sixth session started with pocket kings.

Chan won $57,102 for 156th place in the tournament that started with 7,319 players. The top prize is $8.94 million, with each entry into the tournament costing $10,000.

STUD OF THE DAY: Robert Pisano of Las Vegas, who had less than 2.2 million in chips to start the day but took the lead after calling Chan's kings with aces. Pisano built up even more chips just before Chan was eliminated against a different opponent, after he caught a 10 on the turn for two pair.

BUSTED OUT: Chan; online sensation Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond; poker professional Dragan Galic, with two cashes at the series each of the last two years; Tommy Venus, who has played in the series since 1978.

UP NEXT: Between seven and nine tables resume play Friday and play down to the tournament's last three tables.

POKER TALK: Call the clock: When a player thinking about his or her next move is pressed by an opponent to make a decision, calling on a tournament official to force a move in one minute or less. Galfond faced a bet of 128,000 chips and took more than 10 minutes to decide his next move. His opponent threatened to call the clock, and Galfond finally decided to move all in. He was eliminated with pocket sixes as the opponent held pocket jacks.

HE SAID WHAT? "I'm just a donkey and you can't bluff a donkey. That's the first thing they taught me in poker." — Jean-Robert Bellande, a poker professional and former "Survivor" contestant after calling a 325,000-chip bet with just a pair of tens. Bellande won after his opponent showed an ace high.

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