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Day 1 of Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball is in the books. The first day of the 16th event of the 2014 World Series of Poker drew 348 entries. Of the 348 that registered on Day 1, only 54 survived.
After ten 60-minute levels on Day 1, leading the pack was Mike Leah with 91,800. Other top stacks include Brian Tate (90,000) and Captain Tom Franklin (70,000).
If he were to win, this would be Leah’s first WSOP bracelet. Earlier this year Leah won back-to-back WSOP circuit rings on the same day at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Leah has 21 career WSOP cashes totalling $302,00.
In previous years, the lowest buy-in triple draw events were $2,500. The lower buy-in allowed more recreational and amateur players to try their luck in one of poker’s more popular variants. Last year’s event only drew 282 players creating a prize pool of $641,550. Eli Elezra won that bracelet and a first-place prize of $173,236.
This year’s prize pool totalled $469,800 with the champion earning $124,510. Just 36 players will make the money and a min-casher will take home $2,767. This event is sure to grow in popularity.
There are two ladies standing; Ronit Chamani and Kathy Dever. Joining them on Day 2 will be Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Layne Flack, Andrey Zaichenko, Daniel Idema, Todd Brunson, Bill Chen, and Dan Smith
There will be no repeat champion this year, Eli Elezra busted late in the day. Some other notable players unsuccessful in surviving Day 1 include Daniel Negreanu, who jumped into the mix moments after finishing runner-up in the $10K 2-7 Single Draw Championship, Phil Ivey, Calvin Anderson, Ami Barer, David Williams, Dylan Linde, Joe Serock, Antonio Esfandiari, George Danzer, Shaun Sheikhan, Fabrice Soulier, Phil Galfond, and recent bracelet winner Justin Bonomo.
Play will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Amazon room where we will look to play down to a final table or another 10 levels. Be sure to follow along PokerNews as we bring you all of Day 2’s big hands and bust outs.
Vasili Firsau opened and action folded around to Mike Leah in the big blind. Leah raised and Firsau called. Leah drew one, Firsau drew two.
In the second round Leah maxed out the betting with a four-bet and Firsau called. Leah stood pat and Firsau drew one.
In round three, Leah checked, Firsau bet, Leah raised, and Firsau putting himself all in. Both players stood pat and Leah won the pot with
The remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.
Mike Leah and Joseph Cheong were heads-up after the final draw. Leah had pat since 1st draw and bet out each round. Cheong had followed along each round and both players checked the final draw. Leah tabled and Cheong threw his cards in the muck.
Brian Tate and an opponent both drew two cards, and Tate called a bet. Tate's opponent took two cards on the second draw, Tate called for two more, and then called another bet.
Both players took one card on the final draw, Tate called a third bet, and the player motioned that Tate was good. He showed for a very smooth ten-eight, and his opponent flashed what appeared to be a pair.
Barry Greenstein came in for a raise, Bill Chen called in position, and Greenstein drew two cards. Chen drew one. Greenstein check-called a bet, and the exact same action took place on the second draw.
On the final draw, Greenstein pitched one and Chen stood pat. Greenstein check-folded to a bet, showing for a straight, and Chen revealed a smooth nine.
Joseph Cheong raised in the hijack seat, Mike Leah called on the button, a player in the small blind called, and Vasili Firsau defended his big blind.
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The action checked to Cheong after the first draw, and he tossed out a bet. All three of his opponents called, and the action checked to him once again after the second draw. He bet, Leah raised, and the other two players folded. Cheong called.
Before Leah checked his final card Cheong tossed out a bet, and Leah grimaced before committing a call. Cheong tabled , and Leah mucked.
John Monnette, who is often referred to as "Angry John," just left the tournament area in a not-so-happy manner, and it was all thanks to one of the big stacks, Todd Bui.
Bui had raised before the final draw to get Monnette all in, and Monnette called. Both players took one card, and Monnette revealed he made an ace, but those are high in this game. Bui showed a jack, and he won the pot.
"You raised me with a straight draw?" commented Monnette. "You think you were ahead or something?" he added as he grabbed his belongings before exiting the tournament room.
Bui mentioned the comments to the rest of the table and stacked up his new chips to move to 67,500.