Dan 2 Kraj
Dan 2 Kraj
On Tuesday, the remaining 170 players in a 550-player field returned for ten more one-hour levels of play in the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. By the end of that time, which rolled into the early Wednesday morning hours, just 23 remained with Jeff Madsen and his stack of 661,000 leading the way.
Madsen, the three-time bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year, may be in the best position to make a run at the $633,341 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet, but there are some other big stacks nipping at his heels including Jay Conley (592,000), Brian Yoon (587,000), Josh Bergman (553,000) and Matt Davenport (543,000), who round out the top five.
Day 2 began with everyone looking to crack the money at the top 56; however, 114 players needed to fall before that happened. Among those to leave empty handed were Isaac Baron, Dan Heimiller, Fabian Quoss, Jennifer Tilly, Jason Mercier, Dan Shak, John Juanda, Amanda Musumeci, Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov, Sorel Mizzi, and Dario Sammartino, who didn’t even show up for Day 2 and simply let his stack be blinded out.
As for Mizzi, he fell in frustrating fashion when his pocket kings were cracked by 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel. After dinner, the field was down to 57 players and on the money bubble. It took awhile for it to burst, but it finally did when in Level 17 (2,000/4,000/500) when Madsen opened for a raise in middle position, and the big blind shoved all in for about 60,000. Madsen called, and after actions at the other tables had ended, the players revealed their cards.
Madsen's hand held up easily as the board came , and the remaining players were all guaranteed a minimum payday of $9,642.
From there, the in-the-money eliminations came quick and included Brent Wheeler (56th - $9,6420, Steven Kerr (47th - $11,141), Michael Mizrachi (44th - $11,141), Steven Silverman (43rd - $11,141), Eric Baldwin (38th - $12,847), Jonathan Duhamel (37th - $12,847), Aaron Massey (31st - $15,148), Dan O’Brien (28th - $15,148), and Nick Schulman (26th - $15,148).
While dozens fell a pack of notables managed to survive the fracas including Sam Trickett (456,000), Nick Grippo (413,000), Josh Arieh (385,000), David Peters (314,000), Sam Stein (289,000), Sylvan Loosli (285,000), Tony Cousineau (281,000), Mustapha Kanit (274,000), Dan Smith (138,000) and Olivier Busquet (118,000).
Day 3 action is set to get underway at 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations through ten more levels of play. Until then, check out this video featuring some WSOP trivia:
In one of the last hands of the night, and shotly after Giuseppe Pantaleo fell in 25th place in unknown action, Ludovic Riehl shoved all in for 140,000 from the cutoff. Michael Rocco moved all in over the top from the button, the blinds folded, and the cards were turned up.
Riehl had some serious kicker issues, but he found what he was looking for on the flop, though Rocco did pick up a flush draw. The turn was safe enough for Riehl, but the river wasn't. Rocco hit his flush and Riehl was eliminated in 24th place.
Given that Pantaleo and Riehl fell after the last hands had been called, there was no redraw. That will be done later tonight after the bagging and tagging process.
The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
Action folded around to a short-stacked Nick Schulman in the small blind and he moved all in for 76,000. Timo Pfutzenreuter was in the big blind and opted to defend.
Schulman was drawing to two live cards, but the didn't contain either of them. The turn took away some of Schulman's outs as Pfutzenreuter picked up a flush draw, and that flush actually came in when the peeled off on the river.
Schulman fell in 26th place and secured a $15,148 payday.
Kirill Rabtsov got his last 80,000 or so all in preflop and found himself between a rock and Tony Cousineau.
Rabtsov's best chance of survival was to catch a ten, but that didn't happen as the board ran out .
Meanwhile, both Dan O'Brien and David Fhima busted in 28th and 27th place respectively for $15,148 each.
Josh Bergman got his stack of 191,000 all in preflop holding the and was in bad shape against the of Nick Schulman. Bergman was ready to walk out the door, but then he flopped the stone cold nuts on the flop. The turn gave Schulman a flush draw, but the useless peeled off on the river.
Fortunately for Schulman he was able to triple up to 88,000 shortly thereafter.
Ludovic Riehl moved all in for 71,000 under the gun and Eric Froehlich called him from the small blind.
It was another of those classic race situations, and again the pocket pair would hold after the board ran out .
Nick Grippo opened for 17,000 from the hijack only to have Timo Pfutzenreuter three-bet to 41,000 from the big blind. Grippo responded by moving all in for 215,000 and Pfutzenreuter made the call.
It was a race, and Grippo was looking to hold to extended his tournament life. That's just what he did as the board ran out . Ship the double to Grippo.