Dan 2 Kraj
Dan 2 Kraj
The $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship has been cut down to the final 10 and Greg Debora leads the way with 749,000 in chips. Debora, from Toronto, Canada, faces a tough crowd as he chases his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet on Day 3.
The biggest name at Saturday's final table is Bill Chen. Chen won two bracelets at the 2006 WSOP when he took down the $3,000 Limit Hold'em event and the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Short-Handed event. Top-notch high-stakes cash-game player Brian Tate sits in second place heading into the final day, followed by Samuel Golbuff and Paul Mannoni.
Norwegian poker pro Jan Sjavik sits in fifth place, and he's been in spots like this before. Sjavik has five WSOP final tables, with the first one dating back to 2001. Four of those were limit hold'em events. Mikail Tulchinskiy, third-place finisher in the 2009 European Poker Tour Grand Final, David Olson, Robert Como, and Gabriel Nassif are also still in the hunt, but on the shorter side of things. Nassif already has a third-place finish at this year's WSOP in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
The second day of play today went at a rapid pace. Top pros like James Obst, Mike Watson, Eli Elezra, Nick Schulman, and Mike Leah all fell short of the money, while a plethora of others remained in contention. With the money in sight, and just three tables remaining, the field lost Paul Volpe, Ronnie Bardah, Antonio Esfandiari, JC Tran, and George Danzer.
Eventually, it was Yakov Hirsch who bubbled the event after more than 90 minutes of bubble play.
With two tables remaining, eliminations followed each other in quick succession. Kyle Ray and David Chiu busted almost immediately after the redraw, and Kenny Shei and Cathleen Tran didn't last much longer. Towards the end of the night, Debora and Tate dominated, which translated into big stacks for both players going into Saturday.
Make sure to tune back in with us at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday as this championship event reaches its epic conclusion.
In the meantime, here's a video with Brian Rast to talk about the new partnership between 3Bet and One Drop, and also to discuss his participation in the Big One for One Drop this year.
The final hand of the night has been dealt, and the remaining 10 players are bagging up their chips to return tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time. Stay tuned for the recap from Day 2 of Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.
Greg Debora raised on the button, and Brian Tate called from the big blind. The flop came down , and Tate check-called a bet from Debora to see the land on the turn. Again, Tate check-called a bet.
After the completed the board on the river, Tate checked, Debora bet, and Tate check-raised. Debora called, but couldn't beat Tate's two pair with the .
Tate scooped the pot and moved to over 700,000 in chips. Debora was knocked back to 715,000, but still has a slight lead over Tate.
Jeff Thompson couldn't last much longer after getting crippled down to 26,000 in chips by Samuel Golbuff, and he has been eliminated in 11th place for $23,268.
On his final hand, action folded to Thompson in the small blind. He and Gabriel Nassif got all the money in preflop, and Thompson was at risk for his final 18,000 with the . Nassif had the .
The flop and turn came to keep Thompson in front, but the river card delivered the final blow. Nassif won the pot, eliminated Thompson, and moved to 275,000 in chips.
From the hijack seat, Greg Debora raised. Robert Como reraised from the button, and action folded back to Debora. He called, and the flop came down . Debora checked, Como bet, and Debora called.
On the turn, the landed, and Debora checked. Como bet, Debora check-raised, and Como called to see the land on the river. Debora bet, and Como folded.
Also in the hand of note was that Jeff Thompson folded from the big blind and left himself with 18,000 in chips.
Picking up the action on the turn, the board read between Jeff Thompson and Samuel Golbuff. Thompson check-called a bet on the turn, and then he also check-called a bet on the river from Golbuff. Golbuff showed quads with and won the pot.
Gabriel Nassif raised from the cutoff and Mikail Tulchinskiy called from the small blind after which Robert Como called from the big. The flop came down and both blinds checked to Nassif who bet. Both blinds called and the turn was the .
Tulchinskiy checked the turn and Como bet, Nassif folded and the Russian called. The river was the and both players checked. Tulchinskiy showed and mucked when Como tabled .