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It was a record-setting day for Phil Hellmuth at the 2014 World Series of Poker. He not only notched his 101st cash by making the money in Event #7 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz – a tournament that attracted 352 runners and created a prize pool of $475,200 – he also went on to make the final table, his 50th at the WSOP. Hellmuth, who won the razz event at the 2012 WSOP for his 12th bracelet, will return on Sunday second in chips, putting him in prime position to make a run at the $121,196 first-place prize and his 14th gold bracelet.
However, to capture it he’ll have to top one of the most stacked final tables the WSOP has ever seen. Greg Pappas, a poker industry veteran, will start the final table as chip leader with 391,500, while last year’s runner-up, David “Gunslinger” Bach sits in third with 295,000. Bach, the 2009 Poker Players’ Champion, seeks redemption by finishing one spot higher than he did last year.
The final table also includes Brandon Cantu (175,000) and Ted Forrest (171,000). The former is a two-time bracelet winner that finished third in the razz event Hellmuth won two years ago. The two butted heads numerous times at that final table, and leading up to this one they engaged in numerous verbal jousts while taking turns getting under the other’s skin. As for Forrest, he has five gold bracelets on his résumé including the 1993 WSOP $1,500 razz title, and he's in a good position to make a run at No. 6.
Brock Parker, also a two-time bracelet winner, is at the final table with 138,500, as are Yuebin Guo and Kevin Iacofano, who’re bringing up the rear with 90,000 and 45,500 respectively.
While those eight players were fortunate enough to make the final table, others weren’t quite so lucky. Day 2 saw 75 players return to action, but only 40 of them were slated to receive a payday. Among the 35 players to leave empty handed were defending champ Bryan Campanello, Michael Gathy, John Racener, Dan Kelly, Gary Benson, Ali Eslami, Mickey Appleman, Hoyt Corkins, David Chiu, and Bryan “The Icon” Micon, who actually finished as the bubble boy.
Once the bubble burst the in-the-money finishes came quick and included Phil Laak (40th - $2,575), Berry Johnston (39th - $2,575), James Obst (30th - $3,069), Ben Yu (21st - $3,659), Matt Waxman (19th - $3,659), Bill Chen (15th - $4,447), and Huck Seed (12th - $6,852).
The third and final day will get underway at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then for all the actions and eliminations. In the meantime, learn about some razz strategy with last year’s runner-up.
Brandon Cantu completed with a and received calls from Scott Adaska and Kevin Iacofano, who were both showing a . Cantu continued for 5,000 on fourth, Adaska raised to 10,000, and Iacofano folded. Cantu three-bet and Adaska called off his last 5,000.
Cantu: / /
Adaska: / /
Iacofano: (x-x) /
Cantu had made a 7-6-4-2-A low, which left Adaska drawing dead.
"Have fun. Thanks guys," he offered before exiting in ninth place. Adaska's elimination means we are now down to the final table of eight and play will be halted for the evening. Stay tuned for updated chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.
Greg Pappas completed with a showing and then called a raise to 10,000 from Yuebin Guo, who had an up. Pappas took the lead on fourth and fired out a bet, which Guo called. Pappas then bet 10,000 on the remaining streets and Guo called him down.
Pappas: / /
Guo had made an 8-6-4-2-A low on the river, but it was no good as Pappas had made an 8-5-4-3-A low on sixth street.
Brad Albrinck, who won the WSOP Circuit Cincinnati for $221,994 back in September, was just eliminated from the tournament by Brandon Cantu.
We missed the hand but Kevin Iacofano informed us that Albrinck fell after a raising war against Cantu that resulted in the former getting his chips in on fifth street. Albrinck ended up making a ten-seven low, but it was no good as Cantu wound up with a nine-eight low.
Frank Henderson, who won a WSOP gold bracelet back in 1989, had been nursing a short stack for quite some time before he finally found a hand he liked.
He completed with a and Brandon Cantu called with a . Phil Hellmuth, who won his first gold bracelet the same year Henderson won his, then raised to 10,000 with a of his own. Henderson made it 15,000 to go, Cantu folded, and Hellmuth made it 20,000 knowing Henderson only had 4,000 back. It went in and Hellmuth called.
Hellmuth: / /
Henderson: / /
Henderson wanted to see Hellmuth's last card first, and the "Poker Brat" followed etiquette and showed a to make a 7-5-4-2-A low. It was a dagger through Henderson's heart as it left him drawing dead and rendered his useless.
"I didn't put you on A-4-5 in that spot," 1996 WSOP champ Huck Seed said as his final words.
He was saying them to David Bach, who eliminated the two-time razz champ. We missed the hand, but from what we were told Seed started with A-3-8 and Bach A-4-5.
Bach ended up making a nine low by sixth, while Seed drew high cards and paired to be left drawing dead headed into the river. Seed will take home $6,852 for his 12th-place finish.