Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix tournament started with 209 players out of the 477 that signed up, and after ten levels of play only 27 remain. Tomorrow we're going to see a hard fought battle between these players, all of which are trailing Joseph Couden, who's currently leading the pack with 303,300.
The day started slow, though last year's winner John Monnette was amongst the first to bust out. The money was nowhere near and lots of poker still needed to be played.
Big name pro's that fell short of the money included Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Gavin Smith, Vitaly Lunkin and Daniel Negreanu. The eventual money bubble only lasted a couple of hands since Matt Glantz was crippled down to just 500 chips a few hands earlier. He was all in on his big blind, and couldn't beat 2011 $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo bracelet winner Francesco Barbaro who made a flush.
One of the players that was also close to busting out, Jerrod Ankenman, grinded himself through a tough stretch after which he went on a serious heater. Ankenman won this event back in 2009 and could be looking at another title as he will return back with 215,900 on the final day, and a very good shot at his second bracelet.
Ylon Schwartz, winner of Event #27 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., reached the money in this event for the second year in a row, but fell short of a second bracelet as he busted in 40th place for $5,599. In the money we also lost high profile players Chris Bjorin, Noah Schwartz, Bruno Fitoussi and John D'Agostino, but there was also good news, because an amazing 14 bracelet winners are still left in the field.
Barry Greenstein is going for number four while Rep Porter, Steve Zolotow, Jeff Madsen, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller and Jennifer Harman will all try to get their third. Matt Hawrilenko, Cory Zeidman, Konstantin Puchkov, Michael Chow, Steve Sung, Donnacha O'Dea, Chris Viox and Ankenman all have one bracelet and look to add another to their resumé.
Players will be coming back tomorrow at 2:00 PM local time, and the goal is to play down to a winner. It will be a long day, but PokerNews will be with you all throughout the final stages of this tournament.
Just four more hands and the day will be done.
Daniel Idema just got eliminated in one of the final hands of the day by Joseph Couden.
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We caught the action on fifth street when Idema raised Couden's bet to 20,000 and he called. On sixht street Couden check-called another 10,000 and seventh street was dealt face down. Couden now put his opponent all in and Idema called.
Couden turned over for a full house, and Idema showed his . Couden's full house won the pot and Idema got eliminated.
"Payout, Table 434," we heard the dealer yell. By the time we made our way over, Brandon Shack-Harris was on his way to the payout desk in 30th place to collect $6,587.
We also saw a board of and that Shack-Harris had flopped a set of tens. Unfortunately for him, Cory Zeidman's ended up making a flush and Greg Mueller's took the low.
2-7 Triple Draw
We caught the action on the second draw with Jean Gaspard already all in against Jeff Madsen. Both players drew one card, and did so as well on the final draw.
Gaspard turned over and caught a to make a straight. Madsen had and couldn't lose the hand. He caught a and made a ten-low. Madsen is now up to 125,000 and doing pretty well towards the end of the day.
Pot Limit Omaha:
With around 14,000 in the pot and a flop of , Steve Sung led out from the big blind for 7,000 and received a call from Freddy Deeb in the cutoff. Sung slowed down on the turn, but still check-called a bet of 18,000 from Deeb.
The river saw Sung check for a second time, prompting Deeb to ask, "How much you playing?"
"47,400," Sung replied.
"How much is in the pot?" Deeb asked the dealer. "There's more than that." He then slid out 50,000, which put Sung to the test. The latter thought for about 20 seconds and then quickly flicked his cards to the muck.
No Limit Hold'em
Scott Seiver just raised it up to 5,000 after which Tim Burt decided to move all in for his final 29,600 chips. Action got back to Seiver who made the call.
The board ran out and Burt secured a double up.
"How could you not brick that!" one of Burt's friend shouted from the rail.
"I know!" Burt replied who laughed and probably felt relieved he lived to fight another day.
No Limit Hold'em:
With about 35,000 in the pot and a board reading , Jerrod Ankenman bet 18,000 into Kevin Calenzo, who thought for a solid minute before making the call. When the peeled off on the river, Ankenman double fisted two stacks of orange T1,000 chips and pushed out a bet of 35,000.
The large bet sent Calenzo into the tank for a solid two minutes before he quietly said, "Call." Ankenman then rolled over for top two pair. Calenzo sent his cards to the muck and said, "What a dirty turn and river."
With that, Ankenman is up around 300,000 and primed to make a run at his second Eight-Game title.