Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Event #47 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better continued on Wednesday as the final 141 runners of a 978-player field returned to battle through the money and onwards toward a final table. After ten levels of play, just 10 remained with Charalampos Lappas and his stack of 994,000 leading the way.
Lappas emerged as the chip leader in the last hand of the night, which you can read about below. We should also note that Steve Loube is hot on his heels with 947,000.
Loube caught a rush of cards during the last level of play. In one hand, Noomis Jones was all in on a flop with for a set of queens but was in dire straits versus Loube's . The turn was the and river the , and Jones was out in 14th place for $12,094. Loube moved up over 1 million, the first player to do so.
Long before the chip leaders emerged, the day began with everyone looking to make the money at the top 117 and claim a share of the $1,320,300 prize pool. That meant 24 players needed to hit the rail, and no man would come closer and leave more heartbroken than Neil McFayden, who reraised all in for around 16,000 after Steve Jelinek had raised. The latter made the call with and was up against McFayden’s . The board ran out and it took McFayden a moment to recognize that his set of aces had been beaten by Jelinek's straight. This was good news for another man at the table, Terrence Chan, who only had 800 in chips and squeaked into the money for his ninth cash of the 2012 WSOP.
Other in-the-money eliminations included Alexander Kuzmin (111th-$2,509), Doug “Rico” Carli (108th-$2,509), Matt Vengrin (104th-$2,509), Andy Frankenberger (97th-$2,720), David Bach (92nd-$2,720), Joe Tehan (79th-$3,288; also his ninth cash of the 2012 WSOP), Allen Kessler (71st-$3,697), Warren Oberman (67th-$3,697), Sean Getzwiller (55th-$4,212) and James Dempsey (50th-$4,872).
Right before dinner there was a major chip swing — and a sudden, surprising elimination — over on Table 427. Following a flop of , Alex Gomes, who began the day as the chip leader, and Lappas managed to bet enough to put all of Gomes's chips in the middle and most of Lappas's. Gomes held for top two pair while Lappas had for aces and the nut low draw.
The turn brought a , and Gomes was still good as far the high hand went, and Lappas had yet to make a low. Then a fell on the river, pairing the board to give Lappas the best high hand and all of Gomes's stack. With that, the start-of-the-day chip leader was dispatched in 46th place for $4,872.
When players returned from the dinner break, action picked up right where it left off as more than 30 players hit the rail before the end of the night including Justin Young (44th-$5,704), Chip Jett (35th-$6,747), Barry Greenstein (32nd-$6,747), Dan Heimiller (26th-$8,080), Lee Watkinson (25th-$8,080) and Dario Alioto (17th-$9,823).
Among the 10 players returning are Paul Ewen, Kyle Carlston, Paul Taylor, Sonu Sharma, Cameron Mckinley, Viatcheslav Ortynskiy, Charalampos Lappas, Tim Finne and Roche Cousineau.
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While we were bust catching Jonathan Hart's elimination at one table, a big hand developed at the other in the last hand of the night. We didn't catch it all, but we do know that Charalampos Lappas and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy got all the chips in on a flop.
The turn was gin for Ortynskiy as it gave him a Broadway straight, but the spiked on the river to give Lappas a full house. Ortynskiy was left with just 27,000 after the hand while Lappas chipped up to 994,000.
After doubling Paul Taylor in the second-to-last hand and being left with just 36,000, Jonathan Hart was in the big blind and implored someone to give him action on the last hand so he wouldn't have to come back on an extreme short stack tomorrow.
He was in the big blind, and Kyle Carlston, who was under the gun, obliged by raising pot. The rest of the field got out of the way and Hart called off.
The board ran out to give Carlston two pair and the win. "Thank you," Hart said before exiting in 11th place. "This couldn't have worked out better."
The tournament staff just announced that the remaining 11 players will play five more hands before calling it a night.
Aside from Tony Kendall's elimination in 12th, play has slowed considerably here during the last part of Level 20. One interesting wrinkle has most of the big stacks gathered on Table 440, while the shorter stacks are battling on Table 441.
Most of the pots have been small, although the most tense hand threatened to balloon into something huge over on Table 440. In that one Sonu Sharma limped from the button, Charalampos Lappas called from the small blind, and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy checked from the big blind. The flop came , and it checked to Sharma who bet 30,000. Lappas took a minute to think, then raised to 90,000. Ortynskiy then tanked for a while before calling, and Sharma stepped aside.
The turn brought the , and again after a minute or so Lappas acted, this time declaring a pot-sized raise. Ortynskiy tanked for four or five minutes before finally letting his hand go.
Action folded to Anthony Kendall in the cutoff and he raised to 25,000. Cameron Mckinley was next to act on the button and slid out a big stack of orange T5,000 chips, constituting a pot-sized reraise. Kendall thought for a few moments and then said, "Alright, lets do it," before shipping in for about 120,000.
"How can I win?" Mckinley asked, but quieted down when the flop came down in his favor. The made things interesting by giving Kendall a big straight draw, but the river would not complete it. Kendall shook hands with his opponent and made a gracious exit in 12th place, good for $15,078.
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A short-stacked Mikhail Semin raised to 41,000 from the button only to have Kyle Carlston three-bet the pot from the big blind. Semin called off for 101,000 total and the cards were turned up:
The flop was kind to Carlston as it delivered him two pair, but all Semin needed was another low card that didn't pair the board to take half the pot. Unfortunately for the Russian, neither the turn nor river were what he needed and he exited late on Day 2 in 13th place.