Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) is officially in the books. With only ten players remaining, Ashton Griffin is leading the way with a stack of 638,000.
With the field as stacked as it was for this event, it's not shocker that almost all of the players that were sent home today were easily recognizable names. Some of those to go home without a cash include Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, David Williams, Phil Galfond, Lyle Berman, Barry Greenstein, Jean-Robert Bellande, Justin Bonomo, and David Bakes Baker.
Once we hit the final fourteen players we were officially in the money. The few players that were sent home before play ended for the evening were Marco Traniello (14th), Daniel Negreanu (13th), Jason Mercier (12th), and Erik Seidel (11th).
Nick Schulman absolutely dominated Day 2 play and will be coming into Day 3 as one of the top stacks. Schulman is an expert at this game and earned his first bracelet in this event back in 2009 during Event 23 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw. Schulman will be bringing 558,000 with him to the final day of play.
Returning tomorrow is reigning champion of this event John Juanda. Juanda famously came back from an astounding chip deficit last year to defeat then eleven-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth heads up. Juanda earned his fifth bracelet last year and is looking to go back-to-back in order to defend his title and put a sixth piece of jewelry around his wrist. Juanda will come into Day 3 with 363,000 in chips.
Larry Wright and Andy Bloch will also be returning to Day 3. Both Wright and Bloch were able to earn their first bracelets earlier in the 2012 WSOP and are looking to go for number two tomorrow. Wright could potentially take an unofficial title as the best 2-7 draw lowball player in the world, as Wright's first bracelet was in Event 30: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball.
Two tables of five will return tomorrow for Day 3. They will combine at eight players and the official final table will be reached when seven players remain. Cards will be in the air at 2:00 PM tomorrow. Join us as we crown the champion of the final open WSOP event before the Main Event. Until tomorrow!
Ashton Griffin raised to 24,000 from the cutoff. Erik Seidel peeked at his hand from the big blind and three-bet all in for 167,000. Griffin announced a call and the table was stunned to see both players stand pat.
Griffin triumphantly flipped over for a pat ninety-eight.
Seidel could only shake his head as he showed the table a worse pat ninety-eight with . Griffin was able to send this eight-time bracelet player to the rail, his hopes of winning a ninth bracelet this week crushed.
Andy Bloch opened the betting for 18,000 and was called by Bob Bright from the button and George Danzer from the big blind. All three players drew one card.
Danzer checked and Bloch followed Suit. Bright tossed 27,000 into the middle and Danzer went into the tank. Danzer opted to call after a little more than a minute of thinking. Bloch got out of the way.
"Nine," said Bright, fanning for a ninety-eight perfect.
Danzer let out a large "Ugggggggghhhhhh" as he tossed his hand to the muck. Bright is now sitting on 180,000.
John Juanda opened to 19,000 from early position, and the action folded to Ali Eslami, who three-bet to 56,000. Juanda tanked for thirty seconds or so, then made the call.
- Eslami patted.
- Juanda drew one.
Eslami tanked for nearly a minute, then checked. Juanda spent some time in the think tank himself, then moved all in for 113,500. Eslami tossed a chip onto his cards, and leaned back in his chair. He cracked his knuckles, and began studying Juanda. While Eslami was in the tank, Erik Seidel came over to see what was happening.
"I'm all in," Juanda told Seidel, and the two shared a laugh. "This is a big moment for me in the tournament."
Seidel left, and Eslami continued thinking.
"I don't have a good hand," he admitted.
"I broke a jack," Juanda told him.
"Jack what?" Eslami shot back.
"I can't tell you," Juanda said, grinning.
"Boy oh boy," Eslami sighed. "It doesn't matter what I have. You're so polarized."
Eslami eventually released, and Juanda showed four cards - .
"You probably didn't even look at your card," George Danzer said to Juanda. "You're a sicko."
John Juanda had the button, and raised to 19,500. Benjamin Parker folded from the small blind, and Andy Bloch moved all in for 63,500 from the big blind. Juanda thought for a bit, then called.
Bloch fanned , and Juanda tabled .
"I need what?" Juanda said, studying Bloch's hand. "A deuce or an eight? Holy s***, that's a good hand."
"You'll probably get it, knowing you," Bloch joked.
Juanda started sweating his card very slowly.
"Any time now," Bloch needled. "You know it's not going to change, right?"
"I'm fifty-fifty," Juanda announced after fifteen seconds or so. "I'm just f***ing with you."
He turned over a , which paired him, and Bloch doubled to 135,000.
We missed the exact details of the hand but had the hand recounted to us by Nick Schulman.
Ashton Griffin open-shoved all in and Jason Mercier called all in for less. Griffin called and both players took one card.
Griffin fanned the and Mercier showed a better draw with .
Griffin pulled an meaning Mercier would need to not pair up to stay alive. Unfortunately for the bracelet winner, he pulled another and paired his hand. Mercier will take home $19,272 for his efforts.
Ali Eslami was recently moved to the table into Daniel Negreanu's now vacant seat. Eslami was the lone big blind during this hand and Andy Bloch raised to 12,000 from his button.
Bob Bright responded by moving all in for 38,500. After about a minute of tanking, Bloch dropped in enough chips to call. Bloch drew one card and Bright stood pat, tabling .
Bloch showed and was drawing live. Unfortunately for Bloch, he pulled another , giving him a pair and the worst hand.
Bright is now sitting around 85,000 while Bloch only has about 47,000 left.