Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Froehlich Leads After Day 2

[user101598] • Level 17: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Eric Froehlich - Day 2 Chip Leader
Eric Froehlich - Day 2 Chip Leader

After 10 more levels of play in Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em, the field is down to 19 players, and your end-of-day chip leader is two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric Froehlich. Froehlich bagged 319,000 chips, and his closest competitors are Mark Mierkalns (266,000), Morgan Newman (242,000), and Aaron Ogus (233,000).

The day began with 177 players, and several notable players quickly hit the exits. On one of the first hands of the day, Phil Ivey was knocked out by the aforementioned Ogus. Ogus made a pair of fours, which bested the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner's jack-high. Ivey's friend and fellow multiple gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu also fell before the first break of the day. He found himself all in with ace-king, made top pair, but unfortunately an opponent turned two pair to eliminate him.

Other notables who fell short of the money include David "ODB" Baker, Bryan Devonshire, and Tobias Peters.

The bubble finally burst at the end of Level 13, when Andrew Leshovsky was forced to go all in from the small blind with just 800 chips. An opponent made trip queens against his ten-high, and sent him to the rail empty handed.

Once the players were in the money, we lost a gaggle of players, including Matt Hawrilenko, Sam Barnhart, Tom Schneider, Nick Schulman, David Goldberg, Michael Moore, Kevin MacPhee, Larry Wright, Hoyt Corkins, Lee Goldman, and Alex Dovzhenko.

En route to grabbing the chip lead, Froehlich eliminated Mike Sowers in 29th place. The two got it in on the turn of a {q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} board, and Froehlich opened up {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for a straight flush. Sowers was drawing dead with {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, and hit the rail.

After the redraw, Froehlich made another timely flush - this one against Thomas Blizniak. With the chip lead and the experience, Froehlich is certainly one of the favorites to bring home the gold, but there are several tough players remaining.

Jeff Shulman is looking to replicate what his father and mother have accomplished by bringing home a gold bracelet. He will be in tough shape with just 23,000, however, and will need to spin it up early on Day 3.

Play will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time. We hope you join us then.

Tags: Eric Froehlich

Official End-of-Day Counts

[user101598] • Level 17: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Eric Froehlich us 319,000 -31,000
Mark Mierkalns ca 266,000 -64,000
Morgan Newman US 242,000 142,000
Aaron Ogus us 233,000 173,000
Binh Ly us 197,000 -43,000
Chiduziem Obi US 183,000 -37,000
Brian Nichols US 182,000 23,000
Thomas Blizniak us 170,000 50,000
Malissia Zapata us 161,000 76,000
Jack Jiang US 161,000 126,000
Brent Wheeler us 153,000 7,000
Ahmed Mohamed us 130,000 -57,000
Grayson Scoggin US 125,000 5,000
John Zipperer US 114,000 -1,000
Alex Queen us 83,000 -87,000
Brandon Guss US 76,000 -44,000
Melanie Banfield us 47,000 -123,000
William James US 42,000 -21,000
Jeff Shulman us 23,000 -87,000

Arkadiy "Falafel" Tsinis Eliminated in 20th Place ($5,938)

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2010 WSOP bracelet winner, and a man who chose to tell us that his name was "Falafel," Arkadiy Tsinis raised and called a three-bet from Binh Ly. Tsinis got the rest of his chips in the middle on a flop of {7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, and the hands were tabled.

Tsinis: {k-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Ly: {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

Tsinis' hand didn't improve as the turn and river came {2-Spades}, {q-Spades} respectively, and he was eliminated in 20th place.

Binh Ly us 240,000 60,000
Arkadiy Tsinis us Busted

Tags: Arkadiy TsinisBinh Ly

Matt Schultz Eliminated in 23rd Place ($5,938)

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Matt Schultz raised in late position, Mark Mierkalns three-bet on his left, and Schultz moved all in for 22,000. Mierkalns called.

Mierkalns: {6-}{6-}
Schultz: {a-}{q-}

The sixes held as the board came {9-}{9-}{8-}{7-}{2-}, and Schultz was eliminated. Mierkalns is now our clear chip leader with 330,000 chips.

Mark Mierkalns ca 330,000 190,000
Matt Schultz Busted

Tags: Matt SchultzMark Mierkalns

Shulman Picks One Up

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Jeff Shulman picks up a big one
Jeff Shulman picks up a big one

Thomas Blizniak raised in early position, Stuart McHenry called on his left, and Jeff Shulman called on the button. The flop produced the {q-Spades}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}, Blizniak checked, McHenry bet, and Shulman raised. Only McHenry called.

McHenry then check-called bets on the turn ({5-Hearts}) and the river ({2-Spades}), only to muck when Shulman showed {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for a pair of queens.

Jeff Shulman us 110,000 80,000
Stuart Mchenry US 25,000 -127,000

Tags: Jeff ShulmanThomas BlizniakStuart Mchenry

Doug Saab Eliminated in 24th Place ($5,938)

• Level 17: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

Aaron Ogus raised from middle position, and Doug Saab, who had been short-stacked for quite awhile, called for the rest of his chips. Brandon Guss also called. The flop came {8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, and Ogus bet out. Guss folded, and Saab and Ogus turned up their cards.

Ogus: {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Saab: {a-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

Ogus was ahead with his top pair. The turn and river fell {5-Diamonds}, {q-Hearts}, giving Saab no help. He has been eliminated from the tournament and will earn $5,938 for his efforts.

Doug Saab us Busted

Tags: Aaron OgusDavid Saab