Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Day 2 completed

Bronshtein Leads Final 20; Rodawig Seeks Second Title in Three Years

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Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein

What started with 130 players here on Day 2—the remnants of a 210-player field—is now down to the final 20. The man best positioned to capture the World Series of Poker gold bracelet and accompanying $266,503 first-place prize is none other than Yuval Bronshtein, who finished as the chip leader with 433,000. With that said, players like Eric Rodawig (323,000) and David "Bakes" Baker (226,000) are looking to claim the Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better title for themselves.

Actually, Rodawig is seeking to capture the title for a second time. Two years ago he won Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship by defeating Phil Hellmuth in heads-up play. Not only did he deny the great Hellmuth his then 12th bracelet, he also took down his first piece of gold and the accompanying $442,183 prize.

Rodawig did not return to defend his title in 2012 due to a friend's wedding, and this marks the first time he's played a Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better tournament since 2011. If he could capture the title again, it'd be a truly remarkable feat. As the second biggest stack remaining he's got a legitimate shot of making that happen.

Day 2 began with a flurry of eliminations including those of Mike Noori, Hellmuth, Artie Cobb, Mike Sexton, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu and the defending champ, Adam Friedman.

With 25 players remaining, the money bubble was in effect, and it didn't take long to burst. Here's the hand that burst it.

Naseem Salem: {x-}{x-} / {q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Spades}{k-Hearts} / {x-}
Eric Rodawig: {x-}{x-} / {5-Spades}{k-Spades}{a-Spades}{3-Diamonds} / {x-}

Salem completed, Rodawig raised, and Salem called. Rodawig bet-called on fourth, then the action was fast and furious on fifth and sixth, but in the end Salem was all in with two pair queens and eights. Rodawig hit an ace on seventh, so his hand was {5-Spades}{k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}, and Salem bricked on his full house draw, exiting on the stone bubble.

Over the course of the next hour or so four more players hit the rail including Sam Feinberg (24th), Tom Schneider (23rd), Eugene Katchalov (22nd) and Francis Mariani (21st), each taking home $9,583.

While many notable fell, there are still quite a few still in contention including Gavin Smith (204,500), Mike "The Mouth" Matusow (156,000), Joe Tehan (145,000), Timothy Finne (137,000), Mike Leah (120,000), Eli Elezra (88,000), Tony Cousineau (59,000) and Brian Hastings (55,500).

The third and final day will kick off at 2 p.m. PDT on Friday. Join us then as we look to crown the Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better champion!

For now, we'll leave you with Kristy Arnett who has the highlights from across the Rio today:

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Official End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

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Yuval Bronshtein il 433,000 63,000
Eric Rodawig us 323,000 3,000
David "Bakes" Baker us 226,000 51,000
Gavin Smith us 204,500 109,500
Matthew Ashton gb 177,500 -23,000
Ryan Miller us 176,000 -4,000
Richard Chiovari us 160,000 15,000
Mike Matusow us 156,000 138,000
Will Thompson US 155,000 29,500
Joe Tehan us 145,000 10,000
Timothy Finne us 137,000 -13,000
Jose-Luis Velador US 127,000 7,000
Tuan Vo US 127,000 12,000
Mike Leah ca 120,000 -15,000
Marco Johnson us 117,500 -38,500
Vladimir Shchemelev ru 97,000 -43,000
Eli Elezra us 88,000 18,000
Tony Cousineau us 59,000 -4,000
Brian Hastings us 55,500 23,500
Ognjen Sekularac rs 48,000 -92,000

Night is Over

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The remaining 20 players are bagging and tagging. We will have full counts and a recap for you shortly.

Francis Mariani Eliminated in 21st Place ($9,583)

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Tuan Vo: {x-}{x-} / {8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{2-Spades}{9-Hearts} / {x-}
Francis Mariani: {x-}{x-} / {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} / {x-}

The money went in on fifth street, and the hands were opened.

Vo: {8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
Mariani: {8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

Vo made a flush when he received the {9-Hearts} and the {7-Hearts} on sixth and seventh respectively, while Mariani was eliminated with the {9-Diamonds} and {q-Diamonds}. He will earn $9,583 for 21st place.

Tuan Vo US 115,000 -15,000
Francis Mariani us Busted

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Elezra Crippled; Then Doubles

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Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

Marco Johnson: {x-}{x-} / {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{a-Clubs} / {x-}
Eli Elezra: {x-}{x-} / {j-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades} / {x-}

We caught the action on fifth street, where Johnson called a bet from Elezra. Both players checked on sixth, and Elezra led out on seventh. Johnson called, showing {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for kings up, and Elezra mucked, leaving himself with 13,000 chips.

Johnson: {x-}{x-} / {3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} / {x-}
Elezra: {x-}{x-} / {4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades} / {x-}
Matthew Ashton: {x-}{x-} / {8-Spades}{k-Diamonds} (FOLD)

A few hands later, after Elezra chopped a three-way pot, Johnson brought it in, Elezra completed, and Ashton and Johnson called. The action checked to Elezra, who bet, and only Johnson called. Elezra bet enough to put himself all in. Johnson called.

Johnson: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Elezra: {q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}

Both players bricked on sixth, and Elezra caught the {3-Hearts} on seventh, to make a seventy-five. Johnson made a useless pair of fours with {4-Clubs}, and Elezra doubled

Matthew Ashton gb 200,500 -14,500
Marco Johnson us 156,000 -44,000
Eli Elezra us 70,000 -15,000

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Eugene Katchalov Eliminated in 22nd Place ($9,583)

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Eugene Katchalov - 22nd Place
Eugene Katchalov - 22nd Place

Eric Rodawig: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} / {4-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} / {q-Clubs}
Timothy Finne: {x-}{x-} / {3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} / {x-}
Eugene Katchalov: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades} / {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} / {6-Spades}

After Jose-Luis Velador brought it in with the {3-Diamonds}, Eric Rodawig completed with the {4-Diamonds}. Timothy Finne then raised and Eugene Katchlov reraised all in for 14,500. Velador got out of the way, Rodawig and Finne called, and it was off to fourth street.

Rodawig ended up check-calling a bet before taking the lead on fifth and firing out a bet. Finne called but then folded when Rodawig bet sixth.

Rodawig tabled jacks, and Katchalov was disheartened to learn his pocket tens were no good. Rodawig failed to improve on seventh, but so did Katchalov. With that, Rodawig was pushed the pot while Katchalov made his way to the payout desk in 22nd place to collect $9,583.

Eric Rodawig us 320,000 20,000
Eugene Katchalov ua Busted

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Ashton Makes Dead Man's Hand

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Eli Elezra: {x-}{x-} / {q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} (FOLD)
Matthew Ashton: {x-}{x-} / {a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{a-Spades} / {x-}
Will Thompson: {x-}{x-} / {3-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Diamonds} / {x-}

We reached the table on fifth street, where Thompson led out. Elezra immediately folded, and Ashton tanked for a bit before calling. When Ashton paired his ace on sixth, he opted to check, and Thompson checked behind.

Ashton bet out on seventh though, and Thompson made the call. Ashton showed the {8-Spades} for aces and eights, then turned his two other cards over - {6-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Thompson mucked his cards high enough so that only Ashton could see.

Matthew Ashton gb 215,000 69,000
Will Thompson US 125,500 -46,500
Eli Elezra us 85,000 -71,000

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Ace Get the Job Done for Miller

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Eli Elezra: {x-}{x-} / {9-Spades}{2-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Spades} / {x-}
Ryan Miller: {x-}{x-} / {j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs} / {x-}
Will Thompson: {x-}{x-} / {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Diamonds} / {x-}

The chip counts are altered each and every hand, so it's tough to stay on top of it all. With that said, Ryan Miller seems to be fairing well since players redrew.

In a recent hand, Eli Elezra completed with the {9-Spades} and Miller raised. Will Thompson called, Elezra did the same and three players saw fourth street. Thompson and Elezra both check-called a bet from Miller, and did the same on both fifth and sixth streets.

All three players then checked seventh and Miller tabled the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for a pair of aces. Surprisingly it was good for the entire pot as Thompson mucked and Elezra flashed the {j-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} before mucking.

Ryan Miller us 180,000 120,000
Will Thompson US 172,000 -18,000
Eli Elezra us 156,000 -64,000

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Bakes Scoops Sekularac

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Ognjen Sekularac: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts}{k-Spades} / {x-}
David "Bakes" Baker: {x-}{x-} / {j-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} / {x-}
Joe Tehan: {x-}{x-} / {10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs} (FOLD)

On fourth street, Baker checked, Tehan bet, and both Sekularac and Baker called. Sekularac led out when he made a pair of fifth, Baker raised, and Tehan folded. Sekularac called.

Sekularac check-called on sixth, then checked again on seventh. Baker bet, sending Sekularac into the tank.

"You have ace-jack?" the Serbian asked him. "I have kings-up. I don't know how I fold this. I call."

Baker turned over {a-Spades}{j-Spades}{j-Hearts} for a full house, and Sekularac mucked.

David "Bakes" Baker us 175,000 60,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 140,000 -90,000
Joe Tehan us 135,000 -5,000

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