Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)
Level:
19
Blinds:
3,000/6,000
Ante:
1,000

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

[user139916] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
TableSeatPlayerChips
3471Joe Serock372,000
3472Chris DeMaci55,000
3473Brian Rast270,000
3474Markus Gonsalves502,000
3475Brandon Meyers193,000
3476David Vamplew452,000
3477Ismael Bojang463,000
3478--empty--
    
3531Mike DeGilio197,000
3532Keith Lehr144,000
3533Rafal Michalowski632,000
3534David Peters268,000
3535Garen Nichanian47,000
3536Jared Hamby166,000
3537David Sands172,000
3538--empty--
    
3591Jamie Armstrong134,000
3592Kai Chang130,000
3593Griffin Benger265,000
3594Peter Gould133,000
3595--empty----
3596Ben Yu218,000
3597Kristijonas Andrulis112,000
3598Ben Hamnett149,000
    
3601--empty----
3602Matthew Parry232,000
3603Darryll Fish354,000
3604Dan Kelly224,000
3605Tom Marchese446,000
3606Trevor Pope465,000
3607Tony Gargano304,000
3608David Diaz130,000
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)
Day 2 completed

Michalowski Leads the Remaining 28 Players

[user101598] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Rafal Michalowski - Chip leader
Rafal Michalowski - Chip leader

Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed continued on Thursday with Day 2 action, and after another 10 levels of play, only 28 players remain. The chip leader is Rafal Michalowski, and he bagged 632,000. Joining him atop the counts are Markus Gonsalves (502,000), Trevor Pope (465,000), Ismael Bojang (463,000), and Tom Marchese (446,000).

The day began with 194 players, but only 56 would make the money. Among the first players to hit the rail were Grayson Ramage, Randy Haddox, Scotty Nguyen, James Dempsey, Benjamin Palmer, Leo Wolpert, Faraz Jaka, Victor Ramdin, and Jonathan Little. Palmer and Wolpert were both eliminated by Aaron Jones when they wagered all of their remaining chips with pocket nines and eights respectively. Jones had them both dominated with pocket jacks, and held when the board brought all blanks.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, also exited before the money bubble burst. According to two-time WSOP bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst, Phelps four-bet shoved for a little less than 20 big blinds with ace-queen, and David Diaz looked him up with ace-six. Diaz flopped a pair of sixes, and Phelps hit the door when the turn and river both produced bricks.

Selbst also busted during the first few levels, while Diaz went on to make the money, ending the day with 130,000.

Three players started the day with more than 100,000 chips: Marchese, David “Doc” Sands, and Scott Baumstein. Baumstein added to his stack to start the day, but then lost a massive pot to Lithuania’s Kristijonas Andrulis. The money went in on a board of {8-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}, and Baumstein showed {6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for the second-nuts. Andrulis had the stone nuts with {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, and held when the {a-Spades} completed the board.

Baumstein took another big hit against Andrulis a few hands later, but was still able to make the money, busting in 37th place for $11,235.

Sands and Marchese both maintained big stacks throughout the day, and bagged 172,000 chips and 446,000 chips respectively.

In Level 15, the bubble burst after an hour of hand-for-hand play. Lloyd Mandel was the unfortunate bubble boy when he blinded down to less than a big blind and was forced to go all in with three-two suited. Sam Stein called in the big blind with queen-ten, and held.

After the bubble burst, there was a flurry of eliminations, including Angel Guillen, Sergey Rybachenko, Andreas Hoivold, and Steve Brecher. Twenty more players fell and eventually there were only four tables remaining. Michalowski and Markus Gonsalves rocketed up the charts after the money bubble burst. Michalowski was fortunate in one hand where he busted Alexander Kuzmin in Level 18. Kuzmin open-shoved for around 10 big blinds with pocket sixes, and Michalowski called with pocket fours. Michalowski binked a four, and Kuzmin was eliminated.

Michalowski and his 27 opponents will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. to play down to an official final table of eight. Join us then for live updates straight from the tournament floor.

Tags: Rafal Michalowski

Official Chip Counts

[user139916] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
Rafal Michalowski us 632,000 -8,000
Markus Gonsalves us 502,000 7,000
Trevor Pope us 465,000 45,000
Ismael Bojang at 463,000 -7,000
David Vamplew gb 452,000 92,000
Tom Marchese us 446,000 -4,000
Joe Serock us 372,000 -23,000
Darryll Fish us 354,000 54,000
Tony Gargano us 304,000 194,000
Brian Rast us 270,000 130,000
David Peters us 268,000 61,500
Griffin Benger ca 265,000 45,000
Matthew Parry us 232,000 77,000
Dan Kelly us 224,000 -31,000
Ben Yu us 218,000 -37,000
Mike DeGilio US 197,000 81,000
Brandon Meyers us 193,000 -22,000
David Sands us 172,000 -43,000
Jared Hamby us 166,000 -29,000
Chris DeMaci us 155,000 121,000
Ben Hamnett us 149,000 54,000
Keith Lehr us 144,000 54,000
Jamie Armstrong us 134,000 -116,000
Peter Gould gb 133,000 -47,000
David Diaz us 130,000 -15,000

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Two Late Eliminations

[user101598] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Paul Kuzmich was all in and at risk for around 140,000 with {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} on a flop of {j-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. Tom Marchese had him at risk with {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}, and the {q-Hearts} spiked on the turn to give him two pair. Kuzmich was eliminated when the {6-Spades} completed the board, while Marchese now has 450,000.

Over on Table 406, Jeremy Ausmus was eliminated as well.

Tom Marchese us 450,000
Jeremy Ausmus us Busted
Paul Kuzmich US Busted

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Chip Leaders Do Battle

[user101598] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Four-bets went in preflop between Rafal Michalowski and Griffin Benger, and over 100,000 was in the middle when the dealer flopped {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Michalowski led out for 44,000, Benger called, and the turn brought the {8-Diamonds}. Both players knuckled.

The river was the {9-Hearts}, Michalowski checked a second time, and Benger bet 86,500. Michalowski tank-called. Benger showed {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for an air ball, which Michalowski had beat with {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} for kings.

Rafal Michalowski us 640,000 130,000
Griffin Benger ca 220,000 -220,000

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Kelly Takes One

[user101598] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

Flop: {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades}

Dan Kelly fired out 15,000 from the cutoff, Garen Nichanian called on the button, and David Vamplew check-raised to 40,000 from the big blind. Kelly called, and Nichanian folded.

The turn was the {j-Diamonds}, both players checked, and the pair knuckled again when the {q-Clubs} completed the board. Kelly showed {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for queens and jacks, and raked in the pot.

Tags: David VamplewDan Kelly

Peters Binks a Seven

[user101598] • Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
David Peters (Day 1)
David Peters (Day 1)

Chris DeMaci opened to 10,000 from under the gun, David Peters three-bet all in for 97,500 on the button, and the action folded back to DeMaci, who called.

DeMaci: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Peters: {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}

Peters flopped a gut-shot straight flush draw when the dealer fanned {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, and added a few more outs when the {5-Diamonds} turned. The {7-Diamonds} spiked on the river to give Peters a set of sevens, and he doubled to 206,500 chips. DeMaci is crippled down to 34,000.

David Peters us 206,500 121,500
Chris DeMaci us 34,000 -106,000

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