Event #27: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em (Mixed Max)
Event #27: $3,000 No Limit Hold'em (Mixed Max)
Day 2 completed

Day 2 in the Books; Cantu Leads Final 32 Going into Heads-Up Play

BrettC • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Brandon Cantu
Brandon Cantu

Event 24: $3,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em resumed Saturday with 181 hopefuls gunning for the top prize of $372,387. Action shifted from nine-handed play to six-handed on Day 2, and the money bubble burst midway through the day with 68 players locking up a minimum cash of $4,694. The dynamic will shift again tomorrow when the remaining 32 players will face off in a heads up format until there is a winner.

The chip leader going into heads-up play was none other than Brandon Cantu, who bagged up 519,600. He was followed by Jeremy Ausmus with 471,400 and Isaac Hagerling with 453,500. Ausmus had the chip lead for much of the day despite only starting the day with 15,000. His rise to the top was propelled when he eliminated David Sands earlier in the day when he got his {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} in against Sands' {a-Spades}{k-Spades} for a massive preflop pot. His kings held, and for the rest of the day he crushed everyone in his path.

Another big story was the emergence of Barry “Big Dog” Lang. He may have been an unknown coming into the day, but his relentless battling and big bark gave people a reason to remember him. He even tripled up with jack-deuce to keep him alive. He will enter Day 3 with 124,300.

Several notables fell short of advancing to the heads-up round, including Jason Mercier (63rd), Tommy Vedes (56th), Daniel Negreanu (49th), Martin Staszko (43rd), and Sean Jazayeri (33rd).

For a full look at tomorrow's heads-up bracket, check out the table below.

Play will resume at 1:00 p.m. PST tomorrow and they will play until at least the final four players. There is a lot of play left with many players still deepstacked. They will battle it out with 22:22 left in Level 15. Be sure to tune in to PokerNews to follow all the heads-up action in Event #27 as we get closer to crowing a champion.

Heads-Up Matches

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Below is a list of the first-round match-ups. If you want to view the entire bracket, click here.

SeedPlayerCountryChips
1Brandon CantuUSA519,600
32Govert MetaalMonaco23,600
    
16Alexander LakhovRussia108,600
17Daniel BuzgonUSA107,300
    
9Ariel CelestinoUSA237,200
24Frank RusnakUSA70,000
    
8Max SteinbergUSA264,500
25David JamesUSA68,500
    
5Mike WatsonCanada332,700
28Mazin KhouryUSA40,400
    
12Jason KoonUSA185,100
21Taylor PaurUSA85,100
    
13Barry "Big Dog" LangUSA124,300
20Dario SammartinoItaly88,200
    
4Dan HealeyUSA365,600
29Massimo MoseleItaly27,600
    
3Isaac HagerlingUSA453,500
30Markus GonsalvesUSA27,400
    
14Dominik NitscheGermany120,800
19Nick BingerUSA90,400
    
11Yorane KerignardFrance195,800
22Pedro FernandezMexico80,200
    
6Yevgeniy TimoshenkoUSA332,100
27Paul LieuUSA46,200
    
7Oleksandr GnatenkoUkraine271,200
26Ognjen SekularacSerbia66,200
    
10Chris JohnsonUSA225,600
23Matt WaxmanUSA72,800
    
15Justin ConleyUSA117,200
18Josh HillockUSA94,400
    
2Jeremy AusmusUSA471,400
31Giacomo FundaroItaly24,400

Official End-of-Day Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Brandon Cantu us 519,600 -10,400
Jeremy Ausmus us 471,400 1,400
Isaac Hagerling us 453,500 -16,500
Dan Healey us 365,600 112,600
Mike Watson ca 332,700 22,700
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua 332,100 56,100
Oleksandr Gnatenko UA 271,200 11,200
Max Steinberg us 264,500 24,500
Ariel Celestino br 237,200 186,175
Chris Johnson us 225,600 38,600
Yorane Kerignard fr 195,800 -24,200
Jason Koon us 185,100 -59,900
Barry "Big Dog" Lang US 124,300 14,300
Dominik Nitsche de 120,800 -9,200
Justin Conley us 117,200 68,175
Alexander Lakhov ru 108,600 -6,400
Daniel Buzgon us 107,300 63,300
Josh Hillock US 94,400 -35,600
Nick Binger us 90,400 30,400
Dario Sammartino it 88,200 65,900
Taylor Paur us 85,100 -6,900
Pedro Fernandez mx 80,200
Matt Waxman us 72,800 -2,200
Frank Rusnak us 70,000
David James us 68,500 50,750

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Rose and Jazayeri Bust; Done for the Day

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Mark Rose was all in and at risk preflop holding {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} agains the {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} of Jeremy Ausmus. Ausmus held as the board came {9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, and Rose hit the rail.

There was another elimination to bring us to 33 players, and then Sean Jazayeri exited in 33rd-place. Jazayeri was all in with {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts} on a jack-high board with two hearts, and Dan Healey held {a-}{j-}. The turn and river were both bricks, and Jazayeri was eliminated.

We are now down to 32 players, and after the stacks are verified, we will bring you full counts and the heads-up bracket. Play has concluded for the evening.

Jeremy Ausmus us 470,000 40,000
Sean Jazayeri us Busted
Mark Rose Busted

Tags: Jeremy AusmusMark RoseSean Jazayeri

Hagerling Wins Massive Pot

• Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Isaac Hagerling and Thomas Fuller were up against each other on the board of {q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Fuller had a bet of 8,800 out in front. Hagerling decided to push Fuller all in. Fuller made the call and tabled {k-}{k-}. The kings were no good as Hagerling showed {q-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. The river came the {9-Spades} and Hagerling eliminated Fuller.

Isaac Hagerling us 470,000 210,000
Thomas Fuller us Busted

Steinberg and Cantu Clashing

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Max Steinberg raised to 7,000 in the hijack seat, Brandon Cantu called on the button, and both blinds released. The flop fell {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, Steinberg led out for 9,000, and Cantu called.

The turn was the {2-Hearts}, Steinberg checked, and Cantu fired out 23,000. Steinberg called.The {3-Spades} completed the board, Steinberg checked again, and Cantu tossed out 50,000. Steinberg folded.

A few hands later, Cantu three-bet Steinberg, and Steinberg folded.

Brandon Cantu us 530,000 105,000
Max Steinberg us 240,000 -50,000

Tags: Brandon CantuMax Steinberg

Nitsche Doubles

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Dominik Nitsche
Dominik Nitsche

Chris Johnson opened for a raise on the button, and Dominik Nitsche moved all in for 62,900 in the big blind. Johnson called.

Johnson: {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Nitsche: {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Nitsche took the lead when the dealer fanned {j-Spades}{2-Clubs}{9-Spades} to give him a pair of nines, and the German held as the turn and river bricked {3-Hearts}, {6-Hearts} respectively. Nitsche now has 130,000 chips, while Johnson slipped to

Chris Johnson us 187,000 -63,000
Dominik Nitsche de 130,000 104,000

Tags: Chris JohnsonDominik Nitsche

Counts

[user101598] • Level 15: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Jeremy Ausmus us 430,000 95,000
Mike Watson ca 310,000 3,000
Max Steinberg us 290,000 12,000
Oleksandr Gnatenko UA 260,000 45,000
Dan Healey us 253,000 -52,000
Chris Johnson us 250,000 25,000
Jason Koon us 245,000 -30,000
Yorane Kerignard fr 220,000 -10,000
Alexander Lakhov ru 115,000 2,000
Pedro Fernandez mx 113,000 -7,700
Barry "Big Dog" Lang US 110,000 70,000
Taylor Paur us 92,000 2,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 90,000 36,000
Sean Jazayeri us 82,000 50,500
Matt Waxman us 75,000 9,000
Frank Rusnak us 70,000 -17,000
Nick Binger us 60,000 -37,000
Thomas Fuller us 53,000 17,000
Mazin Khoury us 43,000 -103,000
Govert Metaal nl 34,000 -23,000
Dominik Nitsche de 26,000 -39,000
Eddy Sabat us 24,000 -1,600