Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
They call it the "action game," and so it was no surprise to see the chips flying back and forth at a rapid pace throughout the second day of Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Most of them ultimately ended up moving in the direction of Jeff Madsen, who began building a stack mid-afternoon, seized the chip lead after dinner break, and ended Day 2 with the chip lead by a wide margin among the final 19.
A total of 137 returned from the starting field of 640, with the final 72 making the money. The bubble proved a tough one to burst, with hand-for-hand play lasting about 40 minutes. Once in the money, the cashers included Jared Hamby (65th), Tom Schneider (60th), Josh Arieh (58th), Padraig Parkinson (52nd), Jamie Pickering (51st), Steve Landfish (47th), Kevin Iacofano (45th), Jared Bleznick (31st), Andrey Pateychuk (30th), Steve Sung (29th), Phil Hellmuth (26th), Jonathan Duhamel (24th), and Will Failla (23rd).
Madsen, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, ended Day 2 with a stack of 922,000, nearly 400,000 clear of another two-time bracelet holder, Scott Clements. Ashton Griffin, Jason DeWitt, Jarred Solomon, Mike Sexton, and Christian Harder will also be returning for tomorrow's third and final day of play.
Also coming back tomorrow in third position is yet another bracelet winner in Isaac Hagerling who just picked up his hardware in Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max earlier this week. Hagerling pushed up to the top of the counts at the very end of play tonight after winning a big pot versus Clements (see just below).
Players return on Friday at 2 p.m. to see who among the 19 will earn the next WSOP bracelet of 2013. We'll be back then as well to bring you all of the action from start-to-finish.
Scott Clements opened to 20,000 in late position, Isaac Hagerling, who recently won the Mixed Max event, three-bet to 78,000 from the blinds, and Clements called.
The dealer fanned , Hagerling led out with a pot-sized bet of 129,000, and Clements moved all in for 155,500. Hagerling called.
Clements held a wrap, a flush draw, and an overcard to Hagerling's red pair of kings, but the turn and the river were both non-spade fours ( and ), and Hagerling doubled.
"He had too many outs," Hagerling said after the hand smiling.
Hagerling shipped a massive double on the last hand of the night, while Clements went from potential chip leader, back down to around 600,000.
Elie Payan was all in and at risk with for a set of jacks and straight and flush draws. Clements already had a straight with , and held when the bricked on the river.
Payan was eliminated in 20th place, earning $11,915.
Michal Maryska raised to 15,000, Ali Lareybi three-bet to 48,000 out of the blinds, and Maryska moved all in for 163,000. Lareybi called.
"Wait," Lareybi told the dealer then turned to Maryska. "Chop it right now?"
The two shared a laugh, but Lareybi's smiled escaped him when the flop came , giving Maryska trip deuces. Lareybi was unable to fill up or make the wheel when the turn and river came , , and Maryska doubled.
On an adjacent table, Mike Sexton raised to 15,000, Steven Loube called out of the blinds, and the flop came . Loube check-called a bet of 21,000 from the WPT legend, and the turn brought the . Loube checked, Sexton fired out 40,000, and Loube check-raised all in for 83,000. Sexton called.
Sexton's set held as the completed the board, and he doubled.
Preflop Ali Lareybi raised from middle position, Giuseppe Pantaleo reraised from late position, and Lareybi called. Then after the dealer spread the first three community cards — — it was a bet from Lareybi, a raise all in for a little more from Pantaleo, and a call.
The turn brought the , making a flush for Lareybi and making the river no matter. Pantaleo is out, and now just 20 players remain as the clock shows just 10 minutes more left to go this evening.
Will Failla raised in middle position, Scott Clements three-bet on his direct left, Brent Johnson flatted on the button, and Failla raised the pot. Clements re-potted, prompting Failla to beg for a hold before Johnson could even act, and after around 90 second, Johnson called all-in.
There was nearly 700,000 in the middle when all three hands were opened.
The flop fell , giving Johnson and Clements the same gut-shot straight draw. The on the turn gave both players said straight, but Clements was free rolling to make both Broadway and a club flush.
The completed the board, giving the Washingtonian Broadway and eliminating both Failla and Johnson.
"At least they went to my friend," Failla sighed after the hand.
Both he and Johnson will receive $11,915 for their efforts, while Clements is back among the chip leaders.
Preflop action left Guiseppe Pantaleo and Michal Maryska to see the first three community cards come , at which point the pair exchanged bets so that Maryska was all in and at risk with versus Pantaleo's .
The turn was the and river the , and Maryska's aces and fours proved best, earning him the double.
Scott Clements check-called a bet from William Black on a board of . The river was the , Clements checked, and Black fired out 75,000. Clements called.
Black showed for quad fives, and Clements mucked his hand.