Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
What began with 170 players in Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em of the 2013 World Series of Poker is now down to the final 12. After ten one-hour levels of play on Day 2, the returning 103 players battled it out to make the money at the top eighteen, and tomorrow they’ll go for the $211,743 first-place prize. Todd "Dandruff" Witteles, who won a bracelet in the 2005 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em for $347,385, is best positioned to make a run at the prize and the gold bracelet that comes with it.
The day began with a multitude of eliminations including those of Matt Matros, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Leah, Ron Burke, Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker, Jason Mercier and Joe Cassidy.
It was about that time that the money bubble rolled around. It happened in with 19 people left in Level 17 with the blinds at 4,000/8,000. What could have taken a long time was over relatively quickly as Danny Warchol was extremely short. He got his last 10,000 or so all in with but was unable to win a race against Witteles' .
After Warchol hit the rail, the in-the-money eliminations began to mount. They included Brock Parker (18th - $11,337), David Chiu (17th - $11,337), Justin "Boosted J" Smith (16th - $11,337), Brent Wheeler (15th - $13,455), Vincent Gironda (14th - $13,455) and Bruno Fitoussi (13th - $13,455).
While many players fell on Day 2, a select few punched their ticket to Day 3 including Steve Landfish, Justin Bonomo, Michael Moore, Dom Denotaristefani, Gabriel Nassif and Ben Yu.
Here's how things will stack up on Day 3:
The third and final day will begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as look to crown a Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em champion. Until then, good night from the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Level 18 has come to an end, and that means Day 2 action is complete. The final 12 players are now bagging and tagging. Stay tuned for official chip counts and a recap of Day 2 action.
Bruno Fitoussi was dangerously short-stacked after he lost a hand to Dom Denotaristefani's pocket queens. Then after Ronnie Bardah raised preflop, Fitoussi made it three bets. Bardah re-raised, and Fitoussi called for the last of his chips. The players turned over their cards:
The board ran out , and Bardah improved to a full house to take the pot and eliminate Fitoussi. He'll earn $13,455 for his 13th-place finish.
We didn't catch the action until the flop when a raising war saw Vincent Gironda get his last 14,500 all in holding the , which was well out in front of Justin Bonomo's . Gironda was looking to dodge a king to stay alive, but he couldn't do it as the dealer burned and turned the .
Gironda didn't react to the card and simply wished his opponents good luck when the blanked on the river. Gironda will take home $13,455 for his 14th-place finish.
Todd Witteles put in a preflop raise, and a short-stacked Brent Wheeler made it three bets. Witteles called, and the players saw a flop heads up. The dealer spread , and Wheeler bet out. Witteles raised, and Wheeler three-bet all in. Witteles called and the players turned up their cards.
Witteles had paired his queen on the flop, and Wheeler would need help. The turn and river were the and the , and Witteles won the hand with his pair of queens. Wheeler busted out in 15th place, earning $13,455.
Both Justin Smith and Ben Yu were short-stacked when they got involved in an all-in confrontation. Ben Yu opened the preflop action with a raise, and Justin Smith put in a third bet from the big blind. Yu called, and the dealer spread . Justin Smith bet out, and Yu raised. Smith's three-bet was enough to put him all in, but he actually had Yu outchipped by 2,500, so Yu was at risk. The players revealed their hole cards:
The turn was the , and the river the , putting two pair on board. Yu had a better two pair, though, with his kings and sevens. Yu took the pot, and Smith was crippled.
On the very next hand, Smith posted the small, and that put him all in. Greg Mueller raised, and Justin Bonomo called from the big blind. Bonomo check-raised Mueller's bet when the flop fell , then both players checked the turn. Mueller bet again when the completed the board on the river, and Bonomo folded.
Mueller revealed for two pair, and Smith turned over for a pair of jacks. Mueller won the pot, and Smith busted in 16th place, winning $11,337.
Jan Sjavik raised from the cutoff and a short-stacked David Chiu, who won his fifth gold bracelet just last week, called off from the small blind. Brent Wheeler then called from the big blind and there was side action headed to the flop.
Wheeler checked, Sjavik bet and Wheeler woke up with a check-raise to 8,000. Sjavik made the called and then Wheeler check-called bets on both the turn and river. Sjavik rolled over the for the nuts, and Wheeler sent his cards to the muck.
"I even got there," Chiu said as he showed a pair of rivered aces with the . Unfortunately for him, it was not good enough and he had to settle for 17th place.