Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Only 17 of the original 558 players remain in Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better, and leading the way with over 20 percent of the chips in play is Matt Vengrin. Vengrin was the only player to bag over quarter of a million chips, stuffing 504,500 chips into his bag. The next closest players are Tony Gill and Joseph Hertzog, who both finished the evening with 249,500 chips.
Joining Vengrin, Gill, and Hertzog, on Day 3 are Canadian notables Mike Leah and Daniel Idema, Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson, four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Artie Cobb, Kristy Gazes, and a very short-stacked "Back-to-Back" Layne Flack, is looking for bracelet number seven.
Day 2 started with 155 players, and only 56 would make the money. Among the players who fell before the money bubble arrived were Phil Ivey, Cyndy Violette, Nikolai Yakovenko, Yuval Bronshtein, Matt Grapenthien, Dario Minieri, Norman Chad, Ali Eslami, and four-time WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider.
The bubble burst at the end of Level 13, where David Levi's eighty-seven low was crushed by Eugene Castro's flush and eighty-six low.
After Levy's elimination a flurry of players were sent to the cage, including Adam Friedman (49th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), David "Bakes" Baker (38th), Jason Mercier (36th), Toby Lewis (35th), Bryan Devonshire (31st), and Barry Greenstein (21st).
The day ended with the eliminations of Reza Golestani and William Kohler, and Vengrin crippling Flack. The remaining 17 players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Blue Section of the Amazon Room, where they will play down to a winner. Be sure to join us then for all of the live updates straight from the tournament floor.
Layne Flack: / /
Matt Vengrin: / / \
On the last hand of the evening, Flack was crippled by Vengrin, who is now the overwhelming chip leader in Event #39. After betting on seventh, Vengrin showed for a flush and an eighty-five low, which had Flack's for a pair of aces and an eighty-six low dominated.
Vengrin won the hand, bagging over half of a million chips, while Flack will return tomorrow with less than a big big.
All of the chip counts will be entered shortly.
Reza Golestani: / /
Jose Paz-Gutierrez: / /
William Kohler: / /
Golestani and Kohler were both all in and at risk on sixth street, and all three players tabled their cards.
Golestani turned over the suicide king () on seventh, Paz-Guiterrez the , and Kohler the . Paz-Guiterrez took the high with a pair of sevens, Kohler took the low with a sixty-four, and Golestani was eliminated.
A few hands later, Kohler was eliminated by Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson with unknown action.
Mikal Blomlie: / /
Layne Flack: / /
Blomlie was all in on fourth street, turning over for a flush draw, and Flack had him at risk with for straight and low draws. Flack binked the on the turn, giving him a qualifying low and a straight, but Blomlie could still get half of the pot with a diamond. He bricked off on fifth and sixth, however, and turned over the on seventh.
Blomlie earns $5,273 for his 20th-place finish.
Richard Tatalovich: / /
Matt Vengrin: / /
Tatalovich bet out on fifth street, Vengrin called, and Vengrin called another bet on sixth. On seventh, Tatalovich bet, then folded to a raise from Vengrin, showing for a bricked wheel draw.
Tatalovich fell to 3,500 chips, later doubling to around 10,000, while Vengrin is our commanding leader with 440,000.
Mike Leah: / /
Artie Cobb: / /
Kristy Gazes: / /
We caught up with the action on fifth street, where after a bet and two calls, Gazes and Cobb were both all in and at risk.
All three players made a straight on sixth, and Leah's improved to Broadway when he turned over the on seventh. Cobb () and Gazes () both bricked.
Cobb won the low half of the main pot with a sixty-five, and Gazes, who had more chips than Cobb, won the low half of the side pot with an eighty-six. There was a bit of a dispute as to just how many chips Gazes would receive, and ultimately the table agreed upon 9,500.
She doubled twice after that, and now has around 30,000 chips.
Tony Gill: / /
Barry Greenstein: / /
We caught the action on fifth street, where Greenstein called a bet from Gill. The rest of the chips went in on sixth, and after the downcards were dealt we saw from Gill. He had a pair of threes and an eighty-six low, and Greenstein couldn't beat either as the dealer quickly pulled his cards into the muck.
The Poker Hall of Famer and three-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner exited in 21st place, earning $5,273.