Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event #41: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six-Handed) is done, and after another action-packed day of short-handed, four-card poker it was Steve Gross emerging at night's end as the leader among the 22 who survived the day. Gross will come back to a stack of 526,000 to start play tomorrow.
Sorel Mizzi had led the 117 returners today, but soon after play began Ville Mattila surged past Mizzi and everyone else to claim the top spot in the counts for much of the afternoon and early evening. Meanwhile the field trimmed down under 50 players and toward the money bubble, with the bursting finally happening just a few minutes before the dinner break when Michel Abecassis was the unfortunate 43rd-place finisher.
After dinner the bustouts continued, with Chad Brown (39th), Dan Smith (38th), Tony Cousineau (37th), Juha Helppi (36th), Daniel Negreanu (34th), Matt Giannetti (33rd), Manuel Bevand (30th), Scott Bohlman (29th), and Jamie Pickering (28th) among those going out over the next couple of hours.
It was during the latter part of the night that Jesse Rockowitz began his ascent to the top of the counts, hovering near the half-million chip mark for the last stages of the evening, before finally Gross passed him and that milestone just before night's end. During that last stretch the two Deebs — Freddy and Shaun — went out next in 27th and 26th, respectively, with Victor Shuchleis (25th), Davidi Kitai (24th), and Stephen Wolfe (23rd) being the final eliminations of the night.
Joining Gross and Rockowitz on Monday will be Mattila and Mizzi, with Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight-Handed) winner Trevor Pope also still in the mix.
Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the third and final day of Event #41. Thanks for following our coverage thus far, and be sure to check in tomorrow to see who among the final 22 will win the next WSOP gold bracelet.
|Wei Kai Chang||187,000||42,000|
On the next-to-last hand of the night at Table 347, Stephen Wolfe was all in before the flop versus two opponents, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Steve Gross. The flop came , and when Timoshenko bet, Gross stepped aside.
Wolfe had and was well behind Timoshenko's , and when a fell on the turn to fill up Timoshenko the river was no matter, eliminating Wolfe in 23rd.
Lasell King would then double up one more time — again with kings — versus Steve Gross when his held versus Gross's through a board, and the bags were brought out as play had concluded for the night.
The tournament director has stopped the clock with 10 minutes left and after drawing a card has announced just two more hands will be played before they stop for the night.
Lasell King raised the pot to 21,000, then it folded to Nader Arfai who reraised pot from the big blind and King called all in for 38,000 total.
King had and Arfai . The board came , and King's kings and deuces were best, giving him a double.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko raised to 12,000 from under the gun, then Stephen Wolfe called the raise from late position. The action on Davidi Kitai on the button, the Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em winner reraised all in for 79,000. Timoshenko then reraised all in himself for 90,500, and Wolfe called, having both players covered.
The board came , then , then . Kitai had made eights and sevens, but Timoshenko's kings and deuces gave him the best hand and the pot, eliminating the Belgian.
Four players had made it to a flop, at which point Victor Shuchleis bet the pot — about 45,000 — leaving himself just a few chips behind. Steve Gross considered the stacks of everyone else still involved, then reraised to push out the other two players, and Shuchleis called.
Shuchleis had and Gross , so when the fell on the turn Gross had made the better flush and the river was inconsequential, thus ending Shuchleis's Event #41 run in 25th place.
The remaining 25 players have now moved into the final one-hour level of the night.