Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Day 2 completed

Lehmanski Leads Once Again After Day 2

[user101598] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Max Lehmanski - Chip leader
Max Lehmanski - Chip leader

After nearly 11 hours of play - Level 17 was repeated because it took place on the bubble - Day 2 of Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) has finally come to a close. With the elimination of Brandon Meyers on the stone bubble, 18 players have guaranteed themselves a minimum of $53,781, and the chip leader is German Max Lehmanski. Lehmanski entered Day 2 with the most chips, and although he didn't go wire-to-wire, he ended the day in the same exact spot, bagging 1,982,000 chips.

The only other players to bag seven figures were Stephen Chidwick, Phil Galfond, Dani Stern, and Steve Sung. Sung was one card away from being the bubble boy himself when he got more than a half a million chips in the middle preflop with ace-king off-suit against the aces of Igor Kurganov. Sung made a four flush when the turn and river went diamond-diamond, doubling to over 1.1 million chips. Sung seemingly ran hot the entire day, busting Kyle Julius with ace-five against ace-jack prior to the bubble, and calling all-in with just ace-high on a seven-high flop only to chop when the turn and river put a straight on the board.

Also making Day 3 are notables Kevin Eyster, Todd Terry, Shannon Shorr, Ogjen Sekularac, David "Bakes" Baker, Marvin Rettenmaier, Fabian Quoss, and Christian Harder. Sekularac, despite one of the other shortest stacks in the room, was the one to bust Meyers. Sekularac won a race with two tens against Meyers' ace-jack to burst the bubble and end the day.

Joining Meyers on the rail today were a host of other notables, including Byron Kaverman, Rachid Ben Cherif, Zachary Clark, Max Steinberg, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, JP Kelly, Tobias Reinkemeier, Niklas Heinecker, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and the winner of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller, Tony Gregg.

The second Gregg was done with his interviews and photos, he hustled over to the Tan Section of the Amazon Room, but ran an unsuccessful bluff to bust.

Play will resume on Sunday at 2 p.m. PDT. The action is sure to be fast and furious at the start of the day with so many short stacks, so be sure to get back here early for coverage of this and every bracelet event at the 44th annual World Series of Poker.

Tags: Max Lehmanski

Day 3 Seat Draw w/ Counts (full)

[user153638] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
4531Steve Sung1,227,000
4532Kevin Eyster832,000
4533Max Lehmanski1,982,000
4534Christian Harder186,000
4535David "Bakes" Baker291,000
4536Stephen Chidwick1,782,000
4521Todd Terry676,000
4522Richard Lyndaker295,000
4523Marvin Rettenmaier251,000
4524Fabian Quoss222,000
4525Shannon Shorr645,000
4526David Benyamine203,000
4471Phil Galfond1,479,000
4472Ognjen Sekularac509,000
4473Jeff Gross385,000
4474Dani Stern1,469,000
4475Keith Lehr449,000
4476Igor Kurganov284,000
Max Lehmanski de 1,982,000 150,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 1,782,000 146,000
Phil Galfond us 1,479,000 184,000
Dani Stern us 1,469,000 29,000
Steve Sung us 1,227,000 107,000
Kevin Eyster us 832,000 -48,000
Todd Terry us 670,000 -184,000
Shannon Shorr us 645,000 -90,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 508,000 263,000
Keith Lehr us 449,000 59,000
Jeff Gross us 385,000 -42,000
Richard Lyndaker us 295,000 -59,000
David "Bakes" Baker us 291,000 -42,000
Igor Kurganov ru 284,000 -174,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 251,000
Fabian Quoss de 222,000 -68,000
David Benyamine fr 203,000 -1,000
Christian Harder us 186,000 -30,000

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Brandon Meyers Bubbles Event #52

[user101598] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Brandon Meyers bubbles
Brandon Meyers bubbles

After nearly two and a half hours, we are finally in the money here in Event #52.

Brandon Meyers was first to act, and moved all in for 188,000. Dani Stern folded on the button, and Ognjen Sekularac asked for a count in the small blind. The dealer obliged, and then Sekularac re-shoved, having Meyers covered by a few dozen thousand. Kevin Eyster quickly surrendered his big blind.

One more table still had a hand in progress, but as soon as Fabian Quoss folded his hand, Meyers and Sekularac tabled theirs.

Meyers: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Sekularac: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

With the stacks nearly even, it was essentially a $53,781 race. Meyers didn't make a pair as the flop fell {q-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, but he did pick up a gut-shot straight draw and a backdoor flush draw. Sekularac held two of his tens, but even if a ten turned, the Serbian would still have a redraw to a full house.

The {8-Spades} on the turn removed Meyers' hopes of making a flush, and left him with eight outs to survive. Unfortunately for him, the {8-Clubs} completed the board, and he was eliminated on an excruciatingly long bubble.

The remaining 18 players are now bagging and tagging. We will have full counts, the seat draw, and a recap for you shortly.

Brandon Meyers us Busted

Tags: Brandon MeyersOgnjen Sekularac

Massive Hand for Ansky

[user101598] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Dani Stern
Dani Stern

Dani Stern and Kevin Eyster have been battling back and forth on the bubble at the only four-handed table in the tournament. Even with Ognjen Sekularac and Brandon Meyers nursing short stacks at their table, these two are unafraid and are willing to play big pots.

In fact, the two just played a massive, 1.4 million-chip pot that went Stern's way. We caught the hand on the turn of an {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board. Eyster had checked, Stern fired out 58,000, and Eyster check-raised to 152,000. Stern called.

The river was the {k-Diamonds}, and Eyster grabbed a yellow T1,000 chip and a pink T5,000 chip, placed them on top of green T25,000 chips and slid forward 506,000.

"How much?" Stern sighed, shifting in his seat.

The dealer confirmed the amount, and after less than a minute Stern called. Eyster instantly flicked his cards into the muck, and Stern showed {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} for a pair of aces.

Dani Stern us 1,440,000 660,000
Kevin Eyster us 880,000 -736,000

Tags: Kevin EysterDani Stern

The Short Stack's Turn to Double

[user153638] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Dani Stern opened for 24,000 under the gun and cleared the field to a short-stacked Brandon Meyers in the big blind. Meyers, the one-time chip leader, moved all in for 119,000 and Stern called.

Stern: {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Meyers: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Meyers got it in good but the {7-Spades}{k-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop paired Stern and gave him the lead. The {4-Diamonds} turn meant just one card stood in the way of the bubble bursting, and that's just what it did as the {A-Hearts} peeled off to give Meyers a winning pair of aces.

"I folded an ace," Ognjen Sekularac said as the rest of the players bemoaned the fact that the bubble continued.

Dani Stern us 780,000 -115,000
Brandon Meyers us 250,000 131,000

Tags: Brandon MeyersDani Stern

Big Bubble Doubles

[user153638] • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Steve Sung - Saved by a diamond on the river
Steve Sung - Saved by a diamond on the river

We just had two all-in situations and it appeared the bubble was primed to burst.

In the first, Dani Stern raised to 25,000 and then called when Ognjen Sekularac moved all in for 114,000 from the small blind. Action was halted to wait for action to complete at the other tables. It was at one of these tables that Steve Sung and Igor Kurganov battled, which you can read about below.

Sekularac: {a-Spades}{j-Spades}
Stern: {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}

Sekularac was well out in front and doubled after the board ran out {q-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}.

At the other table, Kurganov raised to 25,000 from the cutoff only to have Sung three-bet to 80,000 from the button. Kurganov respond with a four-bet to 160,000 and then snap-called when Sung moved all in.

Sung: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Kurganov: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}

Sung was in the worst possible spot and looked as if he'd become the bubble boy. The {4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop made that all the more likely, but much to the surprise of the railbirds still in attendance, the {3-Diamonds} turned to give Kurganov a flush draw. Much to Kurganov's dismay, as well as the other players hoping to make the money, the {8-Diamonds} spiked on the river to save Sung.

Steve Sung us 1,120,000 587,000
Dani Stern us 895,000 -133,000
Igor Kurganov ru 458,000 -474,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 245,000 115,000

Tags: Dani SternIgor KurganovOgnjen SekularacSteve Sung


Galfond Takes One from Benyamine and Full Counts

[user101598] • Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Before the break began, Phil Galfond, David Benyamine, and Keith Lehr all took a flop of {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. The trio checked. The turn was the {4-Diamonds}, Galfond led out for 52,000, and only Benyamine called.

The river was the {9-Spades}, Galfond fired out another 105,000, and Benyamine called. Galfond tabled {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for a turned flush, winning the pot.

Here are full counts. As you can see, Max Lehmanski, Stephen Chidwick, and Kevin Eyster are doing their best to abuse the bubble.

Max Lehmanski de 1,832,000 682,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 1,636,000 136,000
Kevin Eyster us 1,616,000 396,000
Phil Galfond us 1,295,000 165,000
Dani Stern us 1,028,000 -122,000
Igor Kurganov ru 932,000 22,000
Todd Terry us 854,000 -93,000
Steve Sung us 533,000 -312,000
Jeff Gross us 427,000 -80,000
Keith Lehr us 390,000 5,000
Richard Lyndaker us 354,000 54,000
David "Bakes" Baker us 333,000 -42,000
Fabian Quoss de 290,000 -40,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 227,000 -133,000
Christian Harder us 216,000 -149,000
David Benyamine fr 204,000 -241,000
Ognjen Sekularac rs 130,000 -60,000
Brandon Meyers us 99,000 -241,000

Ten-Minute Break

[user153638] • Level 17: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Players are now on a ten-minute break. When they return Level 18 will commence and the bubble will continue. The plan is to play until the bubble bursts no matter how long that may take. With that said, once it does burst we will be done for the night.