Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
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.
|453||5||David "Bakes" Baker||291,000|
|Jeff Gross||partypoker Team Online||385,000||-42,000|
|David "Bakes" Baker||291,000||-42,000|
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.
With the stacks nearly even, it was essentially a $53,781 race. Meyers didn't make a pair as the flop fell , 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 on the turn removed Meyers' hopes of making a flush, and left him with eight outs to survive. Unfortunately for him, the 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.
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 board. Eyster had checked, Stern fired out 58,000, and Eyster check-raised to 152,000. Stern called.
The river was the , 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 for a pair of aces.
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.
Meyers got it in good but the flop paired Stern and gave him the lead. The turn meant just one card stood in the way of the bubble bursting, and that's just what it did as the 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.
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 was well out in front and doubled after the board ran out .
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 was in the worst possible spot and looked as if he'd become the bubble boy. The flop made that all the more likely, but much to the surprise of the railbirds still in attendance, the turned to give Kurganov a flush draw. Much to Kurganov's dismay, as well as the other players hoping to make the money, the spiked on the river to save Sung.
Before the break began, Phil Galfond, David Benyamine, and Keith Lehr all took a flop of . The trio checked. The turn was the , Galfond led out for 52,000, and only Benyamine called.
The river was the , Galfond fired out another 105,000, and Benyamine called. Galfond tabled 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.
|Jeff Gross||partypoker Team Online||427,000||-80,000|
|David "Bakes" Baker||333,000||-42,000|
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.