Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Day 2 completed

Benyamine Leads 78 Advancing Players; Ivey, Hellmuth & Mizrachi Fall

[user153638] • Level 10
David Benyamine
David Benyamine

Day 2 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship saw nine players late register to bring the total field up to 132 entrants—up 24 from the year prior—and create a prize pool of $6,336,000, of which $1,774,089 is reserved for the winner. After five more levels of play, the man best positioned out of the remaining 78 players is David Benyamine, who bagged up the chip lead with 729,000.

One man who is no longer in contention for the top prize is defending champ Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who was seeking his third Poker Players' Championship title. Mizrachi's demise came in Level 9 in a round of no-limit hold'em. Fifth street had been dealt, and with about 60,000 in the middle the board read {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. It appeared Cole South had checked and Mizrachi had fired a bet, as the latter had 35,000 sitting out in front of him with only about 25,000 left behind.

South paused for several seconds, then announced he was all in, his stack well exceeding that of Mizrachi. The Grinder sat up and leaned forward, beginning a couple of minutes' worth of consideration of what to do next.

"I got a pretty big hand," he said at one point, with South offering no response. Finally Mizrachi called, asking "full house?" as he did. South let his cards provide the response. He didn't have a full house, but his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} meant he'd made a club flush. Mizrachi slumped a little as he saw a hand that beat the one he was holding. He started to muck face down, then flipped his cards over and ahead where they landed in the middle of the table — {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. With that, the 2010 and 2012 Poker Players' Champion was out.

Others who hit the rail throughout the day were David "ODB" Baker, David "Bakes" Baker, Randy Ohel, Konstantin Puchkov, Phil Ivey, Mike Sexton, Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow.

While some big names fell, there are still plenty of notables left in the field including Jonathan Duhamel (666,100), Matthew Ashton (635,500), Troy Burkholder (623,000), Jean Gaspard (600,100), Brian Rast (489,500), Shaun Deeb (453,600), Justin Bonomo (343,600), Joe Hachem (326,000), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (325,000), Huck Seed (309,400), Erick Lindgren (276,000) and Doyle Brunson (265,000).

Brunson was down to just 40,000 at the start of Level 10, but by the end of it he'd increase that sixfold. That was thanks to doubles through Jennifer Harman and Cole South, with lady luck smiling on the ten-time bracelet winner on the latter double.

Day 3 will begin at at 2 p.m. PDT, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from another day of action here in Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship.

Tags: David Benyamine

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user68268] • Level 10
David Benyamine fr 729,000 269,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 666,100 181,100
Matthew Ashton gb 635,500 115,500
Troy Burkholder US 623,000 178,000
Jean Gaspard us 611,000 329,000
Don Nguyen us 528,000 443,000
Brian Rast us 489,500 -80,500
Justin Smith us 456,000 -9,000
Shaun Deeb us 453,600 163,600
Adam Friedman us 436,600 136,600
Roman Yitzhaki us 417,000 239,000
Tommy Hang us 400,000 45,000
Tom Koral us 389,400 -600
Richard Ashby gb 380,000 250,000
Minh Ly us 378,200 182,200
David Oppenheim us 378,000 163,000
David Bach us 364,900 -160,100
Dan Kelly us 357,700 -37,300
George Danzer de 345,000 138,000
Justin Bonomo us 343,600 48,600
Calvin Anderson us 332,800 -17,200
Paul Volpe us 330,000 200,000
Joe Hachem au 326,000 126,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr 325,000 104,000
Rory Mathews 322,700 -47,300

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Mor Doubles Through South in Last Hand of the Night

[user153638] • Level 10

No-Limit Hold'em

In the last hand of the night, Ofir Mor raised only to have Cole South three-bet to 14,300. Mor responded by four-betting all in for 62,000 and South asked for a count before making the call.

Mor: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
South: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

"How's that for a last hand," Mor said after the board ran out {q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and he doubled through South.

Ofir Mor us 132,400 82,400
Cole South us 86,300 -53,700

Tags: Cole SouthOfir Mor

Katchalov Cut Down

Shamus • Level 10
Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov

Stud

Eugene Katchalov was just all in and at risk by fifth street in a stud hand against both Bryn Kenney and Eric Sagstrom. Sagstrom then bet on both of the last two streets, and Kenney called both times.

Sagstrom: {x-}{x-} / {J-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} / {x-}
Katchalov: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs} / {x-}
Kenney: {x-}{x-} / {8-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} / {x-}

"Straight," said Sagstrom at the showdown as he tabled his {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs} for a king-high straight. Both Kenney and Katchalov mucked, the latter having been sent railward in one of the last hands of the night.

Erik Sagstrom se 258,000 78,000
Eugene Katchalov ua Busted

Three More Hands

[user153638] • Level 10

Each table will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're off to catch any last-minute action and to compile a list of counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.

Brunson Hits Runner-Runner to Stay Alive

[user153638] • Level 10
Doyle Brunson on Day 1.
Doyle Brunson on Day 1.

No-Limit Hold'em

We caught the action on a {10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop with around 25,000 in the pot. Cole South had checked from the small blind and Doyle Brunson did the same from the big. Paul Volpe then bet 10,000 from middle position, South called and Brunson check-raised but to 70,500, leaving himself about 40,000 behind. Volpe quickly folded and then South moved all in. Brunson snap-called and discovered the bad news.

South: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}
Brunson: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

South had flopped a set and was well out in front. Brunson was looking for a jack, but the {10-Spades} turn wasn't it. With that said, the ten-time bracelet winner could now catch a ten to counterfeit South. The dealer burned and put out the {10-Diamonds}. Brunson let a sly smile cross his face as the table reacted sharply.

"Look at the vultures hanging around," Jennifer Harman told Brunson in regards to the various players, most of who have side bets with the veteran, who were surrounding the table.

Doyle Brunson us 250,000 155,000
Cole South us 140,000 -110,000

Tags: Doyle BrunsonCole SouthPaul Volpe

Plenty of Extras Being Given Away At This Year's WSOP

[user68268] • Level 10

The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.

While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.

What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!

Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the “36-Seat Giveaway” where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day’s first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.

In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a “Hot Seat” promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.

With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.

Tags: WSOPWSOP.com

Juanda Rebounds

Shamus • Level 10
John Juanda
John Juanda

No-Limit Hold'em

John Juanda was down to around 10,000 earlier in the evening, appearing as though he were in danger of an early exit from Event #55. But he nursed his short stack through the last couple of levels, and as play is coming close to an end he has managed to build back up over 120,000.

Juanda earned some more chips recently in a hand versus Chris Klodnicki in which the two players battled preflop to built a decent-sized pot before the first three community cards came {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Klodnicki bet 10,600 in an effort to claim what was in the middle, but Juanda raised all in for more than 60,000 total.

Klodnicki thought for a couple of minutes before acting. "Do you have ace-king?" asked Juanda. "Maybe," grinned Klodnicki.

Finally Klodnicki found a fold, and a couple of Juanda's supporters on the rail applauded the play.

Chris Klodnicki us 162,000 20,000
John Juanda id 122,000 98,000

Tags: John Juanda