Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Day 1 completed

Juijen Chang Leads the Way, Michael Mizrachi Right Behind Him

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Juijen Chang
Juijen Chang

Today saw the start of the last non-flop games at the WSOP, as Day 1 of Event #59 $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball completed. After eight levels of drawing and standing pat, Juijen Chang leads the way with a massive stack of 66,000. The only player within 20,000 of him is none other then Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who ended the night with 58,300 despite sitting out the last level of the night.

282 players ponied up the buy in for this event, well above the 228 from last year. Over half of the field was eliminated today, and some of the causalities included Phil Galfond, Greg Raymer, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Alex Kravchenko.

It wasn't all bad news for the notables, as a slew of them made it through the day. Amongst those still alive are David “ODB” Baker (46,900), Gavin Smith (36,900), Daniel Negreanu (24,400), Mike Leah (23,000), Scott Seiver (18,900) and 2013 WSOP bracelet winners Marco Johnson (40,000), Tom Schneider (32,300), David Chiu (28,500), Daniel Idema (21,500), Vladimir Shchemelev (13,700), and Jesse Martin (12,800).

The 88 surviving players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time to play ten more levels of triple draw poker. The plan is to play ten levels, or until a final table has been reached: whichever comes first. As always, Pokernews.com will be here with all of your up to date action. Thanks for tuning in, and good night from Las Vegas!

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Juijen Chang US 66,000 66,000
Michael Mizrachi us 58,300 16,800
David "ODB" Baker us 46,900 20,900
Ryan Tepen us 43,900
Justin Bonomo us 42,600 26,600
Dale Townsend au 41,100
Farzad Bonyadi us 40,000 40,000
Marco Johnson us 40,000
Leonard Martin us 39,500
Jon Turner us 37,700 22,700
DID NOT REPORT 1 37,100
Gavin Smith us 36,900 1,900
Shunjiro Uchida us 35,500
Alexander Condon us 35,000 35,000
Matthew Smith us 34,800
Mikey Stotz US 34,500 34,500
Kevin Iacofano us 34,000
Ben Yu us 33,700 -4,100
Naoya Kihara jp 33,300 15,800
Travis Pearson us 33,200 33,200
Tom Schneider us 32,300 -9,700
Sebastien Sabic 31,900 31,900
Dany Georges us 31,700 31,700
Mike Watson ca 31,000 -13,000
Eric Wasserson us 31,000 -7,000

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Mercier Survives

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

As Table 364 pushed through the last four hands of the night, a short-stacked Jason Mercier tried on a couple of occasions to get his last chips in the middle, finally getting a taker on the final hand in Timothy Finne.

Mercier raised, Finne three-bet from the blinds, and Mercier called. Finne took one card and Mercier two, then Finne bet, Mercier raised, Finne reraised, and Mercier called all in.

Both then stood pat on the last two draws, and Mercier showed {8-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-}. Finne flashed a {9-}, and Mercier scooped the chips to survive to Day 2.

"2 p.m. can't come soon enough!" said Mercier somewhat wryly, noting tomorrow's restart time. He then looked up at the board to see the number of remaining players. "There's only f***ing 90 people left? Why not just give me the bracelet now!" he cracked.

Timothy Finne us 19,400 -2,100
Jason Mercier us 5,900 -100

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Four More Hands

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

With 10 minutes left in tonight's final level, the clock has been stopped and the announcement made that four more hands will be played.

Schneider Over O'Brien

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Tom Schneider raised from middle position and got a single caller in a short-stacked Dan O'Brien playing from the big blind. O'Brien drew two and Schneider three, then O'Brien check-called a bet from Schneider. O'Brien then took two on the next draw while Schneider stood pat.

O'Brien checked again, Schneider bet, and O'Brien folded, showing he had both a pair of deuces and a pair of treys among his five cards. Schneider flashed a {2-} as well as he scooped the chips.

Tom Schneider us 42,000 9,000
Dan O'Brien us 2,000 -5,400

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Mercier Gets Some Much Needed Chips

• Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Jason Mercier raised it up in early position, and Timothy Finne three bet it from the big blind. Mercier called, then drew two cards. Finne drew one, then fired out a bet. Mercier raised it up, leaving himself just 1,500 behind. Finne called, then drew one card. Mercier stood pat, and both players checked. The exact same thing happened both on the draw and with the betting action, and Finne simply said "you win." Mercier rolled over {9-}{8-}{6-}{5-}{2-}, and he took down the pot to get to 6,000.

Timothy Finne us 21,500 2,500
Jason Mercier us 6,000 -8,000

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Ho Eliminated, Chang Adds More

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Maria Ho has been eliminated, her final hand being won by the current chip leader Jui Jen Chang.

Ho had found herself down to a single gray 100 chip and was thus all in on her big blind before the first draw when Chang raised from under the gun and got a single caller from the small blind. Ho had to draw four cards while her opponents each took two, and when checked to Chang bet and the small blind called. The small blind then took one, Ho one, and Chang two, and again Chang's opponent check-called his bet.

All three players took a single card on the last draw, and Chang and his opponent checked. Ho showed {7-}{5-}{5-}{3-}{2-}, Chang {10-}{8-}{6-}{3-}{2-}, and the third player {8-}{4-}{4-}{3-}{2-}, and Chang won the hand.

Juijen Chang US 73,000 73,000
Maria Ho us Busted

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Abrams Out

Shamus • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Scott Abrams
Scott Abrams

After an opponent opened from late position, Scott Abrams reraised from the blinds to get his last chips in before the first draw and his opponent called. Abrams drew two, then one, then one, while his opponent drew a single card on all three draws.

Both showed tabled their hands to squeeze the final card. Abrams was showing {7-}{4-}{3-}{2-}, but turned over a pairing {7-}. Meanwhile his opponent had {8-}{5-}{4-}{2-}, and he turned over a {K-} to best Abrams's hand and send him railward.

Scott Abrams us Busted

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