Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #61:$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 2 completed

Rybin, Watson Lead International Field to End Day 2

Shamus • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Alexey Rybin
Alexey Rybin

As the exciting first Day 1 flight of the Main Event played out down the hall here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the action was similarly intense in the Pavilion Room for Day 2 of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. From a starting field of 386 there were 168 players back in action to start today's play, and after 10 more levels of PLO just 32 remain with Alexey Rybin of Russia leading all with a stack of 977,000.

Rybin grabbed the lead early on Day 2 and kept it for most of the afternoon and evening, only losing it briefly to Mike Watson of Canada near night's end before claiming it back. Watson ended the day with 773,000 in second position, with Johannes Strassman (Germany), Nadar Kakhmazov (Russia), and Nicolas Faure (France) not far behind.

The American Daniel Alaei and Canadian Jonathan Duhamel also will be returning to big stacks tomorrow, as will the Ukraine's Oleksii Kovalchuk who is going for his third bracelet in three years. Alex Kravchenko, Tom Marchese, Nacho Barbero, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Stephen Chidwick, Tony Cousineau, Jared Bleznick, and Joseph Cheong will also be back to help round out a star-studded field of remaining players.

The afternoon and early evening saw the field race down to the money bubble with start-of-day-2 chip leader Matt O'Donnell and NBA star Paul Pierce among those falling prior to dinner and not too far from the cash. Once just 46 remained, super short stack Jamie Pickering helped add an extra half-hour to the day by nursing his last chips for an extra orbit's worth of hand-for-hand play only to stone bubble the event.

From there Peter Jetten (44th), Scott Seiver (42nd), and Marcel Luske (41st) were among the min-cashers, with Matt Giannetti being the last elimination of the night in 33rd place.

As suggested above, the remaining field is truly indicative of poker's global reach, with players from Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Ukraine, Argentina, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, the United Kingdom, and the United States still remaining.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. — that's Pacific time for all of those following from around the world. Come back then to follow all of the action as we discover who among these 32 will be winning the last preliminary bracelet of the 2013 WSOP.

Tags: Alexey Rybin

Official End-of-Day Counts

[user101598] • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Alexey Rybin ru 977,000 57,000
Mike Watson ca 773,000 -37,000
Johannes Strassmann DE 744,000 84,000
Nadar Kakhmazov ru 692,000 77,000
Nicolas Faure FR 680,000 50,000
Daniel Alaei us 676,000 16,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 664,000 -11,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj us 478,000 238,000
Philippe Clerc FR 406,000 71,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk ua 405,000 -250,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 399,000 39,000
Tom Marchese us 354,000 -16,000
Mesbah Guerfi fr 327,000 77,000
Nacho Barbero ar 315,000 -20,000
Mark Davis gd 301,000 -99,000
Daniel Merkus NL 296,000 41,000
Numit Agrawal US 275,000 -55,000
James Wiese US 271,000 -64,000
Andy Miller us 261,000 131,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua 259,000 -86,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 255,000 135,000
Jan Collado de 238,000 196,000
Sean Dempsey us 207,000 7,000
Michael Schwartz us 204,000 -1,000
Morten Stenheim NO 182,000 -23,000

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Lehr, Semin, and Giannetti Don't Survive

[user101598] • Level 18: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante

After calling a raise of 20,000 from Sean Dempsey, Keith Lehr check-raised all in from the blinds on a flop of {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. Dempsey snap-called, having flopped a full house.

Dempsey: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Lehr: {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}

Lehr had an out to make quads, but the turn and river both brought red kings, and he was eliminated. Dempsey chipped up to 200,000.

On other tables, Mikhail Semin and Matt Giannetti were eliminated by Alexey Rybin and Alex Kravchenko respectively. Rybin now sits with 920,000 chips, while Kravchenko is up to 360,000.

Giannetti provided the following on Twitter:

Matt GiannettiJust busted 10k PLO after playing 350k pot all in on the flop vs 4 outter w/7 cards to have him dead, crippled after that then ship KKintoAA
Alexey Rybin ru 920,000 340,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 360,000 100,000
Sean Dempsey us 200,000 60,000
Matt Giannetti us Busted
Keith Lehr us Busted
Mikhail Semin ru Busted

Tags: Alex KravchenkoAlexey RybinKeith LehrMatt GiannettiMikhail SeminSean Dempsey

Duhamel More-Than-Doubles

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Following a Jonathan Duhamel open from middle position and a call from Jared Bleznick on the button, Mike Watson reraised to 85,000 from the blinds and both Duhamel and Bleznick called.

The flop came {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{J-Spades}, and Watson promptly set out two small stacks of green (25,000) chips to signify a bet of 200,000. Duhamel thought a moment, then bet all in for 202,000, and Bleznick folded. Watson called the extra couple of orange (1,000) chips, and the players showed their cards.

Duhamel: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Watson: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Duhamel was calling for a flush, and while the {10-Spades} turn didn't deliver it the {4-Clubs} river did, and Duhamel earned a big more-than-double-up as they near the end of play for the night.

Mike Watson ca 810,000 -170,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 675,000 375,000
Jared Bleznick us 220,000 -55,000

Tags: Jared BleznickJonathan DuhamelMike Watson

Nguyen, Hebden, and Roberts Exit

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When we reached Table 94, Khiem Nguyen was all in and at risk with {a-}{j-}{10-}{6-} on a flop of {3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Nicolas Faure had him at risk with {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}, and Nguyen improved to a better two pair when the {a-Diamonds} turned. Unfortunately for the German, the {8-Hearts} completed the board to give Faure a flush, and he was eliminated.

On other tabled, Elliott Hebden and Brian Roberts were eliminated with unknown action.

Nicolas Faure FR 630,000 220,000
Elliott Hebden us Busted
Khiem Nguyen de Busted
Brian Roberts us Busted

Tags: Brian RobertsElliott HebdenKhiem NguyenNicolas Faure

Big One for Barbero

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We came on a big three-way hand involving Nacho Barbero (small blind), Alexey Rybin (middle position), and Tom Marchese (hijack seat) just now. They'd reached the turn, with a number of chips in the middle, the board showing {3-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, and it appearing as though the action had checked to Marchese who'd bet 42,000.

Barbero then had committed his entire stack of about 160,000 as a raise, then Rybin had repotted it and Marchese was in the tank trying to decide whether or not to commit his last 160,000 or so. Finally Marchese folded, and the other two tabled their cards.

Barbero: {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Rybin: {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The river then brought the {7-Hearts}, making a flush for Barbero and earning him continued life in Event #61.

Alexey Rybin ru 805,000 -75,000
Nacho Barbero ar 335,000 125,000
Tom Marchese us 160,000 -95,000

Tags: Alexey RybinNacho BarberoTom Marchese

Bleznick Jams the Turn

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After being forced to fold to a river shove, Jared Bleznick raised to 16,000 from early position. Mike Watson called on his direct left, Jonathan Duhamel defended his big blind, and the flop fell {3-Hearts}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}. Duhamel checked, Bleznick continued for 36,000, and both Watson and Duhamel called. The turn was the {7-Hearts}, Duhamel checked again, and Bleznick moved all in for what looked like 175,000. Watson quickly folded, and Duhamel tank-folded as well.

Mike Watson ca 590,000 -30,000
Jared Bleznick us 330,000 85,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 300,000 -80,000

Tags: Jared BleznickJonathan DuhamelMike Watson

Kravchenko Busts Andersson

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When we reached Table 94, Fredrik Andersson was all in and at risk for his last few thousand on a flop of {k-Hearts}{2-Spades}{a-Hearts}. His opponent, Alex Kravchenko, called.

Andersson: {9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Kravchenko: {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}

Anderson was drawing very slim, but the {9-Spades} on the turn was one of the few cards in the deck that kept him alive. He needed to make two pair or trips on the river while avoiding a hear, but he was unable to when the {3-Hearts} completed the board. Andersson was eliminated in 39th place, while Kravchenko now has 260,000 chips.

Alex Kravchenko ru 260,000 135,000
Fredrik Andersson se Busted

Tags: Alex KravchenkoFredrik Andersson