Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix

Official Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 18
Marco Johnson us 354,300
Steven Wolansky us 321,400
Chris Tryba us 287,800
Dario Alioto it 261,400
Greg Mueller ca 258,200
Michael Hurey US 213,300
Robert Mizrachi us 157,000
Michael Malm ca 135,100
Benjamin Pollak fr 133,000
Randy Ohel us 120,600
Eric Crain us 117,700
Travis Pearson us 110,400
Josh Arieh us 101,600
Chris Reslock us 88,900
Christopher Wolfe US 72,000
Mike Wattel us 66,600
Septimiu Popescu CA 56,500 56,500
Darryl Herrick US 35,300
Young Kim (Mike Kim) 24,800 24,800

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Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix
Day 2 completed

Johnson Leads Field; Mueller Attempting to One-Up Last Year's Finish

[user196676] • Level 18
Marco Johnson
Marco Johnson

After 10 levels of play, Marco Johnson leads the Day 2 field of Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix after he bagged 354,300. A mere 19 players remain out of the 192 that started the day, and Johnson stayed among the leaders for most of the day.

One of the survivors is Greg "FBT" Mueller, who is gunning for nothing less than the championship after finishing second in this event to David "ODB" Baker for $167,637 last year. Mueller currently ranks fifth in chips with 258,200. He trails Johnson, Steven Wolansky (321,400), Chris Tryba (287,800) and Dario Alioto (261,400). Other notable remaining players include Robert Mizrachi (157,000), Day 1 chipleader Eric Crain (117,700) and former main event third-place finisher Josh Arieh (101,600).

It seemed that Mueller was on a downward spiral after Crain dealt Mueller a huge blow late in the night during the No-Limit Hold'em round when he made quad jacks after shoving preflop with jack-eight. Mueller managed to battle back to a top-five stack despite the setback.

Greg Raymer, who came into the day with a very short stack, hit the rail early on, and a slew of top pros from the loaded field joined him. They included Phil Ivey, Allen Kessler, David Williams, Todd Brunson, Scott Fischman, Justin Bonomo and Vanessa Selbst among others.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. PST tomorrow, and we will continue to update you as the players are whittled down to a champion, who will earn $225,104 and a coveted gold bracelet.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user196676] • Level 18
Marco Johnson us 354,300 157,300
Steven Wolansky us 321,400 111,400
Chris Tryba us 287,800 147,800
Dario Alioto it 261,400
Greg Mueller ca 258,200 13,200
Michael Hurey US 213,300 66,300
Robert Mizrachi us 157,000 -33,000
Michael Malm ca 135,100 67,100
Benjamin Pollak fr 133,000 48,000
Randy Ohel us 120,600 9,000
Eric Crain us 117,700 -52,300
Travis Pearson us 110,400 40,400
Josh Arieh us 101,600 -67,900
Chris Reslock us 88,900 -21,100
Christopher Wolfe US 72,000 -1,000
Mike Wattel us 66,600 -75,400
Septimu Popescu (Septimiu Popescu) 56,500 -7,500
Darryl Herrick US 35,300 -34,700
Mike Kim 24,800 -145,200

Three More Hands

• Level 18

The dealers will deal out three more hands after the one they're on, then we will be finished for the night.

Crain Reminds Himself Why PLO is Bad

• Level 18

We caught Crain doing what he said he wouldn't: playing PLO. Everyone folded to him on the button, and he raised it up. Both blinds called, and everyone checked it down. Mike Kim announced a pair of tens, and Crain and the other player mucked.

Perhaps Crain will go back to folding it down in PLO, since it did for him exactly what he predicted it would: lost him chips.

Tags: Mike KimEric Crain

Scoop For Mueller

[user196676] • Level 18

Omaha Eight-or-Better

Greg Mueller opened with a raise from the cutoff and Michael Malm called from the button.

The dealer produced a flop of {3-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and both players checked. The {5-Hearts} paired the board on the turn and Mueller led out. Malm called and the river was the {6-Spades}. Mueller led once more and Malm tanked for about forty-five seconds before dropping in a call.

Mueller fanned {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} which was good enough for a scoop. Mueller now has about 245,000 to Malm's 68,000.

Greg Mueller ca 245,000 100,000
Michael Malm ca 68,000 -140,000

Tags: Michael MalmGreg Mueller

Arieh Calls Light

• Level 18

Stud

Josh Arieh called bets from Benjamin Pollak on third and fourth showing a four-five, while Pollak had two diamonds. Arieh then came out firing when he caught a king and Pollak a blank. Both players checked sixth street, and Pollak bet the end. Arieh tanked, then called.

Arieh: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{6-}/{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Pollak: {x-}{x-}{x-}/{9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Arieh's pair of threes was good for the pot and a "wow" from one of his tablemates.

Josh Arieh us 169,500 42,500
Benjamin Pollak fr 85,000 -65,500

Tags: Benjamin PollakJosh Arieh

Vitch Slapped

[user196676] • Level 18

Stud

Christopher Vitch: {K-Spades}{8-Diamonds} / {8-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} / {2-Hearts}
Dario Alioto: {k-Clubs}{J-Hearts} / {J-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{J-Spades}{A-Clubs} / {2-Diamonds}

After committing most of his chips at the start of the hand, we found Christopher Vitch tossing his last 100 chip in on fourth street. Dario Alioto and Michael Malm were both in and contesting for a side pot heading to fifth street. Alioto led out on fifth and Malm folded his hand. The rest of the cards were drawn and Vitch was unable to conquer Alioto's trip jacks. He was sent to the rail while Alioto absorbed his chip stack.

Dario Alioto it 202,000 -30,000
Christopher Vitch us Busted

Tags: Chris VitchDario AliotoMichael Malm

Mueller Drags One

[user196676] • Level 18

Stud

Greg Mueller: {x-}{x-} / {J-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} / {x-}
Marco Johnson: {x-}{x-} / {7-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs} / {x-}

We picked up with the action on fifth street to see Greg Mueller toss out a bet. Marco Johnson cut out a raise and Mueller called. Sixth street was dealt and Mueller led once more. Johnson called. Mueller led on seventh as well and Johnson opted to toss away his hand.

Mueller now has about 145,000 in chips.

Marco Johnson us 197,000 -48,000
Greg Mueller ca 145,000 35,000

Tags: Greg MuellerMarco Johnson