Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
On Thursday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em began with 810 players, of which 144 returned for Day 2 action earlier today. After ten one-hour levels of play, just 15 players remain with Heinz Kamutzki best positioned to make a run at the $508,640 first-place prize with his stack of 841,000.
Another man eyeing up the title is Phil Hellmuth, who was denied his 14th bracelet when he finished runner-up to Ted Forrest in Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz. Hellmuth is the biggest name in the field and will take 491,000 into the final day of play.
Others who will be there include Davidi Kitai (815,000), Pratyush Buddiga (760,000), Gordon Vayo (483,000), Ryan Olisar (444,000), Vladimir Geshkenbein (178,000), and Tony Ruberto (98,000).
The day kicked off with 54 players needing to hit the rail before the money was reached, and one of the first to go was 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who ran pockets tens into the kings of Matt Marafioti. Before long the Canadian had company on the rail including Blair Hinkle, Dani Stern, Eric Baldwin, Peter Jetten, and Adam Bernstein.
Bernstein was actually the victim of a cooler to burst the bubble, which happened in Level 12 (600/1,200/200). It happened when Bernstein limped under the gun and action folded to Artem Metalidi in the big blind. He raised to 3,600, and Bernstein simply moved all in for 58,600. Metalidi snap-called.
It was a cooler hand, and Bernstein was on the bad end of things. With a minimum payday of $5,041 on the line the dealer ran out the board — . There would be no miracle for Bernstein and he became the bubble boy in particularly brutal fashion.
From there the in-the-money finishes came at a rapid pace and included Joe Tehan (89th - $5,041), Michael Mizrachi (86th - $5,041), Tony Dunst (75th - $5,484), Sorel Mizzi (68th - $5,484), Jesse Sylvia (63rd - $5,970), Andrew Lichtenberger (52nd - $7,098), Paul Volpe (47th - $7,938), Bryn Kenney (41st - $9,066), and Brandon Cantu (32nd - $10,614).
Cantu, who began the day as a big chip leader, fell when he opened for 12,000 from the button only to have Hellmuth, who he battled against at aforementioned razz final table earlier in the week, three-bet to 25,000 from the big blind.
Cantu responded by four-betting all in and Hellmuth snap-called.
Cantu had picked the wrong time to shove as the "Poker Brat" had the best hand in poker. Cantu, who began the day as a big chip leader, wouldn't get so much as a sweat as the board ran out . With that, Hellmuth, who notched his 102nd WSOP cash in this event, eliminated his “frenemy.”
Day 3 action will see the remaining 15 players return at 1 p.m. on Saturday to play down to a winner. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the updates. Be sure to check back then, but in the meantime check out this video where Hollywood actor James Woods talks about his start in poker:
There were some fireworks on the last hand of the night, one that resulted in an elimination and a massive double.
It began when Tony Ruberto opened for 20,000 under the gun and Davidi Kitai three-bet to 48,000 from the button. A short-stacked Jake Toole then four-bet all in for 65,000 total from the big blind, Ruberto announced that he too was all in, and Kitai called off for 364,000.
Ruberto couldn't believe his luck in the last hand of the night, while Toole began to collect his things. Kitai was on his feet as his tournament life was on the line, but he stayed in the lead on the flop. The turn made Kitai extra nervous as it gave Ruberto a flush draw, but it didn't come in as the blanked on the river.
With that play has come to an end here on Day 2. Stay tuned for official chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.
Matt Marafioti moved all in under the gun for his last 135,000 and Gabriel Andrade called from the small blind.
Marafioti was drawing to two live cards, but the flop paired Andrade's queen. That said, it also gave Marafioti a gutshot straight draw. The turn was close to the ten he needed, but not quite close enough. The same can be said of the river.
"Good luck everyone," Marafioti offered before taking his leave in 17th place.
Action folded to Mark Darner in the small blind and he just limped. Zachary Korik then exercised his option in the big by raising to 22,000. Darner responded by moving all in for 261,000 and Korik called.
It was a flip, but not after the flop came down . Darner found a ten to take a commanding lead, and he held it as the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river.
A short-stacked Alex Queen moved all in under the gun for 88,000 and Ryan Olisar called from the button. The blinds both folded and the cards were turned up.
It was a flip, and all Queen needed to do to double was hold. That proved easier said than done though as the flop delivered Olisar a pair of aces. The turn meant Queen needed one of the two remaining nines on the river to stay alive, but it wasn't meant to be as the blanked.
Queen was eliminated in 18th place and will take home $19,547 for his performance.
Australian Jackie Glazier had been nursing a short stack for the last hour or so, but her number was finally called and it was 19, as in 19th place.
In what would be her final hand, Glazier moved all in for her last 40,000 and received a call. When action reached John Andress, he three-bet to 120,000 and isolated Glazier. Andress tabled , which was well out in front of Glazier's .
The board ran out clean, and the WSOP bracelet winner had to settle for 19th place and $15,567 in prize money. The field is now down to the final 18 players, and that means it is time for a complete redraw.