Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship from the 2014 World Series of Poker has come to a close. The field returned with 58 players from the original 122, but that has since been whittled down to the final nine. Leading the pack is Todd Brunson with 980,000 in chips, and the gold bracelet winner will be joined by a packed final group on Thursday.
Second in chips behind Brunson is Steve Landfish, and then 13-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth sits in third. Matt Grapenthien, Ben Yu, James Obst, Jesse Martin, Henry Orenstein, and Henrik Hecklen round out the pack.
Hellmuth's quest for number 14 will surely be the talk of the town on the final day of action, but the run that Orenstein is making is one for the ages. The 90-year-old creator of the hole-card camera holds a very significant place in poker history, and he'll be returning to chase his second piece of WSOP hardware after winning one in seven-card stud back in 1996. Orenstein is also a Holocaust survivor and the holder of about 100 patents.
Martin, who sits seventh in chips, will also be looking for his second gold bracelet after winning one last year, and he'll be eclipsing the $2 million cash mark after his run is complete.
Yu, who sits right in the middle of the pack in fifth place with 247,000 in chips, is making his seventh cash of the summer, while Obst, the Australian young gun, is putting up another solid performance in his first time at the Series.
Action is scheduled to resume on Thursday at 2 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, and this is surely a final table you won't want to miss. That said, we'll see you right back here in less than 11 hours for the conclusion of the 61st gold bracelet event of the summer.
On fourth street Steve Landfish had a pair of fours showing and he bet, James Obst raised. Landfish three-bet and Obst called. On fifth Landfish bet and Obst called. On sixth and seventh the same process repeated itself.
Landfish: / /
Obst: / /
"Flush," Landfish announced and Obst sighed deeply when he saw being turned over.
"And you berate other players for how they play their hand?" Obst said.
The Australian, who's usually very quiet and to himself, referred to an earlier hand which Landfish did not recall.
"The hand with threes," Obst said, and both Phil Hellmuth and Matt Grapenthien remembered that one. Obst clearly wasn't happy with Landfish's play and the Aussie ends the day with a lot less than he had in mind.
Ben Yu: / /
Phil Hellmuth: / /
Todd Brunson: / /
Picking up the action on fourth street, Yu and Hellmuth checked, then Brunson fired a bet. Yu and Hellmuth both called.
On fifth street, action checked around, and then on sixth street Yu led with a bet. Hellmuth called, and Brunson called.
On seventh, Yu and Hellmuth checked, and Brunson bet. Yu tanked for a little bit, then folded, and Hellmuth began to talk.
"Oh man, I hope you have trips," he said. "This is such a sick hand, I don't even want to pay it off."
"I guess you could have trips," said Hellmuth as he tossed in the call. Brunson showed the for a spade flush, and Hellmuth showed the table that he had made a straight.
"I can't f***ing believe it," commented Hellmuth, staying down at his losing straight. "Almost a straight flush."
Hellmuth went on a little more, talking about how it was a cooler of a hand. Brunson added that if it was a cooler, they both would've made a straight flush. Hellmuth fired back by saying something about later on when the chips really go in during a big pot, he'll really have it and Brunson will pay him off.
At any rate, Brunson climbed to over 1.1 million in chips as Hellmuth dipped back a bit to 320,000.
Phil Hellmuth: / — fold
Todd Brunson: /
Hellmuth check-called a bet on fourth street, and then checked to Brunson on fifth. Brunson bet, and Hellmuth gave it up, but Brunson was kind enough to show him the from his down cards.
"I showed you respect, Phil," said Brunson. "I didn't three-bet you."
Phil Hellmuth: /
Henry Orenstein: / — fold
After Hellmuth completed the bet on third street and Orenstein called, Hellmuth fired bets on fourth street and fifth street. Orenstein only called on fourth, then folded on fifth to give Hellmuth the pot.
"I had it," said Hellmuth after the hand.
"That's good for your reputation," commented Phil Hellmuth after Matt Grapenthien won a hand with a full house in which he raised Hellmuth on third street with a pair of threes and then beat out Steve Landfish in a big pot.
"Buddy, you better not show up light again or they'll barbecue you!" Hellmuth finished.
On fourth street James Obst bet and Henrik Hecklen called. On fifth Obst bet again and this time Hecklen folded to leave himself with just 60,000 chips.
Hecklen: / — fold