Day 2 will see the players in the $2000 Pot Limit Hold'em event play down to the final table!
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 08:54 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
So here is our final table for tomorrow:
As this is the sequestered webcast, coverage of this event will begin just after 3:00pm tomorrow.
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 08:49 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Greg Hopkins raised to 28K and Yuval Bronshtein popped it to 84K. Hopkins moved in for 225K total, and Yuval called. Greg had 9 9 and Bronshtein had A K . The board came 5 T 2 Q Q . Hopkins doubled up and took a big chunk of Bronshtein's chips.
With the new blinds of 6K/12K, Gioi Luong raised to 32K and Jordan Smith pushed out all of his 105K. Luong, though he didn't have much more than the 105K, called and showed A T . Smith had J J . The flop of 6 7 2 was good news for Jordan. The T turn was so-so news for Jordan, as it added a couple outs for Luong. And then the A on the river was terrible news. Jordan Smith finishes in 10th place, on the webcast bubble, and earns $10,902.
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 07:54 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Yuval Bronshtein has been insanely lucky today. Richard Ferro raised to 24K and Yuval called. Both checked the K 4 4 flop. On the 3 turn, Ferro bet 50K and Bronshtein raised enough to put Ferro all-in, and he called. Ferro turned up 8 8 and Bronshtein had A T for two overs and the flush draw. The T spiked on the river and Bronshtein eliminated another player by catching one of the cards he needed. Shaking his head, T.J. Cloutier said, "He did it again!"
On a 6 9 3 J board, T.J. Cloutier and Pete Lawson got all-in. T.J. thought he was good with his J T , but he was dead against Lawson's 9 9 . Just for spite, the J came on the river, giving Cloutier trips, but making a full house for Lawson. After that pot, Lawson had 220K and T.J. was down to 60K.
Jason Newburger then doubled through Yuval Bronshtein when his A-Q destroyed 6-6, as the board came Q-Q-T-9-A. Newburger doubled up to 300K on that hand and took a bite out of Bronshtein's huge stack. "I'm not used to getting it in with the best hand," quipped Yuval.
Then T.J. Cloutier raised it to 28K preflop and Bronshtein pushed out 100K, enough to put T.J. all-in. Cloutier called and showed A 8 and found himself up against Yuval's T T . The flop came 5 9 8 , pairing T.J.'s eight, but keeping Bronshtein's tens ahead. Oh, but that A on the turn was just what Cloutier was looking for. So all he had to do was dodge one of those two remaining tens left in the deck, right? Right? Out came the T on the river, giving Bronshtein a set of tens and knocking out Cloutier in 11th spot, just two away from making another WSOP final table. After T.J. left the table, Jason Newburger looked over at Yuval and said, "It's not that you win, it's the way you win ..."
So we are down to the final table of ten and the "tent webcast" bubble, which is like a TV bubble, but less important-feeling.
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 06:48 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
With blinds at 3K/6K, and the field shrunk to just 18 players, the average stack was 133K. T.J. Cloutier had 61K, but won two pots by re-raising the pot preflop and taking it down. One time he showed A T and another time A K . He is up around 80K now.
Eric Tomberlin raised to 18K and Yuval Bronshtein called from the small blind. The flop came 7 3 K . Bronshtein put out enough to send Tomberlin all-in and Eric called, turning over K Q for top pair. Bronshtein had A 9 for one over and the nut flush draw. The 8 was not one of his outs, but the A on the river did the trick, eliminating Tomberlin in 17th place.
Almost immediately after that hand, Praz Bansi get all-in versus Bronshtein on a flop of 2 T Q . Bronshtein had Q 6 for top pair but Bansi had Q J for top pair and a better kicker. Bansi was set to double up if he could fade a six. Like the 6 turn. No miracle with the 9 river, so Bronshtein claims his second consecutive victim by spiking the card he needed. Praz Bansi finished in 16th place.
So here's the latest list of victims:
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 05:31 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
James Henson, the chip leader going into this Day 2 session, got all-in preflop with T.J. Cloutier. Henson was in big trouble with his A 4 against Cloutier's A J . The board came 5 2 7 T 8 and Henson made a runner-runner flush to double up to 95K, while knocking T.J. down to about 55K. Cloutier just sat there staring at the board and his awful luck on that hand.
A few hands later, these same two got all-in preflop again. Both had ace-king unsuited and the board never came close to making a flush for either of them, so they split the pot. Maybe these two should take it out to the parking lot? Um, I'll take T.J. and you can bet on Henson. I'll even give you 2:1!
Moving on. With a flop of 2 8 J , Kelly Garrett moved all-in and Praz Bansi called. Garrett had A Q for two overcards and a backdoor flush draw. Bansi showed the premium 7 2 for bottom pair. And then the 2 turn gave Bansi trips and ended the matter. Garrett is eliminated.
With that elimination, the players redrew and consolidated to three tables. Bob Binsky moved all-in preflop over Kevin O'Donnell's raise, and Kevin called. Bob had A-K and Kevin had K-J. The flop came 5-5-K and O'Donnell called out, "gimme another five!" The turn was another five. "All right!". Then, as Kevin was preparing to get half the pot back, the ace came on the river. "Hey, how about that ace?" said Bob, pointing to the ace in his hand. "A suckout and a re-suck," mused O'Donnell.
Jason Newburger raised and Mark Weitzman moved all-in for another 20K. Newburger went into the tank and then decided to call off more than half his chips on the call. Weitzman had A Q and Newburger had A T . The board came 2 3 K T 8 and Weitzman was eliminated by the pair of tens.
They're busting faster than expected today:
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 04:36 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Jason Newburger doubled through Travis Rice when T T held up against A 3 . A little while longer, Travis Rice got all-in with A J and lost a race the hard way against Ray Coburns T T when the board came 8 J 9 T 2 .
Ronnie Hofman doubled through William Thorson when his pocket queens stayed ahead of pocket eights.
Yural Bronshtein raised to 10K and Josh Olechnowski went all-in for 18K total, which Yural called. Josh showed Q J and was dominated by Yural's K J . No help from the board, and Josh hit the rail.
Richard Osborne was felted when he called all his chips down on a 8-5-J flop. He turned over his pocket queens only to find himself staring at Richard Ferro's set of fives.
Poor Wayne Harvey. He got all his chips in preflop with A-J and was up against Bryan O'Connell's 6-6. The race was over immediately when the flop came 6-7-6. The quad sixes had Harvey drawing stone cold dead, so he is out.
So here is where we are:
Saturday, 23rd of June 2007 03:25 PM(Michael Cheser reporting)
Cards went into the air about fifteen minutes ago, with blinds of 1K/2K, and we've already had three short-stacks bust out:
Pete Lawson raised and William Thorson re-raised from the big blind. Lawson then raised enough to put Thorson all-in. Thorson went into the tank and they had to call the clock. The clock ran out, killing his hand, and he just stared at his J J until the dealer repossessed the cards for the next shuffle.
T.J. Cloutier doubled through the (now former) chip leader James Henson when his two red aces were best after a board of Q-J-T-5-Q. Cloutier is now over the 100K mark.
Here are the remaining 45 players, sorted by chip count, with their Day 2 seat assignment:
When Day 1 began, 599 players took their seats to compete for a bracelet in the $2000 Pot Limit Hold’em tournament. When Day 2 begins, the vast majority of the field will be resting comfortably at home while the remaining few tables battle it out to secure a seat at the final table.
The amateurs far outweighed the seasoned pros in this event, so there is a good chance that the final table will consist of new names to the poker world – all hoping to make their mark on poker in the biggest way possible… by winning a WSOP bracelet.
Don’t miss the eliminations, scooped pots, and all-around exciting battle toward the final table!
Play is scheduled to begin at 3pm PST.
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