2009 World Series of Poker - Event #35 - Pot-Limit Omaha $5,000 - Day 2
End of Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments:
Friday, 19th of June 2009 03:00 AM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
Well, we didn't quite get down to a final table, but only 11 remain. Had they had gotten down to 10-handed, they could have slept in an extra hour. As it stands, the final 11 will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. PDT to play down to a winner.
Richard Tatalovich was the only player to bust in the last level. The short stacked Tatalovich decided that he was going to run with Q T 9 2. He was up against the A 8 6 2 double suited of Rifat Palevic. The board ran out J 9 3 K 7, and Tatalovich hit a straight. But the three clubs on the board matched with the two in Palevic's hand for the flush, sending Tatalovich to the payouts desk to pick up 12th-place money of $32,330.
That does it for Day 2. Sorel Mizzi looks to be the chip leader with just under 1 million chips. He is followed closely by Palevic, who also has more than 900K. Official chip counts will be posted shortly. Coverage of Event #35 resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. PDT.
Friday, 19th of June 2009 02:00 AM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
One more down. Still at 12 players, looking to get to nine-handed. The blinds just went up to 8K/16K.
The one man down is Evan Sofer, who ran into Aces and couldn't come thru. Sofer will take home $24,448 for 13th-place.
The two biggest hands of the hour each found Isaac Baron on the short end. The first came in the form of a Peter Jetten double up. Baron limped UTG and after Jetten made it 54K, Baron potted it to 192K. Jetten was then in position to shove, and did. Baron made the call to table A A 9 2. Jetten showed A T K 5. All was well for Baron after the J 7 4 flop. But after runner-runner hearts fell, Jetten had doubled thru Baron.
A few hands later, Baron would tangle with Josephy.
With K T 6 7 already on the board, Baron called 64K from Josephy. The river brought a Jack and Josephy checked to Baron, who made it 128K to go. Josephy went into the tank, desperately trying to put Baron on a hand. Eventually, Josephy would make the call to table K T J J. "JohnnyBax" flopped top two, but would also river the set of Jacks. Baron mucked and his once mighty stack is now near 250K. Josephy is up to 900K and could be the chip leader.
Play has slowed quite a bit. It's starting to look like the 3 a.m. cutoff might actually come into play.
Friday, 19th of June 2009 01:00 AM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
Another level is in the books and the remaining baker's dozen have left on what tournament staff is hoping will be the last break of the day. The final table is within sight.
Since the Devilfish elimination in 16th, Matt Giannetti and Ralph Perry each went broke. Gianetti was off to fetch his $24,448 for 15th after his top two were done in by top set on the Q J 3 flop. Ralph Perry's K.O. took a little more work.
Perry first had to get his finger caught in the cookie jar, leaving him with about 150K. Not long after, in a battle o' da blinds, the board ran out J J 5 J 3 and Perry paid Isaac Baron to show him KK in the hole for Jacks full of Kings. Perry mucked, now down below 100K. Perry would get those last chips in against Cliff Josephy. The board would run out K 6 6 8 T and Perry's K 4 4 3 was good for Kings up. Sadly, for Perry, Josephy had K Q T 3 in front of him, and the Kings and tens did Ralph wrong.
Ralph Perry is out in 14th, earning $24,448.
Richard Tatalovich was close to making a 13th-place exit, but doubled twice instead.
The first double saw Tatalovich's A A T 9 (double suited) find the nut club flush on the turn to hold off a set of tens. The second lasted into the break. Tatalovich had his x 8 7 5 make the nuts on a T 9 6 flop. He was able to dodge the flush draw turned by Rifat Palevic, the new chip leader, and the double means Tatalovich will come back from break to almost 300K.
When play resumes, staff is hoping the 6K/12K blinds will be enough to carve out a final table at decent hour.
Friday, 19th of June 2009 12:00 AM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
After not losing a player for more than an hour, seven left the tables in a ten minute stretch. The most surprising of which was former chip leader Jesper Hougaard.
Hougard saw his stack more than halved by Sorel Mizzi last level. Hougaard had committed most of his stack preflop, calling a re-raise from Isaac Baron. After the 7 6 2 flop, Baron led out and the two-time bracelet winner called off his stack to table Q 9 7 5 for top pair and little else. Baron showed Aces and after he spiked a set of aces on the turn, he had more than enough fire power to bounce Hougaard.
Jesper Hougaard finishes in 23rd-place, earning $14,433.
Right on Hougaard's heels were both Mike Watson and Fabrice Soulier. Watson fell in 22nd after shipping his K Q J 9 after a Q 5 4 flop. The 2008 WPT Bellagio Cup winner was looked up by a player holding aces and was eventually sent to payouts to pick up $14,433. Soulier was sent to pick up the same payday for finishing 21st after finally surrendering the last of his short stack to Peter Jetten, who found trip deuces on the 7 2 2 flop.
There was another re-draw at two tables, and Devilfish could probably have used a seat change. Down to his last 75K-ish, the Fish shipped it holding A K Q x and was called by Mizzi, who raised originally with A T T 4. In the end, Mizzi's tens were still good and Ulliott would pocket $18,732 for finishing in 16th.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 11:00 PM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
Another hour has passed. We haven't lost a player since the last update. While PLO might be the biggest action game out there, that doesn't mean things don't tighten up after the money bubble pops.
Players got back from another break at about 10:30. Level 17 was now up, with blinds at 4K/8K. Just before the break, Sorel Mizzi was all in and at risk.
Mizzi raised it up pre and picked up two calls. Q T 8 on the flop and Mizzi three-bets the rest of his 300K and was called by chip leader Jesper Hougaard. The Dane turned over Q J T 9 rainbow for the nut straight. Sorel tabled A 9 Q 8 for two pair, a Broadway draw and the nut flush draw. Mizzi would pair his ace on the turn, then hit the J on the river for the flush and the double up.
After the hand, Mizzi was closing in on 700K and looks to be the new big stack. Hougaard was forced to regroup after dropping near the 200K mark.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 10:00 PM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
Down to 25 players. At 27 the staff conducted a re-draw, shuffling up the seat assignments at remaining three tables.
The new lineup places Fabrice Soulier at a table with Matt Giannetti and Peter Jetten. Ralph Perry and Mike Watson will battle on table #61. Sandwiched in between is the killer table, with Sorel Mizzi, Isaac Baron, Cliff Josephy, Jesper Hougaard and Devilfish. Devilfish even stole the mic during break and "treated" the Amazon room to a poor Elvis cover.
Josephy helped lead to the re-draw with a double K.O. "JohnnyBax" held T T 4 4 and found bottom set on a 7 6 4 flop. Two players would get it all in, only to come up short when Josephy's set held up. Josephy will take almost 350K with him to his new table.
Hougaard still holds onto the lead as the only player above half a million chips. Baron, Mizzi, Perry, Watson and Josephy lead the pack at 300K and charging.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 09:00 PM(Aaron Angerman reporting)
Down to 28 players. Since the bubble popped, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith (36th), Jeff Lisandro (33rd) and Nikolay Evdakov (31st) made their way to the payouts to collect $11,345.
After being crippled just moments before dinner break with a missed wrap, Lisandro shipped it with marginal holdings and came up short to his opponent's aces in the hole. Nikolay Evdakov held A A A 3 and called off the rest of his chips on a 4 4 5 board after a Mike Watson re-raise. Watson tabled T 7 6 4 for trip fours and the open-ender. After a 6 turned, Watson had filled up and that ultimately put an end to Evdakov.
After the hand, "SirWatts" was up to 290K and Evdakov picked up his 4th cash of the Series. This after a record-setting 10 cashes last year.
More chip counts; Jesper Hougaard (555K), David "Devilfish" Ulliott (95K), Ralph Perry (285K), Sorel Mizzi (325K), Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy (245K), Isaac Baron (420K) and Fabrice Soulier (75K).
Perry, Mizzi, Josephy, Baron and Soulier all find themselves on the same table. Soulier was recently down to his last 15K, and he was joking to the table that he might as well have just bought in, since he was back to his starting stack. Soulier would stick around, though, after a big double up.
Soulier committed the last of his chips in a pot with Sorel Mizzi after an A K 5 flop (two clubs). Soulier called off his chips and told Sorel he "didn't have an ace." Sorel tabled A 5 X X for two pair, while Soulier showed a set of kings, along with the nut club draw. Sorel whiffed and Soulier, after a boarderline slow roll, would build his stack up to 75K.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 08:00 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
The players are just returning to their seats after the dinner break and the cards will be in the air shortly. Stay tuned to Poker Pages for all the live coverage.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 07:15 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
Sandra Naujoks Out:
Sandra Naujoks was all-in along with Clayton Newman against Richard Austin after a flop of 5 4 2 . Naujoks was holding T T 5 5 , Newman held A 4 3 2 , and Austin was showing Q 8 7 6 . Newman's wheel stayed good as the J came on the turn and the K fell on the river. Naujoks goes out just before the bubble and will go home empty handed form this event.
So Close...Yet So Far:
Harry Thomas was at risk after he moved all-in pre-flop and was called by Matt Giannetti. Thomas had Q Q 5 J and was facing the K A 9 5 of Giannetti. The community cards fell T A 3 J 6 hitting both players, but giving Giannetti the win with his A's.
After doubling-up earlier, Tex Barch has been eliminated, and the bubble has burst. With the board showing A 5 8 6 , Barch moved all-in and was called by Richard Austin. Both players revealed their hands and Barch was holding J T 9 7 while Austin had 7 4 3 3 . Barch had the higher straight, but lost when the 2 fell on the river and gave Austin the winning straight.
Players are now in the money, and will take a one hour dinner break. They should return to the tables around 8pm PDT.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 06:15 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
Feming Chan Hits The Rail:
Isaac Baron checked the flop of 4 3 2 along with Feming Chan. Ralph Perry didn't, and he led out with 25K, Baron folded and Chan called. 2 came on the turn and Chan went all-in. Perry tanked before making the call. Chan flipped over A K 9 5 showing his wheel, but Perry had the nut straight with his J 8 5 6 . The Q came on the river and Chan was gone.
Barch Down But Not Out:
Reaching desperation, Tex Barch moved all-in pre-flop holding A A 6 2 , and was called by Clayton Newman who held A A 7 6 . What looked like a chop turned into a win for Barch as the board came 6 7 4 Q 4 making the flush for Barch and allowing him to double-up.
Corkins Busted By Lisandro:
Hoyt Corkins was seriously short-stacked and facing a raise from Jeffrey Lisandro. Corkins decided it was his moment and shoved all-in. Lisandro made the call to put Corkins at risk. Corkins held A A K J and looked good against the A J 9 9 of Lisandro. Once again, the river would be the end to hope and dreams as the board ran out 8 8 2 5 9 giving Lisandro the winning full-house and sending Corkins to the rail.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 05:15 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
Marcel Luske Loses to Josephy:
In a 4-way hand with Cliff Josephy, Marcel Luske, Isaac Baron, and Michael Watson the players saw a flop of 9 2 4 . It checked around to Luske who led out with a pot-sized bet. Only Josephy made the call. T showed up on the turn and Luske pushed his remaining 10K into the middle. Josephy called. Luske was holding K J 7 4 and Josephy held Q Q 4 2 . Luske couldn't get there when the 6 fell on the river and he was eliminated.
Fergusson Can't Walk on Water:
Chris Fergusson moved all-in pre-flop and was called by Jeffrey Lisandro and Rifat Palevic. The flop was J J 7 , and Lisandro and Palevic both checked. Q showed up on the turn and Lisandro bet. Palevic called. K fell on the river, Palevic bet, and Lisandro folded. Fergusson flipped over A K 9 4 , but it wasn't enough to beat the K Q Q T of Palevic.
Alioto is All Out:
Dario Alioto led out with 20K after a flop of 8 7 6 , and was raised by Ralph Perry. Alioto moved all-in for just a few thousand more chips, and Perry made the easy call. Aliot held Q Q T 9 , while Perry turned over K J T 9 . Both players had the nut straight. Unfortunately for Alioto, the T on the turn gave Perry the K high straight, and the 7 on the river wouldn't help. Dario Alioto is the next person eliminated from the event.
Padraig Parkinson Eliminated:
After a flop of K 5 4 and a series of bets, Parkinson moved all-in and was called by Rifat Palevic. Parkinson showed K K Q 8 and was up against the T T 9 8 of Palevic. The board ran out K 5 4 T 3 to give Palevic the winning flush.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 04:15 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
Players are dropping fast as the blind increase. Some of the eliminations we've already seen are: Alexander Lukyanov, Robert Betts, Nathan Doudney, Timothy Finne, and Gary Benson.
Nam Le is Gone:
After a flop of 5 2 4 Nam moved all-in after a bet from Rifat Palevic. Nam was holding A 8 9 J , and Palevic held 5 2 Q Q . Nam needed a heart, but bricked when the turn and river brought two non-heart threes. Nam Le hit the rail as Palevic scooped the pot.
David Ewing Out:
Ewing limped into a pot from UTG, Dave Ulliot called, and then Steve Sarrafzadeh raised the pot. Ewing pushed the rest of his chips in, and Ulliot folded. Sarrafzadeh made the call holding A K J 9 while Ewing had A A 2 2 . The board came out 5 J J 6 6 spelling the end to Ewing.
Mizzi Eliminates Conigliaro:
Steve Conigliaro led out from the button, Ralph Perry called from the SB, and Sorel Mizzi raised from the BB. Conigliaro moved all-in and Perry folded. Conigliaro showed A K J 6 and Mizzi held A A 5 2 . The board ran out 9 5 5 9 Q giving Mizzi the win and the elimination.
Thursday, 18th of June 2009 03:15 PM
(Jonas Alt reporting)
64 players return for day 2 of the 5K PLO event at the W.S.O.P. today as they attempt to get to the final table. Play will continue until we reach the final table or 3am PDT, whichever comes first. With a decent percentage of the seats filled with pros, such as Chris Fergusson, Hoyt Corkins, Isaac Baron, Dave Ulliot, and Fabrice Soulier this should be a very exciting day of poker.
Justin Smith Running Good:
Smith has a great start to day 2 of this event. Earlier taking down a 5-way pot to get himself up to 75K in chips, and just recently eliminating Ernst Schmejkal. After the flop came down Q 7 2 , Smith checked from the SB, as did Schmejkal from the big. Bruno Fitoussi led out from early position for 6K, and Smith check-raised to 21,500. Schmejkal moved all-in behind before Fitoussi got out of the way. Schmejkal held J 7 7 6 , while Smith was holding Q Q T 5 . K showed up on the turn, and the 2 came on the river giving Smith Q's full of deuces and eliminating Schmejkal.
Isaac "The Red" Baron:
Isaac was late showing up today, but he got into the action early after sitting down. Sorel Mizzi limped, and Baron called. Ryan Fee raised the pot from the SB, Mizzi called, and Baron potted it once more from the button. Fee moved all-in, Mizzi folded, Baron called. Fee showed 6 7 8 T , and was up against Baron's A A J 6 . The board ran out Q 4 T 4 9 giving Baron the win and knocking Fee out of the tournament.
Just under 300 players kissed their $5,000 buy-in and bracelet hopes goodbye in Day 1 of Event #35, a wild Pot Limit Omaha adventure. The final 64 will return Thursday afternoon to not only crack the top 36 and make the money, but also to make one final push and punch their ticket for the final day of play. Join us Thursday at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time to see who takes the next step towards a bracelet.
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