Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Ten more 60-minute levels were played today in Event #12 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em and during that time the 69 returning players were reduced to only eight. Gregory Kolo leads those eight back into battle on Thursday afternoon.
The money bubble burst early on in the day and actually resulted in two players being paid because Geffrey Klein and Jacob Bazeley both busted on different tables while the tournament was in the hand-for-hand stage and therefore split the 63rd place money of $2,443.
Some of the players who reached the money places but failed to progress to Day 3 included Marvin Rettenmaier, Ryan D'Angelo, Tony Gregg, Joseph Cheong, Keven Stammen, reigning world champion Ryan Riess, David Peters, Darryll Fish, and the legendary Phil Ivey who would have been still in the tournament had Anton Smirnov not caught a lucky turn to send the nine-time bracelet winner to the rail.
Towards the end of the night, the remaining 10 layers sat down at the unofficial final table, which quickly became official when the aforementioned Smirnov crashed out.
The final nine battled it out for the best part of 90 minutes before a relative cooler sent Phil Collins home earlier than he would have wished.
A raise to 24,000 in late position by Kuza Oshima was met with calls from Gregory Kolo (button) and Dan Goldman (small blind) before Collins (big blind) raised to 120,000 from the big blind. Oshima folded, Kolo potted, Goldman folded and Collins called.
Collins turned over and was in a whole world of pain against the of Kolo. His situation got worse when the flop came down followed by the turn and river.
That left the final table with eight players and they return to the Amazon Room of the Rio at 1:00p.m. on Thursday to play for the title of champion, which comes with a $169,225 prize and a coveted gold bracelet.
Here's how the players will line up:
Thanks to being the recipient of the pot that busted Phil Collins, Gregory Kolo goes into Day 3 as the chip leader with a stack of 633,000.
Ryan Schoonbaert opened to 24,000 from late position and Kazu Oshima made the call from the big blind. The flop came down and Oshima checked. Schoonbaert bet 20,000 and Oshima raised to 48,000.
Schoonbaert thought for a moment before pushing his chips all in for a total of 143,000. Oshima made the quick call and Schoonbaert said "nice hand," thinking that Oshima must have the best of it.
Schoonbaert tabled and was happy to see that Oshima had just the . The board completed and Schoonbaert found a double.
Former November Nine member Phil Collins has busted in a cooler of a hand here at the final table of Event #12.
Kuza Oshima raised to 24,000 from late position and two players called. Gregory Kolo called on the button and Dan Goldman called from the small blind. This put the action onto Phil Collins in the big blind and he raised to 120,000. Oshima folded but Kolo repotted, Goldman folded and Collins put in the rest of his stack.
Collins looked disappointed and rightly so because his WSOP bracelet dreams look set to be dashed. His tournament life hung by the balance as the flop came into view, making Collins' position even more precarious. The turn left Collins drawing dead, rendering the river meaningless.
Game over for Collins but definitely game on for Kolo, the tournament's new chip leader.
David Martirosyan opened to 24,000 from the cutoff and Ahmed Amin announced "pot," and the raise was to 90,000, leaving Amin with just 21,000 behind.
Martirosyan thought for a while before finally announcing "call," and tabling the . After a ruling from the floor, it was determined that Martirosyan's action was indeed a simple call and the dealer fanned a flop of . Martirosyan then led for 21,000, putting Amin all in.
Amin turned over for two pair and the board ran out and Amin doubled.
Immediately after the hand, Martirosyan was informed that he needed to serve a nine-hand penalty for exposing his cards prematurely.
David Martirosyan raised to 24,000 from early position and then called when Dan Goldman reraised to 40,000 from the small blind.
Goldman then led out with a 70,000 bet on the flop and Martirosyan ducked out of the way.
A couple of hands later and the action folded all the way around to Ryan Schoonbaert in the small blind and he raised to 24,000. Martirosyan called and it was off to the flop. Schoonbaert made a 25,000 continuation bet and Martirosyan let his hand go.
Kazu Oshima opened to 24,000 from the button and Gregory Kolo made the call from the big blind. The flop was and Kolo checked. Oshima bet 18,000 and Kolo called. The turn was the and again Kolo checked.
Oshima continued for 40,000 and Kolo made the call. The river was the and both players checked. Kolo showed for two pair and Oshima mucked.
The very active David Martirosyan opened yet another pot by raising to 24,000 from under the gun. The action folded all the way around to Ryan Schoonbaert in the big blind and he called.
A flop reading was checked by both players. The was the turn card and it was welcomed to the green WSOP felt by a 22,000 bet from Schoonbaert. Martirosyan wasn't prepared to pay that amount and Schoonbaert won the pot.
David Martirosyan made it 24,000 to play from middle position and Dean Bui called from his seat in the small blind.
Both players checked the flop, but Bui came out betting on the turn, making it 30,000 to play. Martirosyan called.
The appeared on the turn and Bui bet again, setting the price to continue at 40,000. Martirosyan asked for confirmation of the bet amount, counted the required number of chips, but then flicked his cards into the muck.