Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
After 10 levels of play here on Day 2, Robert Mizrachi has pole position in the race to claim the first-ever World Series of Poker dealer's choice bracelet here in Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice. Mizrachi's lengthy résumé sports nearly $5 million in cashes, but he's seeking just his second bracelet. He bagged 390,500 to end the night.
Mizrachi won a key hand late in pot-limit Omaha. Brandon Cantu jammed his last 30,000 or so into a monster pot after flopped. Mizrachi called after another player folded, and he managed to run down Cantu's with , nailing a flush on the turn and fading Cantu's full-house outs on the river. Cantu had to settle for 11th, after what was a rather eventful tournament for him.
Plenty of other notables navigated a 95-player Day 2 field to find themselves among the final 10. Two-time bracelet winner Daniel Idema sits in third with 260,000, while fellow bracelet winner Bill Chen (185,000), former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela (153,000), Marco Johnson (87,000), and Jen Harman (60,500) remain in contention. Additionally, Melissa Burr (55,500) seeks a third final table of the 2014 WSOP, as she already notched a fifth-place finish and an eighth-place finish in previous events. She'll have to overcome being the shortest remaining stack if she hopes to do so, though.
Jimmy Fricke, Brian Rast, Jesse Martin, Thayer Rasmussen, Calvin Anderson, Todd Brunson, Gavin Smith, Shawn Buchanan, and Maria Ho were among the players to get paid for their mixed-game prowess today, while John Monnette, Allen Cunningham, Mike Matusow, and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi fell short of the money.
Be sure to come back tomorrow at 2 p.m. to see which player will make history by claiming the first-ever dealer's choice bracelet.
While you wait, check out our very own Sarah Grant chatting with Bill Chen about a tournament issue that happened late in the day:
No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Aaron Schaff was under the gun and raised to 8,000. Action trickled around to Daniel Idema in the big blind who cut out a three-bet to 26,000. Schaff called and both players stood pat at the draw.
Idema continued out on the final betting round for 50,000 and Schaff went into the tank. One, two, three minutes passed while Schaff pondered his action. Eventually, about three and a half minutes into the tank, Jen Harman called the clock. Schaff was given one minute to act on his hand before it was declared dead.
Schaff used all of his tank time until the tournament director's countdown reached zero. His hand was declared dead and he showed a pat to the table. Idema mucked his cards and scooped up the pot.
2-7 Triple Draw
Robert Mizrachi raised on the button, and Aaron Schaff defended his big blind. Both players drew one, and Schaff check-called a bet. Schaff drew one on both of the last draws as well, calling Mizrachi after the second draw and checking the end. Mizrachi was pat both times and he checked back to end the hand.
"Queen," Schaff said without revealing his cards.
Mizrachi showed for a nine-low, and he took the pot.
Marco Johnson raised from the button and Frank Kassela called from the small blind.
"I raise whatever I can," said Maria Mayrinck from the big blind, pushing her whole stack forward.
Both Johnson and Kassela called and were off to the draws. On the first, Kassela and Mayrinck took two while Johnson opted for three. Kassela bet out and Johnson called to see the next draw. On the second draw, Kassela once again pulled two while Mayrinck and Johnson pulled just one.
Kassela checked, Johnson led out, and Kassela called. On the final draw, Kassela and Mayrinck pulled one and Johnson stood pat. Johnson cut out one final bet when action checked his way and Kassela let go of his cards.
Johnson rolled over for a ninety-eight and an eight badugi. Mayrinck could not beat it and her cards were pulled into the muck. Johnson pulled in the pot and now has about 84,000 in chips.
In a heads-up pot, Frank Kassela check-raised after the last draw against Maria Mayrinck.
"Really?" Mayrinck asked before making the call.
Kassela tabled a monster: for the best possible hand both ways. Mayrinck's hand was for an eight-six low, and Kassela took nearly all of her stack.
Brandon Cantu jammed his last 30,000 or so into a monster PLO pot against two opponents on a flop. Arthur Morris folded.
"I guess I have to call," Robert Mizrachi said.
"You never have to call," Cantu said, turning over for top two. Mizrachi held for a flush draw, but a ten would also put him in front with a set.
The dealer burned and turned: , giving Mizrachi a flush.
"No!" Cantu yelled.
He failed to fill up on the river, and that was all she wrote for the controversial Cantu.
Action folded over to Maria Mayrinck in the small blind and she put out a raise. Shane Abbott made it three bets to go from the big blind and Mayrinck called to see a flop.
The dealer put on the felt and Mayrinck led out. Abbott called and the hit the table on fourth street. Mayrinck bet for a second time and Abbott slid forward a call. The paired the board on the river and Mayrinck check-called a bet from Abbott.
"Aces up," said Abbott, fanning on the felt.
Mayrinck tabled for the second best hand before it was pulled into the muck. Abbott picked up the pot and now sits on about 152,000 in chips.