Day 2 of World Poker Tour Braden began on Thursday, and the field was reduced from 75 players to 44. Leading the survivors was Bodo Sbrzesny, who bagged 403,000 chips. Joining Sbrzesny on Day 3 were Kara Scott, Paul Berende, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Martin Staszko.
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
According to the WPT Live Updates Team, Sbrzesny, who finished third at WPT Prague this season, extended his lead in Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300) when he eliminated Erik Scheidt. Scheidt opened to 400 from the hijack seat, Klaus Stanek called in the cutoff, Sbrzesny raised to 12,600 on the button, and Scheidt four-bet to 26,800. Only Sbrzesny called. The flop fell , Scheidt led out for 28,200, and Sbrzesny moved all in, and Scheidt immediately called.
The turn was the , giving Sbrzesny a leading flush, but Scheidt was still drawing to a bigger flush. The river was black, but the was no help, and Scheidt was eliminated. Sbrzesny shot up to 450,000 in chips, but lost a few pots before bagging and tagging at the end of the night.
One of the pots Sbrzesny lost was against O’Donnell, who finished the day fourth in chips. With the blinds at 1,200/2,400/400, O’Donnell opened to 4,800 from under the gun, and Sbrzensy called in position. The dealer fanned , and O’Donnell led out for 5,800. Sbrzensy quickly called, and the turn was the . O’Donnell didn’t slow down, betting 6,400, and Sbrzensy called again. The fell on the river, and O’Donnell fired 25,000. Sbrzensy tank-called, then mucked when O’Donnell ripped over for a pair of aces.
O’Donnell can record his largest career live-tournament score by finishing in eighth place or better. Sbrzensy hopes to best his final-table appearance at WPT Prague.
Staszko, who finished runner-up in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, became one of the leaders when he won a large pot off of Andrey Shatilov. The blinds were 800/1,600/200 when they took a flop of . Shatilov led out for 4,200, Staszko called, and the turn produced the . Shatilov led out again – this time for 9,200 – and Staszko again called. The completed the board, and Shatilov emptied the chamber, firing a third and final bullet worth 16,200. Staszko quickly called, prompting Shatilov to table for a pair of sixes. Staszko had that crushed with for two pair, and the Czech pro pulled in the pot.
Dozens of eliminations took place during Day 2. Among the casualties was Mickey Petersen. Petersen, who was on a short stack for the majority of the day, was all-in and at risk preflop holding . His opponent, Raul Paez, held and won the race, making trip queens. Steve O’Dwyer also lost a race for all of his chips. O’Dwyer was all-in and at risk preflop with against the of Mahir Cakmak. Cakmak’s eights held, and O’Dwyer was sent packing.
Joining O’Dwyer and Petersen on the rail were a host of others, including Michal Zaborsky, Vlado Banisevic, Jan Bendik, Seamus Cahill, Dermot Blain, and Tom Carpenter.
Day 3 began Friday at 14:00 CET. Look out for another recap of the day’s action right here on PokerNews.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPT Blog.