With the chips now bagged and tagged and verified by WSOP officials, Erick Lindgren's large overnight lead in Event #18, $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw w/ Rebuys. Here's the order by chips heading into the 3pm PDT final:
Erick Lindgren 1,104,000
Barry Greenstein 541,000
Mike Matusow 520,000
Jeffrey Lisandro 461,000
David Benyamine 410,000
Tony 'G' Guoga 394,000
Tom Schneider 162,000
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With the elimination of Tom "durrr" Dwan, play has concluded for the evening. Day 2 saw a field of 39 players shrink down to seven in just under eight levels of play. Erick Lindgren is the dominant chip leader with just over 1,000,000.
Tomorrow's final table promises to be an exciting one. The seven players making up this final table have poker resumes anyone would be proud of. In the rarest of instances, the winner of this event, regardless of who it ends up being, will not be defined by this particular victory. The players entering tomorrow's final table boast a combined eight WSOP bracelets, seven WPT titles, and over $26 million in career earnings.
Please join us at 3:00pm PDT tomorrow for the third and final day of this event when a champion will be crowned.
As always, official chip counts and seating assigments will be posted as soon as they become available.
Tom "durrr" Dwan moved all in for the remainder of his stack. Tony G raised to 45,000 to isolate him. Each player drew one card. Dwan pulled a deuce to make 9-8-5-3-2. Tony G was drawing live with a 9-5-4-2 but pulled an ace.
Action folded around to Erick Lindgren on the button and he raised to 30,000. Tom Dwan called from the small blind and Dario Alioto reraised all in for 200,000 from the big blind. Lindgren called and Dwan announced a reraise. Dwan reraised for 240,000 more and Lindgren made the call.
Alioto drew two cards while Lindgren and Dwan both stood pat. The players showed:
After the hand, Dwan was left with just 11,000 chips while Lindgren soared to approximately 1,100,000. After the hand Mike Matusow came over to console Dwan. "Don't worry durrr," he said, "if anybody can do it you can." "When I won 150,000 the other day, I typed 'I am durrr.'"
Dario Alioto was eliminated in tenth place and leaves with $34,700 to ease the pain.
David Grey opened the pot all in for 71,000. Barry Greenstein was the only customer. Greenstein stood pat with a 10-7. Grey elected to draw one card, but drew into a J-8. He earns $34,700 for his two days of work in this tournament.
Greenstein has hit a few hands in a row and is now up to 530,000.
A very interesting hand just occurred on Green #10 between Mike Matusow and Jeff Lisandro. Jeff raised on the button to 25,000. Matusow reraised from the big blind to 75,000. Lisandro paused for a few moments, then called. Matusow stood pat; Lisandro drew one card.
Both players checked the action after the draw. "Jack-nine," announced Matusow. Lisandro opened a jack-nine of his own: J-9-6. Matusow turned up his jack-nine to check his kicker and realized that every single card in his hand was a club, giving him a flush. He slammed his cards into the felt in frustration, sending one of them off the table.
The pot was pushed to Lisandro. Incidentally, Matusow's "jack-nine" was a J-9-7 and would not have won, even if he hadn't held all clubs. Nevertheless, Lisandro and Greenstein called a floor over to ask for a hypothetical ruling about what would have happened if Lisandro couldn't beat a "jack-nine" and had mucked his hand.
"We wouldn't be able to pull his hand out of the muck," the floor stated. "The pot would have gone to the player who mis-called and that player would have incurred a penalty." All players were subsequently warned that if anyone else mis-calls a hand, that person will incur an automatic one-orbit penalty.
Meanwhile, Matusow was beside himself. "I make my first move all night and I take it up the ass," moaned Matusow.
The very next hand, Tom Schneider opened for 25,000 and Barry Greenstein reraised on the button all in for 155,000. Matusow peeked at his cards and stewed.
"When I do sh*t like this, it snowballs," he muttered. "It always snowballs." Finally, he mucked. Everyone else mucked and Greenstein dragged the pot.
"If that whole thing hadn't happened," Matusow said to Greenstein, "I might have called there. But sh*t like this always snowballs. First, I misread my hand. Second, I wanted to find out what would happen if I came over the top after folding 36 hands in a row. I guess I got my answer.
"I know how poker works. It snowballs. I need to keep a positive attitude and mental energy. That's the new Mike Matusow."
Action folded to Tony G in the cutoff and he raised to 20,000. Chad Brown moved all in from the button for 103,000 total. The blinds passed and Tony G made the call. Brown stays pat and Tony tosses one card while tabling . Brown flipped up meaning Tony would have to improve. He flipped up his last card and revealed a for the win. With this pot, Tony G climbs to just over 350,000 chips.
Chad Brown is eliminated in 11th place and walks with $34,700 to add to his poker resume.