Day 2 Completed
It's official, Day 2 has come and gone. When the day began, 145 players returned from the 212 that entered this $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship. All were vying for the $488,237 first-place prize, but only 27 of them wound up leaving the building with their pockets more full than when they came in.
Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Nick Schulman and Chris Ferguson and Carlos Mortensen were some of the big names that returned to the felt for play today, but none of them reached the money. All of them may have fallen short, but their pain wasn't as great as Dale Phillips, who finished as the bubble boy of the tournament after Jean-Robert Bellande did him in with jacks full.
Finishing in the money, but not finishing the day, were Dan Heimiller (27th), Pat Pezzin (26th), Huck Seed (25th) and Jeffrey Lisandro (24th). All earned a payday of $17,138 and got to go to sleep a little bit earlier than the rest of the crew tonight.
Moving on to Day 3 are plenty of big names and big players inlcuding Eric Baldwin, Chino Rheem, "Miami" John Cernuto and John D'Agostino. Michael Chow also still remains as he continues his quest for another Omaha Hi-Low bracelet. Chow won Event No. 4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better at the beginning of the Series. This could be a start of something big for Chow if he can final table this event and ultimately win it. It'd be very reminiscent of Lisandro's three bracelets last year in Stud variants.
You can't forget about David "Bakes" Baker either. Baker final tabled the $50,000 Player's Championship and then won a bracelet in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. He's having an amazing WSOP thus far and is alive again in this one moving to the final day.
Eugene Katchalov may be building a story of his own on top of everything that's going on as well. Katchalov was down to just one chip, one yellow T,1000 chip in the small blind when the blinds were 4,000-8,000. He's since stormed back and closed out the day with 463,000 chips. It'd be a remarkable story if he could come back from one chip to take home the title.
Your chip leader going into Day 3 will be Chow with 600,000 chips and he'll return to head the final pack of 23 later on today at 3:00 p.m. local time here in Las Vegas. Be sure to be right back here on PokerNews for all the live updates from the floor. We'll see you then!
Jeffrey Lisandro was trending downwards to end the day. He stuck his chips in with on a board of . Tai Nguyen called with a pair and a flush draw, , then filled the flush with the river. Lisandro left in 23rd place with $17,138. He won't be back tomorrow.
There was one last big pot on Red 375 to end the night, and it ended poorly for Chino Rheem and Jose de Paz. Rheem raised pre-flop and was called by Paz, Eugene Katchalov and Tony Merksick. After two checks, Rheem continued on a flop of . Paz and Katchalov called; Merksick folded.
When the turn came , Katchalov led out. Rheem raised and Paz called all in. Katchalov also called. He led out again on the river. This time Rheem chose to call. Katchalov turned over , the nut low and a set of jacks. That was better than Rheem's , two pair and the second nut low. Rheem was scooped for the side pot.
As for the main pot Paz opened . He had only a pair of four for high and the same nut low as Katchalov. Katchalov therefore got three-quarters of the main pot. He's made a pretty amazing comeback from his lone 1,000 in chips.
The clock is on ten minutes. A card has been drawn. Four more hands before the day, mercifully, comes to an end.
So much for being crippled. Yuegi Zhu has the slightest breathing room after a series of all-in hands catapaulted him to 125,000 in chips. He was all in on a flop of against Mikael Thuritz and Jose De Paz. Zhu's wound up best as the turn and river came and to give Zhu a king-high straight.
Huck Seed was recently elimianted from the tournament. He took his elimination in stride and found the silver lining.
"At least I get to get out of here a half hour before everyone else," said Seed.
On the flop of , Sammy Farha check-called a bet from Sergey Altbregin. The turn then brought the and Farha bet out first, Altbregin called. The river completed the board with the and both players checked.
Farha tabled the and won the pot. He's back up to 490,000 in chips now.