2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Ends with Katchalov's Quest for Second Bracelet

Paul_Oresteen • Level 8: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Eugene Katchalov going for a second bracelet this year.
Eugene Katchalov going for a second bracelet this year.

Day 2 of the $1,500 Limit Shootout event closed out with ten winners advancing to the final table for Day 3. Sixty players took their seat across ten six-handed tables and it took eight levels for all the tables to finish.

Advancing to Day 3 are recent bracelet winner Eugene Katchalov, Dom Denotaristefani, Mathieu Jacqmin, Jordan Rich, Stephen Bass, Christoph Kwon, Justin Pechie, Dale Eberle, Adam Tyburski and Ari Engel.

Katchalov will be going for his second bracelet of the series. He would be the first this year to walk away with two. Based on experience and equal starting stacks Katchalov looks to be the odds on favorite to take down the table.

Those that played today and didn’t move on were Noah Boeken, Brock Parker, Noah Boeken, Hoyt Corkins, Victor Ramdin, Al “Sugarbear” Barbieri, Randy Lew, Bryan Huang, Jameson Painter and Todd Witteles.

Hal Lubarsky come close to becoming the first visually impaired player to make a WSOP final table. He fell just short after getting heads up with Engel, but could not press through Engel’s chip advantage.

The final table of ten players will get underway at 2:30 p.m. PST at one of the feature tables. Follow all the WSOP action live on Pokernews.com

Hal Lubarsky Loses Hard Fought Battle To Ari Engel

Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Hal Lubarsky, the first blind man to ever cash in a WSOP event, has been eliminated in heads-up play by Ari Engel.

Engel kept putting the pressure on Lubarsky and that with a mixture of a few big pots late had Lubarsky down to just 14,000 at the start of Level 18.

In the last hand, Lubarsky raised it up on the button and Engel called.

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Engel put Lubarsky all in. Engel said, "I flopped the flush" showing {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} Lubarsky replied, "Well...I'm drawing" and he flipped over {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} for two pair.

The turn and river came {2-Hearts} and {j-Clubs} and Lubarsky did not improve and was subsequently eliminated in second place.

Engel wins the last heads-up match of the day and fills out our final table of 10 players who will come back tomorrow to fight for the bracelet

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 270,000 14,000
Hal Lubarsky
Hal Lubarsky

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Tyburski Wins Table


After a series of raises preflop James Cohn was all in for his tournament life against Adam Tyburski.

Tyburski: {10-}{9-}
Cohn: {K-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

The dealer put five cards in the middle of the table and they came out {10-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} giving Tyburski trip tens and the knock out blow.

Adam Tyburski
Adam Tyburski
270,000 205,000
James Cohn
James Cohn

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Dom Denotaristefani Defeats Noah Boeken

Noah Boeken
Noah Boeken

In what was likely our longest heads-up battle of the day, Dom Denotaristefani has advanced to the final table by defeating Team PokerStars Pro (Netherlands) Noah Boeken. The chip lead between the two went back and forth multiple times before Denotaristefani finally got him short and took him out.

On the final hand, Boeken was all in preflop with {k-Clubs}{2-Spades} against the {5-Spades}{5-Hearts} of Denotaristefani. The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Boeken was out.

This will be Denotaristefani's third cash in Limit Hold'em events at this summer's WSOP and his second final table (he came fifth in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship).

We only have two matches left before we have all ten players set for the final table, it wont be long now!

Dom Denotaristefani
Dom Denotaristefani
270,000 106,000
Noah Boeken nl
Noah Boeken
nl Busted

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Jacqmin Advances Through Liu

Paul_Oresteen • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 0 ante
JJ Liu
JJ Liu

Mathieu Jacqmin had JJ Liu short stacked and on the ropes since returning from dinner break. The last six hands they played Jacqmin kept the pressure on Liu, not letting her chip up in any questionable spots.

The last hand began when Jacqmin limped on the button and Liu checked. The flop came {J-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {7-Hearts}, Liu bet and Jacqmin called. The turn brought the {10-Clubs} and Liu put her last remaining chips in and Jacqmin called.

Liu tabled {K-Hearts} {8-Clubs} and Jacqmin held {Q-Diamonds} {4-Spades}. Jacqmin had to dodge a king and nine to take the hand and ultimately the match. The river fell {4-Diamonds} and Jacqmin advanced to Day 3.

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Parker Eliminated, Engel and Lubarsky Heads Up

OHairDJ • Level 7: 2,000-4,000, 0 ante

We caught up with the action on a {4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{10-Spades} flop. Brock Parker bet from the big and Hal Lubarsky called. The turn came the {A-Hearts} and Parker bet his last two chips. Lubarsky called.

Lubarsky: {K-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Parker: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}

The {A-Hearts} river gave Lubarsky a flush and sent Parker to the rail.

Lubarsky has 60,000 vs. Ari Engel's 210,000 entering heads-up play.

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