Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Day 2 Completed

Cantu Leads Final 18; Hellmuth In Great Shape to Make Run at Bracelet #12

Chad_Holloway • Level 18: 5,000-0, 1,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Yesterday, the 2012 World Series of Poker continued with Event #18 $2,500 Seven Card Razz, which attracted 309 players and created a prize pool of $702,975. Over the course of eight levels of play, 174 players hit the felt, leaving just 136 looking to make the money at the top 36; what’s more, each have their eyes set on the $182,793 top prize.

The man best positioned to make a run at the gold bracelet is Brandon Cantu, who finished as the Day 2 chip leader with 298,500. However, he’ll have to contend with some stiff competition such as Phil Hellmuth, who is looking for his 12th bracelet; the 2008 winner of this event, Barry Greenstein; and online pro Jared Bleznik.

Day 2 saw 118 players hit the rail including the Day 1 chip leader, Tommy Vedes; last year’s runner-up, Stephen Su; PokerNews’ own Mickey Doft; 1997 Razz champ Linda Johnson; Kami “Dr. Kamikaze” Chisholm, who started Day 2 second in chips; 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider; recent bracelet winner Andy Bloch; and former Main Events winners Greg Raymer, Berry Johnston and Tom McEvoy.

While each of those players exited at various points throughout the day, no one experience more heartache than Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better final tablist Xuan Liu. With 33 players remaining, just one more needed to hit the rail to make the money.

It was at that point Hellmuth completed with an {8-} and Scott Clements raised his {2-}. Liu, who was showing {A-} made the call, as did Hellmuth, and it was three-way action to the turn. Clements fired another bet, both his opponents called, and then it went check-check after Liu took the lead on fifth. This opened the door for Clements to bet for a third time, and again both his opponent called.

Liu kept the lead on sixth, but this time instead of checking she bet. Hellmuth got out of the way and Clements called.

Liu: {7-}{3-} / {A-}{6-}{K-}{5-} / {10-}
Clements: (x-x) / {2-}{3-}{2-}{8-} / (x) ({A-}{4-}{5-})
Hellmuth: (x-x) / {8-}{5-}{5-}{10-}

Little did Liu know that Clements had made a wheel, and she proceeded to bet her last 5,900 on seventh. Clements made the call and took down the pot, eliminating Liu on the money bubble.

Speaking of the money, 14 players made their way to the payout desk on Day 2 including Ted Forrest (30th-$4,885), Sam Grizzle (27th-$4,885), Allen Bari (26th-$4,885), Yarron Bendor (24th-$5,904), Joe Tehan (23rd-$5,904) and Vladimir Shchmelev (19th-$5,904).

Here’s a look at the players who’ll be returning on Day 3 with their respective chip counts:

Final 18 Chip Counts

Brandon Cantu298,500
Brendan Taylor288,500
Phil Hellmuth287,500
Chris Viox189,000
Michael Chow183,000
Jeff Misteff155,000
David Rosenau149,000
Don Zewin115,500
Jeff Mervis111,500
Barry Greenstein94,500
Scott Abrams93,000
Jared Bleznick91,500
Scott Fischman57,500
Gerald Ringe54,500
Chris Wallace54,000
Dan O’Brien50,500
Calvin Anderson28,000
Scott Clements20,000

Who will be the next to add their name to the list of Razz Champions?

$2,500 even Card Razz Champions

2011Rep Porter363$210,615
2010Frank Kassela365$214,085
2009Jeff Lisandro315$188,390
2008*Barry Greenstein453$157,643
2007*Katja Thater341$132,653
2006*James Richberg409$139,576
2005*O’Neil Longson291$125,690

*Featured $1,500 buy-in.

Tomorrow the remaining 18 players will return at 2 PM PST to battle down to a champion. Check back then for all the latest from Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz.

Tags: Brandon CantuPhil Hellmuth

End of Day 2 Counts

Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 298,500 23,500
Brendan Taylor us
Brendan Taylor
us 288,500 58,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 287,500 37,500
Chris Viox us
Chris Viox
us 189,000 17,000
Michael Chow us
Michael Chow
us 183,000 108,000
Jeff Misteff
Jeff Misteff
155,000 55,000
David Rosenau
David Rosenau
149,000 39,000
Don Zewin us
Don Zewin
us 115,500 -14,500
Jeff Mervis
Jeff Mervis
111,500 -23,500
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 94,500 49,500
Scott Abrams us
Scott Abrams
us 93,000 11,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 91,500 16,500
Scott Fischman
Scott Fischman
57,500 -102,500
Gerald Ringe gb
Gerald Ringe
gb 54,500 -20,500
Chris Wallace us
Chris Wallace
us 54,000 -16,000
Dan O'Brien us
Dan O'Brien
us 50,500 3,500
Calvin Anderson us
Calvin Anderson
us 28,000 -17,000
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
us 20,000 -75,000

Clements Crippled

[user101598] • Level 18: 5,000-0, 1,000 ante

Before the tournament clock read 0:00, Scott Clements was crippled by Brendan Taylor.

Clements{x-}{x-} / {4-}{9-}{q-}{7-} / {x-}
Taylor{x-}{x-} / {7-}{10-}{a-}{3-} / {x-}

Clements led on fourth street, Taylor called, and then Taylor led out on fifth, sixth and seventh, Clements called him down, then mucked when Taylor fanned {6-}{5-}{3-}.

Clements lost another pot to Brandon Cantu, but doubled through Scott Fischman to bring his total to around 30,000 chips.

Tags: Brandon CantuBrendan TaylorScott ClementsScott Fischman

Bag & Tag

Chad_Holloway • Level 18: 5,000-0, 1,000 ante

The clock has expired and players are now bagging and tagging their chips. We'll grab all the counts in a moment, so stay tuned for those and our recap.

Shchmelev Falls Short of Day 3

Vladimir Shchmelev
Vladimir Shchmelev

Vladimir Shchmelev completed wand received calls from Jeff Mervis and Michael Chow. When Mervis took the lead on the turn, he bet, Chow called and Shchmelev called off his last 3,000. The rest of the street saw side action between Mervis and Chow, but it became apparent that Shchmelev wasn't going to survive as his hand got progressively worse.

Shchmelev: (x-x) / {A-}{J-}{K-}{Q-} / (x)
Mervis: (x-x) / {2-}{8-}{8-}{K-} / (x)
Chow: {2-}{6-} / {7-}{7-}{9-}{3-} / {J-}

Shchmelev was up out of his seat and on the way to the payout desk in 19th place even before Chow revealed his nine low.

Vladimir Shchmelev ru
Vladimir Shchmelev
ru Busted

Tags: Vladimir ShchmelevJeff MervisMichael Chow

Pruitt Busts

Jeff Mitseff{x-}{x-} / {4-}{2-}{4-}{9-} / {x-}
JJ Pruitt{x-}{x-} / {5-}{k-}{10-}{5-} / {x-}
Brandon Cantu{x-}{x-} / {3-}{j-}{a-}{k-} / {x-}

We caught the action on fifth street, where Pruitt was already all in. Cantu bet, and Mitseff called. Cantu slowed down, check-calling a bet on sixth, and both players checked on seventh.

Mitseff tabled {8-}{7-}{x-} for a ninety-eight, Cantu mucked, and Pruitt fanned {7-}{6-}{3-} for a ten-seven, eliminating him from the tournament.

JJ Pruitt
JJ Pruitt

Tags: Brandon CantuJeff MitseffJJ Pruitt

Cantu Crosses Quarter Million Mark


Brandon Cantu started Level 17 with 4,000 chips. At the time, that was four antes, Now, a level and a half later, he's our chip leader.


Brendan Taylor{x-}{x-} / {8-}{k-}{9-}{q-} / {x-}
Cantu{x-}{x-} / {2-}{k-}{a-}{q-} / {x-}

When we reached the table on fifth street, Cantu tossed out a bet. Taylor called. Cantu fired again on sixth, Taylor again called, and both players checked on seventh. Taylor showed {8-}{6-}{4-} for a queen-nine low, but Cantu's {6-}{5-}{x-} was best for a queen-six low.

Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 275,000 80,000
Brendan Taylor us
Brendan Taylor
us 120,000 -25,000

Tags: Brandon CantuBrendan Taylor

Hellmuth Leaves Spinks with 12,000


Phil Hellmuth completed and received a call from Jonathan Spinks, who then bet the turn. Hellmuth made the call and both players checked fifth street. "Ah, I thought I had you drawing dead on that one, that's why I checked," Hellmuth admitted in regards to fifth street after Spinks checked sixth. Hellmuth then put out a bet and Spinks made a hesitant call, leaving himself just 12,000 behind

Hellmuth: {A-}{3-} / {5-}{8-}{6-}{6-} / (x)
Spinks: (x-x) / {7-}{6-}{9-}{5-} / (x)

Spinks checked for a third time on seventh and watched Hellmuth put out another bet. This time Spinks just shook his head and tossed his cards to the muck. Hellmuth then showed {A-}{3-}. "You knew I had it," he said as he raked in the pot.

Jonathan Spinks
Jonathan Spinks
12,000 -33,000

Tags: Phil HellmuthJonathan Spinks