Sixty-four players returned for Day 2 with the aim of making it through three matches. A total of eight managed that, and they head off this evening knowing they are just three more matches away from a coveted WSOP bracelet.
Jason Koon, Leif Force and David Benefield are all well known names chasing their first bracelet, and all made it through. Andy Frankenberger already managed that feat last year ($1,500 NLH), but will want to prove that was no fluke. Annette Obrestad won her first bracelet across the pond at the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007, but she was 0 for 15 last year in Las Vegas and is delighted with her start this year.
Koon made it through his last match at the expense of Josh Arieh, with the latter getting unlucky in two big pots. The second pot was fatal and saw Arieh three-bet all-in with . Koon called with and the board ran with the coming on the river.
Following Arieh out the door in the third round were luminaries such as John Racener, David Williams, George Lind, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Mike Sexton. Sexton dashed over to Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8-or-Better where hand for hand play was announced on the bubble. The 2009 Poker Hall of Fame inductee navigated that bubble for his second cash of the series, the first player to do so.
Other players who fell earlier in the day included: Eric Froehlich, Sam Stein, Justin Bonomo, Tim West, Max Martinez, Jim Collopy, Victor Ramdin, and David Chiu.
Players will return to Day 3 with 576,000, or three 192,000-chip lammers. Another three rounds are in store, and the last heads-up match will be for the bracelet. The restart will have cards in the air at 1:00 PM in the Amazon Room. Be sure to follow all the WSOP action live on PokerNews.com.
|Jason Koon||vs||Annette Obrestad|
|Simeon Naydenov||vs||David Benefield|
|Julian Powell||vs||Gregg Merkow|
|Leif Force||vs||Andy Frankenberger|