2013 World Series of Poker

Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
Day: 2
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2013 World Series of Poker

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Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship

Day 2 Completed

Benyamine Leads 78 Advancing Players; Ivey, Hellmuth & Mizrachi Fall

Level 10
David Benyamine
David Benyamine

Day 2 of the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship saw nine players late register to bring the total field up to 132 entrants—up 24 from the year prior—and create a prize pool of $6,336,000, of which $1,774,089 is reserved for the winner. After five more levels of play, the man best positioned out of the remaining 78 players is David Benyamine, who bagged up the chip lead with 729,000.

One man who is no longer in contention for the top prize is defending champ Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who was seeking his third Poker Players' Championship title. Mizrachi's demise came in Level 9 in a round of no-limit hold'em. Fifth street had been dealt, and with about 60,000 in the middle the board read {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. It appeared Cole South had checked and Mizrachi had fired a bet, as the latter had 35,000 sitting out in front of him with only about 25,000 left behind.

South paused for several seconds, then announced he was all in, his stack well exceeding that of Mizrachi. The Grinder sat up and leaned forward, beginning a couple of minutes' worth of consideration of what to do next.

"I got a pretty big hand," he said at one point, with South offering no response. Finally Mizrachi called, asking "full house?" as he did. South let his cards provide the response. He didn't have a full house, but his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} meant he'd made a club flush. Mizrachi slumped a little as he saw a hand that beat the one he was holding. He started to muck face down, then flipped his cards over and ahead where they landed in the middle of the table — {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. With that, the 2010 and 2012 Poker Players' Champion was out.

Others who hit the rail throughout the day were David "ODB" Baker, David "Bakes" Baker, Randy Ohel, Konstantin Puchkov, Phil Ivey, Mike Sexton, Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Galfond, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow.

While some big names fell, there are still plenty of notables left in the field including Jonathan Duhamel (666,100), Matthew Ashton (635,500), Troy Burkholder (623,000), Jean Gaspard (600,100), Brian Rast (489,500), Shaun Deeb (453,600), Justin Bonomo (343,600), Joe Hachem (326,000), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (325,000), Huck Seed (309,400), Erick Lindgren (276,000) and Doyle Brunson (265,000).

Brunson was down to just 40,000 at the start of Level 10, but by the end of it he'd increase that sixfold. That was thanks to doubles through Jennifer Harman and Cole South, with lady luck smiling on the ten-time bracelet winner on the latter double.

Day 3 will begin at at 2 p.m. PDT, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations from another day of action here in Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship.

Tags: David Benyamine

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10
Player Chips Progress
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
WSOP 1X Winner
729,000 269,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
666,100 181,100
Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
WSOP 1X Winner
635,500 115,500
Troy Burkholder us
Troy Burkholder
623,000 178,000
Jean Gaspard us
Jean Gaspard
WSOP 1X Winner
611,000 329,000
Don Nguyen us
Don Nguyen
528,000 443,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
489,500 -80,500
Justin Smith us
Justin Smith
456,000 -9,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
WSOP 6X Winner
453,600 163,600
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
WSOP 5X Winner
436,600 136,600
Roman Yitzhaki us
Roman Yitzhaki
417,000 239,000
Tommy Hang us
Tommy Hang
400,000 45,000
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
WSOP 2X Winner
389,400 -600
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
WSOP 1X Winner
380,000 250,000
Minh Ly us
Minh Ly
378,200 182,200
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
Poker Hall of Famer
378,000 163,000
David Bach us
David Bach
WSOP 3X Winner
364,900 -160,100
Dan Kelly us
Dan Kelly
357,700 -37,300
George Danzer de
George Danzer
345,000 138,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
WSOP 3X Winner
343,600 48,600
Calvin Anderson us
Calvin Anderson
WSOP 4X Winner
332,800 -17,200
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
WSOP 3X Winner
330,000 200,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
326,000 126,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
325,000 104,000
Rory Mathews gb
Rory Mathews
322,700 -47,300

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Mor Doubles Through South in Last Hand of the Night

Level 10

No-Limit Hold'em

In the last hand of the night, Ofir Mor raised only to have Cole South three-bet to 14,300. Mor responded by four-betting all in for 62,000 and South asked for a count before making the call.

Mor: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
South: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

"How's that for a last hand," Mor said after the board ran out {q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{k-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and he doubled through South.

Player Chips Progress
Ofir Mor us
Ofir Mor
132,400 82,400
Cole South us
Cole South
86,300 -53,700

Tags: Cole SouthOfir Mor

Katchalov Cut Down

Level 10
Eugene Katchalov
Eugene Katchalov


Eugene Katchalov was just all in and at risk by fifth street in a stud hand against both Bryn Kenney and Eric Sagstrom. Sagstrom then bet on both of the last two streets, and Kenney called both times.

Sagstrom: {x-}{x-} / {J-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} / {x-}
Katchalov: {x-}{x-} / {4-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{8-Clubs} / {x-}
Kenney: {x-}{x-} / {8-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} / {x-}

"Straight," said Sagstrom at the showdown as he tabled his {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs} for a king-high straight. Both Kenney and Katchalov mucked, the latter having been sent railward in one of the last hands of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Erik Sagstrom se
Erik Sagstrom
258,000 78,000
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov

Three More Hands

Level 10

Each table will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're off to catch any last-minute action and to compile a list of counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.

Brunson Hits Runner-Runner to Stay Alive

Level 10
Doyle Brunson on Day 1.
Doyle Brunson on Day 1.

No-Limit Hold'em

We caught the action on a {10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop with around 25,000 in the pot. Cole South had checked from the small blind and Doyle Brunson did the same from the big. Paul Volpe then bet 10,000 from middle position, South called and Brunson check-raised but to 70,500, leaving himself about 40,000 behind. Volpe quickly folded and then South moved all in. Brunson snap-called and discovered the bad news.

South: {3-Spades}{3-Clubs}
Brunson: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

South had flopped a set and was well out in front. Brunson was looking for a jack, but the {10-Spades} turn wasn't it. With that said, the ten-time bracelet winner could now catch a ten to counterfeit South. The dealer burned and put out the {10-Diamonds}. Brunson let a sly smile cross his face as the table reacted sharply.

"Look at the vultures hanging around," Jennifer Harman told Brunson in regards to the various players, most of who have side bets with the veteran, who were surrounding the table.

Player Chips Progress
Doyle Brunson us
Doyle Brunson
WSOP 10X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
250,000 155,000
Cole South us
Cole South
140,000 -110,000

Tags: Doyle BrunsonCole SouthPaul Volpe

Plenty of Extras Being Given Away At This Year's WSOP

Level 10

The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.

While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.

What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!

Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the “36-Seat Giveaway” where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day’s first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.

In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a “Hot Seat” promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.

With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.

Tags: WSOPWSOP.com

Juanda Rebounds

Level 10
John Juanda
John Juanda

No-Limit Hold'em

John Juanda was down to around 10,000 earlier in the evening, appearing as though he were in danger of an early exit from Event #55. But he nursed his short stack through the last couple of levels, and as play is coming close to an end he has managed to build back up over 120,000.

Juanda earned some more chips recently in a hand versus Chris Klodnicki in which the two players battled preflop to built a decent-sized pot before the first three community cards came {3-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Klodnicki bet 10,600 in an effort to claim what was in the middle, but Juanda raised all in for more than 60,000 total.

Klodnicki thought for a couple of minutes before acting. "Do you have ace-king?" asked Juanda. "Maybe," grinned Klodnicki.

Finally Klodnicki found a fold, and a couple of Juanda's supporters on the rail applauded the play.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
WSOP 2X Winner
162,000 20,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
WSOP 5X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
122,000 98,000

Tags: John Juanda