Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Concludes; David "ODB" Baker Leads Star-Studded Final 10

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
David "ODB" Baker
David "ODB" Baker

It was another fast-paced day in Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball on Thursday as Day 2 played from 88 players all of the way down to 10. And what a line-up players remaining, led overnight by last year's third-place finisher in this same event, David "ODB" Baker.

The afternoon saw several familiar faces hitting the rail shy of the top 30 and the cash, with Jason Mercier, Joe Tehan, Steve Zolotow, Shane Schleger, Daniel Idema, David Bach, Scott Clements, Gavin Smith, and Tom Schneider among them.

Just before the dinner break Timothy Finne became the unfortunate 31st-place finisher to bubble the event, after which the march to the payout desk began with Ryan Tepen (30th) and Jon Turner (29th) simultaneously busting on the first post-bubble hand.

A couple of former bracelet winners soon followed in Naoya Kihara (28th) and Dario Alioto (27th), with a couple more — Marco Johnson (16th) and Konstantin Puchkov (14th) — among those lasting until the latter portion of the evening, as did start-of-day-2 chip leader Juijen Chang who ended his run in 13th.

Meanwhile it was three-time bracelet winner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi emerging as the big stack during the early evening, and for a time it looked as though he'd likely end the night bagging the most of anyone. But David Chiu overtook him late, and then David "ODB" Baker passed them both to carry the lead to tomorrow's Day 3.

As mentioned, it's quite a line-up returning tomorrow, including no less than six WSOP bracelet holders in Baker (1), Chiu (5), Mizrachi (3), Scott Seiver (1), Eli Elezra (1), and 2013 WSOP Player of the Year contender Daniel Negreanu (5).

Action resumes at 2 p.m. on Friday. Be sure to return then to PokerNews to see who among this top group of players emerges to claim the Event #59 WSOP bracelet.

Tags: David "ODB" Baker

Chiu Over 400,000

tayke2 • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
David Chiu
David Chiu

Brian Brubaker raised it up on the button, and David Chiu defended his big blind. Chiu drew three, while Brubaker drew two. Chiu check to Brubaker, who fired out, and that bet was met with a check raise by Chiu. Brubaker called, and both players drew one on the second draw. Chiu bet out, and Brubaker called. Chiu stood pat, and bet out as soon as Brubaker drew one card. He made the call, and Chiu rolled over {8-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-}.

That hand carries Chiu up over the 400,000-chip mark and into the lead for the moment, as Michael Mizrachi has slid back down toward 300,000.

David Chiu us
David Chiu
us 405,000 95,000
Brian Brubaker us
Brian Brubaker
us 61,500 -38,500

Tags: Brian BrubakerDavid Chiu

Hernan Salazar Eliminated in 11th Place ($9,559)

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Hernan Salazar - 11th Place
Hernan Salazar - 11th Place

Hernan Salazar had survived several all-in situations with his short stack over the last stretch, including a hand just a short while ago that saw him all in and drawing a pair of treys on the last round but still surviving after Michael Mizrachi drew a seven-high straight.

Shortly after that hand Salazar's luck ran out, however, again in a hand versus Mizrachi.

All in before the first draw, Salazar drew one card on all three rounds while Mizrachi drew two, then one, then one.

Mizrachi quickly spread his hand to show he'd made a number one — {7-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-}. Then Salazar showed his and expressed amazement when flipping the fifth card as he'd ended with a number two (!) — {7-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-}. "The Mizrachi Show," deadpanned Scott Seiver at the sight of the hands.

With a half-hour to go tonight, just 10 players remain.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 425,000 35,000
Hernan Salazar us
Hernan Salazar
us Busted

Tags: Hernan SalazarMichael Mizrachi

Farhad Momeni Eliminated in 12th Place ($9,559)

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Farhad Momeni - 12th Place
Farhad Momeni - 12th Place

Farhad Momeni was just now all in before the first draw in a hand that saw both Daniel Negreanu and Michael Mizrachi put in three bets apiece while Momeni was all in for his last 12,000 or so.

Negreanu would be the one leading the betting in this hand out of the small blind after drawing one on the first round then standing pat thereafter. Momeni was out of chips and drew two, then two, then one. Meanwhile Mizrachi drew one card on all three rounds, calling Negreanu after the first two draws and then folding after the third.

Negreanu tabled an eight-smooth — {8-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-} — and Momeni mucked.

Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 215,000 110,000
Farhad Momeni US
Farhad Momeni
US Busted

Tags: Daniel NegreanuFarhad Momeni

Seating Assignments for the Final Two Tables

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
3471David "ODB" Baker
3472Daniel Negreanu
3473Farhad Momeni
3474Michael Mizrachi
3475Scott Seiver
3476Hernan Salazar
3531Eli Elezra
3532David Chiu
3533Alexander Condon
3534Eric Wasserson
3535Mike Watson
3536Brian Brubaker

Juijen Chang Eliminated in 13th Place ($7,345)

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Juijen Chang - 13th Place
Juijen Chang - 13th Place

Start-of-day 2 chip leader Juijen Chang had been on a short stack for a while, then lost most of his stack in a hand versus David "ODB" Baker when the latter drew a {8-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-} to beat Chang's {8-}{7-} hand.

Down to less than 15,000, a hand soon arose in which Chang and Baker bet back and forth to get Chang all in before the first draw. Chang then drew two, one, and stood pat, while Baker drew one, one, and stood pat. Baker tabled {9-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{3-}, and when Chang studied Baker's hand and then his own, he mucked and rapped the table before departing.

Now down to 12, the players will be redrawing once more for the final two tables. There are 46 minutes left in Level 18, which will be the last level of the night.

Juijen Chang US
Juijen Chang
US Busted

Tags: David "ODB" BakerJuijen Chang

Ismael Bojang Eliminated in 15th Place ($7,345), Konstantin Puchkov Eliminated in 14th Place ($7,345)

tayke2 • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Konstantin Puchkov - 14th Place
Konstantin Puchkov - 14th Place

Brian Brubaker raised it up in early position, and Ismael Bojang put out three bets, leaving just 1,500 behind. It folded to Konstantin Puchkov in the big blind, and he looked down at his cards, tanked for about 45 seconds, then put out chips for the call. Brubaker raised, Bojang committed the rest of his chips, and Puchkov called, leaving himself just 1,000 behind.

Both Brubaker and Puchkov drew one while Bojang drew two. The last of Puchkov's chips got in the middle, and Brubaker stood pat, while Puchkov drew one and Bojang two. Both of these players drew one on the final draw, while Brubaker once again patted. Here were the hands.

Brubaker: {8-}{7-}{6-}{4-}{2-}
Puchkov: {8-}{7-}{6-}{3-}
Bojang: {5-}{4-}{3-}{2-}

Puchkov would need a deuce and a deuce only, but he drew a {q-}, confirming his bust out. Bojang was drawing much more live, but he too drew paint, a {j-}, giving Brubaker, who himself was one of the shorter stacks left, a double knockout, boosting his stack to 115,000.

Brian Brubaker us
Brian Brubaker
us 115,000 70,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de Busted
Konstantin Puchkov ru
Konstantin Puchkov
ru Busted

Tags: Brian BrubakerIsmael BojangKonstantin Puchkov