Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
David Williams grinded unassumingly for most of the day before charging up the chip counts late to take the chip lead with 500,000 at the end of Day 2 of Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low. The man needs no introduction to most of the poker world: he finished second to Greg Raymer in the 2004 Main Event, kick-starting a career that's totaled more than $8.5 million in live cashes. Williams sits well clear of Joe Mitchell, who bagged 406,000 for second place.
Williams wasn't the only notable grinder who made the final 20. Matt Glantz (396,000), Brett Richey (249,000), Ismael Bojang (238,000), John D'Agostino (209,000), Justin Bonomo (137,000), Jordan Morgan (115,000), and Mike Leah (36,000), all survived the 10 level test today.
Additionally, Melissa Burr continued her astonishing run of excellence at the 2014 World Series of Poker, She locked up her fifth cash of the series, and the previous four were all top-10 finishes, including three final tables. She sits in the middle of the pack with 189,000.
Among the big names falling by the wayside in the money: Chino Rheem, Sergey Rybachenko, Amnon Filippi, Greg Jamison, Brandon Shack-Harris, Stephen Chidwick, and Brian Rast.
The last 20 runners will return on Wednesday at 2 p.m. to play out the rest of the tournament and crown the winner of this inaugural event. Don't miss the live coverage right here on PokerNews.
In the meantime, enjoy this episode of Ivey Stories where David "Devilfish" Ulliott talks about being at the table for Ivey's first gold bracelet win:
Joseph Stiers got the last of his chips in on a flop of against Sun Kwak.
Stiers needed a low card or a seven, but the turn and river did nothing for him.
Julie Schneider got it all in on a flop of against one opponent.
Schneider called for a four, but the dealer delivered only the and , leaving her with a second-best low and high.
All of the money went in on the flop of in a hand between David Williams and Chino Rheem. Williams had and we missed Rheem's hand, but he failed to finish with the best of it after the turn brought the and the river the , giving Williams a flush and the nut low.
Williams scooped the pot and scored the elimination, boosting his stack to 320,000 in chips.
John D'Agostino bet on the end against Chino Rheem.
"This is really gonna suck," Rheem said before calling.
"Nut low and a ten," D'Agostino said, rolling over .
Rheem knuckled the table in submission.
Arthur Kargen was recently eliminated from play in unknown action.
We arrived at the table to find David Williams watching a classic World Series of Poker clip on YouTube with his iPad. The clip in question occurred during the 2008 WSOP and involved both Beth Shak and Phil Hellmuth moving all in before the flop with pocket aces against Brett Richey's pocket kings. In the clip, Hellmuth practically shot out of his seat announcing how strong his hand is while Shak danced around the tournament area. Richey, who is currently alive at the final three tables, was taking playful needles from Williams and other players in the area.
Phil Hui stood up from his table and took a gander at the iPad.
"What were you doing in there with kings?" Hui asked Richey.
"I don't know. Hellmuth had like no chips."
"You were better looking back then."
"My girlfriend says I get better looking as I get older," replied Richey.
Final 3 tables of the o8... and theyre passing around the beth shak video. LOL. Fuk these hoes #stackemtothetopFollow @BrettRichey
As the the players get ready to wind down for the night, the atmosphere has become more jovial. Those interested can find the WSOP clip below:
Edward Nassif II busted out in a hand we didn't see.