Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Last year's $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball champion Frank Kassela safely navigated his way through ten levels on Day 1 of Event #14 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball, and at the end of it bagged 30,225.
The field of 260 fell just six short of matching the mark from last year, but generated a prize pool of $351,000. When registration closed the payouts were confirmed, with a total of 39 places paid and a min-cash worth $2,276. A total of 54 players made it through to Day 2.
However, it is the $87,678 top prize, as well as the prestigious gold bracelet, that will be captivating the attention of the remaining players. There are still some of the WSOP's top mixed game players in action, including former champions Steven Wolansky, Christian Pham, Ryan D'Angelo as well as the aforementioned Kassela.
Of these four players just Kassela and D'Angelo (8,450) would bag, along with bracelet winners Shaun Deeb (77,400), Michael Gathy (59,500), Robert Mizrachi (47,900), Mike Wattel (39,475), Jesse Martin (34,825) Greg Raymer (17,575), and Anthony Zinno (14,000).
However, the man leading the charge is currently the USA's James Alexander, who bagged up 80,850 at the close of play. Joining Alexander in the Day 2 field of 54 is Andrew Kelsall (70,225), Maria Ho (42,500), Jon Turner (29,550), Roland Israelashvili (24,425), Jameson Painter (11,675), and Joao Vieira (8,775).
It wasn't a good start for Kassela, as he became the first elimination of the day after failing to beat the nine-low of former Main Event Champion Ryan Riess. Despite Kassela using up his single re-entry within the first level of the day, he would rally to bag at the end of the night.
Following Kassela's early elimination, it would be Riess who would set the pace early on, tangling with Barry Greenstein among others. Jameson Painter was also going well, sending Galen Hall to the rail to move up the chip counts.
After the first break, the field grew with the additions of Randy Ohel, David "ODB" Baker, David Bach, Christopher Kruk and Felipe Ramos. Eight levels of late registration were plenty, with players continuing to register throughout the night.
Some of the notable bustouts who failed to make the Day 2 cut included Erik Seidel, John Monnette, Adam Owen, Rep Porter, Marcel Vonk, Benny Glaser and Konstantin Puchkov.
The money bubble is expected to burst midway through Day 2, with the tournament playing down to a winner on Day 3 on Thursday, 7 June.
Day 2 resumes at 2pm on Wednesday, 6 June, with blinds recommencing on Level 11 at 500/1,000 with a 250 ante. A further ten 60-minute levels are scheduled, with 15-min breaks every 2-hours and a 60-minute dinner break at the end of Level 16 at approximately 8.30pm. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the highlights of the action so join us then as we see who can successfully circumnavigate the tournament minefield and make the money spots.
Andrey Zaichenko was one of the last players to enter today's field and has more than likely been all in the most out of anyone left. Zaichenko put himself at risk one more time in a recent pot moving all in with his last 8,050, finding a caller in the big blind.
His opponent drew one and Zaichenko stood pat. Zaichenko tabled a and his opponent turned over an with a live draw but peeled a to give Zaichenko the double.
Ray Henson raised to 1,500 and Daniel Weinman three-bet to 6,000 from the big blind.
"Damn Daniel," said Henson.
"You were just telling us that story about the quad deuces!" replied Weinman.
Henson called. Weinman stood pat and Henson drew one. Weinman bet 8,000.
"I picked up a worse card than I threw away," said Henson. "I wanna call so bad..."
Eventually, Henson folded and Weinman, sporting a grin a Cheshire cat would be jealous of, mucked.
The tenth and final level of Day 1 is underway with 67 players still in the hunt. When the clock reaches the 10-minute mark, it will be paused and a random number will be drawn to determine how many hands each table will play before the remaining survivors bag their stacks for the night.
The action will pick back up at 2pm on Wednesday, 6 June.
Andrey Zaichenko was all in and at risk against Anthony Zinno. Zaichenko stood pat sending Zinno into the tank.
"What do you got, Jack-ten-nine?" asked Zaichenko.
"Exactly," replied Zinno before muttering something about wizards these days.
Zinno would end up just tossing the jack and Zaichenko tabled a leaving Zinno drawing dead. Zinno did pick up an leaving the rest of the table wondering what the next card off the deck would have been.
Zinno paid the all in price of 6,600 and Zaichenko collected the pot.