There are very few players in the industry that could accomplish what Shaun Deeb did during Day 2 of Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw on Wednesday, 6 June.
Deeb running back-and-forth across the hallways of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino became a regular sighting as the US pro also had a stack in Day 2 of the $1,500 Big Blind Ante event. Between redraws and breaks, Deeb not only kept both stacks afloat but led the 2-7 event for the majority of Day 2. Even more impressive, Deeb bagged both events and in what might be an unprecedented achievement, will play two Day 3s on Thursday, 7 June.
Daniel Ospina was a wrecking ball at the final table, ending play with a stack of 1,144,000; more than double that of Deeb (477,500), and short-stack, Timothy Mcdermott. That is all who remain in the hunt for a World Series of Poker bracelet after ten 60-minute levels wiped the rest of the field away.
Day 3 Seat Draw:
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Timothy Mcdermott||United States||429,500||43|
|2||Shaun Deeb||United States||477,500||47|
There were 55 hopefuls returning for Day 2, with just 39 of them making the money. The field quickly reached the bubble with the likes of Greg Raymer, Ryan D'Angelo, Andrey Zaichenko, Andre Akkari, and Ryan Riess seeing early exits. On the fourth hand of hand-for-hand play on the bubble, the defending champion, Frank Kassela put himself at risk and was unable to find a double up. Fortunately, Abdel Hamid busted on the same hand so both left with some consolation, splitting a min-cash for 39th place.
Stuart Rutter was poised to make back-to-back $1500 NL 2-7 final tables, reaching the final two tables this evening but ultimately fizzled out in 13th place. Daniel Weinman also had a deep run spoiled falling in 11th. Some other familiar faces unable to survive Day 2 but left with a prize include Mark Gregorich (15th - $3,522), Maria Ho (16th - $3,522), Roland Israelashvili (26th - $2,959), Jesse Martin (35th - $2,557), and Robert Mizrachi (38th - $2,276).
With the elimination of Ray Henson in ninth place, the final eight players converged on to one table with Deeb in command. Not long after, a wild hand between Ospina, Brant Hale, Matt Szymaszek, and Michael Gathy saw Ospina scoop a huge pot sending Szymaszek out in eighth and Gathy in seventh. Hale was left with very little and Mcdermott got the rest of it soon after.
James Alexander was the next to find a quick exit from the final table. After losing a big portion of his stack to Ospina, Deeb cleaned up the crumbs leaving the final table four-handed. It would get down to three before night's end with the elimination of Mike Wattel in fourth place.
Final Table Results:
|4||Mike Wattel||United States||$24,920|
|5||James Alexander||United States||$17,494|
|6||Brant Hale||United States||$12,576|
|8||Matt Szymaszek||United States||$6,996|
The third and final day of the event will kick off at 2pm with blinds at 5,000/10,000 and a 2,500 ante. Play will continue until the WSOP's latest bracelet winner is crowned. PokerNews will be on the floor providing live coverage until the last card has been dealt.