Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship has come to a conclusion with Michael Noori holding the chip lead for the second consecutive day.
Noori maintained his standing near the top of the chip counts for the majority of the day. While he didn't score all that many eliminations, he won several key pots once the field redrew to the final three tables to add to his stack and eventually opened up a sizable chip lead to end the day.
Canadian Christopher Kruk sits second overall with 658,000, while Randy Ohel is third with 602,000.Jason Gray (569,000) and Hanh Tran (423,000) are the only other two players over average chips, while the likes of WSOP bracelet winners Farzad Bonyadi and Calvin Anderson are also still in the hunt. Bonyadi's mother, Farhintaj Bonyadi, won Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em earlier this series, and a win for Bonyadi could deliver an unprecedented mother-and-son victory at the 2018 World Series of Poker.
At the beginning of Day 2, the 100-player field had already been reduced to just 41 players, but with registration open until the first card hit the air, a total of nine new faces showed up to take a seat in the tournament. Anderson, John Racener, Tyler Meservy, Jared Talarico, Samuel Touil, Justin Bonomo, Kristijonas Andrulis, Jason Gray, and Phil Ivey all entered play, and with it meant an official prize pool of $1,024,600 would be created that would ensure the final 17 players an in-the-money finish while awaiting the eventual victor would be a coveted WSOP bracelet and the $287,987 first prize.
Once the cards were officially airborne, action would be fast and furious as shallow stacks looked to make a move up the leaderboard. WSOP bracelet winners JC Tran, Mike Wattel, Benny Glaser, Vanessa Selbst, Frank Kassela, Jesse Martin, Chris Vitch, and Eli Elezra were just a handful of the casualties, along with late entrants Racener, Bonomo, and Ivey.
Dinner break was reached with players just a table from the money, and once play resumed, Mike Ross, Brant Hale, Nam Le, Shawn Buchanan, and Luke Schwartz hit the rail. With the tournament now on the bubble, it would take close to an hour before Max Kruse was drawing live to a wheel against Anderson's . Unfortunately for Kruse he paired his three and became the tournament bubble boy which was deja vu for the German soccer star as he also bubbled the Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship nearly two weeks ago.
With players now guaranteed an in-the-money finish, action continued at a slow rate as everyone was still relatively deep. Jordan Siegel (17th), Todd Brunson (16th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), and Mike Matusow (14th) all were eliminated before play concluded for the night. As was the case on Day 1, Noori ended the day as chipleader after amassing an 870,000 chip stack to lead the remaining 13 players into Day 3.
Day 3 action resumes at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, June 23rd, with the PokerNews live reporting team on the floor to provide continuous live updates until an Event #44 Champion is crowned. So stay tuned to PokerNews.com for the ongoing coverage of Event #44, along with all the updates from the 2018 World Series of Poker!
|Amazon Tan 430||1||Tyler Meservy||United States||65,000|
|Amazon Tan 431||2||Steven Tabb||United States||170,000|
|Amazon Tan 432||3||Christopher Kruk||Canada||658,000|
|Amazon Tan 433||4||-- empty --||--||--|
|Amazon Tan 434||5||Nicholas Seiken||United States||384,000|
|Amazon Tan 435||6||Hanh Tran||Austria||423,000|
|Amazon Tan 432||1||-- empty --||--||--|
|Amazon Tan 433||2||Michael Noori||United States||870,000|
|Amazon Tan 434||3||-- empty --||--||--|
|Amazon Tan 435||4||Matt Glantz||United States||198,000|
|Amazon Tan 436||5||Quek Sheng||Singapore||645,000|
|Amazon Tan 437||6||Farzad Bonyadi||United States||392,000|
|Amazon Tan 439||1||Kristijonas Andrulis||Lithuania||304,000|
|Amazon Tan 440||2||Calvin Anderson||United States||168,000|
|Amazon Tan 441||3||Jason Gray||United Kingdom||569,000|
|Amazon Tan 442||4||-- empty --||--||--|
|Amazon Tan 443||5||-- empty --||--||--|
|Amazon Tan 444||6||Randy Ohel||United States||602,000|
On the final hand of the night, Mike Matusow raised from the button. Randy Ohel three-bet from the small blind, Kristijonas Andrulis called from the big blind, Matusow reraised all in for 31,000, Ohel reraised and Andrulis called.
On the initial draw Ohel stood pat, Andrulis drew two, Matusow drew three and Ohel bet. Andrulis called.
Ohel stood pat on the second draw, Andrulis drew one, Matusow drew one and Ohel bet. Andrulis called.
Both Ohel and Andrulis stood pat on the final draw and Matusow went into the tank for about three minutes.
"I'm all in and I don't know what the f*ck to do," said Matusow. "I literally don't know what the f*ck to do."
Eventually Matusow drew one, throwing away an .
Ohel check-called a bet from Andrulis who showed . Ohel mucked, Matusow showed , followed by a and was eliminated in 14th place.
Tyler Meservy raised to 16,000, and Christopher Kruk called on the button as both players drew two.
Meservy bet out 8,000 and Kruk raised to 16,000. Meservy called, and both players drew one.
Meservy bet and Kruk called. Meservy stood pat, and Kruk drew one.
Meservy bet 16,000, and Kruk raised. Meservy called all in for 23,000, and then both players revealed their to see the pot chopped up.
Randy Ohel raised from the small blind and Kristijonas Andrulis called from the big blind.
Both drew two on the first draw, Ohel checked, Andrulis bet, Ohel check-raised and Andrulis called.
Both stood pat on the second draw, both players checked, Ohel took two on the third draw and Andrulis stood pat again.
Ohel checked, Andrulis bet and Ohel tanked for a bit before he folded.
Michael Noori raised the button to 16,000 and Quek Sheng three-bet the big blind.
Noori called, and then drew two behind Sheng drawing one.
Sheng bet out 8,000, and Noori raised to 16,000. Sheng mucked, and Noori captured the pot.
Quek Sheng raised his button to 16,000 and Calvin Anderson called in the big blind.
Both players drew two and checked. On the second draw both players again drew two as Anderson led out for 16,000.
Sheng raised to 32,000, and Anderson called.
Both players then drew one, and Anderson led out again. Sheng called, and Anderson announced, "You win!"
Sheng fanned his , and Anderson mucked.
Nicholas Seiken raised from the cutoff, Hanh Tran three-bet from the button and Seiken called.
Seiken drew three on the first draw, Tran drew one and Seiken check-called a bet.
Both drew one on the second draw and Seiken check-called another bet from Tran.
Seiken drew one on the final draw, Tran stood pat and both players checked.
Tran fanned , Seiken mucked and Tran won the pot.
From under the gun, Nicholas Seiken raised to 16,000 and Tyler Meservy called on the button, as did Steven Tabb in the small blind, and Christopher Kruk in the big blind.
Seiken drew one, while his three opponents each drew two. Tabb and Kruk checked to Seiken, and he bet 8,000. Meservy raised to 16,000, and Tabb, Kruk, and Seiken all called.
Tabb drew one, Kruk drew two, Seiken drew one, and Meservy drew one as action checked through after the second draw.
The final draw saw each player draw one. Tabb checked, Kruk bet 16,000, and both Seiken and Meservy folded. Tabb called, and Kruk revealed his which was good.