Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Out of the 191 players who returned for Day 2 action in Event #53 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, just 20 remain ten levels later. Leading the way is none other than the defending champion, Nathan Gamble, who notched his first career bracelet in this event last year in truly spectacular fashion by steamrolling the final table.
Gamble is gunning for a repeat performance and bagged a sizeable 834,000 chips at the conclusion of play. The defending champion grabbed the chip lead after a late clash with Jason Stockfish which sent the latter to the rail in 24th place ($6,927). Gamble held ace-ten on an ace-ten-five flop, while Stockfish played three baby cards for an inside wheel wrap. The turn and river brought a king and Gamble scooped it all.
Behind Gamble, the next largest stack belongs to Joseph Couden (776,000), and behind him are Robert Campbell (565,000), Brad Albrinck (564,000), and four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (436,000).
However, with several of the games brightest stars still in contention, the path to victory won't be an easy one for anybody. Eli Elezra bagged 419,000 chips, and Daniel Negreanu, although the third-shortest stack with 96,000, is never to be counted out. Bracelet winner Bryce Yockey, who began Day 2 near the top of the leaderboard, ended the day with 400,000. Chris Conrad (364,000), Garrett Garvin (347,000), two-time bracelet winner Quinn Do (300,000), and Bruno Fitoussi (262,000) are also still in the hunt for the $244,370 top prize and coveted gold bracelet.
Not all of the familiar faces who returned for Day 2 action were fortunate enough to survive to the end. Tom West, Randy Ohel, Peter Neff, and Victor Ramdin were among the fan favorites to depart without cashing. Fourteen-time WSOP champion Phil Hellmuth made a run in this event and earned $4,823 for his 43rd place finish. John Racener (121st - $2,319), Roland Israelashvili (93rd - $2,441), Andreas Klatt (79th - $2,857), Adam Hendrix (51st - $4,125), Dylan Linde (38th - $4,823), Lee Watkinson (27th - $6,927), and Brandon Cantu (24th - $6,927) all left with parting gifts, as well.
Day 3 action will begin Thursday, June 28 at noon local time. The plan is to play down to a winner. Keep it here for continuing coverage of Event #53 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and throughout the 2018 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.
|Amazon||417||5||Mike Matusow||United States||436,000|
|Amazon||417||6||Shiva Dudani||United States||41,000|
|Amazon||417||7||Robert Campbell||United States||565,000|
|Amazon||417||8||Quinn Do||United States||300,000|
|Amazon||417||9||Eli Elezra||United States||419,000|
|Amazon||418||1||Nathan Gamble||United States||834,000|
|Amazon||418||3||Bryce Yockey||United States||400,000|
|Amazon||418||4||Christopher Conrad||United States||364,000|
|Amazon||418||8||Joseph Couden||United States||776,000|
|Amazon||418||9||Brad Albrinck||United States||564,000|
|Amazon||419||4||Gregory Jamison||United States||246,000|
|Amazon||419||5||Kyle Emerson||United States||80,000|
|Amazon||419||8||Dustin Pattinson||United States||432,000|
|Amazon||419||9||Garrett Garvin||United States||347,000|
Three players got stacks in before the flop: Robert Campbell, Andrew Yeh, and Abdel Hamid. Campbell's was the largest of the three.
Yeh had the lead with his aces and both of his opponents needed to improve in order to get a piece of the pot. The board ran out and Campbell took the entire pot with Broadway to stack both of his opponents.
Quinn Do potted in the hijack and Andrew Yeh came out with a three-bet on the button. The action returned to Do who moved all in for 102,000 and they went to the battle.
The dealer rolled over the board and Do doubled with a flush.
There was a massive pile of chips in the middle and the flop was out when we got to the table. Jason Stockfish and Nathan Gamble got stacks in the middle in a flurry of activity; Gamble's was the larger of the two by a fair margin.
Stockfish had flopped an inside wheel wrap but needed help from the deck against the defending champion's top two pair. The turn and river missed both players entirely and Gamble took the pot to end Stockfish's tournament and seize the chip lead.
Brandon Cantu was in the big blind and got his stack in before the flop against Brad Albrinck, who was in the hijack.
Albrinck had the best of it preflop and Cantu needed to improve in order to survive. The board ran out and Albrinck took the pot with kings up to end Cantu's tournament.
Nathan Gamble and Michael Kechkaylo were all in preflop and they were just turning their cards face up when we arrived.
Kechkaylo got ahead on the flop but the shited the odds back towards Gamble. Kechkaylo could only hope for a jack or a queen on the river. It wasn't a paint card and the ended Kechkaylo's tournament.
Action folded around to the blinds, Kim Kallman raised from the small, Mihails Morozovs three-bet shoved from the big, and Kallman called to put Morozovs at risk.
Morozovs had the preflop advantage and Kallman needed to improve in order to stack him. The board ran out and Morozovs took the pot with kings up for the double-up.