Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Scott Bohlman has been playing in a phenomenal form this summer and doesn't seem willing to slow down towards the end of the series. Having played WSOP events for well over a decade, Bohlman finally got rid of the goose egg in his bracelet status and nabbed the gold in the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. Then he came close to pioneering a title pair when he made it to the heads-up in the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Championship. He walked away with the silver medal but Bohlman eyes another spectacular result on the horizon.
The 2018 WSOP hasn't celebrated a double champion yet, but Bohlman might be the one to break it. He was flawless on Day 2 of Event #69: $3,000 PLO 6-Max, mainly in the final two-level stretch. The play had to be paused for a while with a power outage hitting the Amazon Room and the final 45 players in the PLO event moved to the Pavilion Room. While it's not a typical location for a deep stage of bracelet events, Bohlman wasn't bothered. He put his foot firmly on the gas pedal and started amassing huge piles.
It was almost a deja vu. Bohlman had done the same on Day 2 of the Mixed Big Bet Event which saw him emerge as an overwhelming leader ahead of the final table. Bohlman recalled that day, one of the most spectacular one-man show the World Series has ever seen: "That was sick!"
Bohlman won't have as big of an advantage coming to the PLO final day. First, there are 24 players left in the contest so the road to the victory is still rather long. Second, Bohlman may have put his name atop of the leaderboard but his left-hand neighbor Blake Whittington made a fine push in the dying minutes of Day 2 and almost tied Bohlman for the chip lead. Bohlman is still the captain with 1,570,000 but Whittington is on his heels with 1,500,000.
The two favorites are followed by two further millionaires. Evangelos Kokkalis is on 1,209,000 while French youngster Romain Lewis finished with 1,054,000. Lewis thrived all day and PokerNews caught him winning several major pots including a set-over-set clash against Dominik Nitsche in level 16, the biggest pot of the tournament at the time.
If Lewis was a standout player today, Daniel Negreanu is used to taking the spotlight in any competition he decides to join. Negreanu had dozens of fans railing him on Day 2 and he provided them with a great show. Mostly on a short stack, Negreanu managed to score a handful of doubles to stay afloat.
But poker doesn't know invincibles and even Negreanu had to go through the fundamental part of the game; a bad beat. Just when it looked that Negreanu was getting the wind in his sails after bouncing back from a nub, he found his double suited aces cracked by kings. More accurately, Ryan Lenaghan flopped and rivered a six to connect with his dangler to end Negreanu's bid for his seventh title.
So there won't be Kid Poker featured on the final day but there's still a lot of names to sweat. James Chen, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Martin Kozlov, Matt Stout, Tommy Le, Chris Frank, Phil Galfond, Rob Salaburu, Brock Parker or Dermot Blain, they will all be back in action when the play resumes on Tuesday, July 10, at 2pm local time.
Make sure to come back to PokerNews then to follow the ultimate battles for the $475,033 first-place prize and a coveted bracelet.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Room||Table||Seat||Player Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Miranda||620||2||Phil Galfond||United States||274,000||23|
|Miranda||620||3||Tommy Le||United States||390,000||33|
|Miranda||620||4||Alex Bolotin||United States||166,000||14|
|Miranda||620||5||Mohammad Abedi||United States||360,000||30|
|Miranda||620||6||Jonathan Depa||United States||614,000||51|
|Miranda||621||1||Robert Salaburu||United States||154,000||13|
|Miranda||621||5||Blake Whittington||United States||1,500,000||125|
|Miranda||621||6||Ardit Kurshumi||United States||420,000||35|
|Miranda||622||2||Ryan Lenaghan||United States||664,000||55|
|Miranda||622||3||Scott Bohlman||United States||1,574,000||131|
|Miranda||622||4||Matt Stout||United States||439,000||37|
|Miranda||622||6||Ben Palmer||United States||455,000||38|
|Miranda||623||1||Pallas Aidinian||United States||231,000||19|
|Miranda||623||2||Richard Hu||United States||428,000||36|
|Miranda||623||3||Brock Parker||United States||136,000||11|
Day 2 has been completed with 24 players bagging their chips ahead of the final day.
Blake Whittington opened to 25,000 in the hijack and Tommy Le flatted in the small blind. Whittington checked back on the flop and Le took the betting lead on the turn, firing 35,000. Whittington called and Le tossed in another 55,000 on the river. Whittington pumped the price to 175,000 and Le paid him off. Whittington rolled over for kings full and Le sighed in defeat.
Start-of-day chip leader Jarred Solomon has been navigating a big stack for the better part of the day but the late stretch saw him getting crippled to just a few big blinds.
He put his short stack in against Mohammed Abedi but Solomon's lost to Abedi's on the board which gave both players a flush with Abedi holding the higher one.
On the turn reading , Jan-Peter Jachtmann faced an all in from Randy White. Jachtmann stood up and made the call.
White showed and Jachtmann said that he had a straight, opening .
"Ah, you have no flush draw," Jachtmann observed when he examined his opponent's hand more thoroughly. Then he celebrated, knowing he couldn't lose.
White could only chop should a nine hit the river but the sealed it for Jachtmann who scored his second knockout within a few minutes.
Peter Levine got his last shrapnel in on the flop of but he ran with into the of Jan-Peter Jachtmann who flopped the nuts. Levine needed to see the board pair but the turn and stayed with Jachtmann and Levine's tournament was over.
Daniel Negreanu has shown several comebacks today, successfully doubling when he needed a chip-injection. It looked that Negreanu will do his trick once again as he got it in good with double suited against Ryan Lenaghan's .
The board was, however, cruel to the winningest player of all times as the gave Lenaghan trips on the river to Eliminate Negreanu in the last level of the day.
Matt Stout raised to 35,000 on the button, James Chen flatted in the small blind and Max Silver jammed for 107,000 out of the big blind. Both Stout and Chen raised and they came to the flop with 321,000 in the middle. Chen shoved for roughly 300,000 and Stout immediately called.
Chen flopped the bottom set but he had to fade a diamond to lock the side pot while Silver could hope for a gutshot.
The turn gave both Stout and Silver chances for a full house but they weren't able to spike a good river as the secured the whole monster pot for Chen. Silver was eliminated while Stout ended up heavily clipped. Chen is now among the top stacks with 850,000.
Dermot Blain made it 18,000 in the cutoff and Fnu Navkiran Singh potted out of the big blind. Blain placed in extra 40,000 to match the raise and the dealer rolled out a flop of . Singh shoved for 86,000 and Blain thought for a bit before folding.