Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
When the Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw kicked off at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, only a few dozens of players were at the tables. But the field kept growing and many players used the benefit of a long late registration to enter the tournament at later stages.
This year's edition would eventually see the biggest turnout for a $1,500 NL 2-7 single draw event in WSOP history with 296 entries. They created a $399,600 prize pool which will be shared by the top 45 finishers.
There are only 63 players coming back for Day 2 so the bubble can be expected to burst during the next few hours of play. The field is, however, full of seasoned pros who won't be aiming for anything less than the $96,278 top-prize.
One of the players who took his seat before the buzzer was Frank Kassela, who had been playing Day 2 of the Dealers' Choice event most of the evening, busting before midnight. While Kassela spent only two levels in the deuce event, he was still able to spin his stack up to 136,000. Kassela eclipsed the likes of Michael Gathy (116,000), Jon Turner (113,600), and Shaun Deeb (104,500) who all looked to be battling it out for the lead, but eventually it was Steve Tabb who emerged as the overall chip leader with 185,400.
Kassela has already won a bracelet from the $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw event. He did that in 2016 when he topped a 266-entry field for an $89,151 payday. Fellow former winners Ryan D'Angelo (67,500) and reigning champ Daniel Ospina (40,600) are also still in the mix.
The remaining field also features some of the iconic WSOP stars such as Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, and Ryan Riess. The lineup promises an entertaining Day 2 so make sure to come back for more PokerNews live updates on Wednesday, June 5. The tournament resumes at 2 p.m. local time.
Jeff Lisandro was contemplating a decision with the tournament life on the line as his opponent had pushed forward a pile of chips covering Lisandro's remaining stack of under 10,000. Lisandro called and headed out of the Purple section right when saw his opponent roll over .
Greg Raymer was also among those who were eliminated in recent minutes.
Ryan D'Angelo raised to 2,300 under the gun and Galen Hall defended his big blind with a call. Hall drew one, D'Angelo patted, and Hall led out 4,500. D'Angelo tossed in one chip to signal that he was calling, and Hall announced a busted hand. D'Angelo rolled over and claimed the pot.
Brian Yoon made it 2,000 from early position and a player in the small blind called before Shaun Deeb squeezed to 9,000 from the big. Yoon got out of the way, but the small blind shoved for around 15,000, and Deeb put him at risk.
Deeb saw his opponent take one and then paused, choosing between pat or one. He stood pat and turned up . He was up against , and the small blind peeled for a pair, which meant his exit before the end of Day 1.
Deeb surpassed the 100,000-mark and now ranks among the chip leaders.
Facing a 1,800-raise from the cutoff, Frank Kassela three-bet to 6,800 out of the big blind, and the opener called. The draw went pat-one and the following round was checked. Kassela showed patted and that was enough to win.
"Were you close to pulling the trigger on a bluff?" Kassela asked.
"Who knows," he got for a reply.
Shawn Buchanan (big blind) and Lane Anderson (button) went to the draw for 4,200 apiece and Buchanan needed to change one card. Anderson stood pat and the following betting round was checked. Anderson tabled and Buchanan mucked his hand, leaving himself with the last 8,000 or so.