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Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
Day 1 Completed

Kassela Thrives in Biggest $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Event in WSOP History

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante
Frank Kassela
Frank Kassela

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.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuDaniel OspinaFrank KasselaJon TurnerMichael GathyRyan D'AngeloRyan RiessShaun Deeb

Selected End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante
Steven Tabb us
Steven Tabb
us 185,400 177,400
Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
us 136,000 79,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 119,500 14,500
Michael Gathy be
Michael Gathy
be 116,000 22,000
Jon Turner us
Jon Turner
us 113,600 13,600
James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 109,100 9,100
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 103,100 103,100
Yosuke Iwata us
Yosuke Iwata
us 96,000 96,000
Harold Kizzire us
Harold Kizzire
us 87,700 87,700
Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
us 85,800 23,800
Michael Sortino us
Michael Sortino
us 78,900 78,900
Rep Porter us
Rep Porter
us 75,500 15,500
Brian Yoon us
Brian Yoon
us 73,800 55,800
Aaron Mermelstein us
Aaron Mermelstein
us 69,300 69,300
Daniel Ospina co
Daniel Ospina
co 67,500 9,500
Tomoharu Mori JP
Tomoharu Mori
JP 64,400 64,400
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 59,000 -21,000
Jameson Painter us
Jameson Painter
us 58,100 -1,900
Matthew Smith us
Matthew Smith
us 57,500 57,500
Ashton Berner us
Ashton Berner
us 56,800 56,800
Cody Wagner gb
Cody Wagner
gb 55,700 55,700
Dave Alfa us
Dave Alfa
us 49,500 49,500
Scott Abrams us
Scott Abrams
us 49,400 24,400
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
il 46,400 13,400
Steven Friedlander us
Steven Friedlander
us 42,800 42,800

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Lisandro Busts Late into Day 1

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante

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 {9-}{8-}{5-}{4-}{2-}.

Greg Raymer was also among those who were eliminated in recent minutes.

Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au Busted
Greg Raymer us
Greg Raymer
us Busted

Tags: Greg RaymerJeff Lisandro

Hall Can't Make D'Angelo Fold

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante

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 {9-}{8-}{6-}{4-}{3-} and claimed the pot.

Galen Hall us
Galen Hall
us 62,000 -8,000
Ryan D'Angelo us
Ryan D'Angelo
us 55,000 22,000

Tags: Ryan D'AngeloGalen Hall

Deeb Pats a Queen

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante

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 {q-}{9-}{6-}{5-}{4-}. He was up against {8-}{7-}{5-}{2-}, and the small blind peeled {8-} 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.

Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 105,000 52,000

Tags: Shaun DeebBrian Yoon

Curious Kassela

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 400-800, 1,200 ante

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 {9-}{8-}{7-}{4-}{3-} 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.

Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
us 57,000 57,000

Tags: Frank Kassela


Bucky Below the Starting Point

Jan_Kores • Level 9: 300-600, 900 ante

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 {10-}{7-}{5-}{3-}{2-} and Buchanan mucked his hand, leaving himself with the last 8,000 or so.

Lane Anderson CA
Lane Anderson
CA 35,000 9,600
Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 8,000 -1,500

Tags: Lane AndersonShawn Buchanan