2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Ajay Chabra Leads Final Table in Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Djinn • Level 21: 5,000-10,000, 15,000 ante
Ajay Chabra

The trend for bumper fields at the 2019 WSOP was reflected in that of Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. Day 2 saw 63 out of a field of 296 – the largest ever for a $1,500 buy-in event of this game variant at the WSOP – return to the felt to play down to a final table.

The bubble burst when Rep Porter ran into the nut hand of Jerry Wong and finished in 46th position, guaranteeing all other players a payout of at least $2,242. Wong never looked back and returns tomorrow with over 600,000 chips.

Tomorrow’s line-up sees Ajay Chabra in pole position with a huge 1,031,000 in chips, nearly double the stack of the next highest-bagging player. Chabra built chips throughout the day, including in the most memorable hand of the event so far – a monster bluff against Wong (see Featured Post).

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Ajay Chabra1,031,000
2Yuval Bronshtein378,000
3Bjorn Geissert170,000
4Steven Tabb522,000
5Jerry Wong535,000
6Michael Sortino350,000

Left to play for:

  • 1st - $96,278
  • 2nd - $59,491
  • 3rd - $39,986
  • 4th - $27,477
  • 5th - $19,313
  • 6th - $13,892

Exiting in the money today were Ryan Riess (20th), Galen Hall (12th), Daniel Negreanu (29th), 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (16th) and Jennifer Harman (18th). Harman already holds a bracelet in NL 2-7 Lowball Draw which she won in 2000 after famously learning the game from Howard Lederer five minutes before playing.

The final table bubble spot fell to Frank Kassela, another prior Deuce to Seven bracelet winner, who had kept up a constant stream of banter with whomever was at his table throughout the day. Making the seven-handed final table but just missing out on the live stream appearance (and shot at the bracelet and $96,278 top prize) was Craig Chait who takes home $10,232.

Play resumes at 2pm Thursday and will be blogged in real time right here.

Tags: Ajay ChabraBjorn GeissertCraig ChaitJennifer HarmanJerry WongMichael SortinoRep PorterShaun DeebSteven TabbYuval Bronshtein