Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
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).
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.
Action kicked off with a cutoff raise from Jerry Wong (22,000). Ajay Chabra three-bet yet again, this time to 95,000, in the small blind. Big blind Craig Chait then moved all in for 190,000 total, Wong got out of the way and there was still a decision to be made. Chabra patted and Chait tanked a little, the table holding their collective breath. Eventually he chose to break his hand.
Chait showed . The bad news was that Chabra’s had him drawing dead and his final an irrelevance.
With that, the six-handed final is set for a 2pm start tomorrow. Stay tuned for an end-of-day recap and chip count and seating information.
Jerry Wong made it 22,000 under the gun, Ajay Chabra re-raised to 66,000 from the hijack, and Wong called. Wong drew one and Chabra stood pat.
Wong cut out 120,000 and led out with a big bet. Chabra paused for over a minute, during which he asked Wong how much he had behind. It was just over 500,000. Chabra then announced he was all in for about 550,000 total.
Now Wong went into the tank in what could escalate into a pot worth nearly half of all chips in play, should he pull the call. The whole Miranda room was completely silent while Wong contemplated his decision.
Ultimately, he folded, saying, "Now you have a chance to rub it in my face."
"You really want to see it?" Chabra asked.
Chabra took his hand and slammed it face up towards the middle of the table, showing for a perfectly executed bluff which helped him to regain the chip lead.
Ajay Chabra opened under the gun to 20,000 and Bjorn Geissert moved all in for 96,000 total. Back to Chabra, who made the call. He drew one card. Geissert winced once, and considered his options.
"To keep the queen or not?" joked Yuval Bronshtein.
Exactly so: in the end Geissert decided to pat his hand. Chabra held . His final card was a second eight and Geissert doubled up, saying he was sorry for doubling up for the second time on the final table and keeping them up all night.
Ajay Chabra min-raised on the button and Yuval Bronshtein called in the big blind. Bronshtein peeled one and so did Chabra. Bronshtein then checked, letting Chabra fire 25,000, and then he cut out 80,000 and check-raised. Chabra folded.
Cutoff Ajay Chabra raised to 25,000, called by newly-stacked big blind Bjorn Geissert, who opted to draw two cards while Chabra took one. Both players checked; Chabra and the table were surprised to see a in Geissert's hand.
"I hoped you would bet," he admitted.
Yuval Bronshtein opened to 25,000 from early position and Bjorn Geissert moved all in from the hijack. Bronshtein matched the 77,000-shove and they both discarded one.
Bronshtein peeled his new card and immediately knew he was unlikely to win as he paired his three. Geissert flipped a to confirm his double.