Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Days:
123
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 2 Completed

Final Table Set for Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

SandraBarbour • Level 28: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Cary Katz
Cary Katz

Day 2 of Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout is in the books. 100 competitors returned to the Amazon area today to continue to battle it out and try to top their tables once again. The remaining 100 players all had $5,279 locked up for making it to Day 2, but they all had their eyes on making it to the final table, in order to get one step closer to the bracelet and to the first place prize of $238,824.

At the end of the day, only 10 players reached their goal of the day.

Anatolii Zyrin took the narrow chip lead for today with 2,306,000. He outlasted two-time bracelet winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos to make it through. Kenna James (2,203,000) also locked up a seat at the final table. James was the first player to secure a seat for tomorrow after defeating Dustin Born.

Tommy Nguyen (2,213,000) and Cary Katz (2,266,000) are still in contention as well. Katz has over $4,000,000 in earnings at the WSOP and will be looking to claim his first bracelet. Nguyen is the only player at the table with a title on his WSOP resume. He took down the $1,500 Monster Stack last year to win his first bracelet and will be looking to grab his second one tomorrow.

Brett Apter will be returning for Day 3 as well with 2,258,000. Apter defeated eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel heads-up to be the last one standing at his table.

Michael O'Grady (2,298,000), Manuel Ruivo (2,245,000), Adrian Scarpa (2,286,000), Marko Maher (2,240,000), and Shintaro Baba (2,237,000) are the other fives players that have made it through to the final day. Baba will be looking to win a bracelet in his first WSOP cash ever.

Other big names that came in today with high hopes but couldn't make it through another day include Erik Seidel, Joe Cada, and Athanasios Polychronopoulos. The three of them managed to make it through to the heads-up portion of play, but fell one elimination short of the final table. Other stars that didn't make it through include Jennifer Tilly, Upeshka De Silva, Qui Nguyen, Kane Kalas, Nicolas Manion, Loni Harwood, Kelly Minkin, and Bill Klein.

Play will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time. The players will begin play in the first level of Round 3 which features a small blind of 5,000, big blind of 10,000 and an ante of 10,000.

Final Table Lineup

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brett ApterUnited States2,258,000226 bb
2Anatolii ZyrinRussia2,306,000231 bb
3Marko MaherSlovenia2,240,000224 bb
4Shintaro BabaJapan2,237,000224 bb
5Adrian ScarpaUnited States2,286,000229 bb
6Michael O'GradyUnited States2,298,000230 bb
7Kenna JamesUnited States2,203,000220 bb
8Cary KatzUnited States2,266,000227 bb
9Manuel RuivoPortugal2,245,000225 bb
10Tommy NguyenCanada2,213,000221 bb

Tags: Adrian ScarpaAnatolii ZyrinAthanasios PolychronopoulosBill KleinBrett ApterCary KatzErik SeidelJoe CadaKane KalasKelly MinkinKenna JamesLoni HarwoodMichael O'GradyNicolas ManionShintaro BabaTommy Nguyen

Maher Defeats Johnson to Set the Final Table

123md • Level 28: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Marko Maher
Marko Maher

Marko Maher raised all in from the button and Jason Johnson called all in from the big blind for about 500,000 with {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}, slightly leading Maher's {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, giving Maher two pair to eliminate Johnson.

Marko Maher si
Marko Maher
si 2,240,000 690,000
Jason Johnson us
Jason Johnson
us Busted
Level:
28
Blinds:
15,000/30,000
Ante:
30,000

Break

SandraBarbour • Level 27: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

The last remaining match between Jason Johnson and Marko Maher is on a 15-minute break.

Katz Advances

123md • Level 27: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Cary Katz
Cary Katz

Cary Katz raised all in from the button and Michael Ciaravino called all in from the big blind for about 200,000. Katz showed {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, while Ciaravino tabled {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

"It's been a pleasure," said Ciaravino.

The board came down {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Hearts}, no help to Ciaravino, locking up the pot and a seat at the final table for Katz.

Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 2,266,000 266,000
Michael Ciaravino us
Michael Ciaravino
us Busted

Tags: Cary KatzMichael Ciaravino

Katz Takes a Huge Lead

123md • Level 27: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Following the turn of a {k-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} board with about 230,000 in the pot, Cary Katz checked from the big blind and Michael Ciaravino bet 125,000 from the button. Katz check-raised to 350,000 and Ciaravino called.

The river was the {5-Clubs}, Katz bet 264,000 and Ciaravino called.

Katz tabled {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for a set of fours, Ciaravino showed a defeated {k-Spades}{10-Clubs}, and Katz won the pot.

Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 2,000,000 500,000
Michael Ciaravino us
Michael Ciaravino
us 225,000 -500,000

Tags: Cary KatzMichael Ciaravino

Ruivo Moving Ahead

123md • Level 27: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Manuel Ruivo
Manuel Ruivo

George Alex was all in for about 580,000 from the button with {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}, trailing Manuel Ruivo's {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} in the big blind.

The board ran out {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}, no help to Alex, locking up the pot for Ruivo who advanced to the final table.

Manuel Ruivo pt
Manuel Ruivo
pt 2,245,000 630,000
George Alex us
George Alex
us Busted

Tags: George AlexManuel Ruivo

Straight for Ciaravino

SandraBarbour • Level 27: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Cary Katz raised to 60,000 on the button. Michael Ciaravino, in the big blind, called.

A flop of {7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} was dealt and checked through to the {10-Spades} turn. Ciaravino checked. Katz bet 85,000. Ciaravino check-called.

The {9-Hearts} filled up the board. Both players opted to check. Ciaravino showed {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a straight and Katz sent his hand to the muck.

Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 1,500,000 150,000
Michael Ciaravino us
Michael Ciaravino
us 725,000 -175,000

Tags: Cary KatzMichael Ciaravino