Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes eyed to add number three when he cruised to the heads up of the $2,500 Mixed Big Bet last year, but he couldn't eliminate Scott Bohlman. This time, Hughes has already done that. He dispatched the defending champion in eighth place to set the final table lineup.
Moreover, it is Hughes himself who captains the ship, leading the last seven players who made it through a field of 218 entries. He is in possession of 1,212,000, more than a third of all chips in play.
Hughes' surge towards the big lead kicked off on the last two tables when he pulled off a gutsy bluff with nut blockers in Big O, forcing a river-fold from Phil Hui. Hughes then started tackling his opponents one by one, eliminating Jared Bleznick, Ray Henson, and Bohlman.
Hughes is certainly a favorite to win the $127,808 top-prize, considering his position and experience of playing on a final table of this very event. At the moment, Hughes' biggest concern might be the seating order. Arthur Morris, who is second in chips with 728,000 sits directly to his left.
Morris and Jonathan Depa are the only players at the final table who are yet to win a bracelet. Loren Klein is the most accomplished player among the final seven when it comes to claiming the WSOP hardware; he's done it three times.
Klein, however, has his work cut out for him should he aim for his fourth notch. He is in last place with only 95,000.
Hui, Joey Couden, and Mike Sexton are also vying for the title, so it is fair to say that the mixed big bet final table boasts a ton of talent. Come back to PokerNews on Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. PDT to find out whether some of them adds another piece to their showcase or if a first-time champion will be crowned.
The play has concluded for the day. The final table will continue on Thursday, June 20, at 2 p.m. local time in the Amazon Room. An end-of-day recap is to follow.
Play will resume for about 12 more minutes to finish the level. The remaining players will bag their chips afterwards.
No-Limit 5-Card Draw
Ryan Hughes opened the button to 20,000 and he called when Scott Bohlman pushed his last 34,000 from the small blind.
Both players pitched three and Hughes was ahead with versus .
Bohlman peeled his new cards one by one and he pulled ahead as he finished with .
Hughes then did the same and his last card gave him superior two pair as he made .
Hughes, who finished second to Bohlman last year in this very event, got his revenge. He's now leading the tournament with the remaining seven players taking their seats at the final table.
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Ray Henson was looking good when he and Ryan Hughes turned over the cards, after Henson went all-in preflop and Hughes called. The hearts started falling, however, as Hughes flopped the nut flush, and Henson couldn't improve.
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Loren Klein defended a big blind against Joey Couden's raise and then check-raised pot on . Couden folded.
The next hand saw Klein limp from the small blind and call when Arhur Morris raised the pot. The flop fell and Klein checked. Morris potted again, making it 42,000 and Klein gave up.
Klein is still the shortest stack in the field, and the recent minutes haven't brought any significant clashes on either table.
Mike Sexton went all in from the hijack for his last 84,000, and got looked up by Joey Couden on the button.
"I picked the wrong time to go all in," Sexton said when he saw he was the underdog. The runout went Sexton's way, however, as hit the board, and the legendary Sexton picked up some chips.
NLFCD & 2-7 NL: 12,000-ante, 4,000/8,000 blinds
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Loren Klein found himself on the big blind facing off for all his chips against Jonathan Depa in the small blind, for the second time on Level 19. This time the game was Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, and all of Klein's chips went in after the first draw. Repa had drawn two, and Klein three.
Repa drew two and one in the final two draws, while Klein drew one and one. Repa tabled , and Klein turned over and made the table sweat the final drawing card.
It turned out to be a , exactly what Klein needed to double up and survive again.