Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Tsang and Chen Bag Big After $25,000 PLO Day 2

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Anson Tsang
Anson Tsang

Such was the enormity of Anson Tsang's chip lead late on Day 2 of Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, that wagers and prop bets were being made on him not to make the final table with over 40 players still left.

Tsang held an eighth of the chips in play after eliminating Dominykas Karmazinas two off the money and held on through the bubble to secure the chip lead heading into Day 3, bagging up 4,775,000.

Closely behind Tsang is James Chen who managed to hold onto Tsang's coattails as he rocketed up the leaderboard. Just 39 players remain from the 278 that entered the tournament - a record for this event - and each is guaranteed $37,635 after the money bubble burst on Day 2.

Behind them there is a big gap to 2019 bracelet-winner Alex Epstein (2,450,000), who took down the inaugural $10,000 Short Deck event, Firas Sadou (2,430,000) and Robert Mizrachi (2,245,000). These are the only players above 2,000,000 in chips.

Former bracelet winners Erik Seidel (1,535,000), Paul Volpe (905,000), Justin Bonomo (815,000), Matthew Schreiber (700,000), Ryan Laplante (485,000), Ryan Tosoc (365,000), Michael Drummond (185,000) and former Main Event champion Joe Hachem (215,000) are also through to Day 3.

James Chen
James Chen finds himself second in chips

Tsang Eyes Bracelet Number Two

Tsang won his first WSOP bracelet last year in the Czech Republic, winning Event #7: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed in Rozvadov for €91,730. That was his largest WSOP cash since finishing 10th in the $10,000 PLO-8 Championship last summer, but he has since surpassed it with a third-place finish in the inaugural $10,000 Short Deck Championship where he cashed for $130,482.

Now holding the chip lead and with a taste for deep runs in a variety of WSOP events, Tsang is looking for bracelet number two in the most prestigious Pot-limit Omaha tournament in the world.

Keith Lehr
Start-of-day chip leader Keith Lehr who was eliminated midway through the day

Day 2 Recap

Registration was still open for two more levels at the start of Day 2, with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Craig Varnell, Cary Katz, Norbert Szecsi, Bryn Kenney, Kahle Burns, Brian Rast, Stephen Chidwick and Daniel Alaei jumping into the field bringing the tournament to a total of 278 entries.

Start-of-day chip leader Keith Lehr had a tough time of it, eventually eliminated by Chidwick midway through the day. By this point, as is the way with the 'great game' of Pot-Limit Omaha, the chip leader was jumping around from player to player and was yet to settle in one particular spot.

However, Micah Smith, Wasim Korkis and Sam Snead were among a select few to breach the one million chip mark, as Tony G, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Hastings, Ben Lamb, and Bryce Yockey were eliminated.

By dinner just 73 players remained and 42 places would be paid. A min-cash would be worth $37,635 with both the winner and runner-up earning seven-figure pay days.

Ludovic Geilich took over the chip lead, but handed over chips to James Chen in a number of spots as the two battled back and forth. However, after Chen sent both Julien Martini and The Nguyen to the rail in a single hand, he moved into a commanding chip lead.

Dominykas Karmazinas
The elimination of Dominykas Karmazinas handed Tsang the chip lead

As the pace of eliminations slowed, players implored the floor to start hand-for-hand two off the money and he did so. However, that didn't stop the elimination of Dominykas Karmazinas at the hands of Tsang. Both players had turned the nut straight, but Tsang improved his additional two pair to a full house to eliminate Karmazinas and take over the chip lead.

Tsang didn't rest on his laurels, he pushed ahead prior to the bubble bursting. And although Chen would burst the bubble, sending Zachary Hyman to the rail, the Hong Kong player held on to secure the overall chip lead.

There was still time for a handful of eliminations before players bagged for the evening, with Toby Lewis (42nd), Sebastian Bastian (41st) and Dario Sammartino (40th) all eliminated taking home a min-cash worth $37,635.

For the remaining 39 players, they will return at 2 p.m. local time on 21st June to play down to a final table of six. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the action as we bring you more live WSOP action.

Tags: Ben LambBrian HastingsBrian RastBryce YockeyBryn KenneyCary KatzCraig VarnellDanielDaniel AlaeiDaniel NegreanuDario SammartinoDominykas KarmazinasJames ChenJulien MartiniKahle BurnsKeith LehrLudovic GeilichMicah SmithNorbert SzecsiSam SneadSebastian BastianStephen ChidwickThe NguyenToby LewisTony GWasim KorkisZachary Hyman

Seat Draw Day 3 Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

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RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4171Lion BoulosUnited States695,00023
Amazon4172Chase SteelyUnited States290,00010
Amazon4173Justin BonomoUnited States815,00027
Amazon4174Benoit GallandCanada430,00014
Amazon4175Sean WinterUnited States725,00024
Amazon4176Matt GiannettiUnited States920,00031
Amazon4177Dylan WeismanUnited States489,00016
Amazon4178Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria335,00011
Amazon4181Paul VolpeUnited States905,00030
Amazon4182Laszlo BujtasHungary900,00030
Amazon4183Yan Shing "Anson" TsangHong Kong4,775,000159
Amazon4184Ryan TosocUnited States365,00012
Amazon4185Joe HachemAustralia215,0007
Amazon4186Firas SadouUnited States2,430,00081
Amazon4187James ChenTaiwan4,140,000138
Amazon4188Lautaro GuerraUnited Kingdom820,00027
Amazon4191Alex EpsteinUnited States2,450,00082
Amazon4192Wasim KorkisUnited States1,900,00063
Amazon4193Niklas AstedtSweden715,00024
Amazon4194Michael HeritschUnited States575,00019
Amazon4195John RiordanUnited States240,0008
Amazon4196Matthew GonzalesUnited States460,00015
Amazon4197Michael DrummondUnited States185,0006
Amazon4198Dan SmithUnited States295,00010
Amazon4262Ludovic GeilichUnited Kingdom1,005,00034
Amazon4263Robert MizrachiUnited States2,245,00075
Amazon4264Micah SmithUnited States1,175,00039
Amazon4265Evan KrentzmanUnited States1,140,00038
Amazon4266Matthew SchreiberUnited States700,00023
Amazon4267Gjergj SinishtajUnited States650,00022
Amazon4268Jason BeckmanUnited States120,0004
Amazon4271Ryan LaplanteUnited States485,00016
Amazon4272Ka Kwan LauSpain1,415,00047
Amazon4273Joni JouhkimainenFinland805,00027
Amazon4274Erik SeidelUnited States1,533,00051
Amazon4275Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom850,00028
Amazon4276Eddie OchanaUnited States575,00019
Amazon4277Ben TollereneUnited States1,215,00041
Amazon4278Esther TaylorUnited States1,730,00058

End-of-Day 2 Counts (full)

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Anson Tsang hk
Anson Tsang
hk 4,775,000 -175,000
James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 4,140,000 140,000
Alex Epstein us
Alex Epstein
us 2,450,000 150,000
Firas Sadou us
Firas Sadou
us 2,430,000 -20,000
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
us 2,245,000 45,000
Wasim Korkis US
Wasim Korkis
US 1,900,000 -125,000
Esther Taylor us
Esther Taylor
us 1,730,000 555,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 1,533,000 183,000
Ka Kwan Lau hk
Ka Kwan Lau
hk 1,415,000 695,000
Ben Tollerene us
Ben Tollerene
us 1,215,000 15,000
Micah Smith us
Micah Smith
us 1,175,000
Evan Krentzman us
Evan Krentzman
us 1,140,000 -260,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 1,005,000 -120,000
Matt Giannetti us
Matt Giannetti
us 920,000
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 905,000 405,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 900,000 -60,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 850,000 200,000
Lautaro Guerra es
Lautaro Guerra
es 820,000 370,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 815,000 -235,000
Joni Jouhkimainen fi
Joni Jouhkimainen
fi 805,000 -345,000
Sean Winter us
Sean Winter
us 725,000 275,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 715,000 -235,000
Matthew Schreiber us
Matthew Schreiber
us 700,000 340,000
Lion Boulos US
Lion Boulos
US 695,000 20,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj us
Gjergj Sinishtaj
us 650,000 -200,000

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Sammartino Last Casualty on Day 2

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Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

During the final four hands of the night, Dario Sammartino was eliminated by Matt Giannetti, who scored his second knockout in the money.

The cards were all but rushed away as Sammartino failed to hold up with {a-}{q-}{10-}{x-} against the double-suited {a-}{k-}{9-}{7-} of Giannetti on a board of {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Sammartino was ousted in 40th place and takes home $37,365.

Matt Giannetti us
Matt Giannetti
us 920,000 510,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it Busted

Tags: Dario SammartinoMatt Giannetti

Last Four Hands

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There will be four more hands before players bag up at the end of the night.

Bastian Busts to Giannetti

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Sebastian Bastian
Sebastian Bastian

"One time for the hat man," Sebastian Bastian said when he ended up all in and at risk preflop with the {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. Matt Giannetti had the {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Bastian sighed ... "the hearts are dead."

The {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop all but sealed his fate, and Giannetti made quads on the {a-Spades} turn to leave zero doubts over the outcome of the hand, making the {q-Spades} river a formality. Bastian also takes home $37,365 for his efforts.

Matt Giannetti us
Matt Giannetti
us 410,000 -490,000
Sebastian Bastian bs
Sebastian Bastian
bs Busted

Tags: Matt GiannettiSebastian Bastian

Lewis Eliminated by Geilich

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Toby Lewis
Toby Lewis

Three-way to the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} flop, Toby Lewis ended up all in for the remainder of his short stack and he was called by Ludovic Geilich, Esther Taylor sent her cards into the muck.

"I have a pair" Lewis said and rolled over {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. Lewis was ahead in the showdown, as Geilich only had the {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Spades}. However, the {6-Diamonds} turn and {7-Spades} river gave Geilich two pair and Lewis became the first casualty in the money. He takes home $37,365 for his efforts.

Esther Taylor us
Esther Taylor
us 1,175,000 -225,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 1,125,000 -25,000
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb Busted

Tags: Esther TaylorLudovic GeilichToby Lewis

Sadou Has Almost a Straight

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In a three-bet pot to the {k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} flop, Firas Sadou bet 225,000 and James Chen folded. Toby Lewis, who had survived the bubble with a short stack, had 200,000 behind and folded as well.

Sadou checked his cards and then splashed them over, revealing {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

"Straight?" Esther Taylor asked and Sadou just grinned while raking in the pot.

James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 4,000,000 -250,000
Firas Sadou us
Firas Sadou
us 2,450,000 1,105,000
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 200,000 -600,000

Tags: Esther TaylorFiras SadouJames ChenToby Lewis

Heritsch Triples Up

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Michael Heritsch raised to 85,000 with 80,000 behind and Justin Bonomo three-bet to 145,000 from the cutoff. Erik Seidel on the button reraised the pot for 555,000 in total and Heritsch called all in, Bonomo folded.

Michael Heritsch: {j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Erik Seidel: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}

Heritsch's rail started cheering and indeed he would spike a triple up thanks to a {q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} board.

Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 1,350,000 865,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 1,050,000 -50,000
Michael Heritsch us
Michael Heritsch
us 530,000 355,000

Tags: Erik SeidelJustin BonomoMichael Heritsch