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Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 2 Completed

Ivey Leads 38 Players into Day 3 of $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

While the turnout of 74 players is the smallest in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship history, the record-low attendance has been well compensated by the appearance of two iconic players: Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.

After a tumultuous day at the felt, Ivey managed to catapult himself into pole position late in the day, leading the last 38 players at the end of Day 2.

With 1,254,000 in his bag and 10 bracelets under his belt, Ivey is a hot candidate to earn his fourth PPC cash. This year's champion will take home $1,099,311 but it's still early to discuss the top prizes.

Only 12 players will walk away with a profit and it's likely that Day 3 will bring the tournament close to the bubble but not into the money.

Having spent more time playing poker in Asia than on American soil in the last few years, Ivey and Dwan have been welcome attractions to the PPC field. While Ivey had already made his return to WSOP last year, Dwan hasn't cashed here for eight years.

Dwan showed up right at the late registration buzzer but, unfortunately for him, his appearance was short-lived as he fell in tonight's final level.

Two former Chip Reese Memorial Trophy winners remain in contention with John "World" Hennigan right on Ivey's heels. 2014 champion Hennigan, who won his sixth WSOP bracelet earlier this summer, was among the top stacks through the better part of the day and he finished with 1,209,000.

The other former PPC winner who has made it through the first two days is 2013 champ Matthew Ashton, who sits in seventh place with 911,000.

On the other hand, three-time winner and defending champion Michael Mizrachi won't add his fourth win this year. Mizrachi fell to Prahlad Friedman in a hand of pot-limit omaha, leaving his brother Robert the lone representative of the well-decorated family (Robert Mizrachi bagged 417,000).

The remaining field boasts, unsurprisingly, a ton of stellar players with Chris Vitch (1,103,000), David Oppenheim (1,062,000), and Josh Arieh (939,000) rounding out the top five.

Day 3 of what is often dubbed the toughest poker tournament on the planet kicks off on Wednesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. local time, with action resuming with 12,000/24,000 limits. PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live updates throughout the Poker Players Championship and the 50th annual World Series of Poker.

Tags: Chip ReeseChris VitchDavid OppenheimJosh AriehMatthew AshtonMichael MizrachiPhil IveyPrahlad FriedmanTom Dwan

Seat Draw Day 3 Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

Webjoker • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4021Timofey KuznetsovRussia762,000
Amazon4023Robert MackieUnited States900,000
Amazon4024Dario SammartinoItaly296,000
Amazon4025Roy ThungUnited States406,000
Amazon4026John MonnetteUnited States257,000
      
Amazon4031Tomer DanielUnited States157,000
Amazon4032Illya TrincherUnited States170,000
Amazon4033Prahlad FriedmanUnited States390,000
Amazon4034Mike GlickUnited States512,000
Amazon4035Eric WassersonUnited States87,000
      
Amazon4061Jesse MartinUnited States204,000
Amazon4062Luke SchwartzUnited Kingdom744,000
Amazon4063Andrew BrownUnited States539,000
Amazon4064Josh AriehUnited States939,000
Amazon4065Bryce YockeyUnited States715,000
Amazon4066Jared BleznickUnited States829,000
      
Amazon4071Daniel CatesUnited States751,000
Amazon4072Phillip HuiUnited States490,000
Amazon4074Chris VitchUnited States1,103,000
Amazon4075Phil GalfondUnited States178,000
Amazon4076Isaac HaxtonUnited States802,000
      
Amazon4091Brian HastingsUnited States121,000
Amazon4092Phil IveyUnited States1,253,500
Amazon4093Adam FriedmanUnited States643,000
Amazon4095Robert MizrachiUnited States417,000
Amazon4096Matthew WoodCanada731,000
      
Amazon4101Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom293,000
Amazon4102John EspositoUnited States420,000
Amazon4103Mikael ThuritzUnited States247,000
Amazon4104David "ODB" BakerUnited States497,000
Amazon4105Jason MercierUnited States412,000
Amazon4106Chris KlodnickiUnited States615,000
      
Amazon4111David BenyamineUnited States937,000
Amazon4112Shaun DeebUnited States704,000
Amazon4113Lyle BermanUnited States437,000
Amazon4114Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom911,000
Amazon4115David OppenheimUnited States1,062,000
Amazon4116John HenniganUnited States1,209,000

End-of-Day Chip Counts (Full)

123md • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 1,254,000 -58,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 1,209,000 79,000
Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch
us 1,103,000 -67,000
David Oppenheim us
David Oppenheim
us 1,062,000 292,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 939,000 209,000
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 937,000 -13,000
Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
gb 911,000 96,000
Robert Mackie US
Robert Mackie
US 900,000 70,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 829,000 -1,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 802,000 -3,000
Timofey Kuznetsov ru
Timofey Kuznetsov
ru 762,000 -78,000
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 751,000 96,000
Luke Schwartz gb
Luke Schwartz
gb 744,000 304,000
Matthew Wood gb
Matthew Wood
gb 731,000 206,000
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 715,000 145,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 704,000 -6,000
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 643,000 48,000
Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
us 615,000 -55,000
Andrew Brown us
Andrew Brown
us 539,000 -121,000
Michael Glick us
Michael Glick
us 512,000 -218,000
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 497,000 -101,000
Phil Hui us
Phil Hui
us 490,000 -25,000
Lyle Berman us
Lyle Berman
us 437,000 -13,000
John Esposito us
John Esposito
us 420,000 -275,000
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
us 417,000 2,000

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Martin Gets a Much Needed Injection

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Four players went to the draws in a single raised pot. Lyle Berman took three while Prahlad Friedman, Phil Ivey and Jesse Martin drew two apiece. Only Berman gave up after the betting round as the other three continued to the second draw for a bet.

Friedman drew two, Ivey one, and Martin two. Ivey bet from the cutoff, Martin called on his left, and Friedman released his cards into the muck.

Ivey stood pat while Martin was still on a two-card draw. Ivey checked, Martin fired and Ivey called. Martin tabled {8-}{7-}{5-}{4-}{2-} and Ivey mucked his hand.

Phil Ivey us
Phil Ivey
us 1,312,000 -22,000
Jesse Martin us
Jesse Martin
us 233,500 93,500

Tags: Phil IveyPrahlad Friedman

Bleznick Gets Value With King

HillKerby • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Action folded to Brian Hastings on the button, who raised. Jared Bleznick defended his big blind and drew three cards. Hastings took two and both players checked.

On the second draw, both players took two and Bleznick bet. Hastings called and both players took one on the final draw.

Bleznick got Eric Wasserson's attention from across the table and told him that both players had drawn one. He then asked him who he liked as a favorite to win the hand.

"I like Sting," Wasserson said in favor of Hastings. Bleznick bet. Wasserson quickly changed his mind and said he liked Bleznick.

Hastings thought for a few seconds and tossed in a chip to call.

"King," Bleznick said. Hastings asked him to show it.

He turned over {k-} and then proceeded to fan out his remaining cards onto the table, saying "Give me the pot!" as he turned over {8-}{5-}{4-}{2-}.

Hastings mucked and Bleznick was indeed given the pot.

Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 830,000 80,000
Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 240,000 45,000

Tags: Brian HastingsJared Bleznick

Galfond Folds to River-Bet

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

Pot-Limit Omaha

Timofey Kuznetsov and Phil Galfond made it to a {q-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{3-Spades}{a-Clubs} turn and Kuznetsov fired 67,500 from the big blind. Galfond, sitting on the button, cut out the required chips and called.

The river card was the {5-Spades} and Kuznetsov took well over two minutes to figure out his move. Andrew Brown, frustrated by the slow pace on the table, called a clock on Kuznetsov and Kuznetsov fired 100,000 before the start of a verbal countdown.

Now Galfond took nearly two minutes to decide what to do and he eventually laid his hand down.

Timofey Kuznetsov ru
Timofey Kuznetsov
ru 840,000 250,000
Phil Galfond us
Phil Galfond
us 305,000 -90,000

Tags: Andrew BrownPhil GalfondTimofey Kuznetsov