Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
A long Day 2 in Event #67: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ended with an unsurprising name atop the chip counts: Eli Elezra.
Elezra has been one of the most successful players in stud variants at the WSOP in recent years. He already won the $1,500 Stud earlier this series for $93,766, his second time winning that particular bracelet after also taking it down in 2015.
Elezra, a four-time bracelet winner, bagged 1,362,000 with 16 left. He had a good stack going to the final three tables, then built it even more after going on a heater late on, highlighted by making a full house against Denis Strebkov with mere minutes left in the night. He then busted former chip leader Daniel Ospina to force a two-table redraw and end the night, as the players opted to throw their chips in bags and fade the final three minutes on the clock at 15,000/30,000.
One player with plenty of confidence and chips to chase Elezra with is Mike Matusow. "The Mouth" has been frustrated by some deep runs that fell short earlier in this WSOP, but he has positioned himself well here with 1,005,000, good for second place on the leaderboard.
Others making it through included Andrey Zhigalov, Ryan Hughes and Anthony Zinno. The latter faced off with Elezra heads up in the aforementioned $1,500 Stud event, failing on that day to add to his bracelet tally, but correcting that just a few days ago in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event.
While the majority of the players who went bust on Day 2 walked away empty-handed, some did manage to get paid for their efforts. There were 23 places paid and Jerry Wong, Jack Duong and Mark Gregorich were among those cashing.
The tournament continues at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, soon to go to 20,000/40,000 limits. Come back to PokerNews to keep following the Stud Hi-Lo Championship as it reaches the final table.
|Amazon||403||2||Jesse Martin||United States||290,000|
|Amazon||403||3||Randy Ohel||United States||147,000|
|Amazon||403||4||Mike Wattel||United States||596,000|
|Amazon||403||5||Larry Scott Bernstein||United States||145,000|
|Amazon||403||6||Bryn Kenney||United States||270,000|
|Amazon||403||8||Anthony Zinno||United States||738,000|
|Amazon||407||1||Steven Wolansky||United States||733,000|
|Amazon||407||4||Ryan Hughes||United States||601,000|
|Amazon||407||5||Eli Elezra||United States||1,362,000|
|Amazon||407||6||Jon Turner||United States||322,000|
|Amazon||407||8||Mike Matusow||United States||1,005,000|
Eli Elezra had the bring-in and Daniel Ospina completed. Elezra called and both players checked fourth.
On fifth, Elezra bet 30,000 and Ospina raised all in for his last 38,000. Elezra called.
Elezra: / /
Ospina: / /
With Ospina unable to improve on his split fives against Elezra's eights up, Ospina was eliminated in 17th place.
Bryn Kenney bet sixth an seventh against Qinghai Pan after calling on fifth.
Pan gave it up on the end.
Jesse Martin had the bring-in and Randy Ohel completed. Mike Matusow called, as did Martin.
Ohel bet fourth and only Matusow called, and on fifth Matusow bet and Ohel called. On sixth street, Matusow bet and Ohel took his time before folding.
Martin: / (folded on fourth)
After fourth street checked through between Eli Elezra, Denis Strebkov and Daniel Ospina, Strebkov came out betting with a pair of threes on board. Ospina mucked but Elezra continued and caught open sixes.
Ospina: / (folded on fifth street)
That prompted Elezra to lead right out and Strebkov called. Elezra bet seventh as well and Strebkov called again.
"Full house," Elezra announced, showing for sixes full.
Strebkov sighed loudly and mucked.
Mike Matusow had the bring-in and Anthony Zinno completed. Matusow called, and then called a bet on fourth.
On fifth and sixth, Matusow bet out and Zinno called.
Matusow: / /
Zinno: / /
On seventh, Matusow bet, Zinno raised, and Matusow called.
Zinno tabled his for aces-full, and Matusow revealed his for the low to see the pot chopped up.
Eli Elezra completed with the , Denis Strebkov raised with the , Mark Gregorich reraised with the and Andrey Zhigalov called with the .
"What the f***," Elezra said, slamming a fist on the table and exposing his .
He folded and Strebkov made it four bets. Everyone else came along and Gregorich got it all in on fourth for 42,000.
Strebkov bet fifth and sixth and then Zhigalov fired seventh.
Strebkov called and Zhigalov said he had a low: . Strebkov had for aces up and Gregorich showed with a sigh, as his outs had danced around him onto the boards of his two opponents. He grabbed a payout ticket for 18th place.