2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #81: $1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Tommy Nguyen Leads Final Eight in Bracelet Winners Event

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Tommy Nguyen
Tommy Nguyen

A rampageous run on the final two tables propelled Tommy Nguyen to a chip lead in the $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only Event. Nguyen is now pacing the eight-handed final table which has emerged from a 185-player field.

The finalists will return on Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. local time, and while the event was eventually scheduled to run for four days, the tournament staff changed the plans: the tournament will be played out tomorrow. There is a $71,580 first-place prize reserved for the champ.

The Bracelet Winners event attracted a modest number of participants on Day 2, but several players opted to join the contest with 20 big blinds. Shallow stacks were flying left and right and the tournament progressed with high velocity. Nguyen cruised through the day sitting in the top half of the standings, but he didn't look to be the hottest candidate for the pole position. However, he eventually finished with 2,910,000 (a third of all chips in play), mainly thanks to his heater in the final hours of today's stretch.

Nguyen eliminated William Kakon, Nikita Luther, Cord Garcia, and Upeshka De Silva to help shape the final table. The draw wasn't too nice to Nguyen who took a seat directly to Shankar Pillai's right. Pillai holds the second-biggest stack with 2,425,000.

Michael Gagliano dominated for the better part of the day. Having capitalized on his solid start to the tournament, Gagliano put his foot firmly on the gas pedal on Day 2. He three-outed Scott Seiver in a huge pot before the bubble to establish himself as a clear leader, a status he was able to hold onto until Nguyen's rise on the final two tables.

Gagliano will return to the final table with 1,500,000, the third-biggest stack among the remaining players. Brett Apter sits in fourth place with 995,000, which is already below the average mark.

Four players bagged short stacks of under 20 big blinds: Andreas Klatt (440,000), Kevin Gerhart (370,000), Thom Werthmann (370,000), and Scott Bohlman (260,000).

While Bohlman has only 10 bigs, he has already proved that he's able to bounce back. Down to fewer than two big blinds on the final table, Bohlman refused to go out in 18th place and a streak of doubles kept him afloat, pushing him back in contention.

Nobody from the remaining players can be overlooke, with each and everyone of them having closed it out on the big stage at the World Series before. Come back at 2 p.m. for the hand-for-hand live updates. Play will start in Level 21 with the 10,000/25,000 blinds and a 25,000-ante.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Brett ApterUnited States995,00040
2Scott BohlmanUnited States260,00010
3Kevin GerhartUnited States370,00015
4Andreas KlattGermany440,00018
5Michael GaglianoUnited States1,500,00060
6Tommy NguyenCanada2,910,000116
7Shankar PillaiUnited States2,425,00097
8Thom WerthmannUnited States370,00015

Tags: Andreas KlattBrett ApterCord GarciaKevin GerhartMichael GaglianoNikita LutherScott BohlmanScott SeiverThom WerthmannTommy NguyenUpeshka De SilvaWilliam Kakon

Hands #9-14: Nguyen Fires All Streets

ElleSriracha • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #9: Kevin Gerhart moved all in for 250,000 from under the gun and got no action.

Hand #10: Shankar Pillai made it 50,000 from the hijack and everyone folded.

Hand #11: Scott Bohlman shoved all in for 200,000 from the button and scooped up the blinds and ante.

Hand #12: Gerhart opened to 40,000 on the button and both blinds folded.

Hand #13: Michael Gagliano limped from the small blind and Tommy Nguyen raised to 60,000 from the big blind. The flop came {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}, Gagliano checked, Nguyen bet 50,000 and Gagliano called.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and Gagliano check-called a bet of 125,000 this time. The river was the {5-Spades} and Gagliano checked for a third time. Nguyen fired out a bet of 500,000 and Gagliano folded.

"Phew," said Nguyen. He showed the {3-Clubs} and raked in the pot.

Hand #14: Andreas Klatt shoved all in from the cutoff and everyone folded.

Tags: Andreas KlattKevin GerhartMichael GaglianoScott BohlmanShankar PillaiTommy Nguyen

Haixia Zhang Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,512)

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Haixia Zhang
Haixia Zhang

Hand #8: Haixia Zhang shoved her last 342,000 from the hijack and Shankar Pillai reraised all in from the button, forcing folds from the blinds.

Zhang stood up before she turned up her hand, but her chances were fair as she raced with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} against {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}.

The flop came down {2-Clubs}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Zhang called for a payout, but the {a-Clubs} turn pushed her ahead.

"Okay, no jack."

However, the {j-Clubs} hit the river. "No jaaack," Zhang said as the card touched the felt, and she called for the payout again.

Shankar Pillai us
Shankar Pillai
us 2,500,000 300,000
Haixia Zhang us
Haixia Zhang
us Busted

Tags: Haixia ZhangShankar Pillai

Hands #1-5: Gerhart Doubles Twice

ElleSriracha • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Kevin Gerhart
Kevin Gerhart

Hand #1: Michael Gagliano raised to 50,000 and got no action.

Hand #2: Action folded to Kevin Gerhart in the small blind and he shoved all in for 62,000. Andreas Klatt called from the big blind.

Gerhart: {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Klatt: {4-Hearts}{3-Spades}

The board ran out {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{q-Spades}{9-Clubs} and Gerhart held to double through.

Hand #3: Action folded to Gerhart on the button and shoved all in for 144,000. Klatt folded his small blind and Gagliano called from the big blind.

Gerhart: {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Gagliano: {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

The dealer ran the board out {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades}{10-Spades} and Gerhart held to double once again.

Hand #4: Tommy Nguyen opened to 45,000 from under the gun and got calls from Shankar Pillai in early position and Haixia Zhang in the big blind. The flop came {q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{5-Spades} and action checked to Pillai who bet 60,000. Zhang mucked and Nguyen called. The turn was the {8-Spades} and both players checked to the {5-Diamonds} on the river. Both players checked again and Nguyen tabled {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a pair of nines to win the pot.

Hand #5: Pillai opened to 45,000 from under the gun and Gagliano called on the button. The flop came {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}, Pillai checked, Gagliano bet 55,000 and Pillai folded.

Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
us 1,600,000 -170,000
Kevin Gerhart us
Kevin Gerhart
us 300,000 200,000

Tags: Andreas KlattHaixia ZhangKevin GerhartMichael GaglianoShankar PillaiTommy Nguyen

Final Table Seating Order and Chip Counts

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
SeatPlayerChip Count
1Brett Apter740,000
2Scott Bohlman270,000
3Kevin Gerhart100,000
4Andreas Klatt520,000
5Michael Gagliano1,770,000
6Haixia Zhang440,000
7Tommy Nguyen2,620,000
8Shankar Pillai2,200,000
9Thom Werthmann430,000
Tommy Nguyen ca
Tommy Nguyen
ca 2,620,000
Shankar Pillai us
Shankar Pillai
us 2,200,000 -200,000
Michael Gagliano us
Michael Gagliano
us 1,770,000 245,000
Brett Apter us
Brett Apter
us 740,000 -63,000
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
de 520,000 -22,000
Haixia Zhang us
Haixia Zhang
us 440,000 -40,000
Thom Werthmann US
Thom Werthmann
US 430,000 -150,000
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
us 270,000 -210,000
Kevin Gerhart us
Kevin Gerhart
us 100,000

Upeshka De Silva Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,402)

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Upeshka De Silva
Upeshka De Silva

Upeshka De Silva raised to 45,000 under the gun, Tommy Nguyen three-bet to 150,000 from the button, and De Silva slid forward almost all of his chips, leaving himself with 25,000. Nguyen quickly announced he was all in and De Silva stalled for over a minute before he flicked in the last chip.

De Silva: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Nguyen: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Nguyen had the better of it and the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts} board confirmed his win. De Silva left the tournament in 10th place and the remaining players are now taking seats at the final table.

Hand-for-hand coverage will follow onwards.

Tommy Nguyen ca
Tommy Nguyen
ca 2,620,000 680,000
Upeshka De Silva us
Upeshka De Silva
us Busted

Tags: Tommy NguyenUpeshka De Silva

Pillai Scores a Huge Double Through Gerhart to Take the Chip Lead

ElleSriracha • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Shankar Pillai
Shankar Pillai

Kevin Gerhart limped in from the small blind and Shankar Pillai checked his option from the big blind.

The flop came {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and Gerhart led out for 25,000. Pillai raised to 80,000 and Gerhart re-raised to 235,000. Pillai called.

The turn was the {8-Spades} and Gerhart went into the tank for a while before moving all in. Pillai picked his cards up to have a look before announcing a call.

Gerhart tabled {9-Spades}{7-Clubs} for two pair nines and sevens, but needed to improve against Pillai's {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for a straight to the nine.

The river was the {q-Diamonds} and Pillai doubled through, leaving Gerhart with around five big blinds.

Shankar Pillai us
Shankar Pillai
us 2,400,000 980,000
Kevin Gerhart us
Kevin Gerhart
us 100,000 -1,350,000

Tags: Kevin GerhartShankar Pillai