Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
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.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Brett Apter||United States||995,000||40|
|2||Scott Bohlman||United States||260,000||10|
|3||Kevin Gerhart||United States||370,000||15|
|5||Michael Gagliano||United States||1,500,000||60|
|7||Shankar Pillai||United States||2,425,000||97|
|8||Thom Werthmann||United States||370,000||15|
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 , Gagliano checked, Nguyen bet 50,000 and Gagliano called.
The turn was the and Gagliano check-called a bet of 125,000 this time. The river was the and Gagliano checked for a third time. Nguyen fired out a bet of 500,000 and Gagliano folded.
"Phew," said Nguyen. He showed the and raked in the pot.
Hand #14: Andreas Klatt shoved all in from the cutoff and everyone folded.
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 against .
The flop came down and Zhang called for a payout, but the turn pushed her ahead.
"Okay, no jack."
However, the hit the river. "No jaaack," Zhang said as the card touched the felt, and she called for the payout again.
Hand #6: Shankar Pillai received a walk.
Hand #7: Michael Gagliano raised to 50,000 from the hijack and Tommy Nguyen three-bet to 150,000 on his button. The blinds folded and so did Gagliano.
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.
The board ran out 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.
The dealer ran the board out 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 and action checked to Pillai who bet 60,000. Zhang mucked and Nguyen called. The turn was the and both players checked to the on the river. Both players checked again and Nguyen tabled 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 , Pillai checked, Gagliano bet 55,000 and Pillai folded.
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.
Nguyen had the better of it and the 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.
Kevin Gerhart limped in from the small blind and Shankar Pillai checked his option from the big blind.
The flop came 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 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 for two pair nines and sevens, but needed to improve against Pillai's for a straight to the nine.
The river was the and Pillai doubled through, leaving Gerhart with around five big blinds.