Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The second day of the 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was packed with poker action from start to finish as the first two bracelet winners have been crowned. Another tournament is just one step away from determining a winner and that's Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., which has been whittled down to the final nine players out of 78 total entries.
The finalists have all locked up a portion of the $1,842,750 prize pool and will pad their bankroll with at least $52,211 for the efforts. However, all eyes are set on the coveted gold bracelet and the top prize of $552,182 that comes along with it.
Best-positioned after ten full levels on Day 2 is the UK's mixed game specialist Benny Glaser, who soared to the top spot in the final stages. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner cemented his top spot with the double elimination of Roland Israelashvili and Daniel Negreanu in the final hand of the night. He claimed 2,590,000 to his name, followed by four contenders closely bunched together.
Jesse Klein advanced with 1.8 million and Chad Eveslage advanced with just shy of 1.7 million. David Benyamine staged a major post bubble comeback and bagged up 1.68 million. Furthermore, Phil Hellmuth is looking to claim an unprecedented 16th victory and follows fewer than half a big bet behind with 1.64 milllion. The stacked final table line-up also includes Philip Sternheimer, Ben Yu, Matt Glantz, and DJ Buckley.
Final Table Line-Up Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds||Big Bets|
|1||Matt Glantz||United States||410,000||8||4|
|2||Ben Yu||United States||830,000||17||8|
|4||Phil Hellmuth||United States||1,640,000||33||16|
|5||Chad Eveslage||United States||1,695,000||34||17|
|6||DJ Buckley||United States||160,000||3||2|
|7||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||2,590,000||52||26|
|8||Jesse Klein||United States||1,800,000||36||18|
|9||Philip Sternheimer||United Kingdom||865,000||17||9|
Besides Israelashvili and Negreanu, Cary Katz was the only other player in the money. Scott Bohlman came up short two spots of a min-cash and Yuval Bronshtein was eliminated on the bubble. A slate of ore than a dozen WSOP bracelet winners in a row fell outside of the money to showcase how stacked the field in the first high-stakes contest of the festival really was.
Six players entered prior to the start of Day 2 and among them was also Yu, who made it all the way to the final nine. Jean Gaspard, who entered the penultimate day with a big stack, jumped into the top spot early on but eventually found his master in Sternheimer. It was also Sternheimer, who has an American and British passport but lived several years in Germany, who knocked out Chris Vitch and left Benyamine very short. Benny Glaser then took over the lead after scoring several knockouts including Adam Friedman and Marco Johnson while Matusow ran out of chips close to the money in an unfortunate Razz runout.
Once the bubble burst at the start of the final level, the tides changed rapidly with rising big bets and the nine-handed final table was reached in the very last hand. All remaining nine contenders will be back at 2pm local time on the secondary feature table to play down to a winner. The blinds continue at 25,000-50,000 and the big bets will be double of that.
Stay tuned who claims the gold bracelet as the PokerNews team will provide conclusive updates in what shapes up to be one of the highlights of the entire in-person festival in Las Vegas.
Only nine players remain after the double elimination in the very last hand. The final chip counts and a redraw of today's action are to follow.
Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 11th Place; Daniel Negreanu Eliminated in 10th Place ($46,002 each)
Roland Israelashvili: /
Daniel Negreanu: /
Benny Glaser: /
Israelashvili got all of his chips in the middle on third street, while Negreanu did the same on sixth street.
At showdown, Glaser took it all with two pair, aces and tens, notching both the two pair hands made by Israelashvili and Negreanu.
Negreanu and Israelashvili were eliminated, while Glaser added a nice chunk to his already solid chip stack.
Seven Card Stud
David Benyamine / /
Matt Glantz: / /
David Benyamine earned back to back bigger pots against Matt Glantz. In the second hand, he bet fifth street and Glantz called. Benyamine check-called sixth and they checked seventh. Benyamine was the first to show and revealed the for jacks up, Glantz mucked.
"Poker is a lot easier when you make hands, I can tell you that," Benyamine said in table chat.
Over on the other table, Chad Eveslage earned a big pot with a full house and Roland Israelashvili was left very short.
The cards of Cary Katz were already exposed and mashed together as he drew to the six with two cards needed. However, he ended up pairing the ace and four to end up with a jack-six. Ben Yu had that drawing dead with a until sixth and made an eight with the as final card.
Katz became the first casualty in the money and received $42,162 for his efforts.
Phil Hellmuth: /
Matt Glantz: / /
Phil Hellmuth and Matt Glantz tangled once more as they had done so numerous times after the two table redraw. Hellmuth had previously given a "vicious beat" when his dominated two pair rivered a full house. This time, Hellmuth called bets by Glantz on fifth and sixth. Hellmuth bet seventh and Glantz spite-called to show he started with an ace-five-six.
Hellmuth, however, had gotten there with a wheel draw as he exposed the rivered wheel to earn the pot.
"Another vicious draw," Glantz remarked. Both continued with the chatter as Glantz than followed it up with "I owe Phil two bad beats." Both also discussed a bad beat story from six years ago. That's poker, folks.
On the river, Jesse Klein bet and was called by Philip Sternheimer. Klein tabled with a board of for trip queens along with a eight low. Klein scooped the pot when Philip Sternheimer mucked his hand.
On the river of a board , DJ Buckley bet out of the big blind. Ben Yu mulled over his decision in the cutoff and called to get shown the for kings and fours, which won the pot.