Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Hellmuth Goes For the Repeat; 121 Players Chasing O'Hara on Day 2 of Event #29

Phil Hellmuth

Triumphant returns are the theme heading to Day 2 of Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.

Phil Hellmuth returned from a week away and bagged up 121,000, just 121 players between him and back-to-back bracelets in this event. George Danzer, who has hardly played at the WSOP since winning Player of the Year in 2014 and hasn’t cashed in an event in six years, is back on a leaderboard with 100,000. Then there is Yanni Raz, the 2-7 rookie who liked the game so much, he decided to reenter last night and finished with a top-10 stack at 166,000.

Ian O’Hara leads the remaining 122 players, amassing a huge chip lead of 294,500, nearly 60,000 more than second-place Brandon Shack-Harris. He’ll be chased on Day 2 by the likes of Tom Schneider (207,500), Jake Schwartz (157,500), Mike Matusow (149,500), and Alex Foxen (127,500).

Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ian O'HaraUnited States294,500
2Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States235,500
3Jon KyteNorway213,500
4Tom SchneiderUnited States207,500
5Gabe PaulUnited States189,500
6Michael LangUnited States185,000
7Ilkka HeikkilaFinland172,500
8Jonathan McGowanUnited States172,000
9Yosif NawabiUnited States170,500
10Yanni RazUnited States166,000

The plan, when Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. local time, is to play down to the final five players. First, however, the main goal of the surviving players is to make the money, which will come at 66th place. A min-cash will be worth $2,417, all the way up to the top prize of $127,809.

Play will begin on Level 11, with 1,000-2,000 blinds and a 3,000 big blind ante. There will be a 60-minute dinner break after Level 16, which should come around 8:30 p.m.

It was a record-smashing field of 437 entries that began the event. By the end of Day 2, there will be only five remaining. PokerNews will be on hand the entire way at Bally’s Event Center as Hellmuth chases bracelet No. 17 and 121 opponents try to stop him.

Tags: Alex FoxenBrandon Shack-HarrisGeorge DanzerIan O’HaraJake SchwartzMike MatusowPhil HellmuthTom SchneiderYanni Raz