Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Old School Stars Boatman, Judah, Men "The Master" in Final 23
A wild and fast-paced day of eliminations has left some familiar names from the poker history books to battle for a bracelet on Saturday on the final day of the World Series of Poker Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha.
Hendon Mob co-founder and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman (2,480,000) and seven-time bracelet winner Men "The Master" Nguyen (2,480,000) hold two of the three biggest remaining stacks, trailing just Mark Erickson (2,580,000) for the chip lead entering Saturday’s final day of play.
They'll be joined by some other big names, including five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,190,000), who'll be looking for his second bracelet of the summer. Last year's third-place finisher in this event, Scott Abrams is still in the mix with 890,000, and another old-school legend in two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah has a competitive stack of 815,000 to work with. Two-time bracelet winner Rami Boukai will return with one of the shorter remaining stacks with 385,000.
They'll all strive for the $195,565 first prize and that prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts
|1||Mark Erickson||United States||2,580,000|
|2||Barny Boatman||Great Britian||2,480,000|
|3||Men Nguyen||United States||1,630,000|
|4||Stanley Krimerman||United States||1,620,000|
|5||William Slaght||United States||1,565,000|
|6||Jarod Minghini||United States||1,515,000|
|7||Adam Friedman||United States||1,190,000|
|8||Scott Abrams||United States||890,000|
|9||Anthony Nguyen||United States||855,000|
|10||Mel Judah||Great Britian||815,000|
Recap of the Day
With 223 players returning Friday, the potential for a wild day of rapid eliminations was certainly there, and the action did not disappoint. Before the second break of the day, the field was already down to the 116-player bubble with no hand-for-hand play even needed as Michel Abecassis was busted by Anthony Nguyen to ensure everyone left earned at least $2,413.
Among those unfortunate to not cash were Daniel Negreanu, Sam Farha, Shaun Deeb, and last year’s runner-up in this event Hernan Salazar.
Those who managed to make the money but fell short of Day 3 included 2021 fifth-place finisher Damjan Radanov (112th - $2,413), Day 1 chip leader Kate Krickl (95th - $2,639), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (72nd - $3,016), three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth (45th - $4,113), and two-time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble (38th - $4,713).
As for those still in the hunt Saturday, Boatman scored a huge double knockout late in the day to boost his stack amidst the leaders, while after dropping below 400,000, Nguyen rebuilt "masterfully" to finish with his healthy stack. Erickson helped with a knockout late in the day to ensure his spot atop the chip counts for Saturday's finale.
With so many events running Saturday at the WSOP, this event will be wrapping up in the green section of the Paris Ballroom at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time. Play will begin with Level 26 and as many 60-minute levels as needed to crown a champion.
PokerNews will be there for all the action, so keep it locked right here for updates throughout the day from the new home of the WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
Seat Draw For Day 3
|Paris||263||2||Igor Zektser||United States||810,000|
|Paris||263||3||Ren Lin||United States||260,000|
|Paris||263||4||Qinghai Pan||United States||370,000|
|Paris||263||5||Barny Boatman||United Kingdom||2,480,000|
|Paris||263||6||Michelle Roth||United States||160,000|
|Paris||263||7||Paul Sokoloff||United Kingdom||50,000|
|Paris||264||2||Anthony Nguyen||United States||855,000|
|Paris||264||3||Mel Judah||United Kingdom||815,000|
|Paris||264||4||Stanley Krimerman||United States||1,620,000|
|Paris||264||5||Mark Erickson||United States||2,580,000|
|Paris||264||6||Peter Neff||United States||495,000|
|Paris||265||1||Men Nguyen||United States||1,630,000|
|Paris||265||3||John Zable||United States||245,000|
|Paris||265||4||Adam Friedman||United States||1,190,000|
|Paris||265||5||Rami Boukai||United States||385,000|
|Paris||265||6||Shawn Carter||United States||225,000|
|Paris||265||7||Scott Abrams||United States||890,000|
|Paris||266||2||Jarod Minghini||United States||1,515,000|
|Paris||266||3||Paul Lenkeit||United States||370,000|
|Paris||266||4||Bradley Anderson||United States||805,000|
|Paris||266||5||William Slaght||United States||1,565,000|
|Paris||266||7||James Chen||United States||470,000|
Final Day 2 Chip Counts (full)
Time to Bag and Tag
Day 2 has ended for the night and the players are bagging their chips.
Play will resume Saturday at 2 p.m. PT in the Green section of the Paris Ballroom.
Stay close for complete end-of-night chip counts and a full recap of the day's wild action.
Popejoy & Perlman Eliminated on Second Last Hand of Night
Michael Popejoy got his last 68,000 chips in preflop against Marc Erickson and Paul Lenkeit.
Erickson and Lenkeit checked down the board and revealed their hands.
Erickson's jacks and eights took down the high half of the pot, while Lenkeit's ace-four got him the low as Popejoy was sent home a few minutes early in 25th place.
Meanwhile, at an adjacent table, Marc Perlman was also eliminated leaving 23 players in the field for Day 3 on Saturday.
Final Three Hands of the Night
Tournament staff has announced that the final 25 players will play three more hands before racing off the yellow T-1,000 chips and bagging for the night.
Erickson Gets Huge Double Up Through Popejoy
All the chips went into the middle on a flop of , with Robert Erickson on the button at risk for a gargantuan 1,234,000. Erickson was up against Michael Popejoy in the big blind.
Erickson flopped the joint by hitting a boat of jacks full of twos. There was no help for Popejoy as the runout of completed the board to give Erickson a double and the chip lead.
After stacking his chips Erickson asked the PokerNews reporter to confirm what hand he had. After being told of his hole cards Erickson chirped "That is a f**king good hand!"
Mender Eliminated by Anderson
Limit Omaha 8 or Better
A short-stacked Anthony Mender exchanged preflop raises with Bradley Anderson preflop until his last 125,000 chips were in the middle.
The flop gave Mender hope with the best low draw, but the turn and river allowed Anderson's aces to hold without a low chopping his pot to send Mender to the rail 30 minutes before the end of the day.
Levy Put on Fumes by Zektser; Busts Shortly After to Lin
Limit Omaha 8 or Better
Picking action up on a completed board of , and over 100,000 in the pot, Jonathan Levy faced a bet from Igor Zektser which if he called, would leave Levy with just 12,000.
Ultimately he chose to call and saw Zektser table for a spade flush. Levy shook his head and mucked his cards.
Shortly after he was eliminated with versus Ren Lin's when the board came to give Lin a winning flush to send Levy to the rail.