2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
Day 2 Completed

Racener Seeking First Bracelet, Matusow No. 5 as 10 Remain

mnuwwarah • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
John Racener
John Racener

John Racener is best known for his second-place finish in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, when he came runner-up to Jonathan Duhamel. He has since posted a number of strong finishes at the WSOP, including two top-three finishes in the Stud Hi-Lo Championship, but that first bracelet has continued to elude him.

After two days of play in Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship, Racener is in prime position to get that first piece of gold wrist-wear. He bagged 1,124,000 to finish as the chip leader as just 10 of 102 runners remain in the event.

It was early monster pots in the big-bet games that keyed Racener's rise. He tangled with Jake Abdalla early on in a pot-limit 2-7 triple draw hand that saw the players get stacks in before the final pull. Neither wanted a card, and Abdalla turned over an eight-seven. Racener also had an eight-seven, and each player's next card was a five. However, Abdalla's hand finished with a four-deuce while Racener had a three-deuce.

Then, Racener busted fellow big stack Jared Bleznick in a no-limit hold'em pot that saw the players see the flop after Racener three-bet. They got it in on the turn with both having flush draws, but Bleznicks' seven-four was no match for Racener's ace-king which was also good for top two. Bleznick did have an open-ended straight draw but missed on the river.

Fan favorite Mike Matusow also remains in the hunt, bagging 295,000, good for seventh place. He is seeking his fifth gold bracelet and first since 2013, when he won $5,000 Stud Hi-Lo.

The money bubble also burst on Day 2, with Matt Glantz the unfortunate player walking away empty-handed. It took a lengthy period of hand-for-hand bubble play to get there though, and it resulted in Level 16 being played for two hours, meaning the players only ended up playing nine levels instead of the planned 10.

Todd Brunson and Lyle Berman were the most well-known players receiving payouts so far, while Daniel Negreanu, Rob Mizrachi and start-of-day leader Ray Dehkharghani busted outside the paid places.

The tournament gets rolling again Saturday at 2 p.m. to see a champion crowned who will take home $273,962.

Seat Assignments for Day 3

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Brasilia7001James ObstAustralia260,000
Brasilia7002Mike MatusowUnited States295,000
Brasilia7003Ben YuUnited States163,000
Brasilia7005Schuyler ThorntonUnited States366,500
Brasilia7006Chris KlodnickiUnited States856,000
Brasilia7041Viacheslav ZhukovRussian Federation700,500
Brasilia7042Dennis EichhornUnited States782,500
Brasilia7043Eric CrainUnited States358,000
Brasilia7045John RacenerUnited States1,124,000
Brasilia7046Shawn BuchananCanada185,500

Tags: John RacenerMike Matusow

Obst Rivers Flush to Stay Alive

tRaMSt0p • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Big O

James Obst raised to 12,000 in the cutoff and Mike Matusow called on the button as Schuyler Thornton called in the big blind.

The flop landed {4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and Thornton checked to Obst who bet pot of 39,000. Matusow raised to 100,000, and after a few moments deliberating, Thornton folded and Obst called.

The turn landed the {K-Diamonds} and Obst pushed in his final 5,500 in chips and Matusow called.

Obst: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Matusow: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

The river landed the {2-Diamonds} to see Obst river the nut flush to scoop the entire pot and move his stack to 250,000 while Matusow dropped to 320,000 in chips.

Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 320,000 -150,000
James Obst au
James Obst
au 250,000 125,000

Tags: James ObstMike MatusowSchuyler Thornton

Yu Doubles Through Thornton

mnuwwarah • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Big O

Schuyler Thornton raised in middle position and was called by both blinds. Everyone checked the flop for a board of {6-Clubs}{j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Mike Matusow checked, Ben Yu potted all in for 45,500, and Thornton called.

Thornton: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{2-Spades}
Yu: {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}

"Ten for it all?" Thornton said hopefully.

However, the river was a {k-Diamonds} and Yu doubled with his straight.

Schuyler Thornton us
Schuyler Thornton
us 478,000 -47,000
Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
us 141,000 69,000

Tags: Ben YuSchuyler Thornton

Tommy Hang Eliminated in 11th Place ($18,880)

tRaMSt0p • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante
Tommy Hang - 11th place
Tommy Hang - 11th place

Limit Omaha

From the small blind, Tommy Hang raised to 24,000 and Eric Crain called in the big.

The flop fell {7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Hang bet 12,000 with Crain calling.

The turn landed the {10-Hearts} and Hang moved all in for 22,000 with Crain calling.

Hang: {7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades}
Crain: {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

The river landed the {3-Clubs} and Hang was eliminated in 11th place for a $18,880 payday.

Eric Crain us
Eric Crain
us 575,000 60,000
Tommy Hang us
Tommy Hang
us Busted

Tags: Tommy HangEric Crain

Buchanan Doubles Through Crain

mnuwwarah • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante

Big O

Eric Crain raised to 15,000 on the button, and Shawn Buchanan potted the big blind. Crain called. On the {q-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop, Buchanan jammed for 57,000.

"I guess I could have the best low draw," Crain said hopefully as he called.

Crain: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}
Buchanan: {a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Hearts}

No such luck, as Buchanan was ahead both ways with aces and a four-deuce draw. The turn was a {5-Spades} and the river a {j-Diamonds}, so Buchanan scooped.

Eric Crain us
Eric Crain
us 515,000 -75,000
Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 217,000 117,000

Tags: Eric CrainShawn Buchanan

Seven-Seven for Klodnicki

tRaMSt0p • Level 19: 12,000-24,000, 0 ante


Chris Klodnicki raised to 24,000 and Ben Yu defended from the big blind and drew three to Klodnicki's two.

Yu checked, Klodnicki bet and Yu called drawing two as Klodnicki stood pat.

Yu checked, Klodnicki bet 24,000 and Yu called and drew one.

Klodnicki stood pat again, and after Yu checked, Klodnicki bet 24,000 with Yu calling.

Klodnicki tabled his {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Yu mucked and dropped to 68,500 as Klodnicki charged up to 725,000 in chips.

Chris Klodnicki us
Chris Klodnicki
us 725,000 671,000
Ben Yu us
Ben Yu
us 68,500 -73,500

Tags: Chris KlodnickiBen Yu