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Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em



Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Eddy Sabat Bags Big Lead as 30 Players Advance to Day 3 of Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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Eddy Sabat Leads After Day 2
Eddy Sabat Leads After Day 2

Day 2 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Event #29: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em saw a total of 239 players out of a 1,086-entry strong field return to the tables in the Brasilia room. All of them eyed their share of the $2,443,500 prize pool, but more than 70 hopefuls would walk away empty-handed without anything to show for.

Only the top 163 spots were paid and it was Spain's Josep Maria Galindo Lopez who ended up as the bubble boy early into level 14. The Spaniard four-bet shoved pocket nines for almost 50 big blinds and Linglin Zeng reluctantly called with ace-king suited to spike an ace on the flop.

Until the dinner break after the sixth level of the day, only 71 players remained in contention with the Brits Scott Margereson and Chi Zhang at the top of the counts. Throughout the next four and a half levels, the field was thinned out further and just 30 hopefuls bagged up chips with Eddy Sabat in the lead with 1,866,000 chips. Sabat's best score at the WSOP comes from a 16th place in the 2014 Main Event for $347,521 and is in prime position for the bracelet and $456,822 payday that comes along with it.

Sabat is the only player above a million in chips and has more than double of Asi Moshe in second place with 921,000 while Tom Thomas follows in third place overnight with 861,000. Among the other big stacks and notables still in contention are UK's Scott Margereson (712,000) and Chi Zhang (674,000), Giuseppe Pantaleo (568,000), Curt Kohlberg (376,000), John Dolan (305,000), Jonathan Abdellatif (252,000) and 2015 November Niner Federico Butteroni (236,000). Start-of-the-day chip leader Pablo Fernandez lost two all ins at the end of the night and bagged up 132,000.

Among those to bust before the money were notables Kevin Eyster, Steven Wolansky, Mike Watson, Sam Trickett, Adrien Allain and Uri Reichenstein. After everyone had secured a minimum cash of $3,758, more than two dozen players joined the rail within half an hour. Three-time WSOP champion Dutch Boyd was the first to head to the payout desk and such familiar names as Blake Bohn, Adrian Mateos, Jesse Yaginuma, Michael Martin, Kristen Bicknell and Jason Wheeler followed in quick succession.

John Monnette, who recently won his third bracelet, lost most of his stack with ace-king versus jacks versus pocket aces in a three-way all in and had to settle for 79th place and $5,209 this time. Max Waxman was all in and at risk with king-queen and faced the pocket fours of Vitor Rangel, despite flopping a gutshot on top of his two live cards the WSOP bracelet winner failed to get there.

While Zhang and Moshe dominated the action until then, it was Sabat who crossed the million chip mark first and remained in the lead for the remainder of the day after sending Matthew McEwan to the rail. Sabat had pocket queens and McEwan only pocket nines, the board came ace-high without any nine in sight. Sabat also claimed the stack of Joel Ettedgi after the Brit five-bet shoved with pocket sixes right into the pocket rockets of Sabat.

The remaining 30 players have $10,868 guaranteed so far and will return at noon local time on Saturday for half an hour at blinds of 6,000/12,000 and a running ante of 2,000. The event is scheduled to play down to a winner and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the action from the floor.

Day 3 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Brasilia7003Pedro CabecaPortugal208,00017
Brasilia7004Matthew BuccieroUnited States234,00020
Brasilia7005Vitor RangelBrazil259,00022
Brasilia7006Troy SprunglUnited States195,00016
Brasilia7007John DolanUnited States305,00025
Brasilia7008Asi MosheIsrael921,00077
Brasilia7009Curt KohlbergUnited States376,00031
Brasilia7011Tom ThomasUnited States861,00072
Brasilia7012Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium252,00021
Brasilia7013Sadan TurkerUnited Kingdom331,00028
Brasilia7014Joseph KentUnited States130,00011
Brasilia7016Eddy SabatUnited States1,866,000156
Brasilia7017Jamie ArmstrongUnited States756,00063
Brasilia7018Eric CloutierCanada228,00019
Brasilia7019Federico ButteroniItaly236,00020
Brasilia7042Griffin AbelUnited States312,00026
Brasilia7043Scott MargeresonUnited Kingdom712,00059
Brasilia7044Philip HannonUnited States176,00015
Brasilia7045Giuseppe PantaleoGermany568,00047
Brasilia7046Leonardo VilelaBrazil299,00025
Brasilia7048Michael KrasienkoUnited States436,00036
Brasilia7049Pablo FernandezSpain132,00011
Brasilia7052Raul Martinez RequenaUnited Kingdom230,00019
Brasilia7053James CalvoUnited States572,00048
Brasilia7054Carlos ReisPortugal223,00019
Brasilia7055Chi ZhangUnited Kingdom674,00056
Brasilia7056Gaurav RainaUnited States491,00041
Brasilia7058Pete ChenTaiwan354,00030
Brasilia7059Charalampos LappasGreece526,00044

Tags: Adrian MateosAdrien AllainAsi MosheBlake BohnChi ZhangCurt KohlbergDutch BoydEddy SabatFederico ButteroniGiuseppe PantaleoJason WheelerJesse YaginumaJoel EttedgiJohn MonnetteJonathan AbdellatifJosep Maria Galindo LopezKevin EysterKristen BicknellLinglin ZengMatt WaxmanMatthew McEwanMichael MartinMike WatsonSam TrickettScott MargeresonSteven WolanskyUri ReichensteinVitor Rangel

End-of-Day Chip Counts

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Eddy Sabat us
Eddy Sabat
us 1,866,000 16,000
Asi Moshe il
Asi Moshe
il 921,000 21,000
Tom Thomas us
Tom Thomas
us 861,000 51,000
Jamie Armstrong us
Jamie Armstrong
us 756,000 211,000
Scott Margereson gb
Scott Margereson
gb 712,000 -43,000
[Removed:153] SE
SE 676,000 176,000
Chi Zhang gb
Chi Zhang
gb 674,000 -251,000
James Calvo us
James Calvo
us 572,000 157,000
Giuseppe Pantaleo de
Giuseppe Pantaleo
de 568,000 89,000
Charalampos Lappas gr
Charalampos Lappas
gr 526,000 226,000
Gaurav Raina us
Gaurav Raina
us 491,000 491,000
Michael Krasienko us
Michael Krasienko
us 436,000
Curt Kohlberg us
Curt Kohlberg
us 376,000 73,500
Pete Chen tw
Pete Chen
tw 354,000 44,000
Sadan Turker gb
Sadan Turker
gb 331,000
Griffin Abel us
Griffin Abel
us 312,000
John Dolan us
John Dolan
us 305,000 71,000
Leonardo Vilela BR
Leonardo Vilela
BR 299,000 171,000
Vitor Rangel us
Vitor Rangel
us 259,000 -56,000
Jonathan Abdellatif be
Jonathan Abdellatif
be 252,000 42,000
Federico Butteroni it
Federico Butteroni
it 236,000
Matthew Bucciero US
Matthew Bucciero
US 234,000 -166,000
Raul Martinez Requena es
Raul Martinez Requena
es 230,000
Eric Cloutier ca
Eric Cloutier
ca 228,000 -252,000
Carlos Reis pt
Carlos Reis
pt 223,000 -54,000

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30 Players Bag Up

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There was no further elimination and the remaining players have bagged up their chips. They will return at noon local time on Saturday June 17th. There is a redraw overnight and the next redraw will take place once they are down to the final 27.

Full chip counts and a recap of today's action will follow soon.

Three Late Doubles

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Griffin Abel doubled up for 144,000 with {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} against the {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} of Pablo Fernandez after the board ran out {Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} to give Abel a straight.

Pedro Cabeca shoved short with the {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and Sadan Turker called with pocket fives. The board came {K-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Cabeca jumped out of his chair after spiking the ten on the river to celebrate with a friend on the rail.

Last but not least, Fernandez found a suited ace against the {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} of Federico Butteroni, but the board of {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{Q-Clubs} provided no help to let Butteroni double as well.

Sadan Turker gb
Sadan Turker
gb 331,000 -209,000
Griffin Abel us
Griffin Abel
us 312,000 231,000
Federico Butteroni it
Federico Butteroni
it 236,000 105,000
Pablo Fernandez es
Pablo Fernandez
es 232,000 -288,000
Pedro Cabeca pt
Pedro Cabeca
pt 208,000 -119,000

Tags: Federico ButteroniGriffin AbelPablo FernandezPedro CabecaSadan Turker

Requena Back In It

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Eddy Sabat raised to 25,000 and Raul Martinez Requena called in the big blind. The Spaniard checked the {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop and bet the {5-Diamonds} turn for 26,000, which Sabat called. The {4-Spades} river saw Requena move all in for 116,000 and Sabat folded with the words "I have a beautiful pair, but I can't beat the nine."

Eddy Sabat us
Eddy Sabat
us 1,850,000 -50,000
Raul Martinez Requena es
Raul Martinez Requena
es 230,000 155,000

Tags: Eddy SabatRaul Martinez Requena

Six More Hands

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The clock has been stopped and six more hands will be played for tonight.

Krasienko Catches Margereson Bluffing

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Michael Krasienko raised to 26,000 and Scott Margereson called in the small blind. The Brit checked the {Q-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop and so did Krasienko. On the {6-Clubs} turn, Margereson bet 50,000 and Krasienko called before doing so again on the {Q-Clubs} river when Margereson made it 110,000 to go.

Margereson showed {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a king-high bluff and Krasienko had that beat with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}.

Scott Margereson gb
Scott Margereson
gb 755,000 -210,000
Michael Krasienko us
Michael Krasienko
us 470,000 215,000

Tags: Michael KrasienkoScott Margereson

Sabbat Wins Big Pot Off Requena

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Joseph Kent raised to 32,000 on the button and Asi Moshe moved all in from the big blind to force a fold.

One table over, a far bigger pot emerged and it was no surprise to see Eddy Sabat involved.

Raul Martinez Requena raised and Sabbat called from the button to see a flop of {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Requena continued for 55,000 and Sabat called before doing so again for 125,000 on the {9-Spades} turn.

After the {10-Spades} river, Requena checked and Sabat made it 307,000 to go. Requena had slightly more than that left behind and took two minutes of consideration before tossing in a single chip. Sabat rolled over {K-Spades}{j-Spades} for the straight and Requena mucked to drop down to around six big blinds.

Eddy Sabat us
Eddy Sabat
us 1,900,000 534,000
Asi Moshe il
Asi Moshe
il 900,000 100,000
Joseph Kent US
Joseph Kent
US 190,000 -60,000
Raul Martinez Requena es
Raul Martinez Requena
es 75,000 -505,000

Tags: Asi MosheEddy SabatJoseph KentRaul Martinez Requena

Last Break of the Day for the Final 30

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The remaining 30 players have been sent into a 15-minute break and will play half a level before bagging and tagging.