Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT
Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT
Day 2 Completed

Final 12 Set for Shootout Final

Tim West
Tim West

Day 2 of Event #43 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout saw 120 players across 12 tables return to battle it out in the winner-take-all shootout format once again. Each of the players had conquered their tables yesterday to lock up $4,837, but only victory over a fresh set of opponents would see them advance to the final day with a new guaranteed minimum cash of $16,844.

Some of the big names who came in today with high hopes but ended disappointed included Vojtech Ruzicka, Martin Staszko, Tom Middleton, Kevin MacPhee and 888Poker’s latest bracelet winner Chris Moorman.

The first table to reach heads-up was Table 726 where Paul Michaelis from Germany battled against Erle Mankin from the United States. Michaelis had dominated his table and began the last leg with a 5 to 1 chip lead. Mankin though battled back valiantly with great reads and a lot of humor while attempting to get in Michaelis’ head. Some huge lay downs by Mankin, including folding trips on the river against what Michaelis later confirmed was a straight, saw Mankin hang in there but ultimately Michaleis emerged victorious.

The first player to actually make it through to the final day was Panchara Wongwichit from Australia who had a big chip lead and a bigger kicker to eliminate Kyle Cartwright when they both hit a top pair king on the flop. A short day for Wongwichit will allow him to return fully rested on Saturday.

Matthew Haugen led his table for much of the early levels but it was Ben Maya who would be the last man standing on Table 723 when he finally defeated Chris Bell heads up at the end of Level 12.

At the start of the next level, Russell Thomas, who had played a tactically astute and aggressive late game, was defeated by Ross Ward when the pocket kings of Thomas fell to Ward’s suited ace-six that turned a straight.

The final three players to advance were Steve Foutty, who beat Josh Kay; Jonathan Little, who beat Alan Spotts; and Matas Dilpsas, who finally got the better of James Gilbert.

The remaining 12 players return Saturday at noon to battle down to a winner. Play begins with two tables of six and progresses like a normal tournament, going to an unofficial final table of 10 and then playing down to a winner.

The PokerNews Live reporting team will bring you all the action on the road to crowning a new shootout champion who will win a gold WSOP bracelet and $257,764.

Day 3 Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count 
Brasilia11Panchara WongwichitAustralia637,000 
Brasilia12Thomas BoivinBelgium621,000 
Brasilia13Joe CookUnited States627,000 
Brasilia14Tim WestUnited States641,000 
Brasilia15Alex RochaUnited States622,000 
Brasilia16Matas DilpsasLithuania617,000 
Brasilia21Robert KuhnUnited States636,000 
Brasilia22Paul MichaelisGermany621,000 
Brasilia23Ben MayaUnited States622,000 
Brasilia24Ross WardUnited States619,000 
Brasilia25Steve FouttyUnited States627,000 
Brasilia26Jonathan LittleUnited States628,000 

Tags: Alan SpottsAlex RochaBen MayaErle MankinJonathan LittleMatas DilpsasMatthew HaugenPanchara WongwichitPaul MichaelisRobert KuhnRussell ThomasTom MiddletonVojtech Ruzicka

Play Ended For Today


A recap of today's play including seat draw and chip counts will be posted shortly.

Steve Foutty Advances to Day 3

Steve Foutty
Steve Foutty

We got to the table to see Josh Kay grabbing his bag even though the board wasn't even fully turned yet. Kay was in danger as Steve Foutty had him covered.

Steve Foutty: {K-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Josh Kay: {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{6-Hearts} to give Foutty the higher two pair and he advances through to tomorrow.

Two tables are left playing heads-up now.

Steve Foutty us
Steve Foutty
us 627,000 364,000
Josh Kay us
Josh Kay
us Busted

Tags: Josh KaySteve Foutty

Ben Maya Through to Day 3


We got to the table to see the {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} on the flop. Ben Maya, on the button had gone all-in. Chris Bell, was taking his time to carefully consider if he was going to call or not as Maya had him covered. In the end, he called.

Ben Maya: {8-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Chris Bell: {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}

"Why were you waiting so long to call?" Maya said.

The dealer turned the {7-Hearts}, no danger for Bell yet. But then the dealer opened the {8-Clubs} on the river to give Maya the two pair to shoot Bell out of the tournament. Bell kicked a chair and was understandably pretty upset about being knocked out of the tournament.

Ben Maya il
Ben Maya
il 622,000 336,000
Chris Bell us
Chris Bell
us Busted

Tags: Ben MayaChris Bell