Day 2ab Completed
Day 2ab Completed
Day 2ab of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books! After five levels of play, 1,023 players remain from the 2,219 that began on Tuesday. The fields from Days 1a and 1b remained separate, and bagging the biggest stack from each flight were Mickey Craft (608,100 from the 1a flight) and Lawrence Bayley (618,000 from the 1b flight).
Bayley had the third largest stack to begin Day 2ab and chipped up early to remain near the top of the chip counts throughout. Toward the end of the night, Bayley flopped two pair with ace-eight and was paid off to jump into the chip lead.
“I got paid when I had nice hands basically,” said the Main Event first timer. “The structure is so amazing and I just look forward to idealizing my stack. I play deep a lot these days, and I just have to keep finding the right spots and make the most out of it.”
Craft got his initial boost when his pocket aces held up against both pocket kings and pocket fours.
“You don’t run across those hands very often in a tournament,” Craft said. “That was awesome. This is my first Main Event and I got hit in the face by the deck."
Others who bagged top stacks were Sergio Castelluccio (548,500), Michael Sklenicka (540,600), Joseph Conor (511,000), Jessica Ngu (481,500), Koen Breed (480,500), and Grayson Ramage (471,000).
Ramage made a quick jump during the first level of play on Tuesday to hold the chip lead for a little while.
"It went pretty well honestly," Ramage told us after he bagged. "I was just running really well, making hands, and didn't have too many tough decisions. So, yeah, it was a pretty uneventful day honestly. I just was running really well."
With two top-100 Main Event finishes to his name, Ramage knows very well what to expect the rest of the way.
"You just gotta be patient in this tournament. The levels are so long, it's such a great structure. You really just gotta be patient, and not force anything, and that's pretty much the key."
Among the many notables who will be returning on Day 3 include Marvin Rettenmaier (359,100), Charlie Carrel (343,000), 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert (331,800), Cherish Andrews (330,700), Melanie Weisner (319,400), Mike Matusow (228,200), Chris Vitch (221,200), Scott Seiver (195,600), 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem (134,700), and 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer (106,400).
Not everyone was as fortunate today. Among those who were eliminated was reigning WSOP Main Event champion Qui Nguyen. Playing at the feature table, Nguyen was all in after the turn holding top pair, while opponent James Akenhead held bottom pair and a flush draw. A spade landed on the river, and Nguyen's repeat bid was over.
"Poker is cruel, but only sometimes," Nguyen said. "Even if you play well, if you don't get any luck, there's nothing you can do. Everyone needs the luck to win. Even me."
Nguyen's return to the Rio this summer proved enjoyable, as he embraced the recognition that came with being the defending champion.
"It was great when I came back here. I'm very professional; everyone wants to shake my hand and take their picture with me. It's cool. After winning here at the Rio, I didn't go out much. I enjoyed the moment with my friends and family, but I couldn't wait to get back to playing poker."
Others who failed to survive the day include 2002 Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi, 2010 Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, Phil Laak, Gaelle Baumann, Ronnie Bardah, Ole Schemion, Brian Yoon, and Christian Harder.
The 1,023 survivors from Day 2ab will return Thursday at 11 a.m. when Day 3 begins.
However, Day 2c is still to come on Wednesday. About 3,300 players will resume their quest for Main Event glory, and cards will be in the air for those players at noon. Follow all of the action right here at PokerNews.com.
A little less than half the 2,219 Day 2ab players have bagged and tagged. Lawrence Bayley and Mickey Craft are the chip leaders with 618,000 and 608,100, respectively.
A recap of the day will be published within the hour.
Jun Obara and Gyeongbyeong Lee were involved in a big pot going to the river on a board of . With already over 130,000 chips in the pot, Lee led out, betting 30,000. Obara dropped into the tank and thinking through the hand. It took him nearly two minutes but eventually he decided to call.
Lee showed and it was good as Obara mucked.
"Did you have ace-jack?" Lee asked after the hand. A frustrated Obara said nothing while Lee collected the pot and pushed past 400,000 chips.
After five players invested 4,200 apiece and checked through the flop, the small blind moved all in after the turn to force two quick folds. Matthew Donaldson on the cutoff however asked for the amount and called once it was determined to be for 31,600. After the button folded, the cards were turned over.
The on the river was a blank and Donaldson's set of eights scooped the pot.
Nick Schulman is being scouted by the production team and on this hand he raised to 3,200. Christopher Vitch called and the cameras came running. Aviad Regav called on the button and Andrew Kelsall called from the big blind.
The flop was all hearts, and Kelsall checked. Schulman bet 7,200 and Regav was the lone caller.
The turn was the and Schulman checked. Regav bet 15,000 and Schulman raised to 39,000. Regav went all in and Schulman folded.
After the hand was over, the camera crew went back into their waiting positions. Vitch was making a comment about how playstyles might change based on the presence of the cameras. Regav was already involved in the next hand, raising to 4,000. Kelsall was in the small blind and three-bet to 11,300.
"Wait. The cameras are gone?" Kelsall said after the raise.
Regav called and the flop came . Kelsall bet 9,500 and Regav folded.
Kelsall flashed .
"I got all excited, I thought the cameras were still here."
The tournament director has just announced a total of 6 more hands are to be played today. As soon as the 6th hand is done, the bagging and tagging begins. We'll be back with assorted end-of-day chip counts and an extensive recap of today's action.
[Removed:244] moved all in from the cutoff and the action folded to big stack Kyle Hartree in the big blind. He asked for a count and called Lehner's shove for 30,100.
The board came and Hartree spiked an ace on the turn to send Lehner packing.
With about 17,000 chips in the pot and the completed board reading , the big blind checked to Adrian Mateos in the cutoff and he bet 5,300. The big blind jammed for what looked like 32,800, and after some thought, Mateos folded and the big blind took the pot.