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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship



Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 2c Completed

Artan Dedusha Leads WSOP Main Event Going into Day 3

will_shill • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Artan Dedusha
Artan Dedusha

Play has concluded in Day 2c of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. This was the last day where the first three starting flights were separated, meaning all remaining players will converge into one massive field for Day 3 on Thursday.

A field of 3,300 players returned Wednesday to continue on their path to Main Event glory, and at the end of it there are still plenty of big names advancing, as well as more unknown players ready to spring an upset.

Leading at the end of Day 2c — and leading overall going into Day 3 — is British player Artan Dedusha in his very first Main Event. He told us as the day ended that his aim was to double his stack to around 200,000-220,000 on Day 2. He ended up with more than three times that amount with 680,000.

Dedusha, who has just over $100,000 in cashes to his name, mostly in England, had an eventful day, cracking kings when his pocket fives flopped a set, and cracking aces when he flopped two pair.

“I guess I ran good," Dedusha said. "I lost a few pots as well, but mainly I ran good. I held up, I won the races, I was on the better end of a cooler. But also I played good. I picked up many small pots here and there.

“I'm happy, I'm very happy. But, I'm not that excited because I've seen so many things. I've gone up and down, up and down. It doesn't mean anything right now. You never know.”

Also bagging big stacks were Marcin Chmielewski (564,000), Michael Krasienko (561,300), Sonny Franco (546,700), and Player of the Year contender and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes (510,100).

It was tough a day for former Main Event champions. Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen and Phil Hellmuth all fell, with 2000 Main Event Champion and 2017 POY contender Chris Ferguson also eliminated when his {a-}{k-} ran into {2-}{2-} on a flop of {k-}{j-}{2-}.

Multiple bracelet-winners Men Nguyen, Paul Volpe, JC Tran, Antonio Esfandiari, and Loren Klein, as well as November Niners Griffin Benger, Federico Butteroni and Max Steinberg also won’t be advancing.

Fan favorites Maria Ho, Bertrand Grospellier, Anthony Zinno and Gus Hansen were also eliminated. Joining them on the rail was William Kassouf, who was eliminated early in the day.

William Kassouf

Both Kassouf and opponent Dany Georges held jack-ten on an {8-}{9-}{10-}{q-} board when the money got in, but importantly for Georges he held a redraw to a diamond flush to eliminate the loud-mouthed Brit. The all-important diamond fell on the river and the Main Event lost one of its loudest and polarizing voices.

Two-time $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-up Championship runner-up John Smith also came back on Day 2c, but was eliminated after he failed to pull off a monster bluff with just a single pair. His opponent called with a set to eliminate Smith in Level 7.

Former Main Event champions Scotty Nguyen, Johnny Chan, Joe Cada, and Carlos Mortensen are still in contention. Other notables include 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche, Jake Cody, Felipe Ramos, Cate Hall, 2016 November Niner Fernando Pons.

Natasha Mercier bagged 218,000 at the end of Day 1c, and found herself bagging over 470,000 at the culmination of another ten hours of play. Meanwhile, her husband Jason started a lot shorter with only 28,000 and he managed to chip up to 150,000 before bagging 101,000.

When asked if they found it distracting to be playing in the same tournament, Natasha said it was business as usual.

“I think we’re both very competitive,” Natasha said. “So when I see him at the table I really want him to do well, but at the same time I want to beat him. I’m like hoping to get more chips than he does.”

“I don’t really wanna beat Natasha,” Jason said. “Actually, it’s nice to see her still in the event. Especially when she has so many chips, so hopefully if I bust, she can go on and go really deep. It’s awesome that we’re both still in. We’ve never both made day three.”

All those advancing from Day 2c will join together with the 1,023 players that advanced from Day 2ab for Day 3 on Thursday. Cards will be in the air at 11 a.m. local time, and PokerNews will be there to cover the action from start to finish.

A full list of chip counts and the Day 3 seat draw will be posted later tonight.

Tags: Anthony ZinnoAntonio EsfandiariArtan DedushaCarlos MortensenCate HallChris FergusonDany GeorgesDominik NitscheFederico ButteroniFelipe RamosGalen HallGriffin BengerGus HansenJake CodyJason MercierJC TranJoe CadaJoe McKeehenJohnny ChanJoseph McKeehenLoren KleinMarcin ChmielewskiMaria HoMax SteinbergPaul VolpeRyan HughesScotty NguyenSonny FrancoWilliam Kassouf

Chip Leaders From 2c Entering Day 3 (full)

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
gb 680,000 15,000
Michael Krasienko us
Michael Krasienko
us 561,300 86,300
Marcin Chmielewski pl
Marcin Chmielewski
pl 561,000 34,000
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
fr 546,700 -13,300
Todor Kondevski au
Todor Kondevski
au 529,100 529,100
Joshua Tekesky US
Joshua Tekesky
US 526,300 526,300
Ryan Hughes us
Ryan Hughes
us 510,100 -19,900
Denis Timofeev ru
Denis Timofeev
ru 498,000 163,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 480,300 200,300
Natasha Mercier lb
Natasha Mercier
lb 476,800 10,800
Khaled Gutierrez MX
Khaled Gutierrez
MX 464,800 464,800
Paul Senat US
Paul Senat
US 449,700 39,700
Remi Castaignon fr
Remi Castaignon
fr 424,000 19,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 423,000 203,000
Eric Blair us
Eric Blair
us 421,100 251,100
James Gilbert us
James Gilbert
us 420,500 305,500
Seth Fischer us
Seth Fischer
us 418,400 418,400
Jesus Javier Sanchez Blanco ES
Jesus Javier Sanchez Blanco
ES 412,700 412,700
Matt Bond us
Matt Bond
us 412,600 412,600
Kfir Nahum il
Kfir Nahum
il 411,400 411,400
Javier Garcirreynaldos es
Javier Garcirreynaldos
es 405,400 405,400
Dan Colpoys us
Dan Colpoys
us 404,000 404,000
Jared Jaffee us
Jared Jaffee
us 399,500 -2,500
Matthias De Meulder be
Matthias De Meulder
be 397,300 37,300
Quoc Vu US
Quoc Vu
US 396,000 71,000

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Dedusha Up; Bicknell Down

123md • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Artan Dedusha
Artan Dedusha

Picking up the action on the turn of an {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} board with roughly 40,000 in the pot, Artan Dedusha bet 22,500 from the small blind. Kristen Bicknell called from the button, the {J-Clubs} river completed the board, Dedusha checked, and Bicknell bet 39,000. Dedusha tanked for nearly three minutes before he called.

Bicknell showed {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}, while Dedusha turned over {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} for jacks and eights to win the pot.

Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
gb 665,000 145,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
ca 121,000 -99,800

Tags: Artan DedushaKristen Bicknell

Jake Cody Gets a Fold

poolshir • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Jake Cody
Jake Cody

Jake Cody raised to 3,800 from mid-position and got called by the players on the button and in the big blind.

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}, the player in the big blind check-folded to the 7,600 bet of Cody. The other player called though.

The {Q-Diamonds} came on the turn, now Cody lead out for 14,300 and the other player called.

The {10-Spades} on the river completed the board, Cody shoved all in for his remaining 48,200 chips. His opponent was considering his options and in the end decided to fold.

Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 105,000 48,500

Tags: Jake Cody

Zarco Takes a Multi-Way Pot

mnuwwarah • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

With four or five players in the pot, Javier Zarco bet 6,800 from early position on an {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{k-Spades}{j-Hearts} board. He got called by a player on the button and another in the big blind. On the {8-Spades} river, everyone checked, and Zarco's {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} took it down. Zarco remains above the 400,000 mark heading into the final few hands of the night.

Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 405,000 1,000

Tags: Javier Zarco

Jason Ramos Flushes the River

Valerie.Cross • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Four players put in 3,500 preflop and the flop came {J-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. Jason Ramos checked in the small blind, the big blind checked, and Victor Choupeaux bet 5,500. The button folded and Ramos and the next player called. On the {6-Diamonds} turn, Ramos checked, the big blind bet 11,000, Choupeaux folded, and Ramos called.

It was heads up to the {A-Diamonds} river and both players checked. Ramos tabled {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for the flush on the river, good for the pot.

Jason Ramos us
Jason Ramos
us 267,000 35,000

Tags: Jason RamosVictor Choupeaux

Eric Nathan Hits a Full House

poolshir • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Eric Nathan
Eric Nathan

A player in middle position raised to 3,500 and both Eric Nathan, in the hijack, and the player on the button called.

The flop came {6-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}, the player in middle position led out for 6,500, Nathan called and the other player folded.

The turn brought the {7-Hearts}, and Nathan called a bet of 10,000.

The river completed the board with the {4-Hearts}. The other player checked, and Nathan decided to bet 25,000. His opponent took some time to think and opted to call. Nathan showed {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for a full house, sevens over sixes.

Eric Nathan us
Eric Nathan
us 247,500 -2,500

Tags: Eric Nathan

Five More Hands Before Bagging

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The clock has been paused here on Day 2c and each table will play five more hands before bagging for the night.

Counts from Tan

Valerie.Cross • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Marcin Chmielewski pl
Marcin Chmielewski
pl 527,000 87,000
Natasha Mercier lb
Natasha Mercier
lb 466,000 -4,000
David Mock us
David Mock
us 392,000 -28,000
Adam Levy us
Adam Levy
us 280,000 50,000
Victor Choupeaux fr
Victor Choupeaux
fr 275,000 21,000
Paul Wasicka us
Paul Wasicka
us 272,000
Jared Palmer us
Jared Palmer
us 267,000 -42,000
Aditya Agarwal in
Aditya Agarwal
in 251,000 28,000
Ricardo Eyzaguirre us
Ricardo Eyzaguirre
us 240,000 240,000
Jason Ramos us
Jason Ramos
us 232,000 162,000
David Pham us
David Pham
us 190,000 73,000
Gavin Smith us
Gavin Smith
us 175,000 15,000
Richard Tuhrim us
Richard Tuhrim
us 163,000 -74,000
Phillip Hui us
Phillip Hui
us 124,000 -47,000
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us 114,000 23,000
Minh Ly us
Minh Ly
us 113,000 21,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 97,000 -18,000
Je Oh US
Je Oh
US 89,000 1,000
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer
de 60,000 -17,000
Alexis Sterner us
Alexis Sterner
us 43,000 -1,000