Day 2c Completed
Day 2c Completed
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 ran into on a flop of .
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.
Both Kassouf and opponent Dany Georges held jack-ten on an 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.
Picking up the action on the turn of an board with roughly 40,000 in the pot, Artan Dedusha bet 22,500 from the small blind. Kristen Bicknell called from the button, the river completed the board, Dedusha checked, and Bicknell bet 39,000. Dedusha tanked for nearly three minutes before he called.
Bicknell showed , while Dedusha turned over for jacks and eights to win the pot.
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 , the player in the big blind check-folded to the 7,600 bet of Cody. The other player called though.
The came on the turn, now Cody lead out for 14,300 and the other player called.
The 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.
With four or five players in the pot, Javier Zarco bet 6,800 from early position on an board. He got called by a player on the button and another in the big blind. On the river, everyone checked, and Zarco's took it down. Zarco remains above the 400,000 mark heading into the final few hands of the night.
Four players put in 3,500 preflop and the flop came . 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 turn, Ramos checked, the big blind bet 11,000, Choupeaux folded, and Ramos called.
It was heads up to the river and both players checked. Ramos tabled for the flush on the river, good for the pot.
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 , the player in middle position led out for 6,500, Nathan called and the other player folded.
The turn brought the , and Nathan called a bet of 10,000.
The river completed the board with the . The other player checked, and Nathan decided to bet 25,000. His opponent took some time to think and opted to call. Nathan showed for a full house, sevens over sixes.
The clock has been paused here on Day 2c and each table will play five more hands before bagging for the night.