Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The penultimate day of Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout has wrapped up here at the 2011 World Series of Poker and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino!
The 387-player field was whittled down to just forty yesterday, and on return to the felt today, those forty players were split amongst ten tables of four-handed play. A win on your table not only meant a guaranteed payday of $28,447, but also a spot on an elusive WSOP final table.
Four-handed play is often accustomed with fast action, and today was no disappointment as chips flew around the tables. Unfortunately there would always be players that suffered as a result, and James Dempsey (39th), Maxim Lykov (38th), Tommy Vedes (37th), Jeff Williams (32nd), Dan O'Brien (29th), Jason Young (28th), Toby Lewis (23rd), Justin Bonomo (21st), JP Kelly (18th), Erik Seidel (17th), Gavin Smith (16th), James Akenhead (15th) and Jordan Young (14th) all fell short of the final table as the following players managed to best their table.
Sean Getzwiller has made his second final table of the series after winning a bracelet in the Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, and is in great form to have a crack at another one following his demolition of his table over the past two days. Online phenoms Adam Junglen, Tom Marchese, Dan Smith and Todd Terry are in the mix while Mark Radoja will be riding a high wave of confidence after an epic heads-up match.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be returning tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. PDT to provide extensive live coverage of all the Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout action, so make sure to stay tuned into PokerNews.com as we unearth every rivered flush, turned straight and flopped set live from the 2011 World Series of Poker!
In the final hand of this grueling, back-and-forth heads-up match, Mark Radoja opened for 16,000 from the button and Yasuhiro Waki three-bet to 48,000. Radoja announced he was all-in and Waki called for his remaining 230,000.
Both players got up out of their seats in anticipation.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Waki screamed.
River: , which paired Radoja's king and left him with the best hand.
"Kiiing! Kiiing! Lets gooooo!!" Radoja shouted in ecstasy.
Gracious in defeat, Waki shook hands with Radoja and headed for the rail.
With the recent conclusion of the Nikita Lebedev and Kyle Frey match, only one remains.
Although starting late after taking a full dinner break, Yasuhiro Waki and Mark Radoja are still playing the remainder of the previous 4,000 - 8,000 and 1,000-ante level and sit fairly even in chips although Radoja holds a slight edge.
Nikita Lebedev opened to 16,000 only to have Kyle Frey move all in from the big blind for 252,000. Lebedev contemplated a decision for a few moments before making the call to put Frey at risk.
With Lebedev in great shape, the flop changed little until the fell on the turn. Frey would now need one of four jacks in the deck just to chop, but after the completed the board on the river, Frey was pushed to the rail in 12th place as Nikita Lebedev advances to the final table.
Mark Radoja has just managed to snag yet another double through Yasuhiro Waki.
The board ran out to see Radoja double though to 326,000 as Waki slips to 274,000.
Our job as a poker blogger is about providing you at home with a viewpoint of a tournament like you are standing on the rail or sitting in one of the chairs as the action occur.
However, regardless of how skilled we may be from behind a computer, conveying the imagery that was witnessed in this hand might be near impossible!
The action started with Mark Radoja moving all in from the button for 87,000 with Yasuhiro Waki making the call.
"Eight! Eight! Eight!" screamed Waki in his Japanese-influenced broken English as the dealer dropped a flop.
With not just one, but two eights appearing on the flop, one of Waki's railbirds ran over and started punching him in the chest.
Left. Right. Left. Right. Like a combination seen in any of the Rocky films, the punches weren't soft either as you could hear the thumps of fist on chest from the across the room.
As the Japanese contingent were wrapped up in excitement, the dealer dropped the on the turn to give Radoja outs to a flush.
"Spade-ball!" screamed one of Radoja's railbirds before the dealer smacked the on the river.
That same spade-calling railbird launched into a Michael Jordan-esque airborne hug onto Radoja as he was held up for nearly three seconds before screaming, "That's how we do it!"
Mark Radoja has just doubled his last 58,000 when his held true against Yasuhiro Waki's .
The board ran out to see Radoja's pair push him to 120,000 in chips.
Mark Radoja entered the pot for 12,000 from the button only to have Yasuhiro Waki three-bet to 39,000. Radoja pushed all in and Waki made the call for his last 254,000.
The board ran out to see Waki double through again; this time moving to 510,000 as Radoja is left with just 90,000 in chips.