Joe Ebanks in the cut off position made it 20,000 preflop. He apparently chose the wrong blinds to mess with as Phil Laak in the small blind then moved all in for 162,000. Tyler Smith in the big blind called, and Ebanks folded.
The cards came out and with Smith hitting a set of jacks Laak's stay in this tournament was over.
With the field rapidly dwindling, there are a couple of interesting storylines to keep an eye on, both involving 2011 World Series of Poker Bracelet winners.
The first is that of Ben Lamb, who is fresh off a victory in Event #42 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Lamb navigated a stacked field of 361 players to claim his first WSOP gold bracelet and the accompanying $814,436 first-place prize. Combine that with his second-place finish in Event #31 Pot-Limit Omaha, for which he earned $259,918, and you’re looking at the current leader in the WSOP Player-of-the-Year Race. Not including this event, Lamb has 486.25 points, which is more than 60 points ahead of his nearest competitor.
Lamb’s deep run in this event is especially impressive as he literally entered it less than an hour after winning the PLO Championship. With a second gold bracelet, POY points, and the biggest first-place prize of the WSOP (thus far) up for grabs, Lamb is certainly worth keeping an eye on headed to Day 3.
Joining Lamb in the spotlight is none other than Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, who has three cashes so far this WSOP. Of course his most notable came in Event #21 Seven Card Stud Championship when he defeated Steve Landfish in a back-and-forth heads-up match to claim the $331,639 prize, not to mention his first gold bracelet. Grospellier currently sits in 18th on the POY Leaderboard with 299.25 points, a total he is guaranteed to add to no matter where he finishes in this event.
Capturing two bracelets in the same year is rare, let alone in two Championship Events. Both Lamb and Grospellier have the opportunity to accomplish that here in Event #46. If either are able to do so, it’ll no doubt go a long way in helping them compete for the coveted POY title.
With Ben Tollerene making it 18,000 to see a flop, we saw Phil Laak move all in for 94,000. After some mild tanking Tollerene made the call with queen high, to be exact. Tollerene was ahead as all Laak was able to produce was , but we still had five cards to see.
With a flop Laak had plenty of cards that could come to give him the hand. With the on the turn, Laak hit a straight and was safe from being eliminated. A meaningless rolled off the deck for the river.
After the hand Laak exclaimed he was "running out of time" and needed to make a move sooner or later. He rationalized that if he had 20,000 or so more chips he would have been able to get Tollerene to fold. Laak now has a little more room to play, but he is still pretty short stacked.
Taylor Paur limped in under the gun and was confronted with a bet from Greg Dyer, and a reraise from the player in the small blind. Paur simply cold called, and when action got back to the intial raiser, Dyer he moved all in. The small blind folded and Paur immediately called.
Things went south for Paur after the dealer put out a flop. With a queen in the door Dyer managed to grab hold of a set of queens. Paur was going to need to hit an ace to gain control of the hand again. The turn-river came and Dyer was able to double up off one of the biggest stacks in the room.
Paur might have slipped under one million in chips, but he still has enough to be taken very seriously.