Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
Day 2 completed

'Doc' Sands Puts on a Clinic as Unofficial Final Table is Reached

David Sands
David Sands

When Day 2 of Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better began, there were 134 players remaining from a starting field of 847. With only 90 players getting paid, we never envisioned making the unofficial final table by days’ end. However with the insane rate of players busting throughout the day, the unofficial final table was reached with over a half an hour left in the day. Leading the final table is David ‘Doc’ Sands who started the day in third place with 99,800 but has amassed a whopping 1,130,000 in chips, good for just over a quarter of the total chips in play.

Given all of the eliminations throughout the day, one would think that the hand of the day would certainly be one involving a bustout, especially considering Sands knocked out five of the last eight players that lost. However the key pot for chip leader Sands was a massive marathon of a hand that took around 15 minutes and didn’t even include a showdown. With the board reading {J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{K-Spades} and already around 400,000 in the pot between the two chip leaders, Sands moved all in for 310,000. With about 375,000 behind, Wice tanked and eventually folded {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for Broadway while Sands mucked his hand and took down the monster pot. Sands would later go on to eliminate Wice in 11th place on the unofficial final table bubble.

Other notable Eliminations that made the money included PokerStars Team Pro Alexandre Gomes (87th), Antony Lellouche (82nd), Mike Beasley (72nd), Dario Alioto (64th), Erik Seidel (58th), Alexander Kostritsyn (53rd), Day 1 chip leader William Speir (51st), Ben Yu (49th), Kathy Liebert (46th), Barry Shulman (19th) and Fabrizio Gonzalez (16th).

The players will come back tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. PST and hopefully play down to a winner that will get $268,235 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. If that isn’t accomplished within ten levels of play though, then whoever remains will return for a fourth day. Either way, we hope to see you back here then at PokerNews for our day 3 coverage as well as our updates on every other event going on at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

David Sands 1,130,000 1,036,000
Jeffrey Gibralter 514,000 483,000
Igor Sharaskin 487,000 482,900
David Singontiko 420,000 377,200
Robert Campbell 365,000 290,900
Thomas Scarber 359,000 350,000
Marco Oliveira 335,000 311,600
Cliff Kettinger 288,000 260,600
Michael Yee 213,000 188,000
John Reiss 149,000 108,700

Five More Hands

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

There will be five more hands before play is done for the night, unless someone is eliminated before then as play will stop if nine-handed.

Seating Assignments for Ten-Handed Table

Shamus • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

The final ten players have reassembled around a single table with about 33 minutes left to play here in the last level of the day. If there is an elimination before the clock runs out, we'll stop then. Otherwise, we'll have all ten come back tomorrow for Day 3.

Seat 1: Cliff Kettinger



Seat 2: John Reiss 



Seat 3: Michael Yee

Seat 4: David Singontiko
Seat 5: Robert Campbell

Seat 6: Jeffrey Gibralter 

Seat 7: Igor Sharaskin
Seat 8: Thomas Scarber

Seat 9: David Sands
Seat 10: Marco Oliveira

Alexander Wice Eliminated in 11th Place ($15,836)

Alex Wice
Alex Wice

Alexander Wice raised to 30,000 in the cutoff and David Sands, his nemesis from a pot not long ago potted to 102,000 from the small blind. On the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Spades} flop, Sands bet enough to put Wice all in who called.

Sands: {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Wice: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

The {K-Diamonds} on the turn locked up the high half of the pot for Sands while Wise was only drawing to a low for the chop. The {J-Spades} on the river produced no low for Wice however and he was eliminated. The pot took Sands over the one million chip mark and now has just under one third of the total chips in play with ten players left.

David Sands 1,350,000 525,000
Alexander Wice Busted

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Scarber Scores a Few from Singontiko

Shamus • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Thomas Scarber
Thomas Scarber

David Singontiko opened for 25,000 from under the gun and it folded back around to Thomas "T.J." Scarber in the big blind who made the call. The flop came {6-Hearts}{K-Spades}{8-Hearts}, and Scarber checked. Singontiko bet 32,000, and Scarber called. Both then checked the {7-Spades} turn.

The river was the {8-Spades}. Scarber checked once again, and this time Singontiko put out a bet of 55,000. Scarber quickly called, showing {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{2-Spades} for the nut low and ace-high. Singontiko showed {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} -- he also had the nut low and ace-high, but his kicker was worse and thus he was quartered.

Singontiko has about 405,000 after that one, while Scarber moves up a bit to 315,000.

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Counts For The Final 11

David Sands 825,000 120,000
David Singontiko 541,000 66,000
Igor Sharaskin 438,000 -107,000
John Reiss 425,000 195,000
Marco Oliveira 365,000 -5,000
Cliff Kettinger 335,000
Jeffrey Gibralter 295,000 -85,000
Thomas Scarber 292,000 -103,000
Robert Campbell 272,000 137,000
Alexander Wice 232,000 -143,000
Michael Yee 226,000 58,000

Paul Volpe Eliminated in 12th Place ($15,836)

Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe went on a heater earlier in the day and ran it up close to the chip lead, but he hasn't gotten anything going since then and he is now out in 12th.

With only 100,000 behind, Volpe raised it to 42,000 preflop and was called by Cliff Kettinger in the big blind.

The flop came {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and Kettinger put Volpe all in and he called.

Kettinger: {a-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Volpe: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Kettinger had flopped a straight and Volpe needed a queen or running cards for a low or better high to stay alive. The turn and river {9-Clubs} and {3-Spades} were no help and Volpe hit the rail in 12th.

With one more elimination we will re-draw to an unofficial final table of 10.

Cliff Kettinger 335,000 197,000
Paul Volpe Busted

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Sands Unstoppable, Mario Puccini Eliminated In 13th Place ($12,732)

Mario Puccini
Mario Puccini

David Sands has been unstoppable in the last level or so. When we re-drew at 18 players he had 297,000 and since then he has knocked out three players and moved up to 815,000 for a definitive chip lead.

Puccini was eliminated after he got it all in preflop against Sands.

Sands: {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Puccini: {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

The board came down {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and the turn gave Sands a straight and the knockout. With only 12 players left, we just need two more to redraw to one table and three more to make an official final table and stop for the night

David Sands 815,000 215,000
Mario Puccini Busted

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Sands River Shove Not Nice for Wice

Shamus • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
David Sands
David Sands

We just watched a 15-minute hand take place over on Table 373. No showdown, but lots of tension. And a big transfer of chips as well.

The hand began with David "Doc" Sands opening for 27,000 from middle position, and Alex Wice called from the cutoff. The blinds stepped aside, and the flop came {4-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. Sands sat quietly for about a half-minute, then bet 67,000. Wice called quickly. The turn was the {10-Hearts}, pairing the board. Sands again sat still and stared at the board for some time before carving out a bet of 107,000. Once more, Wice made the call right away.

The river brought the {K-Spades}. Sands sat for over a minute this time, then announced he was all in. Now it was Wice's turn to go into the tank.

A request for a count showed that Sands was all in for 310,000 more. Wice, with about 375,000 behind, sat back with his hands on his head and began talking out loud as he debated what to do.

"Why would you bet so much?" he asked. Other phrases were uttered. "Small turn bet." "Flush draw." "Wish I didn't have the ace of clubs."

Meanwhile, all of the other players had left the table to stretch their legs and wander about, leaving Wice to talk further to himself and Sands to continue to sit motionless and silent. After several more minutes had passed, Jeffrey Gibralter called for the clock, and Wice was given one more minute to make his decision. With just a few seconds remaining, he folded his hand, a couple of his cards -- {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} -- flashing as he did.

Wice slips to 375,000 after that one, while Sands pushes up over the 700,000-chip mark.

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