Event #9: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
Event #9: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
Day 2 completed

Final Chip Counts (full)

Matt Perrins 293,000
Bernard Lee 265,000
Chris Bjorin 197,500
Thomas Fuller 168,000
Josh Brikis 119,000
Robin Rightmire 107,000
Jason Mercier 89,000

Day 2 Complete: Final Table Set

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante
Jason Mercier - Can the short stack make a comeback?
Jason Mercier - Can the short stack make a comeback?

After a long Day 2, the final table has been set at the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball.
We started the Day with 73 people and lost notables such as Phil Laak, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Justin Bonomo, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Galen Hall, overnight chip leader George Lind III, and five-time Deuce to Seven bracelet winner, Billy Baxter.

But, we aren't short of big names at tomorrow's final table including Jason Mercier. At one point, Mercier was down to 26,500 but after subsequent hands where he tripled up then doubled up, he shot up to the chip lead very fast.
In the last hour of play however, Mercier lost about 160,000 and is down to 89,000 for tomorrow. Mercier has had a phenomenal last couple of years though and if anyone can come back from the short stack it is him.

Another player to watch will be Bernard Lee who won this key hand late in the day to make a close run at the chip lead for the tournament.

Bernard Lee opened to 11,500 from the small blind and Thomas Fuller made the call, Travis Pearson then moved all in for a total of 94,000 and Bernard Lee went into the tank.

Finally he made the call for most of his stack, Fuller thought for a moment and eventually folded. Both players drew one card.

Pearson: {9-}{6-}{4-}{2-}
Lee: {7-}{5-}{4-}{2-}

Pearson drew an {A-} and Lee then flipped his card - the {9-} before fistpumping and shouting "Yes!" loudly. Immediately though, he regained his senses and rushed across to Pearson to apologize and shake his hand. Lee goes into the final table with 265,000 chips.

Another story of the tournament is Chris Bjorin, who has been around poker forever but hasn't won a bracelet in the last 15 years. This may be his best chance at his first bracelet in nearly two decades.

The man they all have to beat though is Matt Perrins, the English youngster maybe a relatively newbie to 2-7SD but his aggressive actions have won him a lot of chips especially late on in the day and he's sure to be backed by another vociferous crowd of Brits in tomorrow's final which will begin at 3pm.

Aaron Schaff Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,937)

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante

The short stack Aaron Schaff finally moved in for his last 22,000 from the small blind and Bernard Lee called the extra 18,000 in the big blind.

Schaff drew two and Lee decided to stand pat and turned over a {K-}{J-}{7-}{6-}{2-}, Schaff turned over {8-}{7-}{2-} but the first card he drew was the {A-} rendering the {5-} second card meaningless. Schaff bubbled the final table and we are now set for tomorrow.

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Schaffted?

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante

Aaron Schaff is the short stack with only around 30,000. They're all paying 10,000 a round so he'll have to make a move soon.

Chip Counts

Matt Perrins 225,000 98,500
Bernard Lee 210,000 110,000
Chris Bjorin 195,000 -5,000
Jason Mercier 155,000 -25,000
Thomas Fuller 130,000 -30,000
Josh Brikis 130,000 48,000
Robin Rightmire 120,000 55,000
Aaron Schaff 47,500 -37,500

Travis Pearson Eliminated in 9th Place ($6,129)

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante

Bernard Lee opened to 11,500 from the small blind and Thomas Fuller made the call, Travis Pearson then moved all in for a total of 94,000 and Bernard Lee went into the tank that the coffee he had previously ordered turned up at the most inopportune moment.

Finally he made the call for most of his stack, Fuller thought for a moment and eventually folded. Both players drew one card.

Pearson: {9-}{6-}{4-}{2-}
Lee: {7-}{5-}{4-}{2-}

Pearson drew an {A-} and Lee then flipped his card - the {9-} before fistpumping and shouting "Yes!" loudly. Immediately though, he regained his senses and rushed across to Pearson to apologize and shake his hand. Pearson goes out in 9th place, the exact same spot he finished in the 08 event a few days ago.

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Brikis Doubles Up Through Mercier

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante
Josh Brikis
Josh Brikis

Matt Perrins made it 8,000 to go, Jason Mercier called, and Josh Brikis moved all in for 49,000 total. Perrins folded and Mercier made the call.

Both players drew one, and Mercier was drawing to the better hand with a {8-}{6-}{5-}{3-} but he paired his three and Brikis got the best of it when he ended up with {10-}{8-}{6-}{5-}{2-}

Brikis is up to 82,000 and Mercier took a slight hit and is down to about 180,000

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Avery Cardoza Eliminated in 10th Place ($6,129)

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante

Avery Cardoza had been pushing his stack all in a lot since the break, he managed to double up through Matt Perrins but then Chris Bjorin gave him a spin.

Cardoza stood pat with a {J-}{9-}{8-}{5-}{3-} against Bjorin's {6-}{5-}{3-}{2-} one card draw but the Swede pulled out a {9-} and the publishing legend went out in 10th place.

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