Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Day 1 completed

Leah Leads After Day 1

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante
Mike Leah
Mike Leah

Day 1 of Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball is in the books. The first day of the 16th event of the 2014 World Series of Poker drew 348 entries. Of the 348 that registered on Day 1, only 54 survived.

After ten 60-minute levels on Day 1, leading the pack was Mike Leah with 91,800. Other top stacks include Brian Tate (90,000) and Captain Tom Franklin (70,000).

If he were to win, this would be Leah’s first WSOP bracelet. Earlier this year Leah won back-to-back WSOP circuit rings on the same day at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Leah has 21 career WSOP cashes totalling $302,00.

In previous years, the lowest buy-in triple draw events were $2,500. The lower buy-in allowed more recreational and amateur players to try their luck in one of poker’s more popular variants. Last year’s event only drew 282 players creating a prize pool of $641,550. Eli Elezra won that bracelet and a first-place prize of $173,236.

This year’s prize pool totalled $469,800 with the champion earning $124,510. Just 36 players will make the money and a min-casher will take home $2,767. This event is sure to grow in popularity.

There are two ladies standing; Ronit Chamani and Kathy Dever. Joining them on Day 2 will be Jason Mercier, Stephen Chidwick, Layne Flack, Andrey Zaichenko, Daniel Idema, Todd Brunson, Bill Chen, and Dan Smith

There will be no repeat champion this year, Eli Elezra busted late in the day. Some other notable players unsuccessful in surviving Day 1 include Daniel Negreanu, who jumped into the mix moments after finishing runner-up in the $10K 2-7 Single Draw Championship, Phil Ivey, Calvin Anderson, Ami Barer, David Williams, Dylan Linde, Joe Serock, Antonio Esfandiari, George Danzer, Shaun Sheikhan, Fabrice Soulier, Phil Galfond, and recent bracelet winner Justin Bonomo.

Play will resume tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Amazon room where we will look to play down to a final table or another 10 levels. Be sure to follow along PokerNews as we bring you all of Day 2’s big hands and bust outs.

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End-of-Day Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante
Mike Leah ca 91,800 -2,200
Brian Tate us 90,000 10,000
Tom Franklin us 70,000 3,000
Dan Smith us 55,400 14,900
Hanh Tran at 55,400
Todd Bui us 54,500 -13,000
Jeet Shetty 51,900
Brant Hale us 47,400
Jason Mercier us 46,400 17,900
Frank Athey us 44,800
Ismael Bojang at 43,600 32,600
Aaron Steury us 40,700 22,700
Ben Yu us 39,500 -800
Brandon Delnano us 39,300
Matthew Schultz us 36,900
Naoya Kihara jp 36,500 11,500
Jeff Siegal us 36,300
Stephen Chidwick gb 35,700 26,700
Vladimir Shchemelev ru 35,700
David Bell us 34,800
Layne Flack us 34,400
Daniel Idema ca 34,000 23,300
Andrey Zaichenko ru 33,500 -3,500
Christopher Kruk ca 32,300
Bill Chen us 29,100 -5,900

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Leah Busts Firsau

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

Vasili Firsau opened and action folded around to Mike Leah in the big blind. Leah raised and Firsau called. Leah drew one, Firsau drew two.

In the second round Leah maxed out the betting with a four-bet and Firsau called. Leah stood pat and Firsau drew one.

In round three, Leah checked, Firsau bet, Leah raised, and Firsau putting himself all in. Both players stood pat and Leah won the pot with {8-}{7-}{4-}{3-}{2-}

Mike Leah ca 94,000 7,000
Vasili Firsau by Busted

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Leah Rolling

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

Mike Leah and Joseph Cheong were heads-up after the final draw. Leah had pat since 1st draw and bet out each round. Cheong had followed along each round and both players checked the final draw. Leah tabled {8-}{7-} and Cheong threw his cards in the muck.

Mike Leah ca 87,000 12,000

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More for Tate

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Brian Tate and an opponent both drew two cards, and Tate called a bet. Tate's opponent took two cards on the second draw, Tate called for two more, and then called another bet.

Both players took one card on the final draw, Tate called a third bet, and the player motioned that Tate was good. He showed {10-}{8-}{5-}{3-}{2-} for a very smooth ten-eight, and his opponent flashed what appeared to be a pair.

Brian Tate us 80,000 5,000

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Straight for Greenstein

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Barry Greenstein came in for a raise, Bill Chen called in position, and Greenstein drew two cards. Chen drew one. Greenstein check-called a bet, and the exact same action took place on the second draw.

On the final draw, Greenstein pitched one and Chen stood pat. Greenstein check-folded to a bet, showing {6-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-} for a straight, and Chen revealed a smooth nine.

Bill Chen us 35,000 28,500
Barry Greenstein us 500 -11,000

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Big One for Cheong

[user101598] • Level 10: 800-1,600, 0 ante

Joseph Cheong raised in the hijack seat, Mike Leah called on the button, a player in the small blind called, and Vasili Firsau defended his big blind.

PlayerDraw 1Draw 2Draw 3
Cheong2PatPat
Leah321
Small Blind31Fold
Firsau22Fold

The action checked to Cheong after the first draw, and he tossed out a bet. All three of his opponents called, and the action checked to him once again after the second draw. He bet, Leah raised, and the other two players folded. Cheong called.

Before Leah checked his final card Cheong tossed out a bet, and Leah grimaced before committing a call. Cheong tabled {7-}{6-}{5-}{3-}{2-}, and Leah mucked.

Mike Leah ca 52,000 -5,000
Joseph Cheong us 24,000 6,000

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Monnette Leaves "Angry"

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John Monnette, who is often referred to as "Angry John," just left the tournament area in a not-so-happy manner, and it was all thanks to one of the big stacks, Todd Bui.

Bui had raised before the final draw to get Monnette all in, and Monnette called. Both players took one card, and Monnette revealed he made an ace, but those are high in this game. Bui showed a jack, and he won the pot.

"You raised me with a straight draw?" commented Monnette. "You think you were ahead or something?" he added as he grabbed his belongings before exiting the tournament room.

Bui mentioned the comments to the rest of the table and stacked up his new chips to move to 67,500.

Todd Bui us 67,500 17,500
John Monnette us Busted

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