Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
After an epic second day of play, it's former $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. champion David Bach who leads the way with 12 players remaining. Daniel Negreanu, fresh off a runner-up finish in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw, is in contention again as he will come into the final day third in chips. Brandon Shack-Harris, winner of the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the start of the Series, sits second in chips and he could be on his way to becoming the first two-time champ this summer.
In the early goings of Day 2, we said goodbye to Allen Kessler, Scott Seiver, David Oppenheim, and $1,500 Razz champion Ted Forrest. As the action slowly picked up some pace due to the ever increasing bets and antes, we also lost poker legend Doyle Brunson, $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em winner Justin Bonomo, and last year's $50,000 Players' Championship winner Matthew Ashton.
As we neared the money, play slowed down, and we saw several big stacks lose their chips in rapid fashion. Brandon Cantu, Eli Elezra, and David Singer all had great stacks halfway through the day, but none of them made the money.
On the bubble, we lost Jesse Martin, despite Nick Schulman and Shack-Harris sitting on just a few bets. The latter went on an impressive heater in the final hour, and he closed out second in chips behind Bach.
Japanese poker phenom Naoya Kihara — the only Japanese WSOP gold bracelet winner — and online legend Brian Hastings look to win their second bracelet tomorrow, while Dan O'Brien, George Danzer, and Yuval Bronshtein are eying their first.
Make sure to tune back in with us tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the final day of the first ever $10,000 Razz Championship on PokerNews.com.
Roland Israelashvili had the bring-in and George Danzer completed before Paul Volpe raised all in for his last 20,000. Israelashvili called before Danzer raised and Israelashvili called. Danzer bet fourth and Israelashvili folded as both player's board ran out as follows:
Israelashvili: (X-X) / (folded on fourth)
Danzer: / /
Volpe: / /
With Volpe's queen-nine unable to better Danzer's ten-seven, Volpe hit the rail in 13th place as Danzer climbed to 390,000 in chips.
Under unknown circumstances we've just lost Hoyt Corkins in 14th place. Corkins had been short for a while and he did not manage to recover.
Dan O'Brien: (X-X) / / (X)
Naoya Kihara: (X-X) / / (X)
Dan O'Brien completed the bet on third, and Naoya Kihara made the call. On fourth and fifth street, O'Brien led with a bet, and Kihara called each time. On sixth street, both players checked, and then on seventh, O'Brien bet. Kihara called, and O'Brien showed for a seven-six low. Kihara nodded, mucked, and O'Brien won the pot.
Catching the action on fourth street we found David Bach betting and both Nick Schulman and Naoya Kihara calling as Kihara led on fifth with Bach calling and Schulman calling all in for 15,000. Kihara bet sixth and Bach called before Bach bet seventh and Kihara tank-folded.
Schulman: (X-X) / / (X)
Kihara: (X-X) / / (X)
Bach: (X-X) / / (X)
Bach tabled his for a six-five and Schulman flashed his and headed to the rail in 15th place for a $18,592 payday.
Brandon Shack-Harris made the money as one of the shortest stack, but he just managed to gain some ground on his competitors, as he more than doubled up through Paul Volpe.
George Danzer, Shack-Harris and Volpe were all putting chips into the pot and we caught the action on fifth street. Danzer folded to Shack-Harri's all in and Volpe made the call.
Danzer: (X-X) / — fold
Volpe: (X-X) /
Shack-Harris: (X-X) /
Shack-Harris showed for a six-four low and Volpe said he was drawing dead. Shack-Harris won the hand and Volpe's now one of the short stacks.
Roland Israelashvili completed and Hoyt Corkins raised. George Danzer made it 30,000 to go and both Israelashvili and Corkins called before Israelashvili led on fourth and Corkins raised. Danzer called only to have Israelashvili three-bet as both Corkins and Danzer called again.
Corkins bet on fifth and sixth and was called by both players before Danzer bet seventh and only Corkins called.
Israelashvili: (X-X) / / (X)
Corkins: (X-X) / / (X)
Danzer: (X-X) / / (X)
Danzer tabled his / for a wheel and Corkins mucked leaving himself just 40,000 as Danzer climbed to 345,000.
In a flurry of action we found Scott Clements all in against David Bach.
Each player's board got moved round, but Bach's final cards were for a nine-six to beat Clements' for a nine-eight.
For Clements' efforts, he will take home $18,592 for his 16th place finish.