Event #34: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
Event #34: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
Day 2 completed

Aleksandr Denisov Bags Lead; Two WSOP Main Event Final Tablists Still Alive

[user249920] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Aleksandr Denisov has the lead going into tomorrow.
Aleksandr Denisov has the lead going into tomorrow.

Aleksander Denisov notched his first-ever World Series of Poker cash today, and he's a favorite to make it a big one. The Russian bagged 668,000 in chips to lead the final six players here in Event #34: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud.

Play ended for the night with just over 22 minutes remaining on the clock in Level 20, as the elimination of Mallory Smith stopped play, per WSOP rules.

We noted Denisov near the top of the chip counts a couple of hours into the day, and he stayed near the top of the counts after that. In a key pot late in the night, he made a wheel in a three-way affair where six big bets went in on sixth street. His allowed Denisov to retake the chip lead and stay there.

Other standouts set to make Day 3 appearances would be Eric Buchman ($4.1 million in live cashes), Alex Kravchenko ($4.1 million), and Bryn Kenney ($3.5 million). Kravchenko and Buchman both boast appearances at the WSOP Main Event final table, in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Big names falling today included Alan Boston, C.K. Hua, Barry Greenstein, Stephen Chidwick, Phil Laak, John D'Agostino, Bryan Campanello, Sergey Rybachenko, Steve Sung, and Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu busted just short of the final table in 10th, continuing his very impressive 2014 WSOP.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT, so be sure to come back to see if one of the aforementioned superstars takes down the title or we see a fresh face crowned.

Tags: Alan BostonAleksandr DenisovAlex KravchenkoBarry GreensteinBryan CampanelloBryn KenneyCan Kim HuaDaniel NegreanuEric BuchmanJohn D'AgostinoMallory SmithPhil LaakSergey RybachenkoStephen ChidwickSteve Sung

Mallory Smith Eliminated in 7th Place ($14,228)

[user80015] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Mallory Smith - 7th place
Mallory Smith - 7th place

Mallory Smith completed and William Thompson called before Smith bet 8,000 on fourth and Thompson raised enough to Smith all-in for an additional 1,000. Each player's board ran out as follows:

Smith: {J-Spades}{7-Hearts} / {7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades} / {K-Hearts}
Thompson: {10-Hearts}{6-Spades} / {7-Spades}{8-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} / {3-Clubs}

With Thompson making a pair of queens, he sent Smith to the rail in 7th place while simultaneously ending the night's play.

Mallory Smith us Busted

Tags: William ThompsonMallory Smith

David Prager Eliminated in 8th Place ($10,921)

[user249920] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
David Prager - 8th Place
David Prager - 8th Place

On fifth street, David Prager fired his last bet and was called by both Nabih Helmi and William Thompson. Helmi then bet sixth street before both live players checked the end.

Prager: {5-}{5-}{k-}/{2-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Helmi: {9-}{j-}{6-}/{j-Hearts}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{a-Hearts}
Thompson: {9-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Spades}/{4-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

Nobody could top Thompson's two pair, and Prager exited in eighth.

William Thompson us 425,000 70,000
Nabih Helmi US 61,000 -39,000
David Prager us Busted

Tags: David PragerNabih HelmiWilliam Thompson

Kravchenko Ships Four-Way Pot to Survive

[user249920] • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Alex Kravchenko found new life with a flush.
Alex Kravchenko found new life with a flush.

In the last hand before the level changed, Bryn Kenney completed with the {3-Hearts} and got raised by Eric Buchman with the {q-Diamonds}. William Thompson cold-called with {9-Hearts}, and Alex Kravchenko came in from the bring-in {2-Spades}. Fourth street started with Kravchenko betting the {k-Spades}, Kenney coming along with {7-Clubs}, and Buchman raising with the {4-Clubs}. Kravchenko made it three bets and got three callers. Kravchenko then called off his last 4,000 on fifth street when Buchman fired out after getting the high board. The other two players came along as well.

Thompson: {x-}{x-}/{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Kravchenko: {x-}{x-}/{2-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Kenney: {x-}{x-}/{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Buchman: {x-}{x-}/{q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

Buchman kept the lead on sixth, then everyone checked seventh.

Thompson: {a-}{9-}{k-}/{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Kravchenko: {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-Spades}/{2-Spades}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Kenney: {x-}{x-}/{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{4-Hearts}
Buchman: {x-}{x-}/{q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}

Kravchenko had caught a flush on the river to drag the huge main pot, while Kenney and Buchman couldn't top the two pair of Thompson for the much smaller side pot.

Alex Kravchenko ru 150,000 100,000

Tags: Alex KravchenkoBryn KenneyEric BuchmanWilliam Thompson

Level:
20
Limits:
8,000/16,000
Ante:
2,000

Steve Sung Eliminated in 9th Place ($8,504)

[user80015] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 1,500 ante
Steve Sung - 9th place
Steve Sung - 9th place

Steve Sung completed and Aleksandr Denisov called before Eric Buchman raised. Nabih Helmi made it 18,000 and Sung moved all in for 22,500 before Buchman raised to 28,500 as Helmi called all in for his last 26,000 as each player's board ran out as follows:

Sung: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} / {6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} / {3-Diamonds}
Denisov: {X-}{X-} / {A-Clubs} (folded on third)
Buchman: {Q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} / {Q-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{10-Diamonds} / {A-Spades}
Helmi: {A-Hearts}{6-Hearts} / {A-Spades}{4-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{K-Hearts} / {K-Spades}

With Helmi making a flush, Sung headed to the rail in 9th place for a $8,504 payday as Buchman slipped to 230,000 in chips.

Eric Buchman us 230,000 -90,000
Nabih Helmi US 85,000 60,000
Steve Sung us Busted

Tags: Aleksandr DenisovEric BuchmanSteve SungNabih Helmi

Kenney Surging

[user80015] • Level 19: 6,000-12,000, 1,500 ante

Alex Kravchenko had the bring-in and Bryn Kenney completed with Nabih Helmi calling along with Kravchenko. Kenney bet fourth, fifth and sixth street with Kravchenko calling him down and Helmi dropping out on sixth.

Kenney: {X-}{X-} / {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} / {X-}
Helmi: {X-}{X-} / {6-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades} (folded on sixth)
Kravchenko: {X-}{X-} / {2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{8-Hearts} / {X-}

Both players checked seventh and Kenney tabled his {K-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} to scoop the pot.

Bryn Kenney us 280,000 60,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 50,000 -51,000
Nabih Helmi US 25,000 -43,000

Tags: Alex KravchenkoBryn KenneyNabih Helmi