Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
A total of 113 players returned for the second day of play in Event #37: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2014 World Series of Poker after the money bubble had burst late on Day 1. All players were guaranteed at least $2,480 for their efforts, and Brandon Paster was leading the field with a slight advantage over Fabrice Soulier coming in.
Soulier skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard through the early levels and peaked at 380,000 in chips after knocking out Adam Bilzerian before going from hero to zero in about 90 minutes. Galen Hall doubled through him in a massive pot and the Frenchman never recovered, eventually bowing out in 42nd place.
Erick Lindgren experienced a very similar roller coaster and jumped into the lead before getting involved into the biggest pot of the day due to a massive three-way clash. Likewise, Lindgren could not get much going after that and hit the rail in 13th place in the penultimate level.
Once the full 10 levels were done and dusted, only 11 players remained.
The late stage of Day 2 was dominated by the duel between Kevin Saul and aforementioned Hall, however it would ultimately be Marcel Vonk who claimed the most chips and bagged up 604,000 for the overnight lead. The top five are rounded out by start-of-day chip leader Paster (588,000), Hall (553,000), Matthew Humphrey (549,000), and Saul (506,000).
Gabriel Nassif, who finished eighth in the Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and then jumped into this tournament, is still on track to reach his second WSOP final table in a row with 206,000 in chips.
Other familiar names were less fortunate. Humberto Brenes recorded his eighth finish in the money at the 2014 WSOP with a 102nd-place result, Mike Watson scored 81st, Layne Flack got 64th, Taylor Paur finished in 56th, and Martins Adeniya took 16th, but would have to try to win gold in the next event they play.
We'll be back Thursday with more PokerNews Live Reporting beginning at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time, and the plan is to play down to a winner with the blinds starting at 6,000/12,000.
Brandon Paster raised to 20,000 from early position and Gabriel Nassif three-bet the pot to 65,000. The action folded back to Paster and he said "I will have to think about that," before tossing in a bunch of green T25,000 chips to put his opponent all in. Nassif called for 103,000 in total.
The board ran out and the queen kicker of Nassif won him the pot.
James Hoeland opened for the pot, a bet of 35,000, from the cutoff and Kevin Saul called from the button. The flop came and Hoeland led out for a pot-sized bet of 85,000, leaving himself with just shy of 70,000. Saul thought for a moment and announced he was all in. Hoeland made the call and the players turned their hands over:
James Hoeland: for a pair of aces
Kevin Saul: for two pair, kings and sixes plus a flush draw
The turn did nothing to change the hand other than giving Hoeland a gutshot straight draw as it was the . Hoeland would need a ten, ace, queen, or jack (that was not a club) to stay alive. The river was the improving Saul's two pair to kings and nines and that was enough to send Hoeland to the cashier to collect his 12th place winnings.
Kevin Saul raised to 25,000 and Galen Hall called, tossing in a green T25000 chip. All opponents folded and Saul already cheered that he would get his first green chip. On the flop, he bet 38,000 and Hall mucked . Saul showed him the and said "that's my hand, four six suited."
Over to the other table we had a four-way limped pot and the board was checked down completely. AP Phahurat announced ace king and then showed to take down the pot. "You didn't bet there?", a rather surprised Brandon Paster asked.
With the board showing , Kevin Saul made a bet of 75,000 and Matthew Humphrey made the call and tabled for aces up. Saul couldn't beat that hand and mucked. That pot moved Humphrey just shy of half a million in chips while Saul drops just below the 400,000 chip mark.
Galen Hall limped the button and the three-way flop was checked through. On the turn, Matthew Humphrey bet 16,000 and only Hall called to see the on the river. Both players checked and Hall wasn't amused to being rivered by the of his opponent, who also had the nut flush draw on the turn as well.
Only a few minutes later he raised to 22,000 and got two callers on the button and the big blind. The action was checked to Hall on the flop and he took down the pot with a bet of 20,000.
We get to the table with a flop of and a bet of 30,000 in front of AP Phahurat. Dapreesch Scates raised the size of the pot and Phahurat said "I can't fold" and re-raised to set Scates all in. Scates called and the hands were tabled:
Phahurat: for two pair, aces and fives
Scates: for a set of queens
Phahurat would hit a full house on the turn but would need another five or ace on the river to knock out Scates. The river was the and Scates doubled through to 310,000 while Phahurat dipped to 250,000.