Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
With 802,600 chips, Jason Mercier leads the 55 survivors after Day 2 of the 2014 $50,000 Poker Players' Championship. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner was the only player to bag over 800,000 chips, and eliminated Brian Rast in a big pot-limit Omaha hand during the final level of the evening. Mercier, who has over $10.6 million in career live tournament earnings, has only recorded two six-figure scores since May of 2013, and will be looking to return to his winning ways in this marquee bracelet event.
Joining Mercier atop the counts are Jonathan Duhamel (783,000), Shaun Deeb (724,400), David Steicke (711,100), Matt Glantz (522,800). Glantz is in search of his third career final table in this event – he finished fourth in 2008 for $568,320, and fifth in 2011 for $376,750.
Also among the Day 2 survivors are Scott Seiver, John Hennigan, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, and 2014 bracelet winners Brandon Shack-Harris, Calvin Anderson, Robert Mizrachi, and Brock Parker.
David Bach (17,400) is the only defending champion standing after 10 levels of play over two days, and has a lot of work to do on Day 3 and beyond if he wants to take a repeat trip to the winner's circle. Matthew Ashton (2013) exited after a pot-limit Omaha hand against John Monnette, Michael Mizrachi (2012, 2010) was done in by John Juanda in a hand of razz, Frank Kassela busted Scotty Nguyen (2008) in a hand of stud, and, as mentioned above, Mercier busted Rast (2011).
Freddy Deeb (2007) didn’t participate in this year’s event.
Registration closed at 4 p.m. PT on Monday, and a total of 102 players ponied up 50 dimes to play, generating a total prize pool of $4,896,000. It is the smallest $50,000 mixed game championship since 2009 (95 entries), and the $1,517,767 first-place prize is the third smallest of all time. The top 14 players will earn a minimum of $99,388, and each member of the seven-handed official final table will pocket a minimum of $165,435.
Among the players who busted on Day 2 and will not reach the money were 2014 WSOP bracelet winners Dan Heimiller, Paul Volpe, Dan Kelly, and Player of the Year leader George Danzer. Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Lisandro, and Gus Hansen all exited as well.
Hansen played a near half million-chip pot with 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel in Level 9. The Great Dane had a flush draw against the French-Canadian’s over pair, and Duhamel held.
The 2014 $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship will resume on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT. Be sure to return to PokerNews for live coverage straight from the tournament floor for this and every bracelet event at the 2014 World Series of Poker.
We caught up with Shaun Deeb, who's third in chips, at the end of the day.
"You want to hear a fun hand?" Richard Ashby just said to your reporter on the scene.
"I just had sevens in Limit Hold'em in a hand against Lyle Berman. The flop was and on the turn a hit so I made a bigger full house. The river however was another , so I couldn't even call a bet," Ashby said with a wry smile on his face.
Ashby ended up folding and Berman showed for quads with the best possible kicker.
Action folded to 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe Hachem in the small blind and he limped. Brian Hastings then checked his option from the big and the flop came out . Hachem led out for 5,000, Hastings called, and the dealer burned and turned the .
Hachem bet 15,000, Hastings thought for a bit before raising all in, and Hachem called off for 48,000 or so.
"Did you turn two pair?" Hachem asked. Indeed Hastings had.
Hachem had outs, but the river was not one of them. "Only ten minutes to go," a disappointed Hachem said referencing the time left on the clock. Unfortunately the Aussie won't be returning for Day 3.
"Samrostan! The VIP," John Juanda yelled at his friend Chun Lei Zhou who was being moved to his table.
"Floorman, help this man," Juanda joked as Zhou dropped bottle of water on the floor on his way to the table.
Scott Seiver joined in the banter, and as he saw that Lyle Berman and Richard Ashby were moved to his table as well he yelled, "Stop the clocks!"
The day is almost done and there will be a redraw heading into tomorrow, so Seiver can't enjoy this fun table for much longer. This however doesn't hold him back from stirring things up a little more before the end of the night.
"Look, big fish!" Seiver pointed at Vladimir Schemelev as he looked at Zhou.
Schemelev started laughing and cracked up even more when Zhou responded, "Me too, but he's fat and I'm a bigger fish."
The banter and jokes at this table were likely to continue throughout the night, but unfortunately for everyone there are just a few hands left before the day is done.
We just caught the end of Paul Volpe's bust out hand, as this year's bracelet winner lost his stack in a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha against Scott Seiver. The board showed when Seiver had out in front of him and that was strong enough to muck Volpe's hand.
Action folded to Brian Tate in the cutoff seat, and he raised. Shaun Deeb reraised on the button, and action folded through the blinds and back to Tate. He called, and the flop came down . Tate checked, Deeb bet, and Tate called.
On the turn, and paired the board. Tate checked, Deeb bet, and Tate folded.
Phil Ivey: / — fold
David Steicke: /
Picking up the action on fifth street, Steicke bet and Ivey called to see sixth. On sixth, Steicke paired his ace and checked to Ivey, who paired his ten. Ivey bet, and then Steicke check-raised. Ivey thought for a bit, then folded, and Steicke won the pot.
"Flush draw," said Steicke, showing the from the hole. He also showed the for trip aces before he scooped in the pot.
Ofir Mor is no more. He pushed in facing a John Juanda 6,000-chip open and after the rest of the table tucked and covered, Juanda made the call.
It was for Mor versus Juanda's but Juanda made a nine-high straight on the board to send him broke.