Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event #17: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. has concluded with another ten levels of play in the books. It was a day that saw the returning field of 185 get cut all the way down to just 17. Leading them all into Day 3 is Adam Friedman with 453,000 in chips. Friedman's best World Series of Poker finish came in 2005 when he placed 43rd in the Main Event for $235,390. A bracelet here will surely top that.
Also remaining are the 2009 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. champion David Bach, bracelet winner Michael Chow Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin, David Baker and Jonathan Tamayo, which means this field still has plenty of firepower. With first place set at $289,283, they'll all be gunning for it.
The players will return tomorrow at 2:30 PM PT to continue with action. Hopefully we'll have the chance to see another champion crowned and bracelet awarded, but if this thing lasts another ten levels, we may be seeing a Day 4. You'll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow and you can find all of the coverage live on PokerNews.
Day 3 Table and Seat Draw
We caught the action as Nicholas Kost got it all-in against Scott Lake with the board reading . Kost showed down the for a turned set of kings and a great low draw to the six. Unfortunately for him, he would need the dealer to deliver that low draw, as Lake held the for a set of aces.
The river was a brick for Kost and his three kings were not good enough to keep him alive as he exits in 18th place. Lake has chipped up to 430,000 as we approach the final three hands of Day 2, with just 17 competitors remaining in this fight for a WSOP bracelet.
A short stacked Eli Elezra found himself fighting for survival against Denis Ethier, after Elezra raised to 16,000 before the flop. Holding the button, Elezra may have been trying to buy the blinds but Ethier made the call and we saw a flop of . Ethier led out for 8,000 and Elezra raised to 16,000 putting his last chips into the pot.
The flop was a good one for both players, as Elezra made a four flush and a pair of jacks, but Ethier liked it more with his set of fours. Elezra would need to spike a diamond without pairing the board to stay alive. A on the turn ended the drama and Ethier's full house dispatched Elezra in 21st place.
Ethier wasn't done doing damage and in the very next hand he had Ken Lennard all-in as well, with the board reading . The one man wrecking crew tabled the for a flopped spade flush and Ethier had eliminated two opponents in two consecutive hands, knocking Lennaard out in 20th place.
Todd Brunson and Aaron Steury saw an flop and after a series of raises between the two, Brunson was all in and at risk with against Steury's . The turn and river were safe for Brunson, securing the double-up.
Unfortunately for Brunson, it was short lived as he busted a few hands later.
Scott Lake raised from middle position before Ken Lennaard reraised from the next seat. Action then folded over to Eli Elezra in the small blind and he four-bet. The big blind and Lake folded before Lennaard raised again. Elezra called and was all in.
The flop came down , which meant that Elezra could still freeroll his way to a double up with backdoor spades. The turn killed all of that drama when the fell and then the river completed the board with the . Elezra did win a few chips thanks to the blinds and Lake's original raise and moved up to 57,000.
We caught the action on seventh street as Nicholas Kost and Ken Lennaard slugged it out.
Kost: (X)(X) -
Lennaard: (X)(X) -
After squeezing his seventh street card, Kost fired a bet of 16,000 into the middle and Lennaard looked him up. Kost said "straight" as he tabled his down cards: for a nine high straight. Lennaard was unable to produce a qualifying low hand and Kost, adorned in a snazzy Derrick Rose # 1 Bulls jersey, scooped the pot.
One of Kost's fans on the rail yelled out "You don't mess with Jalen Rose!" and Kost began laughing as he corrected his friend while stacking his newly earned chips.
With the eliminations of Timothy Sullivan in 23rd place and Andrew Prock in 22nd place, we are down to 21 players.