Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha from the 2014 World Series of Poker saw the surviving 96 players of a 452-player field return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for 10 more one-hour levels of play. During that time the money bubble burst — ensuring the top 48 a piece of the $2,124,400 prize pool — and the field was whittled down to the final 13.
Sitting atop the counts with 1.087 million was Phil Laak, who found himself best equipped to make a run at the $541,747 first-place prize. However, in order to capture it he’ll have to get through some other big stacks including Joseph Leung (818,000), Sorel Mizzi (735,000), and Ryan Schmidt (720,000).
Day 2 action began in Level 11 (600/1,200) and one of the first to go was none other than Phil Hellmuth, who was the victim of a rather brutal beat. It happened when Phil Laak opened the action with a raise to 2,400 from the cutoff seat. Hellmuth then called from the small blind, and David "Bakes" Baker three-bet it to 9,600 from the big. Laak got out of the way and Hellmuth made the call to see a flop of .
Hellmuth checked, Baker continued for 20,000, and Hellmuth shoved all in for roughly 60,000. Baker made the call and Hellmuth was in a dominating spot.
Hellmuth had flopped top set, which was well out in front of Baker's aces. The turn gave Hellmuth a full house, and that meant all he needed to do was dodge an ace on the river to stay alive. That proved easier said than done, though, as the spiked to eliminate Hellmuth and throw him into one of his trademark fits.
Others who exited the tournament empty handed included Eli Elezra, Tony Cousineau, Jim Collopy, Robert Williamson III, Galen Hall, Jason Somerville, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Andy Frankenberger, Calvin Anderson, Jason Mercier, and Ashton Griffin, who was actually the bubble boy after running into Kyle Julius’ set of sevens.
From there, the in-the-money finishes came fast. Among those to make their way to the payout desk were Eoghan O’Dea (47th - $9,559), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (42nd - $10,409), Brian Rast (40th - $10,409), Davidi Kitai (39th - $10,409), Julius (35th - $11,896), Mohsin Charania (34th - $11,896), Mike Gorodinsky (28th - $14,021), Jonathan Little (26th - $14,021), Scotty Nguyen (24th - $16,888), JC Tran (20th - $16,888), and Phil Galfond (19th - $16,888).
While dozens fell, a few notables managed to make it through the night including Brant Hale (583,000), Richard Ashby (426,000), Kory Kilpatrick (333,000), Baker (308,000), and Brandon Crawford (214,000).
The third and final day of action is set to kick off at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday. Who will walk away with the $541,747 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet? Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action and eliminations on the way to crowning a champion.
In the meantime, check out this video on why David “Bakes” Baker, who eliminated Hellmuth, has no pride at all:
The final 13 players are now bagging and tagging their chips as play has come to an end here on Day 2. We'll have official chips counts and a full recap of the day's action, so stay tuned.
On a flop of , Darius Studdard fired out a continuation-bet of 47,000 only to have Kory Kilpatrick check-raise all in for his last 154,000. Studdard made the call and the cards were tabled.
The turn and river landed the and to ensure Kilpatrick the double up.
The specifics of the betting escaped us, but we do know that John Patgorski got his stack all in on a flop and he was at risk against David "Bakes" Baker.
Patgorski had flopped top pair, but it was still behind the aces of Baker. The turn was no help to Patgorski, and neither was the river.
"That's me," Baker said when the river improved him to two pair. He then shook hands with Patgorski, who bowed out in 14th place.
On a flop of , Michael Tabarelli bet out and Brandon Crawford raised. Tabarelli pushed his 228,000 total into the pot and Crawford called.
With Tabarelli at risk against Crawford's set and straight draw, he would bink the on the turn to take the lead as the completed the board on the river.
Richard Ashby raised to 20,000 from the button and both Phil Laak and Ryan Schmidt made the call from the blinds before the flop was checked through.
The turn landed the and the action checked round to Ashby who bet out 35,000 only to have Laak check-raise to 165,000 as Schmidt quickly folded.
Ashby took a little longer to find a decision, and when he eventually chose to fold, he flashed the while slipping to 255,000 as Laak climbed back to 1.1 million.
Numit Agrawal and Sorel Mizzi each put in 60,000 preflop to see a flop of . Agrawal then got his last 115,000 or so all in and Mizzi called him.
Agrawal got it in good with aces, but Mizzi had some straight possibilities. The turn actually gave him the jack-high straight, and that left Agrawal drawing dead. The meaningless was put out on the river for good measure, and then Agrawal made his way to the payout desk in 15th place to collect $21,031.
We are now into the final level of the night.
With 15 players remaining and the plan to play down to a final table, it appears at this stage that we will fall a few places shy of reaching the final six.
Regardless, the remaining players have one more hour to accumulate chips and build a stack heading into Day 3 of Event #42.