Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
If anyone has ever entered a WSOP final table with a road paved to the victory, it has to be Scott Bohlman. Bohlman experienced an almost surreal day on the felt, grinding his way to a gigantic lead in the Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. He started the day at a solid base, bringing 114,000 to the table. By the end of the day, he'd found himself increasing the stack by more than tenfold.
Bohlman's rampageous run started when he knocked out Shiva Dudani in a hand of 2-7 Triple Draw just before the final two tables were formed. What followed next was a brutal domination that saw Bohlman amass a total of 1,556,000 in chips, equaling 60% of the chips in play. That makes him more than just a casual favorite ahead of the five-handed finale, with $122,138 prepared for the champ.
Final table seat draw and chip counts:
|1||Scott Bohlman||United States||1,556,000|
|3||Aaron Rogers||United States||261,800|
|4||Daniel Weinman||United States||292,800|
|5||Ryan Hughes||United States||345,500|
The biggest hand that helped Bohlman run away from the pack occurred in level 18, again in Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. Bohlman made a wheel and stacked Dario Sammartino, who had Number Three, to climb towards a 1 million mark. It was a landslide performance thereafter as Bohlman kept adding to his gigantic piles. On one of the last hands, Bohlman knocked out Jeremy Harkin in sixth place to establish a five-handed finale, closing what was likely the most dominant single-day performance the 2018 WSOP has seen so far.
It's been a while since Bohlman last played on a final table, but his return after a four-year hiatus couldn't have started better. With such an outstanding position, Bohlman is surely eager to finally nab his first WSOP bracelet after 13 years of cashing at the series.
Neither of the other four finalists was able to reach the average stack at the end of Day 2 but the numbers are extremely curved by Bohlman. However, the tournament structure is very slow-paced and offers some room for the shorter stacks. Two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes (345,500), WSOP Circuit ring winner Daniel Weinman (292,800), Aaron Rogers (261,800) and bracelet winner Marcel Vonk (100,000) will do all in their power to narrow the gap between their stacks and the Goliath at the top.
It's hard to predict the future flow of the tournament as Day 2 saw a few dragging stages as well as a bustout shootaround on the last two tables when Barry Greenstein, Sammartino and Warwick Mirzikinian all lost their chips during a span of only a few minutes.
If Bohlman picks up where he left off, it might be an action-packed finale right off the bat. So make sure to come back Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. for the start as PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live updates from the first card off the deck until a champion is crowned.
Jeremy Harkin raised to 20,000 under the gun, earning calls from cutoff Daniel Weinman and small blind Scott Bohlman.
They went to a flop of and Bohlman checked to Harkin who bet the maximum, making it 72,000. Weinman folded but Bohlman verbally declared all in for effectively about 20,000 more and Harkin called for his rest.
"Oh s***," Harkin said when he saw that Bohlman had him drawing nearly dead, having flopped the top pair along with a nut flush draw. Harkin could only hope for a king or a runner-runner miracle, but the turn and river didn't save him.
Harkin, who won his first bracelet this year after topping the $1,500 Dealer's Choice, added another final table appearance to his name but he won't be coming back for the final day. He took home $16,329 for his sixth-place finish.
NL Five-Card Draw
Scott Bohlman raised to 20,000 in the cutoff and Jeremy Harkin called in the small blind. Aaron Rogers jammed his 88,400 out of the big blind, prompting a fold from Bohlman. Harkin asked how much he had to call and then he matched the price.
He took two while Rogers changed one.
Harkin peeled and failed to improve so Rogers didn't need to sweat his new card, which was a .
Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Scott Bohlman raised on the button to 15,000. Marcel Vonk called in the small blind. The flop came and Vonk check-called 15,000. Both checked the , bringing a . Vonk bet 20,000 and Bohlman folded.
NL 2-7 Single Draw
Aaron Rogers open-shoved in the hijack and Scott Bohlman let him stack the chips so that he'd see how much it was. Bohlman than called for 51,200 total and they both drew one.
Bohlman peeled a jack and Rogers needed to fade a pair and any card higher than a jack. He managed to do so as he found and doubled up.
NL 2-7 Single Draw
Jeremy Harkin moved all in from the cutoff for 77,300. Aaron Rogers reshipped on the button for about 100,000 and Ryan Hughes tanked a bit and then called in the big blind.
Harkin was pat while the others took one.
Hughes turned over a and Rogers an , prompting a Harkin celebration.
"Was that an easy call?" Hughes asked Shaun Deeb on the rail.
"No, it was a terrible call," Deeb said with a chuckle. "Straight draws are bad."
Harkin asked about his jack-ten jam.
"You're the only person who played the hand correctly."
Jeremy Harkin made it 17,000 in the hijack and big stack Scott Bohlman defended his big blind.
They saw the hit the felt and Bohlman let Harkin continue for 21,000. He called.
The turn was checked through and the completed the board. Bohlman fired a small, 15,000-bet and Harkin contemplated for a moment before releasing his hand to the muck.