Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball

Event Info

Buy-in $2,500
Prize Pool $722,250
Players 321

Level Info

Level 29
Limits 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 0



Kassela Barrels Leah Off a Hand

Jan_Kores • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

A-5 Triple Draw

Mike Leah (hijack) raised and called when Frank Kassela (button) three-bet.

Kassela then fired on every street with both players taking one on the first and second draws. Leah called the first two bets and changed one on the third draw. Kassela stood pat and Leah finally check-folded the river.

Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
us 370,000 102,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 210,000 -89,000

Tags: Frank KasselaMike Leah

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Webjoker • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
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PokerNews My Stack

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Vitch Catches the Card He Doesn't Want

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Alex Simma
Alex Simma

2-7 Triple Draw

Alex Simma opened early and Michael Wagner three-bet it. Chris Vitch called and they went three ways to the draw, with Wagner pat and the other two taking two. Wagner kept the lead and got two more calls. This time, Simma needed only one and Vitch two. Wagner bet again, Vitch called, but Simma came in with a raise. Wagner thought a while and folded, and Vitch called.

After taking a final card, Vitch faced a bet and sighed.

"I caught the card you don't want to catch in this spot," he said.

After some thought, he put in a reluctant call but Simma showed {7-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-}.

"Caught the ocho?" Simma asked.


Alex Simma us
Alex Simma
us 530,000 130,000
Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch
us 485,000 -95,000
Michael Wagner us
Michael Wagner
us 45,000 -102,000

Tags: Alex SimmaChris VitchMichael Wagner

Velador Active in 2-7

Jan_Kores • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

So far, Luis Velador has been the most active player on the secondary feature table. Just now Velador was the one pulling the strings in the round of 2-7 triple draw.

After previously getting outdrawn by Leah, Velador restored some of his chips when he beat Jesse Hampton in a three-bet pot that further saw Hampton fire one small and one big bet. Hampton drew one on each occasion while Velador took two on the first draw and then change one in the following two rounds.

Velador called off the aforementioned bets to see Hampton's busted hand with pocket fives which he had easily beat with ten-seven.

Luis Velador mx
Luis Velador
mx 330,000 10,000
Jesse Hampton us
Jesse Hampton
us 180,000 -120,000

Tags: Jesse HamptonLuis Velador

Trigeorgis Breaks an Eight

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

George Trigeorgis raised under the gun and got three-bet by Michael Wagner. Chris Vitch came along in the small blind and everyone drew a card. Trigeorgis kept the lead and was pat against his opponents, both of whom drew one again. This time, Vitch checked, Trigeorgis bet, Wagner called and Vitch raised. Trigeorgis called and Wagner mucked.

Vitch patted and Trigeorgis flashed the {8-Clubs} as he drew. Vitch checked and Trigeorgis checked back with a sigh. Vitch showed {8-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-} to win the pot.

Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch
us 580,000 87,000
George Trigeorgis us
George Trigeorgis
us 340,000 -122,000

Tags: Chris VitchGeorge TrigeorgisMichael Wagner

Great Start for Leah

Jan_Kores • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

On the first hand of the day, Mike Leah raised in the first position and Jesse Hampton called on the button. Luis Velador three-bet out of the big blind and both of his opponents called.

Velador patted while Leah changed one and Hampton drew two. Velador continued betting, earning two calls again.

Leah and Hampton then discarded one apiece and both called another bet from Velador.

The last draw saw Velador remain pat and Leah patted as well. Hampton drew two and Velador fired one more time. Leah called and Hampton finally released his hand.

Velador had been dealt an eighty-seven but Leah got there on the last draw, showing {7-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-} to claim a huge pot right off the bat.

Luis Velador mx
Luis Velador
mx 320,000 -70,000
Jesse Hampton us
Jesse Hampton
us 300,000 -50,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 299,000 125,000

Tags: Jesse HamptonLuis VeladorMike Leah


Vitch and Seiver Headline Final Day of $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw

Chris Vitch
Chris Vitch

Following an action-packed final level of yesterday's play, Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw is down to the last two tables. Only 12 players remain in the hunt for the $180,455 first-place prize that comes along with the gold, with none other than Chris Vitch sitting at the top of the leaderboard.

Vitch, who won the inaugural edition of this very event back in 2016, added considerably to his stack during the late stages of Day 2. A quiet second level at 6,000/12,000 was followed by fast-paced play with a lot of big pots once the blinds were raised one final time last night, and Vitch was among those who capitalized on that.

With chips flying left and right and players leaving their chairs, the average stack naturally grew and Vitch now has only a narrow lead over his following rivals.

Vitch is on 493,000 good for the chip lead, but Damjan Radanov (476,000) and George Trigeorgis (462,000) aren't far behind. Fourth in chips is high stakes superstar Scott Seiver (431,000). Seiver spent the mid-stage of the tournament on a table that also included Vitch. And while Seiver dropped down to a short stack, he found a way to double through Vitch to start trending upward.

Final day chip counts and seating chart:

SeatTable 1ChipsTable 2Chips
1Mike Leah174,000Michael Wagner147,000
2Scott Seiver431,000Chris Vitch493,000
3Frank Kassela268,000Damjan Radanov476,000
4Jesse Hampton350,000George Trigeorgis462,000
5Bryce Yockey271,000Alex Simma400,000
6Luis Velador390,000Johannes Becker172,000

Vitch and Seiver have already been decorated with the prestigious wrist-wear at the World Series of Poker and the rest of the field includes some more bracelet owners. Luis Velador (390,000), Bryce Yockey (271,000), Frank Kassela (268,000), and Mike Leah (174,000) have all made it to the summit in the past, with Velador and Kassela doing so multiple times.

Meanwhile, players such as Alex Simma (400,000) and Jesse Hampton (350,000) will do everything in their power to join the WSOP winners club, trying to convert shots at their first title.

The second shortest stack to start today belongs to Johannes Becker, last year's Poker Players' Championship runner-up. Becker has 172,000, over eight big bets, so his chances are still pretty fair and so are those of Michael Wagner who closes the standings with 147,000.

Deep-stacked triple draw poker guarantees us a great competition for the title. PokerNews live reporting team will be on their toes again with pencils and notebooks, so make sure you come back at 2 p.m. PDT to follow the most exciting stage of the tournament.

Tags: Alex SimmaBryce YockeyChris VitchFrank KasselaGeorge TrigeorgisJohannes BeckerMike LeahScott Seiver

Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
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