Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Two years ago, Chris Vitch won the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball event the very first time it was held here at the World Series of Poker. Vitch topped a field of 236 for $136,854 and his first bracelet.
Now, he's aiming for bracelet No. 3 overall and the second one from this event as he bagged a narrow chip lead with 12 left heading into the final day of the event. It would be a more handsome payday of $180,455 this time around, as the prize pool was pumped up by the single reentry option that resulted in 321 entries.
Vitch finished with 493,000 to lead the remaining two tables. However, he's far from in the clear as he's closely trailed by Damjan Radanov (476,000), George Trigeorgis (462,000) and Scott Seiver (431,000). Any of them could overtake Vitch with one decent pot since limits are heading to 10,000/20,000 to start Day 3.
However, Vitch's vast limit skills and chip stack mark him as the man to catch. Making his lead all the more impressive, he started the day as one of the shortest stacks with just a handful of big bets. While Vitch made more than his share of big hands, he also showed off his chops with a savage bluff midway through the day against Joe Wagganer.
In the hand of A-5 triple draw, Vitch check-raised after the second draw and called a three-bet. Vitch patted and Wagganer drew one. Then, Vitch led out with a bet and Wagganer folded. Vitch showed down two pair of aces and deuces.
Bracelet winners remaining in contention include Mike Leah, Bryce Yockey and three-time gold winner Frank Kassela. Leah was all in seemingly a dozen times and at risk, but he kept finding doubles when his back was against the wall.
Day 2 also saw the bubble burst at 49 players. Hand-for-hand play took some time, but defending champ Jesse Martin and Jaswinder Lally finally succumbed in the last hand of Level 14 (2,500/5,000). Some of those who cashed included Chris Ferguson, Randy Ohel, Shaun Deeb, John Monnette, Brian Hastings and Billy Baxter.
The big money will go out on Day 3 and the final 12 players, who are all guaranteed a payday of $9,072, reconvene at 2 p.m. Tune in to PokerNews then to see who grabs the gold.
Chris Vitch raised in the cutoff and called when George Trigeorgis three-bet out of the small blind. Trigeorgis patted right away while Vitch drew one.
Trigeorgis bet but Vitch fired back with a raise. Trigeorgis spent good two minutes or more thinking of his next move. His body language showed he was very confused by Vitch's play. Nonetheless, he eventually called.
Both stood pat on the second draw and Trigeorgis checked to Vitch who fired again. Trigeorgis finally gave up.
"Good hand, nice play."
Trigeorgis and Vitch later discussed the hand further. Vitch admitted he was capable of making a bluff in that spot but it wasn't the case this time as he revealed that he'd made an eight.
|Seat||Table 431||Table 439|
|1||Mike Leah||Michael Wagner|
|2||Scott Seiver||Chris Vitch|
|3||Frank Kassela||Damjan Radanov|
|4||Jesse Hampton||George Trigeorgis|
|5||Bryce Yockey||Alex Simma|
|6||Luis Velador||Johannes Becker|
Kristan Lord got the last 38,000 in heading to the final draw against Alex Simma. Both players patted and Lord showed . Simma had him beat with . Lord wished everyone good luck and headed for payouts.
A-5 Triple Draw
A pot that went four way for three bets on the first round saw Damjan Radanov bet from the cutoff when checked to after unknown drawing action. Scott Seiver raised on the button, knocking out the blinds. Radanov called and patted, but Seiver drew one. They both checked the end and was a winner from Radanov.
A-5 Triple Draw
Bryce Yockey raised on the button and Brian Hastings reraised in the big blind. Yockey called. He was way behind drawing three against one but he raised to put Hastings all in for 14,000 after the draw. Hastings called and drew one, but Yockey was pat. He drew again and Yockey announced an eight-five.
Hastings had but drew paint on the end and busted out.
Mike Noori was nearly all in against Frank Kassela after the second draw. He check-called off the last of it and took a final card, while Kassela was pat with .
"I'm drawing live," Noori declared, showing .
"Made a badugi," he said, squeezing out a diamond.
It was paint, though: .
Joe Wagganer was down to crumbs and he got them in after the first draw in a hand against Luis Velador and Scott Seiver. Both Wagganer and Velador were pat all the way while Seiver kept drawing one. Velador was betting in a side pot, earning some extra chips.
Velador turned up badugi, beating Wagganer's badugi. Seiver mucked while Wagganer departed in 16th place.