2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
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Event #35: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
Day 2 completed

Friedman Eyes Back-to-Back Titles in $10k Dealer's Choice

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman took down the $10k Dealer's Choice last year and the defending champion has been proving his qualities again since his return to the most versatile event on the WSOP schedule. A starting field of 122 has dwindled to final 11 contenders, and Friedman sits atop the leaderboard.

Winning the $312,417 first-place prize would be sweet in itself, and Friedman's motivation is surely emphasized by the possibility of a back-to-back victory which would undoubtedly cement his legacy as one of the best mixed game players on the planet.

It was a fine business day for the two-time bracelet winner. Friedman wasn't seen in any kind of danger, steadily cruising through the day in the middle of the pack. A rule of thumb in any competition is that a strong finish is what counts the most. Friedman perfected just that during the day and closed today's session with 1,289,000, which will be more than 30 big bets when the players come back on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. local time.

A marquee moment for Friedman came on the final two tables. One of the best stud players in the world, Friedman capitalized not only on his skills but also on the setup in a hand against Chris Klodnicki. He coolered him with a full house over flush to stabilize himself among the largest stacks in the field.

The rest of the day seemed to be a cakewalk for Friedman who denied Michael McKenna (1,150,000) and Shaun Deeb (1,002,000) their respective claims for the pole position.

Matt Glantz took the chip lead in the early stages of Day 2 and he never saw his hopes come off track. Glantz remained pinned to the upper echelons of the leaderboard all the way through to bagging his chips. Glantz is in fourth place with 910,000.

The variety of potential winner stories copies the variety of games offered in the dealer's choice event. Seasoned bracelet winners such as Friedman, Deeb or Jeff Lisandro meet with those who wait for their first notches, such as Glantz, or Philip Sternheimer who entered straight into Day 2.

While the tournament is scheduled as a four-day event, the fast-paced tempo opens several scenarios. Sunday will tell whether a fourth day will be needed, but one thing is guaranteed: PokerNews will keep providing live updates until the winner is crowned so come back at 2 p.m. for more coverage of the most complex Championship event of the year.

Tags: Adam FriedmanChris KlodnickiJeff LisandroMatt GlantzMichael McKennaPhilip SternheimerShaun Deeb

End-of-Day Chip Counts

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante

Day 2 has concluded with the completion of level 17. The remaining 11 players will return on Sunday, at 2 p.m. local time to continue in the same seating order in which they finished tonight.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon12Phillip HuiUnited States568,000
Amazon13Shaun DeebUnited States1,002,000
Amazon14Matt GlantzUnited States910,000
Amazon15David MoskowitzUnited States641,000
Amazon16Bryce YockeyUnited States559,000
      
Amazon21Majid YahyaeiUnited States95,000
Amazon22Jeff LisandroAustralia93,000
Amazon23Philip SternheimerUnited States621,000
Amazon24Adam FriedmanUnited States1,289,000
Amazon25Nick SchulmanUnited States396,000
Amazon26Michael McKennaUnited States1,150,000
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 1,289,000 14,000
Michael McKenna us
Michael McKenna
us 1,150,000 90,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 1,002,000 22,000
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 910,000 78,000
David Moskowitz us
David Moskowitz
us 641,000 -19,000
Philip Sternheimer gb
Philip Sternheimer
gb 621,000 71,000
Phillip Hui us
Phillip Hui
us 568,000 -42,000
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 559,000 6,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 396,000 56,000
Majid Yahyaei us
Majid Yahyaei
us 95,000 -95,000
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au 93,000 -127,000

Five-Five for Yockey

123md • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Bryce Yockey
Bryce Yockey

Badacey

Bryce Yockey raised from the button, Sean Deeb three-bet from the big blind and Yockey called.

Deeb drew one, Yockey drew three, Deeb bet and Yockey raised. Deeb called.

Deeb drew one, Yockey stood pat and Deeb check-called a bet.

Deeb drew one, Yockey stood pat and Deeb check-called a bet again.

Yockey tabled {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{a-Clubs} for a five-five, Deeb mucked and Yockey won the pot.

Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 980,000 -170,000
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 553,000 153,000

Tags: Bryce YockeyShaun Deeb

Schulman Gets Lucky Double

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Nick Schulman
Nick Schulman

Pot-Limit Hold'em

Adam Friedman made it 24,000 in the small blind, Nick Schulman potted in the big, Friedman repotted to cover Schulman's 170,000 and Schulman said, "Let's do it."

Schulman: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Friedman: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

The dealer rolled out a board of {10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and Schulman spiked what he needed to survive in the tournament. He doubled up and the play continued with 11 players left.

Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 1,275,000 -115,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 340,000 120,000

Tags: Adam FriedmanNick Schulman

Moskowitz Doubles Through Glantz

123md • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante

Pot-Limit Omaha

David Moskowitz raised the pot from under the gun, Matt Glantz reraised the pot from the big blind and the cards were on their backs shortly after with Moskowitz all in for 328,000.

Moskowitz: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Glantz: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

The board ran out {k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Clubs}, giving Moskowitz a wheel to double through Glantz.

Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
us 832,000 -195,000
David Moskowitz us
David Moskowitz
us 660,000 230,000

Tags: David MoskowitzMatt Glantz

Deeb Drags Massive Pot in NLH

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante
Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

No-Limit Hold'em

Bryce Yockey raised to 20,000 in the cutoff and Shaun Deeb flatted in the small blind. They checked the {7-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Spades} flop and the {k-Clubs} turn saw Deeb lead out 25,000. Yockey called.

The {j-Hearts} completed the board and that's where things heated up. Deeb fired 55,000 and Yockey pulled off a huge raise to 250,000. Deeb was visibly puzzled, and he immediately took the required chips aside from his stack. After over a minute, Deeb finally called.

Yockey showed {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} turned into a bluff and Deeb rolled over {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for a flopped set.

"You just told me I was bad at bluffing," Yockey laughed.

Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 1,150,000 320,000
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 508,000 -277,000

Tags: Bryce YockeyShaun Deeb

Deeb Rivers Flush

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante

Stud Hi-Lo

Bryce Yockey and Shaun Deeb tangled in a hand of stud-8 as Yockey bet on fourth, fifth, and seventh steet. Deeb called the first two bets and paused for a while on the river. When he called again, it became apparent that he was thinking about raising as he finished with a flush.

Yockey announced aces-up, saying, "I was value-betting worse hand."

Yockey: {x-}{x-}{x-} / {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Deeb: {10-Spades}{7-Spades}{4-Spades} / {6-Spades}{9-Spades}{k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 785,000 -155,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 690,000 267,000

Tags: Bryce YockeyShaun Deeb

Yahyaei Earns in Triple Draw

Jan_Kores • Level 17: 15,000-30,000, 0 ante

Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Majid Yahyaei raised in the hijack, Philip Sternheimer called on the button, and Nick Schulman called from the big blind. All players took two cards and Yahyaei bet, earning two calls.

Schulman and Yahyaei drew one while Sternheimer still needed two. Yahyaei bet and only Schulman called.

Schulman peeled one again and Yahyaei stood pat. The final round was checked and Yahyaei tabled the best hand with {9-}{7-}{5-}{4-}{2-}.

Majid Yahyaei us
Majid Yahyaei
us 270,000 130,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 160,000 -45,000

Tags: Majid YahyaeiNick SchulmanPhilip Sternheimer