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Event #2: £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #2: £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 2 completed

Final Chip Standings after Day Two

John Racener us
John Racener
Full Tilt Red Pro
us 276,000 -74,000
Karl Mahrenholz gb
Karl Mahrenholz
gb 211,000 66,000
Willie Tann gb
Willie Tann
gb 154,000 34,000
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
br 141,000 17,000
Jeffrey Lisandro au
Jeffrey Lisandro
au 131,000 31,000
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
Full Tilt Red Pro
us 126,500 -17,500
Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
se 122,000 -48,000
Samuel Stein us
Samuel Stein
us 119,500 -55,500
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 98,000 26,000
Erik Friberg se
Erik Friberg
se 97,000 22,000
Jeff Kimber gb
Jeff Kimber
gb 86,500 6,500
Andrew Miles gb
Andrew Miles
gb 80,500 44,500
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz
66,000 -9,000
Steve Jelinek gb
Steve Jelinek
gb 56,500 36,500
Sean Dempsey us
Sean Dempsey
us 36,500 -7,500

Day Two Concludes: Racener Leads Final Two Tables

John Racener
John Racener

Today was supposed to be a story about two bubbles; the money bubble and the final table bubble. We can forget about the second bubble as that is still a distant dream to be worried about in the future, it’s the first bubble that dominated today’s play. It took around four hours of play to go from 19 players down to 18 players and the extremely unfortunate soul finishing in 19th was John Kabbaj. He got it in very good against chip leader John Racener but the latter has been running very good this year and that form continued.

Racener navigated the last level to remain in the lead with 276,000 chips. The chasing pack include Karl Mahrenholz (211,000) and 6-max finalist Willie Tann (154,000) and holding up the rear is Sean Dempsey (36,500). For a full list of counts please see the chip count tab.

It was many moons ago (or so it seems like) that 49 players returned for Day Two aiming to make the money and then on to the final table. Daniel Tafur was the first to leave and not long after him were Full Tilt Pros Vitaly Lunkin and Raul Paez. Other team members of theirs to fare better but also fail to cash include Ross Boatman, Roberto Romanello, Paul Zimbler and Scott Fischman. Other big names to leave without a payday were Hoyt Corkins, Frank Kassela, Chad Brown, Toby Lewis, Phil Laak and Barry Greenstein.

15 players made it through the day and they will all return at 3pm (BST) tomorrow where they will play all the way down to a winner who will receive a coveted gold and diamond bracelet, the second to be handed out at this year’s WSOPE festival. The action is sure to be faster paced tomorrow so please join us back here then to see how it pans out. Our final words come from the wise mouth of Willie Tann: “It’s been a hard day’s night!”

Tags: John RacenerKarl MahrenholzWillie Tann

Spoke Too Soon: Christopher Chau Eliminated in 16th Place (£8,514)

Christopher Chau-t
Christopher Chau-t

The final final hand, while Miles was busy doubling behind me, Christopher Chau was busting in 16th, having held on to the shortest stack imaginable for an impressive length of time. I got the lowdown from a helpful John Racener: Lisandro had limped the button, Chau in the small blind and Schwartz checked his option. The {2-} {4-} {6-} flop saw a straight all in first up from Chau (but it was just 3k), a raise from Schwartz but a call anyway from button Lisandro. The turned {5-} saw Schwartz check-fold to Lisandro, who'd turned a little straight, while Chau tabled {A-} {2-} {K-} {9-} and just misses out on Day Three action.

Tags: Christopher ChauJeff Lisandro

The Last Four Hands Breeze By

Andy Miles
Andy Miles

Little action given or taken (apart from a Jeff Lisandro threebet of Michael Schwartz) as the day finally draws to a close - it looks like 16 players will be coming back tomorrow.

On the very final hand, however, Andrew Miles committed his 38,500 preflop against a raising Jeff Madsen, who gave another try to Knock Out the Short Stack with {J-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds} {6-Clubs}. Miles held {A-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {K-Spades} {8-Clubs} which held as the final board of the night came down {7-Diamonds} {5-Spades} {3-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {5-Clubs}. Touch and go there for Miles for a while, but as he noted, a "timely" double up to keep him in the running for the third day's play.

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Last Four Hands


The clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining and each table will play four more hands before the players bag-up for the night.

Justin Smith Eliminated in 17th Place (£8,514) by Royal Flush

Justin Smith: Booted J
Justin Smith: Booted J

Down to literally two chips to rub together, Justin Smith managed one little win vs. Willie Tann but was all in again the next hand with {A-Spades} {K-Spades} {4-Spades} {2-Diamonds}. Joe Serock in the small blind raised, getting rid of the big blind Felipe Ramos, and showed down {J-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{5-Clubs} which duly made the Royal on the {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs} {Q-Hearts} {10-Clubs} {8-Spades} board, just for a bit of spice. This even got a mini reaction from Serock, who usually looks so serene it's like he's watching clouds slowly drift across a summer sky rather than other poker players placing gaming tokens in piles and pushing them around.

Tags: Joe SerockJustin Smith

Yasuhiro Waki Eliminated in 18th Place (£8,514)

Yasuhiro Waki
Yasuhiro Waki

The first money place goes to Yasuhiro Waki, who went out with the same sort of hand which busted the bubble (and seems to be dispatching all the medium stacks with gusto while the shorties remain): {A-Clubs} {A-Hearts} {2-Hearts} {10-Spades}. This hand started with a Chris Bjorin raise to 6k, called by Karl Mahrenholz and Jeff Madsen, before Waki made it clear he was committing by raising to 33k. The only one prepared to put him in now was Mahrenholz, who tabled {K-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {J-Clubs} {9-Clubs}.

The board: {4-Spades} {10-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} {8-Spades} {6-Clubs} which if you look closely makes J-9 a straight. Waki accepted this with good grace, 'good-game'd' everyone and left to collect his winnings.

Tags: Yasuhiro WakiKarl Mahrenholz

Three-Way All-in but No Exits


Erik Friberg, Jeff Lisandro and Justin Smith all got their chips in pre-flop but none of them busted.

Friberg limped from mid-position, Lisandro potted it from the button and Smith moved all-in from the SB. Fridberg said "What the heck" and moved all-in too and he was almost beaten in to the pot by Lisandro. Showdown:

Friberg: {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Lisandro: {k-Spades}{9-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Smith: {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

The board ran {q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} to see Lisandro's hand hold-up to put him up to 90,000. Friberg took the side pot for 75,000 and poor Smith was left with just 500 chips. He did manage a triple-up the very next hand but has a long road to recovery.

Tags: Jeff LisandroErik FribergJusin Smith