Dutch Boyd & Eric Buchman Win Gold, Joe Cheong Headlines 2-7 Final

Joseph Cheong looks for his first bracelet on Wednesday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Joseph Cheong looks for his first bracelet on Wednesday. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Tuesday at the 2014 World Series of Poker six events were spread across the Rio. Two bracelets were awarded and the $5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em and the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven events rolled into Day 2. A $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event kicked off at noon and the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship had cards in the air at 4 pm PT.

$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

The noon event attracted 967 entrants for the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event and after ten levels the field squeaked into the money at the end of play. The money bubble was set at 117 players and the day ended with 113 survivors. Brandon Paster leads the field after bagging 135,300.

Joining Paster in Day 2 are Erick Lindgren, Taylor Paur, Martins Adeniya, Adam Bilzerian, AP Phahurat, Galen Hall and Layne Flack. Notables that did not survive the day include David Williams, Jeremy Ausmus, Dominik Nitsche, Jonathan Little and Annette Obrestad.

Ausmus was fresh off a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event on Monday and Tuesday he was back to the grind. “It’s a little hard to rebound, but it’s not too bad,” Ausmus said. “I play so much poker that I play whatever the situation is. It’s just another day to me, it’s the Series so I just try to play my best everyday.”

“I don’t play a lot of PLO, it’s mainly No Limit,” Ausmus continued. “Sometimes we play a half and half mix at the Bellagio or straight $25/$50 PLO – I do play it, but not a ton.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Brandon Paster – 135,300
  2. Fabrice Soulier – 129,300
  3. Michael Wang – 113,900
  4. Julio Marines – 108,500
  5. Erick Lindgren – 100,000
  6. Glen Gelmroth – 97,300
  7. Derek Miller – 88,000
  8. Norman Silverman – 86,800
  9. Taylor Paur – 85,000
  10. Raj Vohra – 85,000

$5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em

The $5,000 Eight Max event attracted a lot of top-tier players with a steeper buy-in and a four day schedule. Day 2 had 170 players returning of the 550 that registered. Jeff Madsen leads the remaining 23 players as the only player north of 600,000.

Sam Trickett, Josh Arieh, David Peters, Sylvain Loosli, Sam Stein and Mustapha Kanit all finished the day with sizable stacks. Jonathan Duhamel, Nick Rampone, Eric Baldwin, Mike McDonald and Chris Tryba all busted throughout the day.

“It’s been an interesting day – I started the day eighth in chips and today I’ve been feeling good,” Madsen said. “Early in the day I think I played a few too many hands – a little too aggressive. I wasn’t looking good on the bubble but busted a guy with aces and then picked up queens a couple of times.”

“It (the four day schedule) doesn’t really change anything,” Madsen said. “It’s more of a grind but I’ve been playing all day every day so it’s not that different that playing a few different events. I’ve just to stay focused.”

The money bubble burst late in the day when Madsen opened in middle position and the player in the big blind moved his 15 big blind stack all in. Madsen called with pocket aces and the unknown player tabled K Q. The board ran 6 4 3 T A and Madsen’s set of aces guaranteed a payday for the remaining players.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Jeff Madsen – 661,000
  2. Justin Conley – 592,000
  3. Brian Yoon – 587,000
  4. Josh Bergman – 553,000
  5. Matt Davenport – 543,000
  6. Michael Rocco – 501,000
  7. Sam Trickett – 456,000
  8. Timo Pfutzenreuter – 429,000
  9. Nick Grippo – 413,000
  10. Josh Arieh – 385,000

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Dutch Boyd introduced himself to the poker public early on in the poker boom as part of “The Crew.” Boyd has weathered a few storms in his poker career but rose to the top again on Tuesday winning his third WSOP bracelet.

He bested a final table that included Vinny Pahuja and Gabriel Nassif, survived a lengthy three-handed match and claimed $288,744.

$1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven

The popular lowball event returned 38 players of the 241 entrants that registered. In just eight levels the field was trimmed to the final table of six players and play was halted to return on Wednesday to finish up.. Steven Wolansky bagged the chip lead but has Saumel Touil and Joseph Cheong on his heels.

Cheong is mostly known for his NLHE success but made a deep run to the final table. “My tournament abilities apply to the game,” Cheong said. “I’ve actually played this game a little bit and there’s a lot of bluffing and stuff – it’s actually very similar to NLHE tournament strategy-wise. I’ve never seen a WSOP tournament go this quick and never seen a first place prize under $100,000.”

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Steven Wolansky – 257,000
  2. Samuel Touil – 233,000
  3. Joseph Cheong – 221,500
  4. Christopher Mecklin – 145,000
  5. Max Kruse – 131,000
  6. Orjan Skommo – 109,900

$1,500 Seven Card Stud

Day 3 of the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event returned six players after reaching the final table on Day 2; including two former Main Event final tablists, Eric Buchman and Alexander Kravchenko. Before long the pair were heads-up for the bracelet.

Buchman notched the victory to earn his second career bracelet, his first was in a 2010 Pot Limit Hold’em event, and $118,785.

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

The seventh $10,000 Championship event of the WSOP opened on Tuesday with 134 players signing up for the split pot game. By the end of ten levels George Danzer held the chip lead over the remaining 75 players.

Danzer is joined by Brian Hastings, Justin Bonomo, Matt Savage, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Michael Mizrachi. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst and Scott Seiver were among those that didn’t survive the day.

Norman Chad is best known for his commentary for the past dozen years with Lon McEarchen on ESPN’s WSOP broadcast and has a couple of WSOP cashes on record. He found his way on the felt, by virtue of his backers, and bagged up an average stack for Day 2.

“I’ve always played the $5K or $10K Stud 8 event,” Chad said. “I have great backers – stupid backers – but yes, that’s a lot of money to put up. It’s bad investment for my backers but they like me.”

Chad was below average in chips and when asked about his day he responded, “The usual – I’m down It’s standard. Every time I text out to them to tell them where I am they say they wish I’d stop texting because it’s always the same story.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. George Danzer – 237,800
  2. Richard Sklar – 164,300
  3. Roland Israelashvili – 110,700
  4. Brian Hastings – 103,200
  5. Todd Dakake – 101,800
  6. Justin Bonomo – 101,600
  7. Matt Savage – 100,600
  8. Calvin Anderson – 95,200
  9. Max Pescatori – 94,900
  10. John Racener – 91,900

Looking Ahead

Wednesday at the World Series of Poker allows a little breathing room in the schedule with a relatively light day. The $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven has six players returning to play for the bracelet and $89,483 at 1 pm PT. The $5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em event returns 23 players for Day 3 of 4 and the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha will restart Day 2 at 1 pm PT.

The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship carries 75 players to Day 2. The only new event on the schedule is a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event at noon. Boyd and Buchman will have their gold bracelet ceremonies at around 2:20 pm PT.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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