Mark Kroon Leads, Jake Cody Climbs, Joe Serock Shows Up

Mark Kroon continues to hold the chiplead over the field on Day 2C of the 2013 Main Event.

Mark Kroon continues to hold the chiplead over the field on Day 2C of the 2013 Main Event.

Two big stacks from Day 1C continue to dominate the field on Day 2c at the 2013 WSOP. Mark Kroon began the day with the chiplead and three levels in, still has it. Kroon is sitting with 415,000 and after losing about one fifth of his stack earlier in the day, Michael Mizrachi has regained his traction and is now up to 370,000. Kroon was the only player over 400,000 and Mizrachi had no other opponents past the 300,000 mark by the time the dinner bell sounded. The rest of the field will have just two more levels to catch up  before the day comes to a close.

Danny Wong Eliminated by Calvin Anderson

Danny Wong, who finished 14th in the 2012 WSOP Main Event for $465,159, will not see a repeat in 2013. Wong was all in for about 18,000 from the big blind and Calvin Anderson called from the hijack. Wong tabled K J and Anderson showed A 8. A flop of K 9 6 put Wong ahead and in nice position for a double-up, but Anderson found runner-runner straight cards on the T turn and 7 river to take the chips.

“That was pretty gross,” Seat 1 said after Wong left the table.

The Misadventures of Joe Serock

WPT Season X Player of the Year Joe Serock bagged just over a starting stack after Day 1C, leaving himself some work to do Wednesday afternoon. He almost didn’t get a chance to play even a single hand.

“Flipped my moped going full speed when guy semi cut me off and I switched to a construction road that was missing a chunk,” Tweeted Serock. “Was in a cell with 2 benches and 12 dudes for bout 10 hours for reckless driving and 2 unpaid tix. Have not slept.”

He made a late entrance after his ordeal in jail, and he appreciated some food from All American Dave after sitting down.

“This Salmon taste [sic] pretty good after passing on the jail house bologna. Blinded out 10k then lost 10k w/ Qs. 10k left!”

Serock was unable to make anything of that last 10,000 in chips, but his injuries were relatively minor considering the severity of the accident.

“And I’m out. At least I didnt have to stay in that cell till the next morning like I was told. Was already going insane. Worst thing ever.”

Jake Cody Cracks 125K

Jake Cody is one of the most accomplished young tournament pros in the world today, achieving poker’s Triple Crown over the course of less than two years. The Brit is off to a strong start on Day 2C, pushing his stack into the six-figure range in the first three levels of play by busting a player.

Matthew Diehl opened to 1,600 in middle position, Cody three-bet to 3,700 next to act, Vee Lee called in the hijack and Diehl called too. The flop was 6 5 3, Diehl checked, Cody bet 6,200 and Lee thought his decision over for more than three full minutes before folding. Lee raised all in for 28,500 total and Cody snapped him off.

Cody had a set with 5 5 and was dodging diamonds against Diehl’s A J. The turn was the 2 and the river the Q, sending the pot to Cody. He was up to 125,500 after this hand.

Baldwin Finds Timely Double

Eric Baldwin opened for 1,600 in the cutoff with no action in front of him and the player in Seat 4 raised to 4,400 out of the big blind. Baldwin moved all in for around 13,000 and got a call. Baldwin flipped up pocket aces and his opponent tabled pocket tens. The board ran K Q 5 7 9 and Baldwin let out a sigh of relief on the river. He stacked up just over 27,000 after the hand.

Randy Lew Loses to Full House, Then Eliminated

Randy Lew took a serious hit to his stack about midway through level eight. With about 25,000 in the middle, the board read J 6 6 5 and the K fell on the river. A player under the gun checked to Lew in the cutoff seat. Lew fired a 13,000 bet and his opponent thought for a moment before asking the dealer to spread the pot. He cut out calling chips, then added an extra 25,000 and threw out 38,000, which sent Lew into the tank. Lew broke down his stack and stared his opponent down. He pulled out five orange chips between his index and middle finger before flinging them into the pot. His opponent turned over K K for a full house and Lew mucked without showing, his stack down to about 75,000.

Later Lew was down to less than 10 big blinds when a player on the button open raised and Lew shoved all in for 5,500 from the big blind. Lew turned over A 6, the player on the button showed A 4, and as the board ran out Q 5 2 T 9 Lew doubled up. It was folded to him in the small blind the next hand and he moved all in again. The player in the big blind called and Lew showed 6 3, while the big blind turned over A 4. Lew and his opponent both hit a pair on the T 4 3 flop, but Lew did not improve and he was sent home.

Bruce Buffer Bounced

At a table nearby Lew, Bruce Buffer found himself on the short stack in the big blind, facing a raise to 1,600 and three callers. Buffer moved all in for 10,000 and after thinking for a moment, the initial raiser tossed out a call. The other players folded and Buffer turned over A K. His opponent showed 7 7 and they were off to the races. The flop of 5 3 2 gave Buffer hope with two overs and a gutshot, but he did not improve as the dealer pitched the T on the turn and the 5 on the river.

“Thanks. That’s the hand I was looking for, too,” Buffer said as he stood up. He shook the hands of his table mates and looked into an ESPN camera pointed at him. “WSOP, love ya. Bye, Norman. Talk nice.”

Does Greg Merson Know Allen Kessler?

Allen Kessler was seated in Seat 9 in the Pavilion room right on the rail. He was talking with the player next to him when 2012 ME Champ Greg Merson made an appearance in the Pavilion Room – he was stopping to exchange a few words with Christian Harder.

Kessler commented that Merson probably doesn’t know who he is and the player in Seat 8 wanted to offer 3-1 odds that Merson knew who Kessler was. As they were talking another player waked by and said “I know of you but don’t know you.”

Kings Good For Brent Hanks

An unknown player opened for 1,600 in middle position, Brent Hanks raised to 4,300 and Ryan Hughes called from the big blind. The flop came 7 6 2 and both players checked. The turn came 3, Hughes bet 6,200 and Hanks called. The river came K, Hughes bet 21,500 and Hanks took a few moments to call by tossing in a single chip. Hanks tabled K Q, Hughes mucked and Hanks took the pot.

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