Mike Sowers & Justin Bonomo Heads-up for Title, 2-7 Hits the Money

Jason Mercier holds the chiplead in Deuce to Seven Championship. (Photo by Drew Amato)

Jason Mercier holds the chiplead in Deuce to Seven Championship. (Photo by Drew Amato)

The 2014 World Series of Poker returned on Wednesday with one new event, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo, two events brought back its Day 1 survivors and the $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em looked to crown a champ.

Some of poker’s biggest names were in contention for a big day; Jennifer Harman and John Juanda returned as the chipleaders in the Deuce to Seven event, Justin Bonomo looked for his first bracelet and Joseph Cheong was among the chip leaders in the Pot Limit Hold’em event.

$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

The noon event saw 1,020 players registered by the dinner break and a few familiar faces from the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo final table that finished late Tuesday night were spotted in the field. Bracelet winner Brock Parker, Melissa Burr and Dan Kelly were seated, as well as, Eli Elezra and Andrew Brown – who both made the final two tables.

The World Poker Tour’s Matt Savage took a seat in the event after deciding not to play the $10,000 buy-in event that finished on Tuesday. He took to Twitter to agree with what Tom Schneider said in a recent BLUFF interview.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Benjamin Perez – 45,000
  2. Derek Kadota – 15,925
  3. Scott Epstein – 15,500
  4. Iori Yogo – 15,300
  5. Billy Horan – 14,275
  6. CJ Mucciaccio – 13,700
  7. Allen Cunningham – 12,800
  8. Orlando Romero – 12,500
  9. Jason Rivkin – 12,025
  10. James Woods – 11,275

$1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

The third and final day of the short-handed event saw 10 players coming back to play for the bracelet. They reached the final table in six in an incredible 20 minutes. The final table players’ chipcounts were bunched together with Mike Sowers (1,882,000) holding the lead.

Bonomo (1,442,000) was second in chips, followed by Daniel Strelitz (1,127,000) and Taylor Paur (1,125,000). Bringing up the rear was Niel Mittleman (949,000) and Lance Harris (718,000).

The pace didn’t slow until Sowers and Bonomo got to heads-up play. The pair was entrenched in a battle approaching the dinner break.

$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

The Pot Limit Hold’em event pulled 557 entrants on Day 1 and returned just 69 players for Day 2. Making the money was on the forefront of everyone’s mind with 63 earning a cash. Phil Ivey, Ryan Riess, Anthony Gregg, Phil Collins, Keven Stammen and Cheong were among the returning players.

Matthew Damadeo returned as the chip leader as the only player over the 100,000 chip mark with 117,600. The field hit the money bubble shortly into play and it took an agonizing 45 minutes of hand-for-hand play before two players busted in one hand.

Collins finished in 10th place in this event in 2009 and gained valuable experience. “To me it plays very similar to No Limit Hold’em, I don’t see what the beef is with this game,” Collins said. “I think I prefer it. Fortunately, I’ve won a few flips this tournament and made a straight against top pair to get a big double up.”

“That’s what happens in Pot Limit – you get to play more flops and not win as many races,” Collins continued. “If you’re playing good you can play some flops, chip up and not have to get lucky all the time.”

Jacob Bazeley busted when he ran pocket nines into pocket jacks and Geffrey Klein’s pocket kings fell to Darryll Fish’s A K. Bazeley and Klein split the min-cash of $2,443.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Dean Bui – 320,000
  2. Dylan Linde – 188,000
  3. Tom McCormick – 143,000
  4. David Martirosyan – 142,000
  5. Anton Smirnov – 125,000
  6. Dan Goldman – 111,000
  7. Ryan Schoonbaert – 97,000
  8. Jared Koppel – 95,000
  9. Gregory Kolo – 89,000
  10. Kazu Oshima – 87,000

$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven

One of the premier events on the WSOP schedule that pros circle on the calendar is the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. The tournament attracted 87 of the worlds best, and gutsiest, players, but only 36 returned for Day 2.

Harman and Juanda, with a combined seven bracelets, were one and two in the counts respectively. Galen Hall, Ashton Griffin, Brian Rast and Paul Volpe also returned with six-figure stacks.

The field got to the money bubble as the midday break approached and Hall was the unfortunate bubble boy. He held a 7x 6x low with one card to come and he drew an ace. Rast stood pat and eliminated Hall with a Tx 6x low.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Jason Mercier – 378,000
  2. Daniel Negreanu – 295,000
  3. Brian Rast – 285,000
  4. Darren Elias – 266,000
  5. Ashton Griffin – 210,000
  6. Larry Wright – 201,000
  7. Rep Porter – 190,000
  8. Greg Mueller – 174,000
  9. John Monnette – 144,000
  10. Joe Cassidy – 115,000

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The Pavilion

The Pavilion Room was packed with action on Wednesday. First, a few rows of tables for the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event were needed as the Brasilia Room was maxed out. Then, another huge 3 pm Daily Deepstacks event flooded the other half of the room with 1,380 entrants.

The cash games were alive and well, with two $75/$150 Omaha Hi-Lo games and one $50/$100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo game was running. There were no high stakes OFC action running, but three tables of Pineapple OFC were running at $15 and $10 a point.

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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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