Shaun Deeb Still on Top After Day 2 of Seminole Hard Rock Showdown

Shaun Deed ended the night as chipleader once again at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown.

Shaun Deed ended the night as chipleader once again at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown.

For the second day in a row Shaun Deeb ended the night out in front of the field at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. As the field was narrowed down from 222 to 87 players on Day 2, play wrapped up early with Deeb ahead with 533,000. Faraz Jaka and Doug Lee trailed with 486,500 and 483,000 respectively and WPT Player of the Year contender Paul Volpe finished the night eighth in chips with 396,000.

Deeb suffered a massive loss on a pot worth more than 500,000 during Level 14 when he ran his AQ in to Anthony Gregg’s AA. Gregg raised from under the gun plus one to 5,100, the player in the hijack seat called and Deeb three-bet to 16,500 from the cutoff. Gregg four-bet to 41,700, the hijack released his hand and Deeb called to see a flop of A75. Gregg check-raised Deeb’s bet of 28,700 to 68,000. Deeb re-raised to 110,000 and Gregg shipped all-in for 210,900. Deeb called and tabled his hand, only to see he was drawing dead. The board needlessly completed 83 and Gregg, the WPT Parx Poker Open champion, chipped up t0 510,000 while Deeb was left with just 48,000. Not long after Deeb regained the chips he lost and then some. Gregg ended the night with 189,000.

Matt Salsberg, who is currently tied with Volpe for POY points, also made it through Day 2. Salsberg will return with 262,500. Volpe made back-to-back final tables, finishing second at the WPT LA Poker Classic and then third at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. Salsberg won the WPT Grand Prix de Paris. Volpe holds the tiebreaker as he has won more money during the season, but whichever one makes a larger cash at the Hard Rock will take the lead in the POY race.

Garrett Greer, WPT Season X POY Joe Serock and Aaron Massey will return for Day 2 but will have some of the shorter stacks in play. Greer will come  back with 43,000, Serock with 63,000 and Massey with 87,500. Mike Dentale, Christian Harder, Byron Kaverman and Jason Mercier will also be among the field of 87 player who will be back on Day 3.

Vanessa Selbst, David “Bakes” Baker, Andy Hwang, Alex Phahurat, Matthew Waxman, Jonathan Roy, Ravi Raghavan and birthday boy Jamie Rosen were among the player to be eliminated on Day 2.

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts:

  1. Shaun Deeb – 533,000
  2. Faraz Jaka – 486,500
  3. Doug Lee – 483,000
  4. Jake Schindler – 434,000
  5. Raj Vohra – 421,500
  6. Pierrot Massenat – 410,500
  7. Roberto Alberro – 401,000
  8. Paul Volpe – 396,500
  9. Evan Teitelbaum – 366,000
  10. Andrew Stringer – 360,500
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