The 24th day of play at the 2012 World Series of Poker saw Max Steinberg win the 33rd gold bracelet of the summer in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Day 2 of the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha played fast to shrink down to the final 11 players, while Day 2 in the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event saw one of the biggest storylines of the summer get a little more interesting as Phil Ivey cashed for the sixth time of the summer. He is among the nine players that will return for the final table on Wednesday – his fifth of the summer. The $2,500 Eight-Game Mixed tournament and the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout kicked off today, and they drew fields of 477 and 587 respectively. Catch up on all of the action in these five events below.
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
The 33rd gold bracelet of the summer was handed out at the final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event tonight, and it went to Max Steinberg, who took home $440,328 and his first gold bracelet on the main stage in the Amazon Room. He defeated Samuel Gerber in a heads-up final that lasted a little over an hour. Steinberg won the final hand with pocket tens, which was more than enough to top the pair of fours held by Gerber.
The truly noteworthy hand at the final table was the one that led to the untimely demise of Matt Stout in third place. Gerber had already doubled up through Stout twice when he shoved for 2.2 million from the big blind. Stout made the call on the button and he flipped over AK. Gerber held 88. The flop fell JT6, and Gerber was able to fade the royal flush draw on both the turn (3) and river (9) to double through Stout a third time. The hand left Stout with exactly five big blinds and he was all in for the final time on the very next hand.
Final Table Results:
- Max Steinberg – $440,238
- Samuel Gerber – $273,385
- Matt Stout – $192,813
- Dylan Hortin – $139,258
- Joseph Marzicola – $101,802
- David Nicholson – $75,314
- Ryan Laplante – $56,732
- Vitaly Meshcheriakov – $42,668
- Christopher Shaw – $32,702
$5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha
Day 2 of the Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha event saw the field shrink down to the final 11 players. They will return to play down to a champion tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT. Naoya Kihara is leading the way with 1,548,000, and notables still in the hunt for the top prize of $512,029 include Davidi Kitai, Tommy Le, Joseph Cheong, Jason DeWitt, Chris De Maci, and Kevin MacPhee.
Notables lost this evening included Shaun Deeb, Dan Shak, Tom Marchese, Brent Roberts, Adam Junglen, and David Benyamine. The final hand for Benyamine saw him move all in for 125,000 on a 743 flop with KKT5 in his hand. Naoya Kihara made the call with KQT3, and the turn and river fell QJ to give Kihara two pair. Benyamine was eliminated in 14th place on the hand.
Here are the overnight chip counts for the survivors:
1. Naoya Kihara – 1,548,000
2. Tommy Le – 965,000
3. Davidi Kitai – 789,000
4. Hans Winzeler – 613,000
5. Chris De Maci – 515,000
6. Dimitar Danchev – 469,000
7. Jason DeWitt – 465,000
8. Scott Bohlman – 397,000
9. Daniel Hindin – 211,000
10. Kevin MacPhee – 174,000
11. Joseph Cheong – 125,000
$2,500 Mixed Hold’em
The other Day 2 in action on Tuesday at the Rio was the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event, and it garnered the lion’s share of attention thanks to Phil Ivey making another deep run toward his ninth gold bracelet. The field reached the final nine players tonight, and Ivey is already assured his sixth cash of the summer and fifth final-table appearance. Joining him on Day 3 will be notables Erik Cajelais and chip leader Joep van den Bijgaart. The final table begins at 2 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Big-name players that were lost tonight included David Williams, Ian Johns, Huck Seed, Shannon Shorr, and Andre Akkari. The final hand for Akkari saw him shove preflop in a No Limit Hold’em hand with pocket eights. Cajelais called him down with two red kings. The board missed them both and Akkari was eliminated in 15th place.
Williams posted this tweet in regards to his final hand of the tournament, “Gross final hand. My A9 vs KT vs QJ to triple on AQ8 flop. Turn J river 9. 30th place in #wsop35. Now regging for #wsop37 8 game.”
Here are the overnight chip counts:
- Joep van den Bijgaart – 605,000
- Samuel Golbuff – 526,000
- Michael Gathy – 418,000
- Erik Cajelais – 368,000
- Chris Tryba – 347,000
- Salman Behbehani – 253,000
- Phil Ivey – 169,000
- Brent Wheeler – 158,000
- Michael Foti – 105,000
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
The $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout attracted 587 players that created a prize pool worth $1,602,510. The 60 players that made it through to Day 2 have all cashed for $9,086. The eventual champion will walk away with $368,593 and a gold bracelet on Thursday. Cards get in the air for Day 2 at 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Each player remaining begins with 90,000 in chips.
The notables that have advanced include recent $10,000 HORSE winner David “Bakes” Baker, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jason Koon, Joe Tehan, Justin Bonomo, Steve Billirakis, and Antonio Esfandiari. The most memorable table battle on Day 1 featured a long heads-up battle between Liv Boeree and James Akenhead. The battle between the two Brits was finally decided when Akenhead (A-Q) narrowly topped Boeree (A-J) on a board that helped neither player, and he advanced to Day 2.
$2,500 8-Game Mix
The $2,500 Eight-Game Mixed event drew 477 players that created a $1,085,175 prize pool. The winner will walk away with a gold bracelet and $271,312 on Thursday. The top 48 players get paid, with a min-cash coming in at $4,763. At the end of play tonight 209 players advanced to Day 2 to battle it out for a spot in the money bubble. Dan Kelly is the chip leader among the players that have advanced to Day 2 with 56,800. Cards get into the air at 2 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Notables that didn’t make it through the night included Men Nguyen, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Erik Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel, David Sands, David Williams, and Doyle Brunson. Texas Dolly offered this tweet as his final post of the night, “Felt a little flutter I’n my chest at the poker tournament so I got up and left. Can’t play cash and tourneys. Too long”
Top 10 Overnight Chip Counts:
1. Dan Kelly – 56,800
2. Brendan Taylor – 45,275
3. Miguel Bermude – 45,250
4. Jake Abdalla – 43,750
5. Kristan Lord – 39,000
6. Giovanni Rizzo – 38,375
7. Freddy Deeb – 38,350
8. Chris McClung – 38,000
9. Jeff Madsen – 37,075
10. Johannes Holstege – 36,875
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