The last level of play on Day 2A/B at the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has come to a close and the players are bagging up their chips. Official chip counts and players remaining will be released later tonight, but we do know that a number of familiar faces are near the top of the leader board. Shaun Deeb built a large stack during the final stretch of the night and he ended up above 400,000. The most buzz during the last level was found in the Silver Section of the Brasilia Room, where Vanessa Seblst, Maria Ho, and Liv Boeree were all sequestered together; as was french player Gaëlle Baumann, and she was also high in the chip standings. Check back later tonight for the full overview, and until then you can read about all of the action from Level 10.
Buchanan Floats His Way to 200K
Shawn Buchanan is one of the best poker players in the world never to win a WSOP bracelet, with over $4.5 million in career tournament earnings without a single million dollar cash. He’s finished second twice at the WSOP, but the gold bracelet has thus far eluded him in his career. We’ve still got more than a week of poker to go before the November Nine is set, but Buchanan is certainly taking care of business so far.
We recently came upon a a pot in which Buchanan truly confounded his opponent. He opened the action from the cutoff to 2,600, the button called, and the small blind three-bet to 6,700. Buchanan called and the button folded, bringing an A 7 6 flop. The small blind bet 8,100 and Buchanan called to bring the 8 on the turn, and both players checked. The river was the 9, the small blind checked, and Buchanan bet 14,200. The small blind went into the tank, thinking about what he should do for over five minutes before eventually calling.
Buchanan tabled K T, having floated the flop with just king-high and hitting a runner-runner straight to scoop the pot and crack the 200,000 chip mark. His opponent was visibly shaken, and continued to shake his head for minutes while uttering the same two phrases.
“Really? Great flop man.” “Really?”
Wait a Minute … I Have Three Cards
Four players had already limped into a pot preflop when the small blind looked down at his cards. He was about to make the call as well when he realized that he held three cards in his hand. This immediately stopped the action and the floor was called over for a decision. The dealer had ruled the hand dead, but the table disagreed with the decision to have the player relinquish his small blind as well. The tournament director upheld the dealer’s ruling, the player’s hand was dead, and his small blind forfeited. The hand played out without a showdown, but as the pot went to the winning player, he said, “Such a weird hand.”
Leo Wolpert Gains Some Ground
Leo Wolpert raised to 4,600 from the cutoff and middle position made the call. The board ran out [10c] 4 2 K Q and the two players checked down the board. Wolpert bet 13,100 on the river and middle position mucked. Wolpert is now at about 140,000.
Matt Wood Busts J.J. Liu
Matt Wood raised under the gun 2,500 and J.J. Liu made the call from the cutoff. The flop was dealt J 7 2 and both players checked. The 9 fell on the turn and Wood bet 5,500. Liu raised to 15,000 and Wood moved all in. Liu made the all-in call for 35,000 and she held pocket aces. Wood held pocket jacks and a ten on the river sealed Liu’s fate as she was eliminated. Wood held 142,000 after the hand.
Faraz Jaka Busts One
Faraz Jaka opened the action preflop under the gun for 2,600. His opponent jammed all in for 18,700 and Jaka made the call. Their cards:
Jaka: A K
Opponent: 9 9
Board: A Q 6 2 8
Jaka won the hand and he grew his stack to 97,000 after the hand.
Eastgate Gets a Double to Stay Alive
2008 WSOP Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate has been hanging around on a short stack all day, and he’s still not quite out of the woods, but he survived a crucial coinflip to stick around and give himself a chance. The cutoff opened to 2,500 and Eastgate three-bet all-in for 21,700 from the button. The blinds folded and the cutoff eventually called, tabling A T to put Eastgate at risk with 8 8. The K J 9 flop gave Eastgate’s opponent four extra outs to the straight, and he added two more on the 7 turn by picking up a double gutshot draw. The river was the 5, and Eastgate survived the scary board to double up to 45,000.
Katchalov Folds, Maintains Top 20 Stack
From late position Eugene Katchalov min-raised to 2,400 and both the small and blind called. The flop was K 6 3 and the small blind led out for 3,400 forcing the big blind to fold. Katchalov called and the two saw the 5 turn and checked around. After the 6 the small blind bet 5,600 and after tanking for a little over a minute Katchalov mucked his hand. He was with a more-than-healthy 270,000.
Table Change Good for Shaun Deeb
As tables continue to break on the Day 2B side, Shaun Deeb has been moved to new digs and he’s apparently ready to defend his turf. With Deeb on the button an early position player raised to 3,200 and action folded around to Deeb. He three-bet to 8,700 and the initial raiser responded with a four-bet, making it 28,200. Deeb paused and asked his opponent how much he had behind. Satisfied with the answer, Deeb then threw in the fifth bet, raising to 58,900. This bet sent Deeb’s opponent into the tank for a solid three minutes. After counting out his chips, the player removed his card cap and threw his hand into the muck. Deeb moved up to 470,000, easily good enough for a top three stack.
Dempsey Gets Flushed, But Takes a Little Back
James “Flushy” Dempsey was nearly driven from the tournament in a (slightly) ironic way, but a fortunate river card likely saved him his Main Event life. A middle position player opened and Dempsey three-bet to 6,800 from the hijack, which only the original raiser called. The flop was K 8 7 and both players checked. The turn was the K, it was checked to Dempsey, he bet 20,000, the middle position player check-raised to 20,000, and Dempsey eventually called. The river was the T, putting a four-flush on the board. Dempsey faced a final bet of 10,000 and thought it over for quite some time, as he had just 24,000 left. He eventually called but mucked when he was shown A 4 for a flopped flush and was crippled.
He got a little bit back a couple of hands later, three-bet shoving his last 13,500 with Q Q against A K and holding up to run his stack back up to 28,000.
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