08/27/17 10:00:53 PM PST (about 83 days and 13 hours ago)
Mike Azzaro Leads the Final Nine; Meacham Makes His Third Consecutive Final Table at the Foxwoods Main Event
There were 81 players to start the day but only 9 were left at the end of Day 2. Players quickly played down past the money bubble, breaking it in the third level of the day. All in all it took just a little over ten hands and it was Jamey Kramer who was the unfortunate bubble boy. Kramer managed to survive once on the bubble by quadrupling up, but it wasn’t enough. His pocket sevens fell to Mike Azzaro’s queen-nine off suit and that would do it, brining the remaining 54 players into the money.
That hand would also kick off a massive heater for Azzaro who eventually finished with the chip lead. He abused the bubble in a big way and increased his stack by several hundred thousand during that time, then picked up a second heater right on the verge of the final table, winning several big pots and eliminating players left and right. Jeremy Meacham is right behind Azzaro on the leaderboard. He made the final table of this event last year and finished in 3rd place, and will look to improve upon that finish on the penultimate day.
Some notables who didn’t make it through the money bubble include Baseem Nsier, Pearce Arnold, and David Davenport each of whom was able to bag a big stack coming out of Day 1. But there were plenty more who made it into the money but not much further, such as Andrew Ostapchenko (40th for $3,061) who had a hot start early but failed to hold on to his chips, Jack Duong (29th for $4,301) who couldn’t out race Galen Hall and was eliminated, Long Tran (26th for $4,884) who made the final table of this event last year, and one of the Day 1b big stack Kevin Calenzo whose pocket jack fell to the hot run of Mike Azzaro (13th for $9,622).
The final table bubble boy was Cory Waaland when Bobby Corcione and he fell in rapid succession. Waaland got it all in preflop with pocket tens, but they did not hold up against Hall’s ace-jack, and that brought the last ten players down to the final table. David Mock was the only player to fall after that. He was also eliminated by Hall when his pocket jacks ran into Hall’s pocket queens on a six high flop.
The final nine players are all guaranteed at least $14,602 but area all gunning for the $156,735 first place prize as well as the WSOP Gold Circuit Ring. Play will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST in level 26 with blinds of 15,000/30,000 and an ante of 5,000.
Final Table Chip Counts and Seat Draw
Seat 1: Fabio Dagata - 280,000 (9 bb)
Seat 2: Ralph Massey - 700,000 (23 bb)
Seat 3: Galen Hall - 1,000,000 (33 bb)
Seat 4: Larry Greenberg - 1,440,000 (48 bb)
Seat 5: Mike Azzaro - 2,690,000 (90 bb)
Seat 6: Phil Stavrakis - 205,000 (7 bb)
Seat 7: Bob Ricciuti - 970,000 (32 bb)
Seat 8: Jeremy Meacham - 1,500,000 (50 bb)
Seat 9: Sean Thomson - 935,000 (31 bb)
08/27/17 09:52:12 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
The clock has run out on Day 2, and the nine finalists are bagging their chips for the night. Mike Azzaro will lead them back into action tomorrow at noon.
A recap of the action will be published shortly.
08/27/17 09:37:09 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
Ralph Massey Doubles Through Galen Hall
Action folds around to the blinds, where Ralph Massey moves all in for 359,000 from the small.
"Huh?" Galen Hall double-checks to make sure he heard correctly in the big blind. He did, and he quickly calls to put Massey at risk.
The flop is a disaster for Massey, but the problem is only temporary. The turn brings him right back into the lead, and the on the river secures his double-up.
Ralph Massey - 754,000 (31 bb)
Galen Hall - 940,000 (39 bb)
08/27/17 09:29:15 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
Bob Ricciuti Doubles Through Mike Azzaro
Galen Hall opens to 50,000 in middle position, and Mike Azzaro calls in the cutoff. From the small blind, Bob Riccuiti squeezes all in for 439,000 total. Hall quickly folds, Azzaro quickly calls, and Riccuiti is at risk on a coin flip.
The board runs out safe for Ricciuti, coming to double him up.
Bob Ricciuti - 988,000 (41 bb)
Mike Azzaro - 2,740,000 (114 bb)
08/27/17 09:21:33 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
Larry Greenberg Doubles Through Galen Hall
Action folds around to the blinds, where Galen Hall completes in the small and Larry Greenberg checks his option in the big.
The flop is , and Hall bets 40,000. Greenberg raises to 110,000, Hall moves all in for 615,000 effective, and Greenberg instantly calls to put himself at risk for that amount.
Greenberg shows for the second-nut flush. Hall starts to just muck, but then grabs his cards back. "Wait, I can make a straight flush," he says, turning up .
The turn is the , drawing an, "Oh!" from Hall. He suddenly has a draw to a full house, which would also give him the knockout. The river is the , though, and Greenberg doubles up.
Larry Greenberg - 1,314,000 (55 bb)
Galen Hall - 1,215,000 (51 bb)
08/27/17 09:07:21 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
Mike Azzaro Mashing
Ralph Massey opens to 50,000 in early position, Mike Azzaro calls a couple seats over, and Sean Thomson defends his big blind to see at three-way flop.
It comes . Thomson checks, Massey continues for 75,000, and Azzaro is the only caller. Heads-up, the turn is the . Massey checks, then quickly calls a bet of 140,000 from Azzaro. The river is the , and Massey checks again. Azzaro bets 400,000, and Massey calls quickly once again.
Azzaro has the nuts, showing for a Broadway straight. Massey tables , having flopped a pair and a flush draw but ending up with the second-best straight.
Azzaro has opened up a huge gap over the rest of the table, now sitting with close to a third of the total chips in play.
Mike Azzaro - 3,150,000 (131 bb)
Ralph Massey - 540,000 (23 bb)
08/27/17 08:58:14 PM PST (about 83 days and 14 hours ago)
David Mock Eliminated in 10th Place ($11,736)
David Mock opens from early position with a raise to 52,000. Action folds to Galen Hall who calls from the hijack.
The flop comes and Mock continues with a bet of 106,000. After a few seconds, Hall moves all in with for 900,000 with a covering stack. Mock doesn't take too long to call for his remaining 350,000 and the cards are turned up.
The board completes with the and the and that will do it for Mock. Hall collectss the pot and moves into second place on the leaderboard.
Galen Hall - 1,725,000 (72 bb)
David Mock - Eliminated
08/27/17 08:46:42 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Ten-Handed Final Table
With the elimination of Cory Waaland in 11th place, the final 10 players redraw for new seats around the last table left in the room.
Here's the lineup:
Seat 1: Fabio Dagata - 655,000 (27 bb)
Seat 2: Ralph Massey - 1,240,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Galen Hall - 1,068,000 (45 bb)
Seat 4: Larry Greenberg - 687,000 (29 bb)
Seat 5: Mike Azzaro - 2,800,000 (117 bb)
Seat 6: Phil Stavrakis - 354,000 (15 bb)
Seat 7: Bob Ricciuti - 551,000 (23 bb)
Seat 8: Jeremy Meacham - 1,594,000 (66 bb)
Seat 9: Sean Thomson - 833,000 (35 bb)
Seat 10: David Mock - 614,000 (26 bb)
Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $11,736, but all eyes are on the ring and the top prize of $156,735. There are 52 minutes left in Level 25 and in Day 2 as a whole.
08/27/17 08:33:58 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Cory Waaland Eliminated in 11th Place ($11,736)
Galen Hall opens with a raise to 50,000. Just two seats over Cory Waaland shoves all in over the top of the raise for a little more than 200,000. Action folds back to Hall who calls quickly.
The board rolls out giving Hall the winning pair of aces. He takes down the pot and Waaland heads to the payout desk to collect $11,736 for his 11th place finish.
Galen Hall - 1,050,000 (52 bb)
Cory Waaland - Eliminated
08/27/17 08:30:34 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Level 25 Started
|Level:||25 ||Blinds:||12,000/24,000 ||Ante:||4,000|08/27/17 08:29:07 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Bobby Corcione Eliminated in 12th Place ($11,736)
The details are unknown, but Bobby Corcione is eliminated by Mike Azzaro in a pot worth about 700,000 chips. Azzaro moves into the chip lead once again with the knockout.
Mike Azzaro - 1,560,000 (78 bb)
Bobby Corcione - Eliminated
08/27/17 08:27:14 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Larry Greenberg Shows One... Nipple
Ralph Massey opens with an under-the-gun raise to what looks like 50,000, and Larry Greenberg three-bet shoves for around 400,000 in the big blind. Massey slips into the tank, and he addresses his opponent as he ponders.
"Will you show me one if I fold?" Massey asks.
"I will or will not," Greenberg answers quizzically.
"Will you show me one nipple if I fold?" Massey tries a different tack. Oddly, Greenberg agrees, and Massey surrenders his cards: "Okay, I fold. And I want to see the left one."
Greenberg obliges, lifting up his shirt and exposing his left nipple to the table. He gets the pot, too.
08/27/17 08:24:34 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Kevin Calenzo Eliminated in 13th Place ($9,622)
Kevin Calenzo open shoves all in from early position. He had lost a several small pots brining his stack down to just around 400,000. Action folded around and Mike Azzaro called the shove from the big blind.
The flop puts Calenzo in a deep hole when it comes giving Azzaro a set, but giving Calenzo a few outs to a straight. The on the turn and the on the river don't improve him though and he is eliminated from the tournament as Azzaro adds to his stack.
Mike Azzaro - 1,350,000
Kevin Calenzo - Eliminated
08/27/17 08:05:55 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Ralph Massey Takes From David Mock
Ralph Massey opens the button with a raise, and David Mock defends his big blind.
The flop is , and both players check. The turn is the . Mock checks again, Massey continues for 35,000, and Mock calls. The river is the , and Mock checks again. Massey bets 100,000, and Mock calls.
Massey announces queens full, tabling to prove it. Mock mucks.
Ralph Massey - 1,285,000 (64 bb)
David Mock - 590,000 (30 bb)
08/27/17 08:01:54 PM PST (about 83 days and 15 hours ago)
Jeremy Meacham and Kevin Calenzo Tangle Again
Jeremy Meacham opens with a raise to 45,000 from the lojack seat. Action folds to Kevin Calenzo in the small blind and he reraises to 145,000. Meacham calls.
The flop is and Calenzo leads with a bet of 123,000. Meacham calls.
The turn is the and both players check to see the on the river. Calenzo checks again, but Meacham does not. He puts out a big bet of 356,000. Calenzo thinks for a bit.
"I think you got this one," Calenzo says before he folds. "You have two tens?"
Meacham shrugs and takes in the big pot.
Jeremy Meacham - 1,450,000 (73 bb)
Kevin Calenzo - 700,000 (35 bb)
08/27/17 07:52:44 PM PST (about 83 days and 16 hours ago)
Galen Hall vs. Larry Greenberg
Larry Greenberg opens the button to 45,000, and Galen Hall defends his big blind.
The flop is . Hall checks, Greenberg continues for 30,000, and Hall calls. Both players check through the turn, and the river is the . Hall leads out for 55,000, and Greenberg raises to 150,000. Hall doesn't seem to love the spot, but he calls.
Greenberg taps the felt in acknowledgement that he's been caught, and he tables . Hall shows , standing his ground and winning the pot with aces up.
"Who says old guys don't have any tricks?" Hall smiles as he stacks the pot. Greenberg smiles back.
Galen Hall - 790,000 (40 bb)
Larry Greenberg - 470,000 (24 bb)
08/27/17 07:32:31 PM PST (about 83 days and 16 hours ago)
Andrew Weinstock Eliminated in 14th Place ($9,622)
Jeremy Meacham opens from the cutoff with a raise to 45,000. Next to act is Andrew Weinstock on the button and he moves all in for 166,000 total. Meacham asks for a count, takes a look at the current blind level on the clock, then calls.
"It's a flip," Weinstock says.
The flop puts Meacham in the lead though when it falls and he stays in the lead through the on the turn and the on the river making his pair of jacks best. Weinstock hits the rail while Meacham retakes the chip lead.
Jeremy Meacham - 1,250,000 (63 bb)
Andrew Weinstock - Eliminated
08/27/17 07:24:58 PM PST (about 83 days and 16 hours ago)
Level 24 Started
|Level:||24 ||Blinds:||10,000/20,000 ||Ante:||3,000|08/27/17 07:07:16 PM PST (about 83 days and 16 hours ago)
Final Break of the Night
The 14 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break and will return shortly.
08/27/17 06:59:30 PM PST (about 83 days and 16 hours ago)
Seth Russell Eliminated in 15th Place ($9,622)
Kevin Calenzo opens the button to 36,000, and Seth Russell three-bet shoves for 378,000 in the small blind. Calenzo calls, committing about half of his own stack to put Russell at risk.
The board runs out , and Calenzo's kicker plays to earn him the pot. Russell is eliminated in 15th place.
Kevin Calenzo - 1,175,000 (73 bb)
Seth Russell - Eliminated