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2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to Thursday, June 20, 2013

Event #33: $2,500 Razz

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $684,775
  • Entries: 301
  • Remaining: 0
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06/19/13 03:32:41 PM PDT
Updated Chip Counts
David Bach49,8004,400
Andy Bloch39,0009,000
Ivan Schertzer36,000-2,700
Layne Flack26,000-5,600
Marco Traniello19,000-17,700
Max Pescatori18,8002,200
Todd Brunson18,300-9,700
Randy Ohel17,400-600
Mike Matusow16,200-9,100
Huck Seed12,500-15,800
David Singer11,600-9,500
Tom Schneider2,200-21,800
06/19/13 03:22:31 PM PDT
Back from Break

Players are in their seats, and cards are back in the air.

06/19/13 03:22:18 PM PDT
Get to Know a Razz Master - Chris "Fox" Wallace

Chris Wallace

Chris "Fox" Wallace may not be a household name, but you've probably come across it a time or two. That's because Wallace, who hails from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, has been a poker player, columnist, commentator, coach, ambassador and noted author in the industry for years.

In addition to serving as a commentator on the MSPT and writing article for various poker media outlets, Wallace has authored or co-authored numerous poker books including No Limits: The Fundamentals of No-Limit Hold'em and The Tournament Rules.

What's more, Wallace is an accomplished Razz player; in fact, he used to make his living playing the game online. While thousands of players used to play online, how many can say they successfully grinded at the Razz tables? Last year Wallace, who has made Day 2 of this event for the fifth straight year, had his best performance yet when he finished in 17th place for $5,904.

With all of that experience it's no surprise that this tournament is Fox's favorite of the year. He even wrote about his Day 1 experience in his blog:

Today was day one of the Razz event at the WSoP, my favorite tournament of the year. I've cashed the last three years in a row, and last year's 17th place finish was my deepest run yet. I'm hoping this is my breakthrough year. It was a long day, which leads to short blog posts, and lists are easy, so…

Stuff you might care about -

1. I bagged up 23,000, well above average, and will be restarting tomorrow with around 130 players left at 2 pm Vegas time. You can follow my progress on twitter @foxpokerfox or on pokernews at

2. Also still in contention at Tom Hammers with a short stack and Adeel Qureshi with an average stack. Both are strong players and I wouldn't be surprised to see either of them deep in the money.

3. My table was fun today, with Brett 'Gank' Jungblutt, Tom McEvoy, Cindy Violette, Marco Traniello, and a number of other well known players.

Wallace is looking for yet another deep run but will have his work cut out as he sits with a below-average stack of 16,000.

06/19/13 03:03:40 PM PDT
First Break

Players are on a 20-minute break, and about a third of the field has been eliminated already.

06/19/13 03:03:01 PM PDT
Baxter Eliminates Hennigan

Billy Baxter

We walked into a really interesting hand at a table that included Bill Baxter, Andy Bloch, John Hennigan and David Bach.

Hennigan, Baxter and Bach were all in a hand together at the river. Here were their boards:

Baxter:     /   
Hennigan:     /   

In a hand where 2 players had 3-of-a-kind showing, Baxter let out a bet on the river, and Bach folded. Baxter flipped over an eight-perfect, and Hennigan flipped over his losing hole cards, exiting the tournament area just before players went on their first break.

Billy Baxter54,00034,800
John Hennigan0-21,600
06/19/13 02:47:50 PM PDT
Vengrin Takes from Bonomo

Matt Vengrin and Justin Bonomo went heads up to fourth street showing a   and  , respectively. Both players caught good: Bonomo with a   and his opponent with an  . Bonomo looked like he was about to bet, then checked it over to Vengrin, who did bet. Bonomo called. Bonomo took the lead on fifth after Vengrin paired, and he fired again on sixth when Vengrin caught paint.


Vengrin called, and the players took seventh.

"Not betting in the dark, that's good," Vengrin said. "OK, that's good too," he added after Bonomo checked.

Vengrin squeezed out his card, then bet. Bonomo called.

"Six," Vengrin said, revealing    . Bonomo mucked.

Matthew Vengrin38,00022,400
Justin Bonomo31,40018,500
06/19/13 02:29:09 PM PDT
"A Monkey Could Win a Razz Tournament"

Mike Matusow doesn't think much of Razz.

Mike Matusow completed with a   and was raised by an opponent showing  . Matusow made the call, and he took the lead with a   when his opponent paired his ace. Matusow's opponent called, and the see-saw continued when Matusow caught a   and his opponent a  .

"I paired it," Matusow said, folding and showing a five after his opponent bet.

"A monkey could win a Razz tournament," Matusow said in a conversation we overheard shortly before that hand. It's certainly a fairly basic game, but we're not sure about all that.

Mike Matusow25,3001,200
06/19/13 02:15:01 PM PDT
Schneider's Opponent Catches Bad

We found Tom Schneider betting it down in a pot with     . By sixth, his opponent had caught two jacks and a king, and was forced to concede the pot.

Schneider, whose limit-game mastery has been well-established with four bracelets in such games, seeks to add his first Razz bracelet to his collection.

Tom Schneider24,000-6,400
06/19/13 02:02:01 PM PDT
Defending Razz Champion Phil Hellmuth Has Busted

Phil Hellmuth

It looks like it will not be back-to-back Razz victories for Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat won this event last year, marking his 12th bracelet win, but his tournament came to a short end today when he was eliminated by Tim Burt.

When we caught the tail end of the hand, here is how the boards read:


Hellmuth was very low in chips (around 2,300) the last time we walked around the table. "Good luck everybody," he quietly muttered as he walked away from the tournament area.

Phil Hellmuth0-2,800
06/19/13 02:01:13 PM PDT
'Chainsaw' Out

Allen Kessler was done early today.

We didn't catch the final hands or action, but we did see Allen Kessler get it all in against two players with the last of his short stack, and Elyahu Dror, in Seat 1, scooped up the pot at the end.

Allen Kessler0-4,200
06/19/13 01:58:42 PM PDT
Mercier Gone
Jason MercierBusted razz event. Lost two pots. Skipped 1k "turbo" gonna play the plo 3k later ... #whoneedssleep
Jason Mercier0-8,100
06/19/13 01:55:20 PM PDT
Updated 2013 WSOP POY Leader Board (6-19-13)

Current 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Standings

1Daniel Negreanu446.53
2Tom Schneider427.88
3Daniel Kelly344.70
4Benny Chen300.00
5Mark Radoja292.50
6Matthew Ashton289.75
7Matt Waxman274.50
8Mike Matusow268.75
9Charles Sylvestre260.00
10Jason Duval256.25
06/19/13 01:47:10 PM PDT
"Aces Up for High"

Todd Brunson was heads up with Stephen Chidwick on fifth street.


Brunson, who had called bets on the initial two streets, bet out at his opponent after catching the five. Chidwick called, then action went the same on sixth when Brunson caught   and Chidwick  . Both checked on seventh.

"Seven," Brunson announced, turning over    . "Aces up for high."

Chidwick mucked to Brunson's strong hi/lo hand.

Todd Brunson28,00010,100
Stephen Chidwick12,500-2,900
06/19/13 01:40:54 PM PDT
Tom McEvoy Among Early Eliminations
Tom McEvoy0-10,700
Ellen Douras0-7,000
Ashly Butler0-19,400
Igor Yaroshevskyy0-10,800
Nicholas E. Blumenthal0-7,300
Desmond Portano0-11,100
Jeffrey Mervis0-3,800
06/19/13 01:36:17 PM PDT
Bloch Catches Good

Andy Bloch

We caught a hand between Andy Bloch and Scott Bohlman, where Bloch kept catching monster cards on every street and kept firing.


Bohlman completed on third street to 600, and Bloch (seated to his immediate left) raised to 1,200. Bohlman called.

On fourth street, Bloch raised and Bohlman called. Same as on fifth street, where Bloch bet and Bohlman called. On sixth street, Bloch bet again, and noticing that he was far behind, Bohlman folded.

Andy Bloch30,0006,900
06/19/13 01:24:32 PM PDT
Kessler Takes a Hit

We found Allen Kessler in a three-way pot against two opponents on fifth street.

Second Opponent:    

Everyone had caught bad on fifth, but the player with threes bet when it was checked to him. Both Kessler and the other player called. Kessler grabbed the betting lead on sixth when he caught good with  , and the first player folded with a  . The player with the threes had caught a queen, but he called. Kessler then bet seventh and his opponent raised. Kessler made the call.

"Seven-six perfect," his opponent said, tabling      . Kessler held a seven as well,      , and he had been caught on seventh.

"Sorry Allen," his opponent said. "Still love ya."

Allen Kessler4,200-9,700
06/19/13 01:19:55 PM PDT
Learn to Razzle Dazzle

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If you're following Razz updates, you'd better know how to play so you can make sense of it all. If you're unfamiliar with the game, we've put together a synopsis on how it's played. Check it out below.

Razz, played between two and eight players, is essentially Seven Card Stud low. The objective of Razz is make your lowest five-card hand using any combination of the seven cards you are dealt. Unlike Texas Hold'em and Omaha, Razz is a forced-bet game that features antes instead of blinds. Every player must ante up before the hand begins. The ante does not count towards any future bets.

Every player is dealt a total of seven cards over the course of a hand beginning with two hole cards and one up card. A round of betting occurs and then three more cards are placed face up, each followed by a round of betting. The seventh and final card is then dealt facedown to each player, giving him or her three down cards. A final round of betting ensues.

1.) The Goal—Make the lowest five-card hand using any combination of the seven cards you are dealt.

2.) The Ranking of Hands—Razz uses the same ranking system as Ace-to-Five Triple Draw, meaning straight and flushes do not count and aces are always low. That means the best possible hand in Razz is a wheel (A-2-3-4-5). A hand like 6-5-4-3-2 is known as a "Six-Low" because its highest card is a six, while a hand like 8-6-5-4-3 is known as an "Eight-Low". Hands often take it one card further and would call it an "Eighty Six".

Here are ten sample Razz hands ranked from best to worst:

  •       (best possible hand)
  •       (second-best possible hand)

3.) The Bring In — Play always moves clockwise and starts with the players seated after the dealer button (typically represented by a plastic disk which moves every hand). After each player has anted and been dealt their hole cards and one up card, the person with the highest card must post the "bring in" (the opposite of Seven Card Stud), a required bet of either approximately half of the low-limit bet size in the pot or a full bet (the amount is determined by the player but it's very rare to see it brought in for a full bet).

If two or more players share the lowest card, the suits will come into play. While there is no industry standard, the most common ranking of suits is reverse alphabetical order: clubs (lowest), diamonds, hearts, and spades (highest). The bring-in counts as your first round bet, so as long as nobody raises, you won't have to place any more money in the pot to see the next card.

In the rare case that the player with the high card is all in and cannot afford the bring in, the next player to the left (regardless of their card) becomes the new bring in.

4.) Betting rounds: There are five rounds of betting in Razz, one after you receive your two down cards and one up card, and then four subsequent rounds—the turn, fifth street, sixth street and seventh street (the last card is dealt face down). After fourth street, the player with the low hand showing acts first and then action proceeds clockwise around the table.

In fixed-limit Razz, which is the most common variant, all bets and raises must be equal to either the low limit or high limit bet size, depending on the round. In the first two rounds, all bets and raises must be equal to the low-limit bet size. In the third, fourth, and fifth rounds, all bets must be equal to the high-limit bet size.

In the rare case that all players in an eight-handed game make it to the end and cards run out before Seventh Street, a single community card will be dealt for all players to share.

8.) The Showdown— Anyone who has not folded after the last round of betting will showdown their hand in hopes of taking down the pot. When playing Razz, the person who bet last is the first to show their hand, and then it proceeds clockwise from there. Each remaining player has the choice to either show his or her hand or muck it. Often times a player will muck their hand if they aren't going to win the pot, and don't want their opponents to see what they played.

For more poker rules, be sure to visit PokerNews' Poker Rule Section.

06/19/13 12:34:16 PM PDT
Welcome to Day 2 of Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz

David Bach holds the chip lead.

Just under half of the 301-player starting field survived the rigors of Day 1 here at Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz in the 2013 Worlds Series of Poker, and the final 131 players will be taking their seats and battling it out here shortly. Well-known professional player and noted mixed game wizard David Bach holds the lead in the race for all of the chips, bagging 51,300 after a fruitful Day 1. He'll try to keep the momentum going in order to pick up his second bracelet and $178,052 in cash.

Though the field was small for this tournament, it's not lacking in star power, as many big names showed out. Though notables such as Antonio Esfandiari, John Juanda, Phil Ivey and Chad Brown fell on Day 1, there are still plenty of stars who bagged a solid chunk of chips. Marco Traniello (36,700), John Cernuto (31,400), Tom Schneider (30,400), Huck Seed (28,300), Mike Matusow (24,100), Scott Clements (23,700), Andy Block (23,100), John Hennigan (21,600) and David Singer (21,100) all enter Day 2 toting above-average stacks.

Ten levels are scheduled to be played today, and if you're a fan of Razz or any of a number of notable big name players, you don't want to miss the live updates we'll be bringing you throughout the day here at PokerNews.