Monday, June 16, 2014 3:01 AM Local Time
Day 2: Silver Leads Final 13 Players
With thanks to a big bluff catch in the final level of the evening, where Igor Kurganov moved all in on the river with just ace-high, Max Silver bagged the chip lead after Day 2 of Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship with 1,270,000. He and Hiren "Sunny" Patel are the only players who bagged seven-figure stacks – Patel finished Day 2 with 1,056,000 chips.
Unlike Silver, who called Kurganov's river shove with just one pair, Patel was unable to catch a big bluff from Wade Townsend on the bubble in a five-bet pot. Townsend, the five-bettor, fired out a bet on the flop, then moved all in on the turn with just king-six-high. Patel folded and Townsend showed the bluff, but a few hours later Patel got his chips back, busting Townsend in a preflop all-in race.
Joining Silver and Patel on Day 3 will be a host of notables, including Lee Markholt and Erick Lindgren. Lindgren defeated Markholt heads up in the $5,000 buy-in six-handed event in 2013, earning $606,317 and his second gold bracelet. Both players have some work to do, as they are at the bottom of the chip counts entering the third and final day.
Also surviving the first two days of this star-studded event are 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, 2012 November Niner and bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus, 2013 November Niner and bracelet winner JC Tran, 2014 bracelet winner George Danzer, and six-time bracelet winner Layne Flack.
Day 2 of Event #32 began with 97 players, and the eliminations were fast and furious en route to the bubble. Players who exited include Bill Klein, Alex Torreli, Chris Moorman, Chris Hunichen, Jonathan Duhamel, Faraz Jaka, Ludovic Lacay, and Zachary Gruneberg. The last player to exit without getting paid was 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson, who bubbled at the hands of Clements.
All of the money went in the middle preflop between Merson, who won this event right before winning the Main Event, and Clements, the former showed down , and the latter . The flop was clean for the former champ, but the turn produced a king. Merson couldn't find the two-outer on the river, and he was eliminated.
Among the players to bust in the money were Larry Wright, Nick Schulman, Brigette Lau, Jared Jaffee, Ben Volpe, Brock Parker, Ashton Griffin, and the start-of-day chip leader; Leonid Markin.
Markin increased his lead throughout the day, and remained one of the pace-setters after the bubble, but made a big misstep against Italian Dario Sammartino in Level 17. The Russian moved all in with on a flop of , and Sammartino called with . It was all over on the turn ( ), and Sammartino was awarded the big pot when the completed the board.
On the Russian's final hand, he ran pocket eights into Silver's pocket kings, and was unable to improve.
The 13 survivors will return on Monday at 2 p.m. PT to battle it out for the $670,041 top prize and the coveted gold bracelet. PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates straight from the tournament floor, including hand-for-hand coverage from the official final table of six.
Until then, good night from Las Vegas!
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:44 AM Local Time
Official End Of Day Chip Counts & Table Draw Day 3
|353||4||Hiren "Sunny" Patel||1,056,000|
| || || || |
| || || || |
|Max Silver||1,270,000||245,000 |
|Hiren Patel||1,056,000||366,000 |
|Joe Cada||794,000||94,000 |
|Erick Lindgren||753,000||168,000 |
|Kyle White||732,000||-10,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||612,000||-48,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||551,000||-299,000 |
|JC Tran||527,000||77,000 |
|Scott Clements||477,000||-30,000 |
|George Danzer||329,000||114,000 |
|Layne Flack||325,000||-167,000 |
|Martin Jacobson||297,000||-173,000 |
|Lee Markholt||209,000||10,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:35 AM Local Time
Day 2 of Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship is in the books. The surviving 13 players are now all bagging and tagging, and we will bring you full counts and a recap shortly.
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:23 AM Local Time
Ausmus and Tran Continue to Battle
Jeremy Ausmus raised to 26,000 in the cutoff, JC Tran defended his big blind, and the duo checked on a flop of . The turn was the , Tran led out for 25,000, and Ausmus called.
The paired the board on the river, Tran fired out another 38,000, and Ausmus called.
"Jack," Tran announced, turning over .
Ausmus mucked his hand, and Tran dragged the pot.
|Jeremy Ausmus||660,000||-40,000 |
|JC Tran||450,000||170,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:11 AM Local Time
Brock Parker Eliminated in 14th Place ($28,414)
JC Tran opened for 20,000 and Brock Parker on the button shoved all in for 229,000 total. Scott Clements in the big blind reshoved for 243,000, and Tran quickly folded.
Clements instantly showed his and Parker tabled .
The flop came , proving little help for Parker. The on the turn left him drawing to just an ace, but the river wasn't one of them; .
Brock Parker leaves the tournament in 14th place, netting him $28,414. We're one elimination away from the point where there will be just two tables left, and a price jump to $36,975.
|Scott Clements||507,000||251,000 |
|Brock Parker||0||-292,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 2:05 AM Local Time
Igor Kurganov Eliminated in 15th Place ($28,414)
Martin Jacobson raised to 22,000 on the button, Igor Kurganov called in the small blind, and Max Silver defended his big blind. The dealer fanned , Kurganov led out for 35,000, and Silver raised to 95,000. Jacobson considered the two bets for a few seconds before folding, and Kurganov tank-called.
The turn was the , both players checked, and the river was the .
"All in," Kurganov announced.
Silver's eyebrows shot up, and he gave Kurganov a very surprised look. The Brit asked for a count on Kurganov, and she cut down the stacks to reveal 272,000. Silver tanked for no more than 90 seconds, and pushed two stacks forward, signifying a call.
With a solemn look on his face, Kurganov flashed the for ace-high, then revealed the as well. Silver tabled for a pair of tens, and was awarded the massive pot.
|Max Silver||1,025,000||658,000 |
|Martin Jacobson||470,000||-205,000 |
|Igor Kurganov||0||-385,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:57 AM Local Time
Ashton Griffin Eliminated in 16th Place ($28,414)
Ashton Griffin had shoved all in twice in a row over pre flop raises, and lost a small post flop hand after that. Griffin got involved for the fourth hand in a row, but it would be his last this tournament.
2012 November Niner Jeremy Ausmus opened for 20,000, and called Griffin's button shove. Ausmus was the proud owner of while Griffin had to go to battle holding just .
"Nice sweat" said Griffin as the flop had a little bit for both: . The on the turn was red, but not the right suit for Griffin. The on the river gave him a pair, but it was too late for that to matter.
|Jeremy Ausmus||615,000||175,000 |
|Ashton Griffin||0||-120,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:52 AM Local Time
Lindgren Doubles Through Clements, Clements Doubles Through White
While we had our attention on Ashton Griffin (more about him and his exit in the next post), Erick Lindgren and Scott Clements got into it on table 353. On an board Lindgren had shoved all in for 225,000. Lindgren, in the hijack, was awaiting Clements' decision. From the button he made the call after some thinking.
Lindgren had for the open ended, and needed to improve as Clements tabled . The on the river was exactly what Lindgren needed, and he doubled to just under 600,000.
The next hand Scott Clements shoved all in for 128,000 from the cutoff. Kyle White in the big blind made the call and they were off to the races.
The on the flop didn't mean any harm for Clements, but the on the turn gave his opponent some additional counterfeit outs. The on the river was a blank though, and Clements doubled.
|Erick Lindgren||585,000||302,000 |
|Scott Clements||256,000||-104,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:46 AM Local Time
Clements Jams on Patel
Right before the level change, Scott Clements moved all in for 184,000 on a completed board of , and his opponent, Hiren "Sunny" Patel, considered the pot-sized shove for several minutes before finally folding.
|Hiren Patel||690,000||-210,000 |
|Scott Clements||360,000||100,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:44 AM Local Time
Level 20 started
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:44 AM Local Time
Kurganov's Backdoor Flush Draw
Max Silver raised to 16,000 from under the gun, George Danzer called on his direct left, and Igor Kurganov defended his big blind. The flop fell , the action checked to Danzer, and he put out a bet. Kurganov check-raised to 63,000, Silver folded, and Danzer called.
The turn was the , and the rest of Kurganov's 103,000-chip stack went in the middle.
Danzer was drawing stone dead, and he was shocked at the sight of Kurganov's hand. A meaningless completed the board, and Danzer started to razz Kurganov for playing his hand the way he did.
"I had a backdoor flush draw," Kurganov protested, pointing to the .
He chipped up to 385,000, while Danzer fell to 215,000.
|Igor Kurganov||385,000||210,000 |
|George Danzer||215,000||-215,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:39 AM Local Time
Lee Markholt came in for a raise from under the gun, Ashton Griffin moved all in for effectively 95,000 in the big blind, and Markholt called.
The kings held up as the board came , and Markholt doubled through.
|Lee Markholt||199,000||104,000 |
|Ashton Griffin||120,000||-165,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:30 AM Local Time
Leonid Markin Eliminated in 17th Place ($28,414)
Max Silver just doubled up Leonid Markin a couple of hands ago, but now he got those chips back as he just eliminated his Russian opponent who started out the day as the chip leader.
Silver opened the hijack for 16,000 and called Markin's shove without asking for a count or taking any time at all for his decision. Silver had what explained the quick call, Markin tabled .
The board never really made things interesting, Markin departed in 17th place.
|Leonid Markin||0||-152,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:17 AM Local Time
Silver Doubles Markin
Max Silver opened the cutoff, and called Leonid Markin's shove from the small blind for 76,000 total.
Silver had the best hand with as Markin tabled .
The flop would pair Markin though, and despite Silver hitting a pair of his own on the turn, it wouldn't be enough: .
|Max Silver||367,000||-101,000 |
|Leonid Markin||152,000||23,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:12 AM Local Time
Sunny Gets Aggressive
Dario Sammartino raised to 18,000 in the cutoff, Hiren "Sunny" Patel called out of the small blind, and the flop fell . Patel checked, Sammartino continued for 20,000, and Patel check-raised to 56,000. The Italian tank-called.
The turn was the , Patel led out for 82,000, and Sammartino called.
The river was a third spade - the - and Patel reached for chips. He took five green T25,000 chips, topped that off with a single yellow T1,000 chip, and placed that small pile on a tower of pink T5,000 chips. He pushed out the 226,000-chip bet, and Sammartino let out a loud sigh.
The Italian checked his cards one last time then finally folded, and Patel slid his cards into the muck.
|Hiren Patel||900,000||77,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||850,000||-210,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 1:05 AM Local Time
Martin Jacobson Doubles Through Igor Kurganov
Martin Jacobson opened for 17,000 from the cutoff and Igor Kurganov three-bet to 45,000 right next to him on the button. Both blinds folded, and action was back on Jacobson. The Swede made it 95,000 and called the shove from Kurganov that followed. Jacobson was at risk with his entire 329,000 stack in the middle, Kurganov had him covered by just 175,000.
The board wouldn't improve Kurganov's hand and in fact gave Jacobson a full house: . Jacobson doubled, leaving Kurganov with just 22 big blinds in the process.
|Martin Jacobson||675,000||504,500 |
|Igor Kurganov||175,000||-296,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:53 AM Local Time
Tran Gets Some Back
JC Tran raised to 16,000 on the button, Jeremy Ausmus defended his big blind, and the two former November Niners checked on a flop of . The turn was the , Ausmus led out for 20,000, and Tran called.
The river was the , Ausmus checked, and Tran took the opportunity to fire out 42,000. Ausmus considered the bet for a minute or so, then folded.
|Jeremy Ausmus||440,000||-40,000 |
|JC Tran||280,000||35,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:41 AM Local Time
Easy Race for Parker
Lee Markholt raised to 16,000 in the cutoff, JC Tran called on the button, and 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Brock Parker moved all in for 133,000 out of the small blind. The action folded back to Markholt, who folded as well, and Tran made a fairly quick call.
The flop fell , giving Parker the nuts, and the hand was over when the turn brought the . The on the river was but a formality, and Parker doubled to 292,000 chips.
Tran dropped down to 245,000.
|Brock Parker||292,000||110,000 |
|JC Tran||245,000||-135,000 |
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:37 AM Local Time
Silver Doubles Danzer
Igor Kurganov opened the button and both the small blind (Max Silver) as the big blind (George Danzer) made the call.
The two European players checked to the German/Russian player on . Kurganov made a 27,000 continuation bet and Silver called. Danzer now shoved all in for 139,000 more and Kurganov quickly released. Silver did the math, and called.
The on the turn was a blank, and so was the on the river. Danzer's flopped straight dodged the clubs Silver was looking for, and the German player doubled up in the last hand before the break.
|Max Silver||468,000||-215,000 |
|George Danzer||430,000||150,000 |