South African Eugene Du Plessis will enter the final day of the $1,500 buy-in Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em event #49 of the World Series of Poker as chip leader.
The Stellenbosch player bagged up with 996,000 to take his seat on top as the Day 2 starting field was hacked back from 110 to just nine survivors at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Vegas-based Mike Sowers will start Day 3 second in chips on 824,000 while Oregon’s Seth Davies holds 640,000 as a distant third, although – like all survivors – he will still be in with a good shout of collecting the gold bracelet and $256,691 top prize because of the ante-only structure of this tournament.
Brutal Day 2 Sees Final Table Made
Day 2 was, just like the opening day, brutal at the Rio as competitors hit the rail at an exceptional rate, resulting in tables being regularly broken up as players were scattered to all corners of the Amazon Room.
But, with there being no blinds, it was surprising to see the scheduled 10 levels of play cut short after the nine-handed final table was set with one-and-a-half levels still available.
Of course, the eliminations did slow down eventually as 18 players fought it out to collect the winner’s cheque. But exits there had to be, with players such as Italy’s Lorenzo Sabato finishing 18th for $9,431, Scottsdale’s Bryan Pimlot falling in 16th for $9,431 and Canada’s Garth Arnason leaving in 14th for $11,612.
Mike Sowers On the Move
Sowers was acquiring lots of chips now as he eliminated several players, even seeing his pocket kings overcome the aces of New Jersey’s Daniel Buzgon when a king came on the flop to hand the former trips. That saw Buzgon exit in 12th place for $14,477.
One-time WSOP bracelet winner Erick Lindgren was also gaining momentum, before he lost a sizeable chunk of his chip stack to De Plessis. That success saw the South African get close to the chip lead, which he eventually gained after trading chips with Sowers.
However, Californian Lindgren struggled thereafter and continued to lose chips – before eventually finding himself facing De Plessis once more. It was the same outcome, only this time Lindgren was eliminated in 11th place for $14,477.
Jon Tuner Exits in 31st
Nevada’s Jon Turner was an early chip leader, but he exited in 31st place for $6,478 after suffering several bad beats, but not before he had sent Houston’s Melanie Weisner to the rail in 57th for $4,044 after he hit a straight.
Other players to cash, but fail to make the final table included the likes of Max Pescatori (108th for $2,409), Chris DeMaci (103rd for $2,409), Thomas Conway (96th for $2,611), Mickey Peterson (80th for $3,156), McLean Karr (75th for $3,156), John Racener (69th for $3,549), Dan O’Brien (67th for $3,549), Martins Adeniya (60th for $4,044), Mike Leah (56th for $4,044), Sam Razavi (40th for $5,476), Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen (37th for $5,476), Jeff Madsen (34th for $6,478), Barny Boatman (33rd for $6,478), Yuval Bronshtein (30th for $6,478) and Mustapha Kanit (25th for $7,758).
Daniel Negreanu Leaves Early
Day 1, meanwhile, saw the 939-player starting line-up cut back heavily as players such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Bryan Slick – who invented this variant of poker –as well as Phil Hellmuth, Shane Schleger, Kara Scott, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Grant Levy, Andrew Lichtenberger, Joe Hachem, Gabriel Nassif, David Williams, Neil Channing, Christian Harder, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, David ‘Bakes’ Baker, Eugene Katchalov and Vanessa Rousso hit the rail early.
Also exiting on Day 1 were Amnon Filippi, Mark Radoja, Jason Koon, Tristan Wade, Matt Hawlrilenko, David Singer, Erik Cajelais, Stephen O’Dwyer, Alexander Kravchenko, Ylon Schwartz, George Lind III, Sorel Mizzi, Tony Dunst, Joseph Cheong, David ‘Doc’ Sands, Matt Marafiatti, Ludovic Lacay, Eric Baldwin, Matt Glantz, Mohsin Charania, AP Phahurat, Joe Cada, Olivier Busquet, Jennifer Tilly, Bryan Devonshire, Randy Lew, Huy Nguyen, Cherish Andrews, Eric Froehlich, Ari Engel and Matt Affleck.
WSOP 2012 Event #49 Final Nine
- Eugene Du Plessis (RSA) – 996,000 (seat 4)
- Mike Sowers (USA) – 824,000 (seat 7)
- Seth Davies (USA) – 640,000 (seat 1)
- Greg Hobson (USA) – 608,000 (seat 6)
- Harrison Gimbel (USA) – 325,000 (seat 9)
- Justin Schwartz (USA) – 252,000 (seat 3)
- John Hayes (USA) – 229,000 (seat 8)
- Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald (Canada) – 205,000 (seat 5)
- Sameer Aljanedi (USA) – 167,000 (seat 2)