American Felicia Johnico is in pole position after Day 2 of the $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better event #58 of the World Series of Poker.
The Oklahoma player holds 397,000 chips to top the leaderboard after the 173 Day 2 starters – from an initial field of 526 – were cut back to 31 survivors at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with South Carolina’s Yuval Bronshtein second on 371,000 and David ‘ODB’ Baker, of Texas, third on 365,000 in the chase for the $330,277 top prize and gold bracelet.
The first six levels on Day 2 saw more than 100 competitors exit the event without cashing, including the likes of Chip Jett, Scott Clements, Martin Staszko, Ville Wahlbeck, Nick Binger, David Bach, Joe Gualtieri, Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow, Humberto Brenes, Michael Watson, Jerrod Ankenman, Jon Turner, Jason Lester, Bryan Pellegrino, Paul Sokoloff, Tony Cousineau, Brett Shaffer, Huck Seed, Konstantin Puchkov, Jeremy Harkin, Jennifer Tilly, Bruno Fitoussi, Allen Kessler, David Kim and Jean-Paul Pasqualini.
Stephen Su Scores Double Knockout
With level 13 in full swing, and 12 players short of the money, a huge pot arose pre-flop between Houston’s Stephen Su and Georgia’s Bach, with a short-stacked Gualtieri, of Ontario, aiming to triple-up. Bach was all-in for his final 70,000 chips and was snap-called by Su, who showed A♥ A♦ 4♠ 10♦.
Bach held A♠ 2♦ K♥ 7♣, while Gualtieri revealed A♣ 3♥ 5♥ J♣ ahead of the Q♠ 2♠ 8♠ flop that kept Su ahead with a pair of aces, although both his rivals had low draws. The 8♥ turn kept Su ahead and paired the board, with the 9♥ river negated the low to give him the approximate 160,000 pot.
Bach and Gualitieri appeared slightly stunned as they left the table, while Su was delighted as he eyed up a deep run.
Erick Lindgren cashes in 49th
The bubble burst in 55th place as Russian Viatcheslav Ortynskiy picked up $5,557 in 54th place, while other notable pros to cash included Nevada’s Matthew Vengrin (53rd for $5,557), Ontario’s Matthew Wood (52nd for $5,557), Italian Dario Alioto (50th for $5,557), Vegas-based Erick Lindgren (49th for $5,557), New Yorker John Gordon (45th for $6,778), Mike Krescanko (46th for $5,557), of Phoenix, Florida’s Michael Moed (43rd for $6,778), Houston’s Ray Henson (39th for $6,778), Illinois’ Brent Carter (38th for $6,778) and Wisconsin’s Ryan Laplante (37th for $6,778).
Still, other big-name pros will be back for Day 3 as the event plays down to a winner, including Josh Field (11th on 148,000), Bryan Devonshire (12th on 139,000), Antonie Saout (14th on 133,000), Randy Ohel (15th on 128,000), Kyle Bowker (16th on 126,000), Binh Nguyen (21st on 96,000), Antony Lellouche (24th on 89,000) and Mickey Appleman (25th on 74,000).
Phil Hellmuth Out on Day 1
Day 1 witnessed the demise of Jeff Madsen, Phil Hellmuth, Barry Greenstein, Max Pescatori, Mike Binger, David ‘Doc’ Sands, Ari Engel, Nam Le, Chad Brown, Todd Brunson, Bill Chen, Ted Lawson, John Racener, Phil Ivey, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, David Williams and Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom.
WSOP Event #58 Day 2 Top 10
- Felicia Johnico (USA) – 397,000
- Yuval Bronshtein (USA) – 371,000
- David ‘ODB’ Baker (USA) – 365,000
- Juan Ramirez (USA) – 269,000
- Stephen Su (USA) – 240,000
- Loren Klein (USA) – 233,000
- Kami Chisholm (USA) – 222,000
- Dexter Mcnally (Canada) – 215,000
- Roch Cousineau (Canada) – 211,000
- Chris Bell (USA) – 195,000