Matthew Gallin heads the final 14 players after day two of the $10,000 Limit Hold’em championship at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. A total of 106 players returned last night for their shot at WSOP glory and a $378,642 first-place cash prize, but 88 were left disappointed and out of the money as only 18 places are paid in this event.
Incredibly, it took every one of the day’s 10 levels to reach the money, with Shunjiro Uchida earning the bubble boy status in 19th.
Las Vegas-based Gallin ended the day as chip leader on 575,000, but – as everyone will know by now – many stars ended the night very disappointed, and no more so than Daniel Negreanu.
The Canadian started day two as chip leader – alongside Russian Mikhail Smirnov – on 200,000, but could find no luck as the blinds rose.
Negreanu’s exit came with 27 players left in, so didn’t even make the money. This run of bad fortune certainly got to Negreanu as, following the loss of a big hand to Steve Landfish on the river, he unexpectedly stood up, accidentally tipped over his chair, and then threw his headphones to the ground.
The headphones fell apart as the rail grew unnervingly quiet, but, although clearly frustrated, Negreanu kept quiet as he lifted up his chair to sit down and begin the process of rebuilding his tiny stack of just 27,000 chips.
However, Kid Poker was soon down to 20,000 and committed the majority of those chips pre-flop after Washington State’s Tam Hang raised from early position. The flop showed Jc-Jh-Qs and Negreanu then put the remainder of his chips in the middle as Hang made the call.
Negreanu showed Qc-As, while Hang held 10s-9s. Negreanu had to avoid a king or an eight, with the turn bringing the Js to give Negreanu a full house.
The poker star began to say: “Well, that does it” before realising that Hang still had straight flush outs. Of course, the Ks came on the river and an irritated Negreanu jumped out of his seat, uttered some words of incredulity and then walked out of the room.
Other big names to fall short of the money included Team PokerStars Pros Greg Debora, Nacho Barbero, Jason Mercier, Pat Pezzin, Bill Chen, Humberto Brenes and Andre Akkari, as well as Jennifer Harman, Vladimir Shchemelev, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Chau Giang, Brock Parker, Alexander Kostritsyn, Jeff Shulman, Maria Ho, Shawn Buchanan and Josh Arieh.
However, others did make the money – just – and included Carlos Mortensen in 15th for $24,060, Mikhail Smirnov (16th for $20,274), Ian Johns (17th for $20,274) and Michael Schneider (18th for $20,274).
Additionally, some of the players due back tonight include Barry Greenstein, Justin ‘Boosted J’ Smith, Isaac Haxton, Nick Schulman, Hoyt Corkins, Richard Brodie and Daniel Idema – last year’s runner-up.
Final 14 for the WSOP 2011 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship:
1. Matthew Gallin (USA) – 575,000
2. Daniel Idema (Canada) – 524,000
3. Steve Landfish (USA) – 493,000
4. Tam Hang (USA) – 454,000
5. Domenico Denotaristefani (USA) – 354,000
6. Justin Smith (USA) – 330,000
7. Nick Schulman (USA) – 297,000
8. Barry Greenstein (USA) – 251,000
9. Darren Woods (UK) – 240,000
10. Richard Brodie (USA) – 218,000
11. Matt Hawrilenko (USA) – 210,000
12. Marwan Abdelal (USA) – 208,000
13. Hoyt Corkins (USA) – 172,000
14. Isaac Haxton (USA) – 153,000