Day 2 of Event 22: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball began with 79 players, and if you blinked, you would’ve missed the first fifty bustouts. Blink again, and you would’ve missed the money bubble, because the field went from 26 players to 24 in just one hand.
Our chip leader heading into Day 3 is none other than David Baker (381,000). The list of players who busted before the bubble is extensive, and it includes Brian Hastings, Tex Barch, Owais Ahmed, Huck Seed, Marvin Rettenmaier, Abe Mosseri, and David “Bakes” Baker.
Here’s who snuck into the money:
Shawn Buchanan, our chip leader entering the day, is also still in the hunt with 153,000 chips. Despite having over $1.6 million in World Series of Poker earnings over the past two years alone, Buchanan has failed to capture his first gold bracelet. Thanks to Andy Bloch, Buchanan is a top candidate for the “best player without a bracelet” award, but don’t tell Baker that.
Baker, who has just over $1 million in WSOP career earnings, is also bracelet-less. Despite having 25 cashes and five final table appearances, Baker has been unable to close as well. Like Buchanan, he has a chance to rectify that tomorrow.
There are three multiple-bracelet winners in our final nine. Farzad Bonyadi (3), Josh Arieh (2), and Layne Flack (7) all know what it takes to close out a WSOP tournament. One of Bonyadi’s bracelets came in this discipline – he won a $1,000 2-7 Triple Draw event in 2004.
Yet again there is a female player in the hunt for a bracelet in an open event here at the 2012 WSOP. Von Altizer, who’s only cash to date was when she finished 21st in this event in 2008, only has 77,000 chips after being crippled by Baker on the final hand of the night, but anything can happen.
Play will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. Vegas time. Until then, good night from Vegas!