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On Tuesday night, the 2012 World Series of Poker continued with Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, which featured alternating rounds of Triple-Draw 2-7, Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Omaha. While a dozen less players turned up than last year, 477 still took to the felt and created a juicy prize pool of $1,085,175, with $271,312 reserved for first.
The man best positioned to make a run at the top prize is Dan Kelly, who bagged up a robust 56,800. Also in contention are two former champs in John Monnette and Jerrod Ankenman. The former has had a red-hot start to 2012 and is currently leading this year’s Player of the Year race, though he is extremely short on a stack of just 1,525, while the latter bagged an average stack of 17,575.
Things kicked off with a bang after the elimination of Andy Frankenberger in the first level of play. It happened in the no-limit hold’em round when there was an all in and a call on the turn with the board reading .
Frankenberger was looking for the board to pair in order to stay alive, but the river was the . "Unbelievable!" Frankenberger cried as he realized his tournament lasted just under an hour. While he was one of the first eliminations, he certainly wasn’t the last.
Justin Young, Chad Brown, Galen Hall, Nacho Barbero, Ben “milkybarkid” Grundy, Shawn Buchanan, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Michael Mizrachi and Isaac Haxton all joined him on the rail in the middle levels.
By the last two levels of the night, roughly 328 players remained in the field. It was at that time that the 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event champ, Huck Seed, tangled in a hand of pot limit Omaha. With 1,350 in the pot and a flop of , Ali Eslami checked from the small blind and the player in the big did the same. That put action on who wasted little time in betting 500. Both his opponents made the call and it was off to the turn.
This time Eslami took the initiative and led out for a pot-sized bet, which was 2,850. The big blind proceeded to raise all in for 5,775, which Seed called. The big blind thought the action was over and briefly tabled his hand, which allowed Eslami, who had just 1,500, to catch a peak. He obviously didn't like what he saw as he laid down his hand.
Seed had his opponent drawing to the case four, which didn't come as the appeared on the river. With that, Seed scored the elimination and would end the night with 16,175.
Needless to say, Eslami would be eliminated a short time later, but he was followed out the door by the likes of Jonathan Duhamel, David “Doc” Sands, Erik Seidel, Kirk Morrison, Mike Matusow, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Jason Mercier and Doyle Brunson, who actually opted to abandon his chip stack after experiencing chest pains.
TexDolly Doyle Brunson
Felt a little flutter I'n my chest at the poker tournament so I got up and left. Can't play cash and tourneys. Too long June 19 2012
While dozens hit the rail, a few players managed to hold on. Brendon Taylor (45,275), Miguel Benmudez (45,250), Jake Abdalla (43,750), Jeff Madsen (37,074), Ylon Schwartz (34,400), Anthony Nguyen (34,250) and Marco Traniello (33,300) all bagged up big stacks, while a slew of other notables made it to Day 2 like Greg Raymer (27,525), Barry Greenstein (25,000), Daniel Negreanu (19,575), Scotty Nguyen (11,300), Eugene Katchalov (8,225) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier (6,525).
Who will be the next to add their name to the list of Eight-Game Mix winners?
Former Eight-Game Mix Champions
*Featured $10,000 buy-in.
The remaining 209 players will return on Wednesday at 2 PM PST and march through the money on the way to the final table. Join us then as we capture all the action and eliminations from Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix.
|Miguel Rodriguez Bermude||45,250|
|Duc Phuong Nguyen||35,050|
|Mayu Roca Uribe||33,675|
We are playing four more hands before the day is done. Stay tuned for some end of day chip counts, and of course the recap!
|Michael "Carwash" Schneider||Ulkona|
After taking a hit earlier, Ryan Tepen seems to be headed in the right direction:
RyanTepen Ryan Tepen
I get four outted in nl Holdem then I double through Eugene K jj>ak aip. At 13.2k. 477 runners, 248 remain, ave at 14.4k. #TeamRunGood June 20 2012
Scotty Nguyen was recently moved to a new table, which just so happens to be along the rail. As such, he's acquired quite a few railbirds who're eager to watch him work his short stack.
Nguyen is quite excitable, chatting it up with the rail, and generally entertaining anyone and everyone in the vicinity. "Cocktail," Nguyen said to the waiter a few tables over. "It's now or never," he added as he spiked his last 2,000 in after action folded around to him on the button in no limit hold'em.
"Tequila for all my boys, baby," Nguyen said without noticing both blinds folded. While that was good news, the waiter informed the former Main Event champ that he could only server players currently seated in the tournament. "No, no," Nguyen responded. "You go tell you boss, baby."
"Ok," the waiter responded before asking, "What's you name?"
2-7 Triple Draw
We missed most of the pre flop action, but from the looks of it Cary Katz was all in for his final 600 chips after a raise to 500 and a call from David Chiu. Katz was in the big blind and both his opponents called the 100 extra chips.
Katz and the initial raiser took two cards each, and Chiu only needed one.
The initial raiser bet 500, Chiu raised to 1,000 and his opponent called. Katz had picked up his cards from the table and Daniel Negreanu looked at them. By the looks of it Negreanu seemed happy for Katz who patted after which his opponents both took one card.
"I was kinda worried there for a second," Katz laughed right after Chiu took another card, since he had raised after the first draw. Katz felt a lot better now that Chiu didn't had a made hand yet.
Katz turned his cards over and Negreanu quickly grabbed them and pointed out there was going to be another draw. Katz seemed a little embarrassed, but in the end it didn't matter. Both his opponents took one more card and checked it down.
Katz turned over and won the hand, the initial raiser had paired up and Chiu fell short with .
On the very next hand Negreanu raised on the button and Katz three-bet from the small blind to 1,500. Negreanu called and both players took two cards.
"It's 500 right?" Katz asked the dealer who confirmed and Negreanu replied right away.
"It's 500 or check," the Canadian super star said, implying that checking was also an option. Katz ended up checking and Negreanu checked behind right away.
Both players took two cards again, "Shocker," Negreanu said smiling after which Katz flicked out 1,000. "I'm just gonna let you have it," he added and Katz seemed a bit disappointed.
"Just keep drawing!" he said with a smile while the dealer pushed the pot towards him. Katz is back up to 5,100 chips and still one of the short stacks in the room.