Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
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Todd "Dandruff" Witteles Leads as 12 Advance to Day 3

• Taso 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Todd Witteles

What began with 170 players in Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em of the 2013 World Series of Poker is now down to the final 12. After ten one-hour levels of play on Day 2, the returning 103 players battled it out to make the money at the top eighteen, and tomorrow they’ll go for the $211,743 first-place prize. Todd "Dandruff" Witteles, who won a bracelet in the 2005 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em for $347,385, is best positioned to make a run at the prize and the gold bracelet that comes with it.

That said, he is being chased by limit hold'em bracelet winner Ronnie Bardah and Greg "FBT" Mueller, who has two bracelets in limit hold'em and is looking to make his third final table of the summer!

The day began with a multitude of eliminations including those of Matt Matros, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Leah, Ron Burke, Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker, Jason Mercier and Joe Cassidy.

It was about that time that the money bubble rolled around. It happened in with 19 people left in Level 17 with the blinds at 4,000/8,000. What could have taken a long time was over relatively quickly as Danny Warchol was extremely short. He got his last 10,000 or so all in with {a-Hearts}{j-Spades} but was unable to win a race against Witteles' {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

After Warchol hit the rail, the in-the-money eliminations began to mount. They included Brock Parker (18th - $11,337), David Chiu (17th - $11,337), Justin "Boosted J" Smith (16th - $11,337), Brent Wheeler (15th - $13,455), Vincent Gironda (14th - $13,455) and Bruno Fitoussi (13th - $13,455).

While many players fell on Day 2, a select few punched their ticket to Day 3 including Steve Landfish, Justin Bonomo, Michael Moore, Dom Denotaristefani, Gabriel Nassif and Ben Yu.

Here's how things will stack up on Day 3:

SeatPlayerCounts
1empty-
2Ben Yu41,000
3empty-
4Greg Mueller216,000
5Jeffrey Yass39,000
6empty-
7Justin Bonomo258,000
8Michael Moore387,000
9Gabriel Nassif141,000
   
1Jan Sjavik70,000
2Ronnie Bardah425,000
3empty-
4empty-
5empty-
6Steve Landfish142,000
7Todd Witteles442,000
8Brian Aleksa164,000
9Dom Denotaristefani225,000

The third and final day will begin at 14:00 PST, so join us then as look to crown a Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em champion. Until then, good night from the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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