It was a record-setting day for Phil Hellmuth at the 2014 World Series of Poker. He not only notched his 101st cash by making the money in Event #7 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz – a tournament that attracted 352 runners and created a prize pool of $475,200 – he also went on to make the final table, his 50th at the WSOP. Hellmuth, who won the razz event at the 2012 WSOP for his 12th bracelet, will return on Sunday second in chips, putting him in prime position to make a run at the $121,196 first-place prize and his 14th gold bracelet.
However, to capture it he’ll have to top one of the most stacked final tables the WSOP has ever seen. Greg Pappas, a poker industry veteran, will start the final table as chip leader with 391,500, while last year’s runner-up, David “Gunslinger” Bach sits in third with 295,000. Bach, the 2009 Poker Players’ Champion, seeks redemption by finishing one spot higher than he did last year.
The final table also includes Brandon Cantu (175,000) and Ted Forrest (171,000). The former is a two-time bracelet winner that finished third in the razz event Hellmuth won two years ago. The two butted heads numerous times at that final table, and leading up to this one they engaged in numerous verbal jousts while taking turns getting under the other’s skin. As for Forrest, he has five gold bracelets on his résumé including the 1993 WSOP $1,500 razz title, and he's in a good position to make a run at No. 6.
Brock Parker, also a two-time bracelet winner, is at the final table with 138,500, as are Yuebin Guo and Kevin Iacofano, who’re bringing up the rear with 90,000 and 45,500 respectively.
While those eight players were fortunate enough to make the final table, others weren’t quite so lucky. Day 2 saw 75 players return to action, but only 40 of them were slated to receive a payday. Among the 35 players to leave empty handed were defending champ Bryan Campanello, Michael Gathy, John Racener, Dan Kelly, Gary Benson, Ali Eslami, Mickey Appleman, Hoyt Corkins, David Chiu, and Bryan “The Icon” Micon, who actually finished as the bubble boy.
Once the bubble burst the in-the-money finishes came quick and included Phil Laak (40th - $2,575), Berry Johnston (39th - $2,575), James Obst (30th - $3,069), Ben Yu (21st - $3,659), Matt Waxman (19th - $3,659), Bill Chen (15th - $4,447), and Huck Seed (12th - $6,852).
The third and final day will get underway at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then for all the actions and eliminations. In the meantime, learn about some razz strategy with last year’s runner-up.