Day 2 of Event #38: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Championship has come to a conclusion with current WSOP Player of the Year leader George Danzer topping the counts.
Seventy-five players began the day, all eyeing the money-paying top 16 and the potential $352,696 first prize and WSOP bracelet if they could be the last one standing from the 134 players that entered.
Play started fast and furious, and the likes of Brock Parker, Randy Ohel, Frank Kassela, Phil Hellmuth, Robert and Michael Mizrachi, Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Jonathan Duhamel, Justin Bonomo, Huck Seed, and Stephen Chidwick all found themselves on the rail throughout the day. Once the money approached, there would be a quick double bustout to see Matt Savage fall in 18th and Alex Bilokur fall in 17th, sending the final 16 players into the money.
With players now guaranteed a paycheck, the action would come to a screeching halt as two hours would pass before Tom Koral (16th) and Matt Glantz (15th) hit the rail. Play continued at a slow pace until Steve Zolotow (14th) was eliminated and Danzer sat atop the final 13 players with an amassed 785,000 in chips.
The closest to the German are Jeff Lisandro (420,000), Brian Hastings (415,000), and Ted Forrest (387,000), while the likes of Norman Chad, Richard Sklar, John Racener, and Chris George look to claim their first bracelet.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand with all the live coverage from Thursday starting at 2 p.m. local time as we look to crown the Event #38 champion. While you wait for the updates to return, check out 14th-place finisher Steve Zolotow's episode of My First WSOP:
Richard Sklar had the bring-in and John Monnette completed. Tom Koral raised and Richard Sklar re-raised with Monnette calling and Koral calling all-in for 23,000. Sklar bet fourth with Monnette calling before Monnette bet fifth and Sklar folded.
Matt Savage completed and both Matt Glantz and Alexander Jung called before fourth street was checked. On fifth, Jung bet, Savage moved all in for his last 13,000 and Glantz called before he folded on sixth to a Jung bet.
Savage: / /
Glantz: / (folded on sixth)
Jung: / /
With Savage trailing to Jung's two-pair, Savage could only squeeze out the as Jung completed his board with the .
Norman Chad completed and Richard Sklar called before Stephen Chidwick raised all in for his last 9,000 with both Chad and Sklar calling. Chad then bet fourth and fifth with Sklar calling only once, as each player's board ran out as follows:
Catching the action on fourth street, we found James Obst all in with both Matthew Wood and Alexander Jung calling. Wood would then find himself all in on fifth with Jung calling and having Obst drawing dead to only a low and Wood dead to running kings.
Obst caught the and Wood found the to see themselves a guaranteed elimination as Jung found the .
Both all-in players mucked their seventh street cards and Jung dragged a monster pot to soar to 510,000 in chips.
George Danzer completed and Eric Wasserson called before both players checked fourth street. On fifth, Wasserson bet and Danzer raised as Wasserson called all-in for his last 22,000 as each player's board ran out as follows:
Danzer: / /
Wasserson: / /
With Danzer rivering a flush, Wasserson would miss his full house, low draw and be sent to the rail, as Danzer climbed just a few antes shy of 500,000.