Day 2 of Event #43 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout saw 120 players across 12 tables return to battle it out in the winner-take-all shootout format once again. Each of the players had conquered their tables yesterday to lock up $4,837, but only victory over a fresh set of opponents would see them advance to the final day with a new guaranteed minimum cash of $16,844.
Some of the big names who came in today with high hopes but ended disappointed included Vojtech Ruzicka, Martin Staszko, Tom Middleton, Kevin MacPhee and 888Poker’s latest bracelet winner Chris Moorman.
The first table to reach heads-up was Table 726 where Paul Michaelis from Germany battled against Erle Mankin from the United States. Michaelis had dominated his table and began the last leg with a 5 to 1 chip lead. Mankin though battled back valiantly with great reads and a lot of humor while attempting to get in Michaelis’ head. Some huge lay downs by Mankin, including folding trips on the river against what Michaelis later confirmed was a straight, saw Mankin hang in there but ultimately Michaleis emerged victorious.
The first player to actually make it through to the final day was Panchara Wongwichit from Australia who had a big chip lead and a bigger kicker to eliminate Kyle Cartwright when they both hit a top pair king on the flop. A short day for Wongwichit will allow him to return fully rested on Saturday.
Matthew Haugen led his table for much of the early levels but it was Ben Maya who would be the last man standing on Table 723 when he finally defeated Chris Bell heads up at the end of Level 12.
At the start of the next level, Russell Thomas, who had played a tactically astute and aggressive late game, was defeated by Ross Ward when the pocket kings of Thomas fell to Ward’s suited ace-six that turned a straight.
The final three players to advance were Steve Foutty, who beat Josh Kay; Jonathan Little, who beat Alan Spotts; and Matas Dilpsas, who finally got the better of James Gilbert.
The remaining 12 players return Saturday at noon to battle down to a winner. Play begins with two tables of six and progresses like a normal tournament, going to an unofficial final table of 10 and then playing down to a winner.
The PokerNews Live reporting team will bring you all the action on the road to crowning a new shootout champion who will win a gold WSOP bracelet and $257,764.
We got to the table to see around 140,000 in the pot already. The flop was , Russell Thomas opened to 50,000 from the button, and Carlos Mortensen shoved all in from the small blind. Thomas snap-called.
They both had kings but Thomas had the ace-kicker. The turn gave them the and the river completed the board with the .
The two remaining players, Erle Mankin and Paul Michaelis are acting fast while also chatting. Here are some of the hands we've just followed:
Hand #1: The flop was , Mankin check-called the 7,000 bet of Michaelis. The turn was the and Mankin check-called the 17,000 bet of Michaelis. The on the river completed the board and they both checked. Mankin showed for two pairs with the queen kicker. Michaelis showed for the same two pairs but mucked the rest as it was a lower kicker.
Hand #2: Mankin raised to 8,000 and Michaelis called. The flop gave them and Michaelis check-called the 7,000 bet of Mankin. The turn was the , Michaelis opened to 10,000, and Mankin called. The on the river completed the board, Michaelis bet 36,000, and Mankin folded.
Hand #3: Michaelis raised to 6,500 and Mankin called. The flop was the and Mankin check-called the 6,000 bet of Michaelis. The came on the turn and Mankin check-called the 12,000 bet of Michaelis. The on the river meant Mankin check-called the 25,000 bet of Michaelis. Michaelis showed for two pairs, sixes and fours. Mankin mucked.
Hand #4: Mankin raised to 6,000 and Michaelis called. The flop came , Michaelis checked, Mankin opened to 6,000, Michaelis raised to 16,000, and Mankin went all in. Michaelis stood up, asked for a count, had a think, and then decided to call. Mankin still had 136,500 behind.
The turn was the and the river was the so Mankin doubled up.