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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP Journal

WSOP Event #3 - Day 2

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With three tourneys running simultaneously, the event playing its second day seemed like the ugly stepchild. The final table of the $1.5k NLHE held the excitement of ESPN cameras and bleachers for friends and family to cheer players on. The first day of the $1.5k LHE event had railbirds lined four deep, craning to steal a peek at loved ones or poker rock stars. The eleven tables for Day 2 of the $1.5k PLHE event were cordoned away in the knockout corner of the tourney room. To get to nine players, only a few strong players would stay off the canvas to reach Friday’s final table.

The day began with many short stacks, and the field was cut in half in the first hour. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi made a big move in that first hour, tripling up with Ac-Jc. A few hands later, he tangled with former chip leader Randy Jensen all-in for a massive $68k pre-flop pot. The Grinder’s jacks looked strong against Ad-3d, but Jensen caught his flush on the river and was now at almost $70k, sending The Grinder out. Jensen though was hardly safe, eventually getting down to two $1k chips. He built this back to $20k then was all-in and dominated when his Js-3s was called by Can Kim Hua’s Ad-Jd. The flop of 9d-2d-2s left Jensen down to two outs, as the 3d would give Hua a flush. The Ks brought nine more outs to Jensen. He didn’t need the new outs, as the miracle 3c, on the river, doubled him up to $40k, a little more than he started the day with.

PokerStars’ Annand “Victor” Ramdin continued his strong play from Day 1, taking the chip lead in the first hour. Ramdin built his stack steadily into a dominant force - over $200k - but with three tables left he was cut down to $85k in back to back hands. First, he called Matthew Hilger’s all-in raise pre-flop. Ramdin’s jacks were chased down on the river when Hilger caught a king to double up. John Juanda flipped the race around with Ramdin on the very next hand, his 9s-9d holding up over Ramdin’s As-Kd; in fact, a river nine completing an unnecessary full house for Juanda. Thirty minutes later, Ramdin’s stack was again cut in half to $40k, and again pocket nines were the villain to his As-Qc. He left soon - in 20th place.

It took four more hours to get the two tables down to one. Anselmo Villarreal was sent to the rail in 17th place - the hard way, pocket kings taken down by jacks when Burt Boutin spiked a jack on the flop.

Webber Kang called from the button, and Eric Lynch checked. The flop came 8c-7s-3s, Lynch again checked, and Kang pushed all-in. Lynch beat him in the pot, flipping over the second worst starting hand in poker, 7-3o to Kang’s 10d-8s. Kang didn’t improve and was out in 13th place.

A crucial hand developed between former chip leader Jensen and Rafe Furst, who came over the top of Jensen’s $25k raise. Jensen deliberated then called, and turned over Ks-Qh against Furst’s As-6s. Furst turned a straight, doubling up and setting the stage for Jensen’s exit in 11th place.

Down to one table, players studied one another trying to figure out who would be leaving and sending everyone home for the night. Dewey Tomko didn’t fit the bill with three bracelets in No Limit Holdem, Deuce to Seven draw, and Pot Limit Omaha. He was runner-up to Juan Carlos Mortensen in the 2001 WSOP Main Event, who, ironically, was playing at the NLHE Event #2 final table twenty yards away from Tomko. John Juanda’s nickname should be The Closer. He reached the final table of a WSOP event a remarkable eighteen of his first twenty-two cashes, as well as cashed in six events last year. Can Kim Hua cashed in seven WSOP events over the last two years, as well as a number of smaller tournament wins. Rocky Enciso is a strong tourney player in LA, regularly taking down small buy-in tourneys. Burt Boutin holds a WSOP bracelet and finished second earlier this month in the Mandalay Bay WPT Championship event.

Of these, it was Tomko who exited in 10th place, crippled by Hua. Both short stacked, Tomko moved all-in with As-2h vs. Hua’s pocket jacks. Hua flopped a set of jacks, leaving Tomko with only $4k. Remarkably, Allan Gilbert mucked queens face up in the big blind. Tomko moved the last of his chips on the next hand, and Eric Lynch moved in for another $42k. Lynch’s 4c-4h four flushed Tomko’s As-Qh, sending him out in 10th place.

Eight players will be chasing Eric “Rizen” Lynch for the WSOP bracelet. While this may be Lynch’s second WSOP event, he is no rookie. Rizen is a strong online tourney player, most recently taking the PokerStars Sunday Million less than a month ago.

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