Scott Clements ran through 22 other players on Day 2, maintaining the chip lead he finished with on Day 1 to grab his second WSOP bracelet. He built a monster stack throughout the $1.5k PLO final table, taking down Eric "Lynch" Rizen in a one-handed HU battle.
A strong field entered Day 2, but everyone was focused on the 131k in chips that Johnny Chan held. Three of his 10 bracelets came in PLO, and one of his five runner-up finishes also came in this game. Standing in his was were some other great players, including chip leader Scott Clements, Andy Black, Arnold Spee, Eric "Rizen" Lynch, and Burt Boutin.
Play progressed quickly as top players headed out the door. Burt Boutin busted after a brief battle (22nd $5,504). Chan thought he arrived late, but quite possibly he came too early.
Andy Black first took a pot off him then he quickly took a hit from Mark Davis. The two saw a flop of , and Chan raised his pot-sized bet. Davis called and were dealt. Davis had flopped two pair with and rivered the straight to double up. He then self destructed as he moved all-in on a flop. Davis called him with , and Chan was way behind with . Nothing helped him, and Johnny Chan stayed in the Ten Bracelet Club, out in 20th ($5,504).
Down to ten players, they redrew for seats. Those remaining were:
Scott Clements (445k)
Dau Ly (295k)
Mark Davis (208k)
Eric "Rizen" Lynch (180k)
Andy Black (152k)
Anthony MacCanello (120k)
Will Durkee (103k)
Jason Newburger (80k)
Richard Olofsson (80k)
K.U. Davis (78k)
After Olofsson busted out in 10th ($7,862), Clements cleared the table of two more players. MacCanello raised to 21k, and both Clements and Davis called. The flop came , an action flop for Omaha. MacCanello potted, then Clements re-potted. Davis got all of his chips in and Clements had them both covered but had a side pot with MacCanello.
The board ended up , and both K.U. Davis (9th $11,794) and Anthony MacCanello (8th $16,511) were gone.
Will Durkee doubled through Scott Clements then used the chips to good effect. Durkee made it 28k then Black potted all of his 78k in chips. Durkee called with , and it was the extra king that worsened Black's . The board never threatened Durkee, and Andy Black was finished in 7th ($22,408).
They'd played forty-five hands by the dinner break, but the damage was done. The chip counts:
Scott Clements (845k)
Will Durkee (218k)
Mark Davis (170k)
Eric "Rizen" Lynch (149k)
Dau Ly (148k)
Jason Newburger (117k)
That's Scott Clements 845k, everyone else 802k. It was a battle for prize money and position from there. Mark Davis left in 6th ($29,877), followed by Jason Newburger in 5th ($38,133). They short stacks fed on each other, but no one threatened Clements. By the time Clements knocked out Will Durkee (4th $52,285), he sat on 1.2m in chips.
He then sent Dau "Tommy" Ly out in 3rd ($78,624). Ly got all his chips in with vs Clements' . The flop of brought drama, then gave Clements the straight. Ly needed the board to pair or catch the case queen, but ended Dau Ly's night.
Eric "Rizen" Lynch is a terrific player, but he was fortunate today to squeak up to the runner-up spot. He had 100k left, and he got all of it in pre-flop on the first heads-up hand. Lynch had the lucky , called the Jukyard Dog hand in Tunica, and Clements showed . The board came , and the rivered set meant the match was through.
Eric Lynch rented a house and has his wife, two-year old, and six-month old here during the World Series. "It's
great having them here," said the proud father, "and I try to spend as much time with them as I can." These pesky poker tournaments keep getting in the way, but his toddler will be able to play with the $119,508 in hundreds.
Scott Clements took his second WSOP bracelet in as many years. His $194,206 payout the $301,175 he won in last year's $3k Omaha Hi/Lo event. With another final table this year in the $1.5k NLH, he's proven he is now in the group ready to take down any title.