Johnicho Leads Final 31; Bronshtein, Baker & Saout Lurk
On Wednesday, the remaining 173 entrants of a 526-player field return to action in Event 58: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. All had their sites firmly set on the gold bracelet and the $330,277 first-place prize, though by the end of the night only 31 would remain in contention, including chip leader Felicia Johnico, who bagged up 397,000.
In the first six levels of the day, over 100 players hit the rail empty handed and those included Allen Kessler, Bruno Fitoussi, Huck Seed, Chip Jett, Scott Clements, Humberto Brenes, Mike Matusow, Martin Staszko and Ville Wahlbeck, just to name a few.
In Level 13, which was about a dozen players shy of the money, a massive pot developed preflop between Stephen Su and David Bach, with a short-stacked Joe Gualtieri caught in between and looking to triple up. The preflop action is unknown, but what is known is that Bach got his stack of around 70,000 all in and was snap-called by Su.
The flop kept Su in the lead with his pair of aces, but both his opponents held low draws. The turn was kind to Su as it kept him in the lead and paired the board, but it'd be the on the river that would avoid a low and allow him to scoop the approximately 160,000 pot. Both Gualitieri and Bach seemed a little stunned as they exited the tournament floor while Su was understandably all smiles as he was primed for a deep run into the money.
Speaking of the money, some familiar names managed to work their way in including Matt Vengrin (53rd-$5,557), Matt Wood (52nd-$5,557), Dario Alioto (50th-$5,557), Erick Lindgren (49th-$5,557), Michael Moed (43rd-$6,778), Ray Henson (39th-$6,778) and Ryan Laplante (37th-$6,778).
While many failed to survive the day, others thrived and will be returning to action on Day 3. They include Su, Randy Ohel, Yuval Bronshtein, Kyle Bowker, Josh Field, David “ODB” Baker, Bryan Devonshire, Mickey Appleman, Antony Lellouche, Antonie Saout, Binh Nguyen and John Shipley.
Day 3 action is set to get underway at 2:00 PM PST on Thursday as the remaining 31 players will play down to a winner. Who will walk away with the bracelet and $330,277 first-place prize? Join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations along the way in determining the answer.