The Big Wrap

Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
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Ryan Leng Sits Atop the Counts as $1,500 Mixed Hold'em/Omaha Heads to Day 3

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng

Day 2 of Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed saw the field narrowed down from 123 to the final 15. Leading the charge heading towards the final day is Ryan Leng with the likes of Day 1 chipleader Jordan Polk, Yuval Bronshtein and Kevin Iacofano giving chase.

Day 3 Seat Draw and Chip Counts

RoomTableSeatPlayer NameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Brasilia451Takashi OguraJapan40,0004
Brasilia452Fernando BritoBrazil478,00048
Brasilia453Dan MatsuzukiUnited States320,00032
Brasilia454Jonathan BryanUnited States154,00015
Brasilia455Samuel WelbourneUnited Kingdom370,00037
Brasilia456Ryan LengUnited States813,00081
Brasilia457Michael RoccoUnited States55,0006
Brasilia458Jerome BradpieceUnited Kingdom436,00044
Brasilia601Jesse VilchezUnited States561,00056
Brasilia603Alexander ZiskinUnited States244,00024
Brasilia604Yuval BronshteinIsrael511,00051
Brasilia605Jordan PolkUnited States479,00048
Brasilia606Kevin IacofanoUnited States389,00039
Brasilia607Thomas KimUnited States230,00023
Brasilia608Charalampos LappasGreece224,00022

The returning players entered Day 2 just 16 spots from the money and would get down to bubble within the first level. Hand-for-hand play would last about an hour though before Matthew Kelly would be eliminated in 108th place. Kelly was in the big blind, moving all in for his last 12,300 over an early raise to 2,500 from Polk. In the thrill of the moment, Kelly accidentally flipped over his hand, showing pocket kings. Polk was actually not paying attention but would eventually be given the information. Polk still tanked for a while and liked his odds enough with ace-eight of spades. Polk called and the board delivered two aces, leaving Kelly empty-handed.

There was a pile of two-time bracelet winners to leave with some consolation on Day 2 as Mark Radoja (101st), Jason DeWitt (90th), Cliff Josephy (72nd), Steve Sung (65th), Steve Zolotow (61st), and Eric Baldwin (57th) all failed to find a bag. The 2005 WOOP Main Event champion, Joe Hachem, also saw his deep run come to an end falling in 58th.

Poker's all-time leading money earner, Daniel Negreanu, was poised to make yet another deep run this series. Negreanu came into the day with just 22 big blinds but quickly raked in pot after pot and soon after found himself among the top stacks in the room. Negreanu had start-of-day chipleader, Polk, on his left the entire day until Negreanu picked up ace-king and ran into the Polk's pocket aces in a sizeable pot to bust in 29th place.

One of the last players to register late on Day 1, Rainer Kempe, managed to slide into the money and even climbed a ladder before busting in 96th place. Justin Liberto, who joined Kempe at the end of the reg line made an even better run and more impressively, did it while multi-tabling the Little One for One Drop. Liberto bagged a final 14 stack in the Little One heading to Day 4 but sadly was eliminated in the mixed event in the penultimate level of the night for a 21st place score.

Leng has been near the top of the counts for much of the event thus far rising to the top early on Day 1 and maintaining the position throughout play on both days. Leng took down a big pot in the final level on Day 2 from Takashi Ogura. Leng flopped a king-high flush and got two big bets paid out on the turn and river before Ogura mucked the river. Leng bagged the top stack after ten levels of play and will return with 813,000 on Day 3.

Chasing Leng atop the counts are Jesse Vilchez (561,000), Bronshtein (511,000), Polk (479,000), Fernando Brito (478,000), and Iacofano (389,000).

The final 15 players will return to play down to a winner on Thursday afternoon with Day 3 action kicking off at 2pm Blinds will be 5,000/10,000 when the cards get back in the air.

Stay tuned to the blog as PokerNews will be on the floor providing live coverage until the last card comes off the deck and the WSOP's latest champion is crowned.

Tags: Cliff JosephyDaniel NegreanuEric BaldwinFernando BritoJason DeWittJesse VilchezJoe HachemJordan PolkJustin LibertoKevin IacofanoMark RadojaMatthew KellyRainer KempeRyan LengSteve SungSteve ZolotowTakashi OguraYuval Bronshtein

End of Day Chip Counts

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ryan Leng us 813,000 3,000
Jesse Vilchez us 561,000 161,000
Yuval Bronshtein il 511,000 81,000
Jordan Polk us 479,000 -111,000
Fernando Brito br 478,000 98,000
Jerome Bradpiece gb 436,000 46,000
Kevin Iacofano us 389,000 -61,000
Samuel Welbourne gb 370,000 -25,000
Dan Matsuzuki us 320,000 -115,000
Alexander Ziskin us 244,000 -1,000
Thomas Kim us 230,000 -63,000
Charalampos Lappas gr 224,000 32,000
Jonathan Bryan us 154,000 46,000
Michael Rocco us 55,000
Takashi Ogura jp 40,000 -25,000

Leng Clips Ogura

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ryan Leng
Ryan Leng


From cutoff, Ryan Leng opened to 19,000 and Takashi Ogura defended his big blind. Leng checked back on the {9-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Ogura led out 27,000 when the {7-Clubs} turn arrived. Leng cut out a raise of 66,000 and Ogura spent two minutes before calling.

The river card was the {8-Spades} and Ogura checked to Leng who placed in a 96,000-bet. Ogura tossed in one chip to make the call and Leng showed him {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a flopped king-high flush. Ogura conceded a huge portion of his stack and dropped to 65,000.

Ryan Leng us 810,000 235,000
Takashi Ogura jp 65,000 -220,000

Tags: Ryan LengTakashi Ogura

Bradpiece Doubles with Aces

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante


Michael Rocco limped from the small blind and Jerome Bradpiece raised to 23,000 in the big blind. Rocco three-bet shoved and Bradpiece snap-called putting himself at risk.

Michael Rocco: {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Jerome Bradpiece: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Rooco was forced to slide 193,000 over to Bradpiece.

Jerome Bradpiece gb 390,000 200,000
Michael Rocco us 55,000 -200,000

Tags: Jerome BradpieceMichael Rocco

Lappas Doubles In Battle of Blinds

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante


Thomas Kim raised to 18,000 in the small blind and Charalampos Lappas, who played 12 big blinds, defended.

The flop came down {3-Spades}{K-Spades}{2-Spades} and Kim potted for 36,000. Lappas shoved and Kim double checked Lappas' stack, then called.

Lappas flopped a flush with {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Spades} and Kim needed to hit a four-outer with {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Lappas, however, dodged all remaining kings and deuces and doubled.

Thomas Kim us 293,000 -92,000
Charalampos Lappas gr 192,000 96,000

Tags: Charalampos LappasThomas Kim

Updated Chip Counts

Jan_Kores • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jordan Polk us 590,000 80,000
Ryan Leng us 575,000 115,000
Kevin Iacofano us 450,000 50,000
Dan Matsuzuki us 435,000
Yuval Bronshtein il 430,000 -30,000
Jesse Vilchez us 400,000 -10,000
Samuel Welbourne gb 395,000 15,000
Thomas Kim us 385,000 -25,000
Fernando Brito br 380,000 -40,000
Takashi Ogura jp 285,000 30,000
Michael Rocco us 255,000 5,000
Alexander Ziskin us 245,000 -25,000
Jerome Bradpiece gb 190,000 125,000
Jonathan Bryan us 108,000
Charalampos Lappas gr 96,000 -49,000

Harry Pozefsky Eliminated in 16th Place ($6,899)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Harry Pozefsky (from a previous event)
Harry Pozefsky (from a previous event)


With a board reading {7-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}, Harry Pozefsky bet 29,000 only to see Jordan Polk raise pot, making it 131,000. Pozefsky took a moment before three-betting all in for 150,000 total and Polk made the call.

Harry Pozefsky: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Jordan Polk: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

The {2-Hearts} brought no help for Pozefsky and he was eliminated in 16th place.

Jordan Polk us 665,000 155,000
Harry Pozefsky us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Harry PozefskyJordan Polk