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Friday, July 11, 2008 | Francis Lee


A total of 2,379 players returned to play out Day 2b of this year’s World Series of Poker 2008 main event all vying to reach the third day when all players left will be brought together to fight it out to reach the money positions. This field contained a lot of well known poker pro’s still left in the event as most of them decided to enter the tournament on Day 1d.

Once the cards went into the air the action was played at a fast pace with all the short stacks pushing to try gain a decent chip stack. This led to a lot of eliminations and this continued right throughout the day. John Juanda was one of the first notable names to fall early on as he pushed on a straight draw and missed with his opponent hitting a pair of Nines. He was quickly followed by Michael DeMichele who’s :jc :8c was dominated against :ah :jh DeMichele hit an eight on the Flop showing :8s :qh :7h The Turn left him drawing dead with the :4h completing his opponents flush.

Jerry Yang’s defence of his title came to an end not long after as his :as :jc was outdrawn by :ad :9h when a Nine fell on the Flop. Charles Large and Amnon Filippi both found themselves All In involved in a hand holding A-K up against Ryan Hughes with pocket Nines. The all low board handed Hughes the pot eliminating both Large and Filippi.

After the break Bill Chen got his chips in after the Turn when flopping a set of Fives, only to find his opponent having made a wheel straight. Archie “the greek” Karas went when he had flopped two pair with :qc :3d as his opponent had flopped a bigger two pair with :ah :7h Howard Lederer was eliminated when his :as :kh was beaten by Jean-Robert Bellande’s pocket Nines. Isabelle Mercier found her pocket Jacks no good against her opponent who had hit a full house on the flop with :5c :6c

Getting towards the half way point the field had reduced in size to just 1,500 players. Kyle Kloeckner found his pocket Sixes no good against pocket Aces. Steve Wong got the last of his chips in with :kd :8d and failed to hit on the board against :ah :qh Michael Binger found his set of Aces beaten by Zachary Gregg’s full house and Antonio Esfandiari’s event came to an end, when his pocket Kings was busted by pocket Queens when the :qs came down on the Turn.

After the dinner break Carlos Mortensen found his flopped set of Deuces bettered by a flopped set of Queens. No help came to save the former champion sending him to the rail. Travis Rice went when his big slick failed to connect against pocket Jacks. David Oppenheim got the last of his chips in with :ac :qd against his opponent who had flopped top pair. The board blanked out for Oppenheim eliminating him from the event. Phil Laak ran into pocket Aces with pocket Queens ending his hunt for glory.

As the day drew towards it conclusion we saw Joe Hachem head for the rail when his flush draw didn’t hit against a set of Queens. David Sklansky got all his chips in with :jh :10h on a flush draw after the Flop had come down :7c :8h :5h His opponent made the call with :ah :qh and scooped the pot eliminating Sklansky when the :kd and :3c filled the board. David Singer went All In when he flopped top pair and was in danger against a club flush draw. The flush came on the River for his opponent winning the hue pot sending Singer out of the event. In one of the last hands of the day Brian Micon found his :kh :js dominated against :kd :qc

The day ended with 842 players left to join the 466 survivors from day 2a who will return for day three where the bubble was expected to burst. There was a large contingent of well known poker pro’s making it through in this field with the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Nenad Medic, Gus Hansen, Phil Gordon and Mike Matusow. Peter Biebel was leading the field with $531,000 in chips closely followed by Alex Biebel. The top ten chip counts was as follows.

WSOP 2008 Main Event Day 2b Chip leaders

  • 1st Peter Biebel $531,000
  • 2nd Alex Outhred $486,800
  • 3rd Raja Kattamuri $411,100
  • 4th Steven Goosen $362,100
  • 5th Reagan Silber $355,500
  • 6th Paul Snead $335,500
  • 7th Rafael Caiaffa $334,500
  • 8th Cornel Pazai $328,100
  • 9th Matthew Calhoun $325,800
  • 10th Terry Lade $315,000



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