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Day 2 completed

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

Event 20: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Woodward is the Final Day Limit Leader; Chan Not Far Behind

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6 • Level 18
Terrence Chan, the limit king, is in contention for his first gold bracelet
Terrence Chan, the limit king, is in contention for his first gold bracelet

Well folks, after a long day of limit hold’em action, it has all finally come to an end. Leading the pack heading into the final day is Matthew Woodward as he managed to bag up 265,000 in chips.

It all started around 12 hours ago when 109 players returned to the felt with one thing on their mind; surviving the night. Some of those who couldn’t manage the task include Dwyte Pilgrim, Shawn Buchanan, George Lind, Jason Mericer, Daniel Negreanu, Humberto Brenes and Huck Seed.

For most of the day it seemed like it was Terrence Chan who was constantly raking in pots as he took a big lead over the field with a couple of levels to go. Chan, known as a limit hold’em specialist, bagged up the second largest stack and will be looking to see this event become his first WSOP gold bracelet win. You can get to know Terrence Chane a little better here in Sarah Grant's Seat Open with Terrence Chan.

One player who didn’t fair quite as well as Chan was Todd Witteles as he ended up being the bubble-boy. After Witteles busted, Nicholas Muraco was quickly sent home in 18th place with a min-cash and shortly thereafter, the night came to an end.

With Muraco’s late elimination, there will be 15 players who join Chan and Woodward at the felt tomorrow and it is Raymond Dehkharghani and Ayman Qutami who are also up the top of the counts. Matt Glantz, Jeff Shulman and Jesse Martin are also still in contention with plenty of chips, so don’t rule them out either.

Below is how they will be lining up tomorrow:

Table Seat Player Chips
446 1 Andrew Prock 105,500
446 2 Douglas Rutherford 32,000
446 3 Mike Schneider 44,000
446 4 Matt Szymaszek 134,500
446 5 Terrence Chan 238,000
446 6 Kenneth Shei 120,500
446 7 Ayman Qutami 224,500
446 8 Matt Glantz 166,500
446 9 Jeff Shulman 219,500
452 1 Matthew Woodward 265,000
452 2 Ron Burke 50,500
452 3 Chris Overgard 72,500
452 4 Nicholas Derke 75,500
452 5 Raymond Dehkharghani 210,000
452 6 Samuel Golbuff 231,500
452 7 Jesse Martin 200,500
452 8 --empty-- --
452 9 Brandon Scholl 105,500

While most of tonight’s attention may have been on Phil Hellmuth taking down his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet and the fact that Andy Frankenberger defeated Phil Ivey heads-up in Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em, it doesn’t mean that the Limit Holdem event wasn’t an exciting adventure from start to finish. The best players in the world began in this event and now only 17 remain and one of them is going to become the limit hold’em champion.

The final day of action is set to begin tomorrow at 2:00 PM and we will be here every step of the way to crowning a victor. Who will be the next gold bracelet winner in the format of limit hold’em? Make sure to return to tomorrow to find out!

Seventeen Hang In

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6 • Level 18

There has been quite a bit of action during these last six hands of play, but nothing game changing. All 17 players are looking like making it through the night.

Just Six More

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6 • Level 18

The clock has been stopped and the players have been told they will play six more hands before they bag and tag for the night. Tune in to see the end of night chip counts and wrap up of all the action.

Nicholas Muraco Eliminated in 18th Place ($11,071)

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

The first elimination in the money has just occurred, with Nicholas Muraco our 18th-place finisher. The last hand of Muraco's night saw him commit the last of his chips on the turn with a board showing {9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The player he was up against was Samuel Golbuff who held {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}. Muraco's {k-Spades}{j-Hearts} would need to hit a ten to see him survive, but the {8-Hearts} on the river changed nothing and he was out the door with a $11,071 min-cash.

Chip Counts
Samuel Golbuff 285,000 75,000 pos
Nicholas Muraca Busted

Final Two Tables

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6 • Level 18
Table Seat Player Chips
445 1 Matthew Woodward 290,000
445 2 Ron Burke 60,000
445 3 Chris Overgard 55,000
445 4 Nicholas Derke 150,000
445 5 Raymond Dehkharghani 130,000
445 6 Samuel Golbuff 210,000
445 7 Jesse Martin 150,000
445 8 Nicholas Muraca 65,000
445 9 Brandon Scholl 108,000
446 1 Andrew Prock 155,000
446 2 Douglas Rutherford 40,000
446 3 Mike Schneider 90,000
446 4 Matt Szymaszek 92,000
446 5 Terrence Chan 210,000
446 6 Kenneth Shei 130,000
446 7 Ayman Qutami 180,000
446 8 Matt Glantz 140,000
446 9 Jeff Shulman 220,000

Witteles Bubbles Brutally

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

Action folded to Nicholas Derke in the small blind, he raised it up. Todd Witteles was in the big blind and put in a raise. Derke made the call and a {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop was spread along the felt. Derke checked the flop and then raised when Witteles put a bet in. Witteles called all in and the two players turned their hands over.

Witteles' {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} was in front of the {9-Hearts}{4-Hearts} of Derke at this point and it was extremely bad news as the {3-Clubs} turn gave Derke a straight. The {A-Diamonds} river changed nothing and with that, the bubble is burst and the 18 remaining players are redrawing their seats.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Derke 150,000 32,000 pos
Todd Witteles Busted

Tood Whittles Down

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

Todd Witteles is one step closer to becoming our bubble-boy thanks to Terrence Chan. The hand in question saw Witteles open the pot from under the gun and Chan then three-bet from the hijack. Witteles made the call and a {8-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop was dealt. Witteles check-called a bet from Chan and then both players checked the turn ({k-Diamonds}) and the river ({q-Clubs}).

Chan: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Witteles: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Chan had his opponent out-kicked by a small margin and Witteles is now in need of some help.

Chip Counts
Terrence Chan CA CA 210,000 49,500 pos
Todd Witteles 21,000 -30,000 neg

Shorties at Hand-for-Hand

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

Hand-for-Hand play has been considerably slow so far, with no player wanting to min-raise there way to become the bubble-boy. Here is how the shortest stacks look at the moment.

Chip Counts
Nicholas Muraca 65,000 -3,000 neg
Matt Szymaszek 61,000 -55,000 neg
Todd Witteles 51,000 -48,000 neg
Douglas Rutherford 50,000 -9,000 neg

Roman Brings in the Bubble

Posted 2012-06-11 GMT-6

The elimination of Roman Draheim has seen the play go hand-for-hand. But that's skipping ahead, before we get there, let's tell you about Draheim's last hand.

Matt Glantz opened up the pot from the cutoff and Draheim re-raised in the big blind. A call from Glantz and the {q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop was dealt. This is where all the action heated up, with five bets hitting the felt to see Draheim all-in.

Draheim: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Glantz: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

Draheim needed some help that would never come as the turn ({3-Clubs}) and the river ({9-Hearts}) changed nothing and sent Glantz the pot and Draheim out the door.

Chip Counts
Matt Glantz 120,000 47,000 pos
Roman Draheim Busted
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Winner Benjamin Scholl
Winning Hand ♥A♣10
Prize 206,760

Level Info

Level 18
Limits 5,000 / 10,000
Ante 0

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