Jackie Glazier and Neil Channing will have both been in for a sleepless night as they both let huge chip leads crumble at the heads up stage to lose their respectively bracelet races to Greg Ostrander and Henry Lu respectively late last night.
Aussie Glazier came back to face Ostrander in the $3k NLHE Event already at the heads up stage and holding more than a 3-1 chip advantage with her 9.5 million chips playing Ostrander's 3 million and looking to become the first woman since 2008 to win an open event at the WSOP. In fact it looked like it might be a short nights work for Glazier as she drew first blood as play resumed, making two pair with her K3 to take down a $2.5 million chip pot with less than ten minutes played, putting her at almost a 6-1 chip lead with her 10.7m playing Ostrander's now comparatively tiny 1.8m.
However the tide turned very quickly as Ostrander had a bit of luck after he called a raise from Glazier holding just 6 2o with Glazier having him seemingly crushed with 88. The 10 2 2 flop however gave Ostrander a disguised hand of trip 2's with which he was able to double through Glazier. At this point with blinds. With a little momentum and presumably some good cards Glazier's attempts to buy pots from Ostrander played against her as her attempt to 4 bet Ostrander pre-flop backfired as he shoved to take down a 4 million pot, almost squaring things up with just 20 minutes played.
Within ten minutes however Glazier had reasserted a 3-1 chip advantage taking a series of +600k pots as the blinds meant for juicy pots all round and once again looked to call proceedings to a finis. Perhaps the thought of ending things made Glazier a little twicthy with her trigger finger as she four bet Ostrander all in holding QJ and was met with a call from Ostrander who's A 4 held up to square things up once again. As Ostrander then took the lead Glazier, as it turned out, had let the lead slip for the final time as she once again made a couple of untimely bluffs eventually putting her at a near 2-1 chip deficit before she risked her tournament life on a board holding 8 6 for two pair and was hesitantly called by Ostrander who held 10 7 for a turned straight. The bracelet and the $742k prize money was his as Glazier could only reflect on some crucial errors of judgement as she let WSOP glory slip.
A similar story unfolded over at the final table of Event 44 as English pro Neil Channing began his heads up battle against Henry Lu with almost a 5-1 chip lead (10.2m to 2.2m) but was ultimately unsuccessful. Unlike the $3k event the $1.5k started today not at heads up but with 20 players left to duke it out. By the time the final table was reached Lu and Channing were almost inseperable at the top of the chip counts with 2.745m and 2.735m respectively. Remarkably Lu has been reduced to just 40k in chips (less than two big blinds) just over an hour earlier, with 16 players still in play so to reach close to 3 million by the final table was quite a feat!
However, the final table seemed to be all about Channing as he steamrollered the table as he took out Jared Rosenbaum in 9th and Francois Dur in 8th (both times Channing held QQ and he was well ahead on both occasions) before elimanting Hovan Nguyen in 6th, John Nelson in 5th and Tom Alner in 4th. Before dispatching Alner in fourth, Channing also had time to take down the biggest pot of the tournament thus far as he scooped a massive +4million pot after flopping a set of 2's against James Mackey before the board paired Q's on the river giving Channing a full house. Mackey called the big 1.3m bet on the river before mucking his cards. After this pot and the subsequent elimination of Alner Channing held over 9m of the 12.4m in play going into three handed play. By the time James Mackey was eliminated by Channing (Channing this time getting very lucky as he was all in pre flop with 55 against Mackey's KQ and the board ran out K 3 4 3 5 to give Channing a rivered full house) Channing had eliminated 6 of the 7 players who had fell at the final table and held a 5-1 chip lead over Lu.
Heads up was to prove an altogether tougher proposition and lasted three long hours with the chip lead going back and forth several times, and several times Channing took massive leads only to lose them once again. Play was brought almost even very early on in proceedings as Lu took a huge 5 million chip all in pre flop hand, his AQ having Channing's AJ dominated. Channing once more opend up nearly a 4-1 chip lead after taking down a 3 million chip pot after getting value on every street from Lu with a two pair hand before once again Channing was all too keen to get all his chips in the middle before yet again find himself dominated in an A 10 vs A K showdown. This time Channing lost the chip lead before taking it back 15 minutes later with a +3mill chip pot he took down uncontested with a turn shove. At this point however Lu began to take down a few pots including a couple of seven figure pots of his own as he opened up a significant lead over Channing for the first time at the final table.
When the end came Channing was looking for a crucial double up which would have once again handed him the chip lead and as all the chips went in pre-flop we had a classic race situation on our hands as Channing's AJ faced off against Lu's 44. Unfortunately for Channing the board bricked and he looked absolutely crushed as Lu took home the bracelet and the $654k first prize. This is Channings second WSOP runner up placing and there won't be a more devastating once for the popular English pro than this.
In other news we saw Event 44 ($1k NLHE) play down to 16 from the days starting field of 297. When the chips were bagged up we had lost the likes of Joe Cada, Maya Antonius (Patrik's wife), Ivan Demidov, Erik Seidel, Victor Ramdin, Blair Hinkle and Amnon Filippi. Things are fairly tight at the top with current chip leader, Thomas Conway just 9k ahead of Nelson Robinson with 880k chips. The event will play to a finish this evening.
The $50k Poker Players Championship played out its second day today with 103 of the 104 entrants returning to the tables (+ another 4 players who registered today) with the field whittled down to 62 by the end of the days play. Of course practically every name to fall today was a big one but some include; Gus Hansen, David Bach, Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (the first to be eliminated on Day 2), ElKy, Nick Schulman, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Todd Brunson, Ville Wahlbeck, Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel. Currently leading the field is 2012 bracelet winner Andy Bloch with 687k (average 261k). Viktor "Isiildur1" Blom is still well in contention with an above average 358k, although the young Swede did for a short while hold the chip lead as he had over 530k in chips at one point. Phil Ivey is also still around despite starting the day just off the bottom of the chip counts on 57k. He ended the day on a respectable 166k although at one point held over 230k. His competition for WSOP Player of The Year, John Monnette is currently flying high in third place with over 572k in chips. Also still in contention with an above average stack is controversial Brit Luke "__FullFlush1__" Schwartz who started the day fresh from a little bit of a twitter war with David Bach who tweeted "Playing Poker tonight with one of the biggest jerks I have ever encountered at teh tables. Luke Schwartz" to which Schwartz replied in typical fashion "don't wory about him (Bach), he's just your typical overweight patriotic douchebag yank" and "he's just mad 'cos he looks like fenster from the adams (sic) family". It looks like Schwartz had the last laugh as he's well in the top half of the field while Bach is out of the tournament.
Finally we saw day one of Event 46 ($2500 NLHE) take place today when a starting field of 1607 was reduced to 233. Dropping out of the event today we big names including; JP Kelly, Andre Akkari, Peter Jetten, Galen Hall, Tom "KingsOfCards" Marchese, Annie Duke, Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton, Vanessa Rousso, Antonio Esfandiari and many, many more. While notables still in contention include; Vanessa Selbst, Marvin Rettenmaier, Isaac Baron, Pius Heinz, Chris Moorman and Randy "nanonoko" Lew.
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