On Sunday, 145 players forked over $5,000 to take part in Event #10 Seven Card Stud and created a prize pool of $681,500. Today, 91 of those players returned with their eyes firmly fixed on making the money at the top 16, and hopefully taking home the $190,826 first-place prize. After more than ten levels of play, the money was made, but just barely as the money bubble burst right at the end of the night.
Leading the pack is 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro, who bagged up 276,500. Lisandro won three bracelets in Stud variations that year, so to say he is a favorite would be an understatement.
Unfortunately, not every one was as fortunate as Lisandro. One man who was conspicuously absent at the start of the day was last year’s runner-up, Steve Landfish. He was anted off for a bit as he overslept, but eventually returned to action. Unfortunately for him, nothing would go right as he grew extremely short stacked. In what would be his final hand, Landfish was all in after completing with the bring in, which was called Todd Barlow. Brandon Guss then raised on the side and Barlow called, action that would be repeated on the turn, fifth and sixth. Guss slowed down on seventh with a check, which led to him check-folding to Barlow's bet.
Guss: (x-x) /
Barlow caught a flush, which easily down Landfish's pair of sixes. Another man who failed to get anything going on Day 2 was the defending champ, Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier, who joined Landfish on the rail.
Other eliminations included Matt Glantz, Matt Hawrilenko, David Williams, Jason Mercier, Chris Reslock, Maxwell Troy, Cory Zeidman, Allen Cunningham, David Oppenheim, Steve Billirakis, Andy Bloch, Frank Kassela, Todd Brunson, Bill Chen and the winner of this event in 2009, Freddie Ellis, who earned the distinction of bubble boy.
Of course where many failed, a few thrived. John Monnette, Cyndy Violette, Mike Sexton, Eugene Katchalov, Perry Friedman, Nick Schulman and Bryn Kenney all managed to navigate the tough field and punch their ticket to Day 3.
End of Day 2 Chip Counts
Who will be the next to join this prestigious list? We’ll find out tomorrow.
Past Seven Card Stud Championship Results
|2011||Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||126||$331,639|
|2010||Men “The Master” Nguyen||150||$394,807|
*Buy-in was $5,000
The remaining 16 players will return on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to play down to a winner. As always, we’ll be on hand to capture all the action, so join us then as we look to crown the Event #10 Seven Card Stud champion.