Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
According to the other players at his table, Tyler Smith raised to 3,400 from the cutoff, Ubaid Habib called on the button, and Viacheslav Igin called from the blinds.
The flop came J-6-5 rainbow and Igin checked. Smith bet 3,600, then Habib raised to 15,000. Igin folded, then Smith moved all-in for 25,600 total. Habib called with J9 and Smith showed A-J.
The 10 on the turn gave Habib a flush draw and he hits a nine on the river to improve to two pair, eliminate Smith, and take the pot.
Ubaid Habib - 330,000
Tyler Smith - eliminated
Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
By BJ Nemeth
There was a partial solar eclipse visible in Las Vegas on Sunday, and the peak of it coincided with the last level of Day 2 of the WPT World Championship. People in Northern Nevada were able to see an annular solar eclipse, in which the moon is in front of the sun, but smaller, so there is a ring of sunlight visible around it.
Steve O'Dwyer was the chipleader at the start of Day 2 with 231,750 in chips. O'Dwyer held strong and finished the day seventh in chips with 301,900.
In an unusual hand, Daniel Buzgon (left) faced off against Vanessa Rousso (right) over a board of Q109A10. Rousso check-raised the turn, and then bet out on the river enough to put Buzgon all in. Buzgon tanked for about five minutes before calling with A10 -- a full house, tens full of aces.
Rousso was stunned, and mucked her cards as another player said it was the longest tank he had ever seen with such a strong hand. Buzgon apologized to the table, and said, "It's either a slowroll, or I'm out."
Twenty Season X WPT winners earned entry into this event along with their titles, and 18 of them entered on Day 1. The two holdouts were Matthew Waxman (pictured) and Dave Shallow, who both joined the field early on Day 2.
Seated next to Tyler Smith (right), Noah Schwartz was sporting a new look -- he wasn't wearing his signature glasses. He had them on Day 1, but had laser eye surgery before Day 2 began. Get used to the new look of Noah Schwartz.
Scott Seiver (standing) and David Williams (seated) were the last two players to win the WPT World Championship, with Seiver taking the title last season, and Williams winning it back in Season VIII. The two other former WPT World Champions in the field are David Chiu (season VI) and Martin de Knijff (Season II).
Vanessa Selbst had a great run at the last WPT event here at Bellagio, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Selbst finished third in that event to win $338,351. Unfortunately, that will be the highlight of Selbst's season on the WPT, as she was eliminated here on Day 2.
David "Bakes" Baker (center) moves all in over a river bet against reigning WPT World Champion Scott Seiver (left) on a board of K10549. Seiver tanked for about two minutes before forfeiting the pot to Baker.
Poker reporter Tim Fiorvanti watches the partial solar eclipse from the Bellagio, as the sun slowly sets behind the Palms and Rio casinos over Red Rock Canyon. The eclipse wasn't visible with the naked eye, so Fiorvanti is wearing special glasses designed for observing the sun.
Daniel Negreanu (standing) four-bet all in preflop with AK against Lance Steinberg (seated, center) and Guillaume Darcourt (not pictured). The flop came QJ2, and Steinberg and Darcourt quickly got it all in. Before they showed their cards, Negreanu said, "Both of these guys got sets, but I'm still alive!"
Sure enough, Darcourt had JJ for middle set, and Steinberg turned over QQ for top set. Negreanu's A-K flopped a gutshot straight draw, and he needed a ten to stay alive.
The ten never came, and Steinberg won the pot to double up thru Darcourt and eliminate Negreanu from the tournament.
Rinat Bogdanov earned his entry into the WPT World Championship by winning the WPT Venice Grand Prix back in February. Bogdanov had an excellent Day 2, finishing second in chips with 381,000. Bogdanov will attempt to become the first player in seven years to win a WPT World Championship after winning a WPT title earlier that season -- Tuan Le did it back in Season III.
Allen Kessler (left) looks on as Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (right) takes the chip lead late in the day. Mizrachi, who already has two WPT titles to his credit, finished at the top of the leaderboard with 428,200.
The field size has grown to 135 players, and there are 95 still in action. Registration remains open until the middle of Day 3, but here are the current chipleaders:
1. Michael Mizrachi - 428,200
2. Rinat Bogdanov - 381,000
3. Guillaume Darcourt - 356,600
4. David Steicke - 345,500
5. Isaac Haxton - 313,500
6. Tony Ruberto - 309,100
7. Steve O'Dwyer - 301,900
8. Ubaid Habib - 288,100
9. John Esposito - 284,200
10. Matt Juttelstad - 274,000
Day 3 begins at 12:00 noon PT, and registration remains open until the beginning of Level 12 -- about 5:00 pm PT. The field will revert to a more standard schedule of five 90-minute levels, and you can continue to get live coverage right here at WPT.com
Level 4: 200-400, 50 ante
With around 40,000 in the pot and the board reading 94366, Tyler Smith moves all-in, having Cliff Josephy's remaining 58,000 or so covered. Josephy folds, giving Smith the pot.
Just a few minutes later, Season X Seminole Hard Rock Open Champ Tommy Vedes raises to 700 from under the gun, Smith calls from middle position, and Season X WPT Slovenia Champ Miha Travnik reriases to around 3,000. Vedes calls, then it is Smith who reraises to to 10,500. Travnik folds and Vedes calls.
The flop comes K103 and Vedes checks. Smith bets 13,600, then Vedes check raises to 31,600 total. Smith doesn't take long at all before calling.
The turn is the J and both players check. The river is the 2 and Vedes checks again. Smith reaches for chips and starts to count out a bet. He sets his chips down and opts instead to just move all-in, having Vedes' remaining 60,000 or so covered.
Vedes thinks well into the break and several of the other players at the table stick around to see how the hand plays out. Vedes eventually folds.
Josephy is one of the players who lingered at the table and jokingly tells Vedes, "Let's take him outside and kick his ass, Tommy."
Smith decides to rub a little more salt in the wound by showing Vedes his A9 for just ace-high.
"That was good actually," Vedes tells Smith. "I almost called you with ace-high."
Tyler Smith - 220,000
Tommy Vedes - 60,000