Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
There were three women who entered this tournament -- Heather Sue Mercer, Vanessa Selbst, and Vanessa Rousso. Mercer and Selbst were eliminated yesterday, while Rousso busted just a few minutes ago.
However, J.J. Liu has been checking out the tournament field, and registration remains open until the beginning of Level 12 (shortly after 5:15 pm PT). J.J. Liu is the first woman to ever get heads-up in an open WPT event, finishing as the runner-up to Ted Forrest in the 2007 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star.
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 7: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Vanessa Selbst was just eliminated from the tournament, though she probably wasn't smiling as much as she is in this photo.
Level 7: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Jonathan Little raises to 2,500 from early position and Vanessa Selbst moves all-in for 8,400 from the cutoff. The player in the small blind starts to think and, as he deliberates, Selbst starts to wrap her headphone cord around her iPod.
The player in the small blind reraises to 20,500 and Little clarifies whether or not the player reraised. Once Little learns it is a raise, he folds.
Selbst stands as she turns over her AJ and she trails the other player's AK. Before the flop is out, Slebst takes her bag and puts it around her shoulder.
The ADK4 flop isn't a bad one for Selbst. Her opponent has flopped two pair, but she has a diamond draw. The Q on the turn gives her some additional outs, as she picks up a straight draw.
The river 6 completes Selbst's flush and she takes her bag off and drops it on the ground with a loud thud before she starts to count down her stack for the dealer.
Tablemate Scott Seiver muses, "I really need to start carrying a fanny pack with me so I can dramatically put it on and make sure I win in these situations."
The table continues to joke about the power of the bag when Seiver says, "There isn't even anything in that bag. She just brings it for situations like this."
"It's true," Selbst deadpans. "I almost left it at home today because I didn't think I would need it."
Vanessa Selbst -21,000
Level 6: 400-800, 100 ante
Reigning WPT World Champion Scott Seiver (background, left) loans his phone to Season VIII WPT World Champion David Williams (center) and recent chipleader Steve O'Dwyer (right) to check out a video between hands.
Vanessa Selbst finished third in the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic here at Bellagio in December. Selbst has had a roller-coaster day in terms of her chip stack, but she's still battling.
Season VI WPT Player of the Year Jonathan Little (left) and reigning WPT World Champion Scott Seiver sit side-by-side, across from the most recent WPT winner, Shawn Cunix (foreground left) and Vanessa Selbst (foreground, right).
Level 6: 400-800, 100 ante
With several thousand chips already in the pot and the board reading Q83, Martin Hanowski checks from middle position, Vanessa Selbst bets from the button, and Hanowski calls.
The turn is the 9 and Hanowski bets out 11,700. Selbst thinks a bit, then raises an additional 30,700. Hanowski movs all-in for 87,500 total and Selbst asks for a count. Once she gets an approximate, she doesn't take too long before calling, just barely having Hanowski covered.
Hanowski turns over J10 for a queen-high straight with a redraw to a flush. Selbst leans across the table to get a better look at Hanowski's holdings.
"I'm drawing dead," she says, then slides her cards into the muck. There is some confusion and Selbst's hand remains face down as the dealer puts out a meaningless K on the river.
Hanowski scoops the giant pot to double up, while Selbst is left with just a handful of chips heading into the break.
Martin Hanowski - 225,000
Vanessa Selbst - 9,000