2018 World Series of Poker

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Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Dia 2 Terminado

Doyle Brunson Through to $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Final Day

will_shill • Nível 18: 4,000-8,000, 2,000 ante
Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunson
Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunson

Day 2 of Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship was all about one player: Doyle Brunson. Announcing his final return to tournament poker earlier today, and then his subsequent retirement to spend more time with his wife, Brunson enjoyed his moment in the spotlight and showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with at the felt.

“Deuce to seven has always been my favorite game,” the WSOP Hall of Famer said at the start of the day. “And today is just an opportunity.”

Brunson was joined by his son Todd, and together the pair forged a path; at one stage the pair were first and second in chips. Towards the latter stages of the day, the pair were seated first at the same table, and then side by side - father and son.

Just eleven players remain in the tournament including Doyle, and the ten-time bracelet winner is by no means the shortest heading into the final day. A total of 24 bracelets have been won by the remaining eleven players, with just four players — Shawn Sheikhan, Galen Hall, Dario Sammartino and James Alexander — yet to achieve poker's biggest goal.

The chipleader is Mike Wattel, who scooped some vital pots to be the only player bagging over one million, well clear of his nearest competitor. The seating and chip counts as players head into the final day is as follows.

SeatTableNameCountryChip CountTableNameCountryChip Count
1439Brian RastUnited States477,000447Dario SammartinoItaly394,000
2439--empty--  447John HenniganUnited States87,000
3439--empty--  447James AlexanderUnited States21,000
4439Farzad BonyadiUnited States440,500447--empty--  
5439Mike WattelUnited States1,293,000447Todd BrunsonUnited States185,000
6439Shawn SheikhanUnited States645,500447Doyle BrunsonUnited States470,500
7439Galen HallUnited States517,000447Ray DehkharghaniUnited States195,500

There was a veritable selection of poker royalty at the start of the day; in addition to the Brunsons, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Ben Yu, Brian Rast, Robert Mizrachi, James Obst and Matthew Ashton all joined the field. In fact, the final eleven players are made up of five players who registered at the start of Day 2.

Doyle Brunson and WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel
Doyle Brunson and WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel

Doyle Brunson formed, quite rightly, the center of attention at the start of the day. He eliminated Cary Katz and Nick Schulman before the first level to establish a foothold in the tournament and moved on to head the chip counts; a sight that will remain in the memory of everyone who followed and tracked Brunson last-ever WSOP tournament over the course of the day.

Once entry closed at the start of the day, the payouts were confirmed. A total of 15 players would be in the money, with a min-cash worth $14,691. The winner would take home $259,670.

Play would reach the final three tables of 21 players relatively quickly, by the second break, with defending champion John Monnette finishing in 21st place. Monnette was looking good after standing pat with a {9-}{7-}{6-}{3-}{2-}, but Farzad Bonyadi drew one to a {9-}{5-}{4-}{3-} and peeled a {7-} to complete a better nine-seven and send Monnette to the rail.

It wasn't smooth sailing for the other Brunson the entire day; Paul Volpe would double through him, and four-time bracelet winner John Hennigan would apply pressure as well, leaving him in need of a chip up. And he got it.

After raising to 13,000 from under the gun, Brunson got two calls from Bonyadi and Volpe, before Hennigan three-bet to 80,000. Both Brunson and Bonyadi called, with Volpe getting out of the way. Hennigan stood pat and both other players drew one.

Hennigan checked and Brunson counted out his stack and moved all in for 95,500. He got a quick call from Bonyadi and Hennigan passed.

Brunson tabled {7-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-} for a seven-six, a very strong hand, and only just beat Bonyadi's {8-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-} - the next best hand.

This double meant that Brunson held a sizeable chip advantage heading into the all-important bubble portion of the day. Mike Wattel and Shawn Sheikhan weren't in any danger of busting, but that didn't stop them going to war with two pat eights, with Wattel soaring into the chip lead in the outcome.

There were doubles and triples for Illya Trincher, Ben Yu and Max Kruse, but in the end, it was German soccer star Kruse who would succumb to Sheikhan.

After the bubble burst, three players would hit the rail with Yu, Volpe and Robert Mizrachi eliminated, all netting themselves a $14,691 payday.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. local time tomorrow, with Doyle's final WSOP tournament live-streamed on PokerGO. His status as a poker legend is assured, but can he write one final chapter in his long and storied career here at the World Series of Poker?

Tags: Ben YuBilly BaxterBrian RastDario SammartinoDoyle BrunsonFarzad BonyadiGalen HallJames AlexanderJohn HenniganMax KruseMike WattelPaul VolpePhil HellmuthRay DehkharghaniRobert MizrachiShawn SheikhanTodd Brunson


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The final 11 players are bagging up at the end of the night. Play will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time.

A full recap will follow shortly.

Hall Doubles Through Hennigan

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John Hennigan raised to 19,000 and Galen Hall three-bet to 80,000. Hennigan four-bet all in and Hall called.

Both players stood pat.

John Hennigan: {8-}{6-}{5-}{2-}
Galen Hall: {7-}{5-}{3-}{2-}

Hall turned over a {j-} and Hennigan turned of a face card, regardless of the value Hall's hand was best and he doubled up.

Galen Hall us 520,000 325,000
John Hennigan us 110,000 -300,000

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Illya Trincher Eliminated in 12th Place ($14,691)

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Illya Trincher
Illya Trincher

Todd Brunson open-jammed under the gun and the action folded all the way around to Illya Trincher in the big blind who called all in for less.

Both players stood pat and showed a ten. Brunson's, however, was best, tabling a {10-}{7-}{6-}{5-}{2-} and Trincher mucked, finding his way to the payout desk to collect $14,691 for 12th place.

Todd Brunson us 155,000 -15,000
Illya Trincher us Eliminado

Tags: Illya TrincherTodd Brunson

Sheikhan Pays Hall's River Raise

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Shawn Sheikhan raised to 21,000. Galen Hall and John Hennigan both called. Each player drew one.

Sheikhan bet 80,000 and Hall thought before raising to 200,000. Hennigan folded and Sheikhan sigh-called.

Hall showed {8-}{7-}{5-}{4-}{3-} and Sheikhan took down the pot with {8-}{7-}{4-}{3-}{2-} to move closer to chip leader Mike Wattel, who is sat to his direct right.

Shawn Sheikhan us 860,000 555,000
Galen Hall us 195,000 -280,000

Tags: Shawn SheikhanJohn HenniganGalen Hall

Robert Mizrachi Eliminated in 13th Place ($14,691)

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Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi

Robert Mizrachi raised to 20,000 and Farzad Bonyadi called. Mike Wattel three-bet to 120,000. It folded back to Mizrachi who four-bet all in for 220,000. Bonyadi folded and Wattel called.

Both players stood pat. Mizrachi showed a {10-}-low, but Wattel sent him to the rail with a pat {9-}-low.

Mike Wattel us 1,200,000 240,000
Robert Mizrachi us Eliminado

Tags: Robert MizrachiMike WattelFarzad Bonyadi

Paul Volpe Eliminated in 14th Place ($14,691)

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Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe put his short stack at risk shoving from the button and Robert Mizrachi looked him up from the small blind. Mizrachi stood pat and Volpe decided to draw two.

Mizrachi tabled a {10-}{9-}{7-}{5-}{4-} with Volpe drawing live to an {8-}{6-}{2-}. Volpe would peel a {k-} and a {6-} and was eliminated in 14th place for $14,691.

Robert Mizrachi us 245,000 43,000
Paul Volpe us Eliminado

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Two Table Redraw

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SeatTableNameCountryChip CountTableNameCountryChip Count
1439Brian RastUnited States445,000447Dario SammartinoItaly267,000
2439Paul VolpeUnited States55,000447John HenniganUnited States410,000
3439Robert MizrachiUnited States202,000447James AlexanderUnited States65,000
4439Farzad BonyadiUnited States540,000447Illya TrincherUnited States31,000
5439Mike WattelUnited States960,000447Todd BrunsonUnited States170,000
6439Shawn SheikhanUnited States305,000447Doyle BrunsonUnited States420,000
7439Galen HallUnited States475,000447Ray DehkharghaniUnited States210,000
Mike Wattel us 960,000 -40,000
Farzad Bonyadi us 540,000 55,000
Galen Hall us 475,000 -60,000
Brian Rast us 445,000 115,000
Doyle Brunson us 420,000 -20,000
John Hennigan us 410,000 15,000
Shawn Sheikhan us 305,000 -95,000
Dario Sammartino it 267,000 102,000
Ray Dehkharghani us 210,000 -25,000
Robert Mizrachi us 202,000 174,000
Todd Brunson us 170,000 50,000
James Alexander us 65,000 -45,000
Paul Volpe us 55,000 -47,000
Illya Trincher us 31,000 -54,000