If anyone has ever entered a WSOP final table with a road paved to the victory, it has to be Scott Bohlman. Bohlman experienced an almost surreal day on the felt, grinding his way to a gigantic lead in the Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. He started the day at a solid base, bringing 114,000 to the table. By the end of the day, he'd found himself increasing the stack by more than tenfold.
Bohlman's rampageous run started when he knocked out Shiva Dudani in a hand of 2-7 Triple Draw just before the final two tables were formed. What followed next was a brutal domination that saw Bohlman amass a total of 1,556,000 in chips, equaling 60% of the chips in play. That makes him more than just a casual favorite ahead of the five-handed finale, with $122,138 prepared for the champ.
Final table seat draw and chip counts:
|1||Scott Bohlman||United States||1,556,000|
|3||Aaron Rogers||United States||261,800|
|4||Daniel Weinman||United States||292,800|
|5||Ryan Hughes||United States||345,500|
The biggest hand that helped Bohlman run away from the pack occurred in level 18, again in Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw. Bohlman made a wheel and stacked Dario Sammartino, who had Number Three, to climb towards a 1 million mark. It was a landslide performance thereafter as Bohlman kept adding to his gigantic piles. On one of the last hands, Bohlman knocked out Jeremy Harkin in sixth place to establish a five-handed finale, closing what was likely the most dominant single-day performance the 2018 WSOP has seen so far.
It's been a while since Bohlman last played on a final table, but his return after a four-year hiatus couldn't have started better. With such an outstanding position, Bohlman is surely eager to finally nab his first WSOP bracelet after 13 years of cashing at the series.
Neither of the other four finalists was able to reach the average stack at the end of Day 2 but the numbers are extremely curved by Bohlman. However, the tournament structure is very slow-paced and offers some room for the shorter stacks. Two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes (345,500), WSOP Circuit ring winner Daniel Weinman (292,800), Aaron Rogers (261,800) and bracelet winner Marcel Vonk (100,000) will do all in their power to narrow the gap between their stacks and the Goliath at the top.
It's hard to predict the future flow of the tournament as Day 2 saw a few dragging stages as well as a bustout shootaround on the last two tables when Barry Greenstein, Sammartino and Warwick Mirzikinian all lost their chips during a span of only a few minutes.
If Bohlman picks up where he left off, it might be an action-packed finale right off the bat. So make sure to come back Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. for the start as PokerNews will be on the ground to provide live updates from the first card off the deck until a champion is crowned.