Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
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Day 2b In The Books: Lamb and Saul Lead The Way

• Nivel 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Ben Lamb - Main Event Chip Leader
Ben Lamb - Main Event Chip Leader

We just wrapped up yet another wild and wacky day here at the World Series, and with the completion of today’s Day 2b, we are done with the players playing separately. Next time they meet up, everyone will be under the same roof, and the eventual champion will be in the building.

We ended the night with 1,080 players, and amazingly, by the end, we have two big names as our two chip leaders. The first is the incomparable Ben Lamb, who is continuing his uncanny world series, as he bagged 551,600 chips for the night. Not far behind is Kevin Saul, better known as BeLOWaBOVe online, who bag 542,200. Not only are these the two the chip leaders for the night, but they will be the two biggest stacks when Day 3 gets underways. The chip leader from day 2a, Aleksandr Mozhnyakov, is not far behind, with 478,600.

In a pot that perfectly sums up how well Ben Lamb is running this summer, he knocked out two players by hitting your standard three-outer. Lamb raised to 2,400 on the button, and both of the blinds made the call. The flop came out {5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, and the small blind checked. The big blind went all in for about 14,000, and after getting a count, Lamb threw out a stack of orange chips worth about 60,000. It was on the small blind now, who had about 35,000 or so. He announced himself all in, and the cards were flipped up.

Lamb: {8-Spades}{5-}
Small Blind: {k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Big Blind: {a-Diamonds}{5-}

Inexplicably, Lamb was actually behind in an all-in, and would need to get lucky to score the double knockout. Of course, this is Ben Lamb we are talking about, so the table was hardly surprised when the {5-} hit the turn to fill up Lamb. The river came the {k-Clubs} , and Lamb collected all the chips, upping his stack to around 415,000.

We still have a slew of big name pros who are moving on to day 3, including Ryan D’Angelo (462,300), Patrik Antonius (361,000), Simpson’s creator Sam Simon (317,900), Team Pokerstars Pro Tony Hachem (245,100), and Jeff Madsen (231,500). Also alive are Victor Ramdin, Dan Kelly, Justin Bonomo, Garry Gates, November Niners Joseph Cheong and John Racener, and Erick Lindgren, who has 170,300, despite starting the day with just 3,700.

There were a ton of players who weren’t able to survive the day. While Tony Hachem survived, his brother Joe was not able to. Also busting today were J.C. Tran, Matt Jarvis, Andy Frankenberger, Paul Wasicka, and David “The Devilfish” Ulliott.

From here, the approximately 1,900 surviving players from both day 2’s will enjoy a much deserved day off tomorrow. They will all return on Thursday at noon to duke it out once again. We here at Pokernews will once again be providing you with all of the up to the minute action. Thanks for reading, and stayed tuned for more later this week!

A Few Counts

Seng Saephan
Seng Saephan
336,800 6,800
Ben Mintz
Ben Mintz
280,600 -24,400
Matt Savage
Matt Savage
Lyle Berman
Lyle Berman
173,000 23,000
Richard Lyndaker
Richard Lyndaker
120,200 -14,800
Amit Makhija
Amit Makhija
102,600 42,600

One for Rinker


Ryan Rinker raised to 2,600 from early position and the player in the cutoff seat three-bet to 6,500. Action folded back to Rinker and he made the call.

The flop came down {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Rinker check-called a bet of 8,000 from the cutoff seat. The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and Rinker check-called for 24,000 this time. The {7-Hearts} came on the river to end the board and both players checked.

Rinker tabled the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} for a Broadway straight and his opponent mucked.

340,000 29,000

Taguri: Ryan Rinker

Saul Uses Kings to Jump to 550K

Kevin Saul
Kevin Saul

Kevin Saul just made his way to the Amazon Room in the Purple Section and wasted little time in getting right back to work on building his stack. This pot right here put him at 550,000 and into the pole position here on Day 2b.

Action folded to the player int he cutoff seat and he raised to 3,500. Kevin Saul three-bet to 10,300 from the big blind and the cutoff seat quickly called. "I was O.K. with folding, but this hand I can't fold," said Saul after his opponent called.

The flop came down {Q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Saul fired 13,300. HIs opponent quickly called to see the {3-Spades} land on the turn. Both players checked.

The river completed the board with the {3-Hearts}. Saul fired 35,000 and his opponent snapped. Saul tabled the {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} for kings and threes. His opponent showed a second-best {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, but Saul would win this one.

Kevin Saul
Kevin Saul
550,000 99,000

Taguri: Kevin Saul

Flowers Gives Up Ladies

An early-position player opened for 3,000 and was called by a player in middle position and the player on the button. Randal Flowers three-bet to 10,200 from the big blind. The early-position player quickly raised to 40,000, which was enough to put Flowers all in. The other two players folded and action was back on Flowers, who fell deep into the tank.

"I was hoping you'd fold..." Flowers said. Flowers took a deep breath - clearly agonized over the decision. He eventually mucked two queens face up, much to the surprise of the table.

"Wow," is all one of his table-mates could say. Flowers' opponent mucked without showing.

Flowers is down to his last 32,000 as we reach the end of Day 2b.

32,000 32,000

Taguri: Randal Flowers

Active Eilers

Shamus • Nivel 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Ben Eilers was flirting with the 400,000-chip mark earlier in this level, but has dropped a few here during the final stretch run of Day 2b.

Just now Eilers opened with a raise to 2,600 from the hijack seat and got three callers -- the cutoff and both blinds. "Is that a call?" said Eilers to one of the blinds, who confirmed it was, adding "Could be a fun pot."

The flop came {6-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and it checked around to the cutoff who bet 5,100. Only Eilers stayed in. The turn was the {2-Hearts}, and Eilers again check-called his opponent's bet, this time for 13,000.

The river was the {6-Hearts}, putting a second pair on board. Eilers checked, and his opponent didn't hesitate before betting 26,000. Eilers thought about a half-minute, then called. His opponent tabled {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and Eilers mucked.

Eilers has about 310,000 with just a couple of hands to go.

Taguri: Ben Eilers

Three More Hands

[user153638] • Nivel 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands at each table before calling it a night.