Vandersmissen and Barbero Headline Final 12 of Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Play began today with 120 players at 10 separate tables attempting to make it to Day 3 and the final 12. The field was still stacked with notables at the beginning of the day. That number was reached by the end of the day with several notables making it through and several others looking to make a name for themselves in the poker community by winning their table and advancing to the final 12.
Nacho Barbero made it through the day and onto tomorrow by controlling his table for most of the day. Barbero started early by picking up the chip lead. In one spot he picked up a massive advantage by eliminated Andreas Hoivold and Andrew Teng on the same hand when he rivered a full house with . That propelled him into a massive lead that he did not relinquish until three handed play. Just before three handed play, Barbero eliminated Allen Kessler and held three-fourths of the chips in play. The chip lead was exchanged several times before Barbero won another massive three way all in to regain the chip lead. He ended up defeating Sebastion Saffari in heads up play to move on to tomorrow.
Kevin Vandersmissen was at one of the arguably tougher tables in the field featuring Aaron Jones, Jesse Sylvia, Amanda Musumeci and Maxim Lykov. At one point Vandersmissen was down to less than ten big blinds after shoving into the quad nines of Steve Hohn, but he was able to battle back and make it into heads up play. Vandersmissen was able to extract his revenge in heads-up play against Hohn. At the end of the match Vandersmissen and Hohn got it all in preflop with Vandersmissen holding against Hohn's . Vandersmissen flopped a ten and that was all she wrote for Hohn. After facing a tough table and a short stack, Vandersmissen advanced into day three and has his eye on the bracelet.
One of the last heads up tables playing into the night was Erik Seidel and Simeon Naydenov. Seidel cruised through most of the day with a short stack and was almost able to make it through to Day 3, but at the end of the night Naydenov woke up with when Seidel was sitting with . Naydenov dispatched of Seidel and he will advance to tomorrow to take a shot at making his second shootout final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Others who made it into day three include Tobias Wenker, Andrew Kloc, Noah Bronstein, Sumanth Reddy, Jake Schwartz, Vladimir Kochelaevskiy, Jan Kropacek, Mike Watson, and Salman Behbehani. We'll be back tomorrow with updates from all these players and the final table of Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout. Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for all the updates.