2014 World Series of Poker

Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Zilele: 2

Sowers Leads, Bonomo Second with 10 Left

Nivel 21 : 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Mike Sowers
Mike Sowers

Day 2 of the $1,500 six-max started with 134 players still in contention, and by the end of ten hours of action packed poker there were ten players left.

Mike Sowers ended the day as the chip leader with 1,413,000. Justin Bonomo is a close second with 1,394,000 and Taylor Paur lies in third place with 1,120,000. They are the only three players who bagged up over a million chips.

The early action continued the theme from yesterday, fast and furious. By the end of level 14 there were just 66 players left. Among the early exits was Jason Mercier who got it all in preflop with {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and was called by Luis Campelo holding {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. Mercier looked fairly disgusted when the board ran out {6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{10-Clubs} to give Campelo a straight on the river. Olivier Busquet was coolered when he got it all in with {k-Clubs}{k-Spades} only to run in to Blake Whittington holding {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}.

Steven Hensley started the day as chip leader and kept the pedal to the metal, staying at the top of the leader board for most of the day. He wasn’t always aware of exactly how many chips he had but that never bothered him. “I don’t count chips, I just collect them.” He couldn’t hold on to them though and, just back from the dinner break, Hensley semi- bluffed his stack off to Mike Sowers who subsequently put them to good use.

Jason Wheeler edged in front during level 16 when he clashed with another big stack Vincent Moscati. They got into a preflop raising war and when Wheeler five-bet shoved Moscati made the call with {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. Wheeler though had it with his {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} and the cards ran out {7-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. There was a scare on the flop for Wheeler, but redemption on the turn. Wheeler was also unable to hold on to his chips amidst constant action and he would fall in 19th place.

Action slowed right down when there were 57 players left at around the end of level 15, and two hours later at the dinner break there would still be 36 players looking to make it to the end of the day.

After the one hour break it was Justin Bonomo who sprang into action becoming the first player to get his hands on over a million chips. Bonomo made a huge call with {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} against the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} of Alejandro Jauregui and saw the board run out {6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{9-Spades} to bust Jauregui. A couple of hands later Bonomo found a pair of kings to bust another player and increase his lead.

Mike Sowers was the next player to break the million barrier putting Hensley’s chips to good use to bust Josh Rotenberg and then Jason Wheeler.

With the players down to 18 there was a redraw and the action picked up again to see a flurry of bust outs. Hans Bosman fell in 18th, Abraham Korotki in 17th and in a double bust out Lucas Fridriksson went in 16th with Ricky Butts the 15th place finisher. William Perpich and Corey Burbick were next to go before another redraw was made for the last two tables.

In the penultimate level of the night it was Diego Dubcovsky who fell in 12th place when his {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} was beaten by Sebastian Pauli making a straight with his {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Ryan Hemmel exited in 11th all in preflop with {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts} versus the {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} of Paur. An ace on the flop for Paur was good enough to seal the deal.

No more eliminations in the final level meant there would be no final table of six decided on the day so the remaining players return tomorrow.

Action continues at 1 p.m. tomorrow as the final 10 battle it out for the first place prize of $449,980 the Gold Bracelet and the bragging rights of being the first six-max champion of WSOP 2014. The PokerNews Live reporting team will keep you right up to date including hand for hand action from the final table.