Captain Tom Franklin and seven others are set to get back into action here at the 2014 WSOP in Event #16: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Franklin, a WSOP bracelet winner, will enter action with the chip lead after bagging 436,000 in chips. David Bell is not far behind with 426,000.
Others in the hunt for the bracelet are Vladimir Shchemelev (117,000), Todd Bui (104,000), Kevin Iacofano(264,000), Aaron Steury (80,000), and David Gee (126,000). Ismael Bojan will come in with only 14,000 which is less than the limits and will need to do some work if he's going to not be the first player eliminated
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Ismael Bojang came into play today with less than one big bet. In the second hand of the day, Bojang was in the big blind, Todd Bui raised from under the gun, and Bojang called to put his tournament life on the line.
In the first draw, both players drew two cards. In the second draw, Bojang drew two and Bui swapped one. In the third draw both players drew one. Bui tabled to give Bojang a sweat, and Bojang flipped over his four held cards, . Bojang needed an eight, but the he received on his last draw was no help and he exited in 8th place.
Todd Bui raised and Kevin Iacofano three-bet it. Bui called. Iacofano drew one and Bui two. Iacofano bet and Bui raised. Iacofano made it three bets and Bui called. Both players stood pat and Iacofano bet and got a call from Bui. They against stood pat and Iacofano bet his last 10,000 and Bui called.
Iacofano turned over a monster with but Bui had him beat with his . An understandably frustrated Iacofano stormed off, slamming his backpack down onto the ground. We're now at our official final table of six. Chip counts will be posted shortly.
Todd Bui opened from late position, Captain Tom Franklin called from the button, and David Gee called from the big blind. Gee drew two, Bui drew one, and Captian Tom swapped two. Gee lead out, Bui raised, Captain Tom called, and Gee called putting himself all in.
Gee stood pat and both Bui and Franklin drew one. Bui and Franklin checked, Gee stood pat, and Bui and Franklin again drew one each. Bui lead out, Franklin called, and Bui announced "number three" turning over . Franklin and Gee both mucked and Gee was knocked out in sixth place.
Limit 2-7 triple draw is one of those games that's hard to find in a low-limit format, as it's often played in some of the high-stakes mixed games around the world. Nonetheless, the game's popularity has been increasing over the recent years, and definitely at the World Series of Poker.
With interest in the game on the rise, many players are beginning to learn limit 2-7 triple draw, while others are looking to expand on their knowledge. Justin Bonomo is certainly someone worth listening to when it comes to 2-7 triple draw strategy, and PokerNews recently interviewed him about the topic.
Vladimir Shchemelev opened on the button and Aaron Steury raised from the big blind. David Bell folded the big blind, Shchemelev three-bet to put Steury all in, and Steury made the call. Steury drew two, one, and one on his three draws. Shchemelev swapped one on the first draw and stood pat the rest of the way. Shchemelev tabled and Steury could not improve on his final draw.
Tom Franklin opened for a raise and was three-bet by the short stack at the table Vladimir Shchemelev. Franklin called and drew two to Shchemelev's one. Franklin checked, Shchemelev raised, and Franklin three-bet which was enough to set Shchemelev all in.
They both stood pat the next two streets and Franklin announced a wheel and turned over the nuts . A hopeless, and eliminated, Shchemelev turned over . He received congratulations from the other three at the table and was off to the cashier to collect his $33,388 4th place winnings.
Not many people are familiar with Bob Hooks, but he is a man the poker world should not soon forget. Despite not being active in the poker world anymore, Hooks came up as a Texas road gambler with the likes of Doyle Brunson, T.J. Cloutier, Johnny Moss, Amarillo "Slim" Preston, and so many more.
Hooks got his start in Texas, as so many of the old-time poker legends did, before he eventually made the leap to Las Vegas. Alongside his roommate Brian "Sailor" Roberts, Hooks made it to heads-up play in the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event, but lost out on the title. Even without poker immortality reached, Hooks has so much to offer looking back on the old days of the game.
After losing the majority of his chips in a pot to Todd Bui, David Bell would get the rest of them in against Tom Franklin before the draw. Both players would draw two on the first draw and one apiece on the second draw. Franklin stood pat and said "if you can beat a nine you got it" and tabled . Bell squeezed his cards and slid them into the muck, admitting defeat. Bell is eliminated in 3rd place collecting $49,944 for his efforts.
We are now heads up with Todd Bui holding a 2:1 chip lead over Tom Franklin.
Todd Bui chipped away at Tom Franklin once we returned from the break and Franklin would end up getting the last of his chips in after the first draw. Franklin and Bui both drew one and Bui stood pat. Franklin drew one and Bui turned over his hand:
Franklin had and would win with any card nine or lower that did not pair him up. He squeezed his cards one at a time and the fifth card was lower than a nine but unfortunately for him it paired him as it was a .
Franklin comes up short in his quest for a 2nd bracelet but will take home a nice consolation prize of $76,943.