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WSOP Daily Report: Phil Galfond Close To His Second Bracelet

Another day in the Sin City and another chance for the bracelet winners to prove their case.

The 14th day of the 2014 World Series of Poker kicks off with a lot of big names still hanging around at the poker tables and searching for yet another gold bracelet. One of the them is online guru and the one who revolutionized the way poker pros think about the game, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond. He managed to survive Day 2 of Event #20 – the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’Em Shootout, after being the last man standing at his table.

Galfond already won a bracelet six years ago in a Pot Limit Omaha event and is looking for the second of his career. He only has to top one last table, the final one, with some interesting names remaining that include one-time WSOP winner Taylor Paur, and Dylan Linde, who has been on fire the last couple of weeks. This is Linde’s third 2014 WSOP cash after finishing 11th in Event #9 and 24th in Event #12.

In the other tournament of the day that is bound for gold – the $1,500 NLHE Event #19, two-time bracelet winner John “Johnny World” Hennigan will look to come from behind and surprise the top three million-chip stacks. Hiren Patel leads the final 12 looking to make the most of his lucky 13th WSOP cash. Mustapha Kanit is second, while Ted Gillis sits comfortably in third before the final battle.

Besides the two events, two others are ready for some more heated action this evening. The $1,000 buy-in NLHE Event #21 is still full of bracelet winners with Day 2 ready to unfold. Erik Seidel, David Williams, JC Tran, Dominik Nitsche, and James Mackey are eager to get things going, while 2014 WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja can make another step towards the ultimate goal, a WSOP gold bracelet.

In the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship things are looking good for the poker legends. Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Daniel Negreanu all are up and ready for Day 2. Phil Hellmuth will definitely want more like another 2014 WSOP final table and, why not, bracelet #14. But in order to achieve that he will have to threaten Jeff Madsen and Greg Mueller’s top two spots in the chip leaderboard. The 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Madsen is currently looking for his fourth gold with two-time bracelet winner Mueller breathing down his neck.

Madsen has a cash in this year’s Event #11; can he run good like it’s 2006 all over again?

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