“You want to hear a fun hand?” Richard Ashby asked a PokerNews reporter on the scene. It was the end of Day 2 of the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship and Ashby wanted to share with the poker world how he managed to fold the third best possible Hold’Em hand – quads.
“I just had sevens in Limit Hold’Em in a hand against Lyle Berman. The flop was 3-3-3 and on the turn a 7 hit so I made a bigger full house. The river however was another 3, so I couldn’t even call a bet.”
Lyle Berman eventually showed the ace for the best possible kicker, making Ashby proud of his timely fold.
With that kind of discipline, Ashby managed to build a decent stack of almost 220,000 chips and he will head to Day 3 with the utmost confidence in his reading abilities. However, he will have to do a lot more than fold in order to catch the chip leader of the remaining 55, two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier. Mercier has 802,600 in tournament chips while second-place Jonathan Duhamel sits with 783,000 chips in front of him after the second day of the event.
A day with 17 more registrations compared to Day 1. Alex Bilokur, Berman, Dan Kelly, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, and of course, Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen got into the mix with the hope of winning the million-dollar top prize and a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Brunson survived to see Day 3 but he will need all the luck he can get as he currently holds a tiny 11,000-chip stack. On the other hand, Hansen busted out, mumbling on a #jh#7c#7h board. “If you have that, it’s good. If you have that, it’s bad,” he said before calling for his tournament life. His opponent had “that,” which was actually pretty bad for him:
Very sad – Quick exit of the 50K – played a 460K pot with the nut flush draw vs QQ – No Heart No Ace 🙁
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) June 24, 2014
Other worthy eliminations include 2014 WSOP Player of the Year leader George Danzer, two-time WSOP PoY Daniel Negreanu, all-time best in WSOP wins Phil Hellmuth, Event #43 winner Dan Kelly, and former $50K winners Michael Mizrachi, Matthew Ashton, Scotty Nguyen, and Brian Rast.
Some of those losers didn’t have any time for whining, though, rushing to register for Event #47: $1,500 Ante Only NLHE. Kelly, for example, finished the first day strong and won most of his 98,500-chip stack near the end, while Negreanu, Danzer, and Hellmuth have average stacks before the start of Day 2.
German wunderkind Ole Schemion (photo) was also present in this event, playing the WSOP for the first time in his already outstanding poker career. He couldn’t get anything going and was eliminated shortly after his late registration.
But the 28th day of the WSOP was not only about big names, it was also about unknowns flying under the radar like Angela Prada-Moed. Prada-Moed won a couple of key pots late on Day 2 of Event #45: $1,000 NLHE to climb to the top of the chip leaderboard. She first eliminated Nicolas Faure in 18th place with her cowboys and maintained the pace by sending Jan Suchanek home in 17th place with her bullets.
To win the event, she will have to survive another ten eliminations later today. Can she do it? Like always, we at PokerUpdate will provide the answer with lengthy updates about the daily WSOP final tables.