Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
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Just 14 Players Stand Between Phil Hellmuth and Bracelet No. 14

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

On Thursday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em began with 810 players, of which 144 returned for Day 2 action earlier today. After ten one-hour levels of play, just 15 players remain with Heinz Kamutzki best positioned to make a run at the $508,640 first-place prize with his stack of 841,000.

Another man eyeing up the title is Phil Hellmuth, who was denied his 14th bracelet when he finished runner-up to Ted Forrest in Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz. Hellmuth is the biggest name in the field and will take 491,000 into the final day of play.

Others who will be there include Davidi Kitai (815,000), Pratyush Buddiga (760,000), Gordon Vayo (483,000), Ryan Olisar (444,000), Vladimir Geshkenbein (178,000), and Tony Ruberto (98,000).

The day kicked off with 54 players needing to hit the rail before the money was reached, and one of the first to go was 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, who ran pockets tens into the kings of Matt Marafioti. Before long the Canadian had company on the rail including Blair Hinkle, Dani Stern, Eric Baldwin, Peter Jetten, and Adam Bernstein.

Bernstein was actually the victim of a cooler to burst the bubble, which happened in Level 12 (600/1,200/200). It happened when Bernstein limped under the gun and action folded to Artem Metalidi in the big blind. He raised to 3,600, and Bernstein simply moved all in for 58,600. Metalidi snap-called.

Metalidi: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}
Bernstein: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

It was a cooler hand, and Bernstein was on the bad end of things. With a minimum payday of $5,041 on the line the dealer ran out the board — {10-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}. There would be no miracle for Bernstein and he became the bubble boy in particularly brutal fashion.

From there the in-the-money finishes came at a rapid pace and included Joe Tehan (89th - $5,041), Michael Mizrachi (86th - $5,041), Tony Dunst (75th - $5,484), Sorel Mizzi (68th - $5,484), Jesse Sylvia (63rd - $5,970), Andrew Lichtenberger (52nd - $7,098), Paul Volpe (47th - $7,938), Bryn Kenney (41st - $9,066), and Brandon Cantu (32nd - $10,614).

Cantu, who began the day as a big chip leader, fell when he opened for 12,000 from the button only to have Hellmuth, who he battled against at aforementioned razz final table earlier in the week, three-bet to 25,000 from the big blind.

Cantu responded by four-betting all in and Hellmuth snap-called.

Cantu: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Hellmuth: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

Cantu had picked the wrong time to shove as the "Poker Brat" had the best hand in poker. Cantu, who began the day as a big chip leader, wouldn't get so much as a sweat as the board ran out {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. With that, Hellmuth, who notched his 102nd WSOP cash in this event, eliminated his “frenemy.”

Day 3 action will see the remaining 15 players return at 1 p.m. on Saturday to play down to a winner. Of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the updates. Be sure to check back then, but in the meantime check out this video where Hollywood actor James Woods talks about his start in poker:

Etiķetes: Phil Hellmuth

Day 3 Seating

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4451Heinz Kamutzki841,000
4452Ryan Olisar444,000
4453Gordon Vayo439,000
4454John Andress699,000
4455--empty----
4456Alen Bilic105,000
    
4441Vladimir Geshkenbein478,000
4442--empty----
4443Mark Darner538,000
4444Zachary Korik221,000
4445Phil Hellmuth491,000
4446Gabriel Andrade439,000
    
4401Davidi Kitai815,000
4402Pratyush Buddiga760,000
4403--empty----
4404Tony Ruberto98,000
4405Bill Burford454,000
4406Artem Metalidi448,000

End-of-Day Chip Counts

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Heinz Kamutzki de 841,000 51,000
Davidi Kitai be 815,000
Pratyush Buddiga us 760,000 45,000
John Andress us 699,000 59,000
Mark Darner us 538,000 10,000
Phil Hellmuth us 491,000 -94,000
Gordon Vayo us 483,000 -177,000
Bill Burford us 454,000 127,000
Artem Metalidi ua 448,000 113,000
Ryan Olisar us 444,000 -41,000
Gabriel Andrade us 439,000 69,000
Zachary Korik us 221,000 31,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru 178,000 -142,000
Alen Bilic ba 105,000 -10,000
Tony Ruberto us 98,000

Jake Toole Eliminated in 16th Place ($19,547)

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jake Toole - 16th Place
Jake Toole - 16th Place

There were some fireworks on the last hand of the night, one that resulted in an elimination and a massive double.

It began when Tony Ruberto opened for 20,000 under the gun and Davidi Kitai three-bet to 48,000 from the button. A short-stacked Jake Toole then four-bet all in for 65,000 total from the big blind, Ruberto announced that he too was all in, and Kitai called off for 364,000.

Kitai: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}
Ruberto: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}
Toole: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Ruberto couldn't believe his luck in the last hand of the night, while Toole began to collect his things. Kitai was on his feet as his tournament life was on the line, but he stayed in the lead on the {3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop. The {4-Hearts} turn made Kitai extra nervous as it gave Ruberto a flush draw, but it didn't come in as the {3-Clubs} blanked on the river.

With that play has come to an end here on Day 2. Stay tuned for official chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Davidi Kitai be 815,000 451,000
Tony Ruberto us 98,000 -377,000
Jake Toole us Izkritis

Etiķetes: Davidi KitaiJake TooleTony Ruberto

Matt Marafioti Eliminated in 17th Place ($19,574)

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Marafioti - 17th Place
Matt Marafioti - 17th Place

Matt Marafioti moved all in under the gun for his last 135,000 and Gabriel Andrade called from the small blind.

Marafioti: {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Andrade: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Marafioti was drawing to two live cards, but the {q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop paired Andrade's queen. That said, it also gave Marafioti a gutshot straight draw. The {9-Spades} turn was close to the ten he needed, but not quite close enough. The same can be said of the {9-Hearts} river.

"Good luck everyone," Marafioti offered before taking his leave in 17th place.

Gabriel Andrade us 370,000 140,000
Matt Marafioti ca Izkritis

Etiķetes: Gabriel AndradeMatt Marafioti

Blind Versus Blind

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Action folded to Mark Darner in the small blind and he just limped. Zachary Korik then exercised his option in the big by raising to 22,000. Darner responded by moving all in for 261,000 and Korik called.

Korik: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Darner: {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

It was a flip, but not after the flop came down {2-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Darner found a ten to take a commanding lead, and he held it as the {6-Diamonds} appeared on the turn followed by the {6-Hearts} on the river.

Mark Darner us 528,000 267,000
Zachary Korik us 190,000 -290,000

Etiķetes: Zachary KorikMark Darner

Alex Queen Eliminated in 18th Place ($19,547)

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

A short-stacked Alex Queen moved all in under the gun for 88,000 and Ryan Olisar called from the button. The blinds both folded and the cards were turned up.

Olisar: {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Queen: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}

It was a flip, and all Queen needed to do to double was hold. That proved easier said than done though as the {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} flop delivered Olisar a pair of aces. The {2-Clubs} turn meant Queen needed one of the two remaining nines on the river to stay alive, but it wasn't meant to be as the {K-Clubs} blanked.

Queen was eliminated in 18th place and will take home $19,547 for his performance.

Ryan Olisar us 485,000 72,000
Alex Queen us Izkritis

Etiķetes: Ryan OlisarAlex Queen

The Three-Table Redraw

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatPlayer
4451Heinz Kamutzki
4452Ryan Olisar
4453Gordon Vayo
4454John Andress
4455Alex Queen
4456Alen Bilic
   
4441Vladimir Geshkenbein
4442Matt Marafioti
4443Mark Darner
4444Zachary Korik
4445Phil Hellmuth
4446Gabriel Andrade
   
4401Davidi Kitai
4402Pratyush Buddiga
4403Jake Toole
4404Tony Ruberto
4405Bill Burford
4406Artem Metalidi

The Last Woman in the Field Falls in 19th Place

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jackie Glazier
Jackie Glazier

Australian Jackie Glazier had been nursing a short stack for the last hour or so, but her number was finally called and it was 19, as in 19th place.

In what would be her final hand, Glazier moved all in for her last 40,000 and received a call. When action reached John Andress, he three-bet to 120,000 and isolated Glazier. Andress tabled {a-}{k-}, which was well out in front of Glazier's {a-}{6-}.

The board ran out clean, and the WSOP bracelet winner had to settle for 19th place and $15,567 in prize money. The field is now down to the final 18 players, and that means it is time for a complete redraw.

John Andress us 640,000 110,000
Jackie Glazier au Izkritis

Etiķetes: John AndressJackie Glazier