Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
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Jeff Madsen Leads the Final 23 Headed Into Day 3

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jeff Madsen
Jeff Madsen

On Tuesday, the remaining 170 players in a 550-player field returned for ten more one-hour levels of play in the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. By the end of that time, which rolled into the early Wednesday morning hours, just 23 remained with Jeff Madsen and his stack of 661,000 leading the way.

Madsen, the three-time bracelet winner and 2006 WSOP Player of the Year, may be in the best position to make a run at the $633,341 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet, but there are some other big stacks nipping at his heels including Jay Conley (592,000), Brian Yoon (587,000), Josh Bergman (553,000) and Matt Davenport (543,000), who round out the top five.

Day 2 began with everyone looking to crack the money at the top 56; however, 114 players needed to fall before that happened. Among those to leave empty handed were Isaac Baron, Dan Heimiller, Fabian Quoss, Jennifer Tilly, Jason Mercier, Dan Shak, John Juanda, Amanda Musumeci, Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov, Sorel Mizzi, and Dario Sammartino, who didn’t even show up for Day 2 and simply let his stack be blinded out.

As for Mizzi, he fell in frustrating fashion when his pocket kings were cracked by 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel. After dinner, the field was down to 57 players and on the money bubble. It took awhile for it to burst, but it finally did when in Level 17 (2,000/4,000/500) when Madsen opened for a raise in middle position, and the big blind shoved all in for about 60,000. Madsen called, and after actions at the other tables had ended, the players revealed their cards.

Madsen: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Big blind: {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Madsen's hand held up easily as the board came {3-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{a-Hearts}, and the remaining players were all guaranteed a minimum payday of $9,642.

From there, the in-the-money eliminations came quick and included Brent Wheeler (56th - $9,6420, Steven Kerr (47th - $11,141), Michael Mizrachi (44th - $11,141), Steven Silverman (43rd - $11,141), Eric Baldwin (38th - $12,847), Jonathan Duhamel (37th - $12,847), Aaron Massey (31st - $15,148), Dan O’Brien (28th - $15,148), and Nick Schulman (26th - $15,148).

While dozens fell a pack of notables managed to survive the fracas including Sam Trickett (456,000), Nick Grippo (413,000), Josh Arieh (385,000), David Peters (314,000), Sam Stein (289,000), Sylvan Loosli (285,000), Tony Cousineau (281,000), Mustapha Kanit (274,000), Dan Smith (138,000) and Olivier Busquet (118,000).

Day 3 action is set to get underway at 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to bring you all the action and eliminations through ten more levels of play. Until then, check out this video featuring some WSOP trivia:

Etiķetes: Jeff Madsen

End-of-Day-2 Chip Counts

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Jeff Madsen us 661,000 91,000
Jay Conley US 592,000 112,000
Brian Yoon us 587,000 -38,000
Josh Bergman us 553,000 152,000
Matt Davenport GB 543,000 269,000
Michael Rocco us 501,000 56,000
Sam Trickett gb 456,000 146,000
Timo Pfutzenreuter DE 429,000 14,000
Nick Grippo us 413,000 -28,000
Josh Arieh us 385,000 170,000
David Peters us 314,000 -26,000
Sam Stein us 289,000 -26,000
Sylvain Loosli fr 285,000 -235,000
Tony Cousineau us 281,000 81,000
Mustapha Kanit it 274,000 114,000
James Taylor US 273,000 23,000
Justin Kindred us 267,000 -25,000
Erwann Pecheux fr 265,000 70,000
Ardit Kurshumi us 259,000 62,000
Ravi Raghavan us 228,000 23,000
Eric Froehlich us 143,000 25,000
Dan Smith us 138,000 -172,000
Olivier Busquet us 118,000 -38,000

Pantaleo & Riehl Falls at the End of Day 2

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

In one of the last hands of the night, and shotly after Giuseppe Pantaleo fell in 25th place in unknown action, Ludovic Riehl shoved all in for 140,000 from the cutoff. Michael Rocco moved all in over the top from the button, the blinds folded, and the cards were turned up.

Rocco: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Riehl: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Riehl had some serious kicker issues, but he found what he was looking for on the {7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop, though Rocco did pick up a flush draw. The {5-Hearts} turn was safe enough for Riehl, but the {3-Clubs} river wasn't. Rocco hit his flush and Riehl was eliminated in 24th place.

Given that Pantaleo and Riehl fell after the last hands had been called, there was no redraw. That will be done later tonight after the bagging and tagging process.

Michael Rocco us 445,000 135,000
Ludovic Riehl fr Izkritis
Giuseppe Pantaleo de Izkritis

Etiķetes: Ludovic RiehlMichael Rocco

Four More Hands

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Schulman Succumbs

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Nick Schulman from a previous event
Nick Schulman from a previous event

Action folded around to a short-stacked Nick Schulman in the small blind and he moved all in for 76,000. Timo Pfutzenreuter was in the big blind and opted to defend.

Pfutzenreuter: {k-Spades}{6-Hearts}
Schulman: {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

Schulman was drawing to two live cards, but the {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades} didn't contain either of them. The {J-Hearts} turn took away some of Schulman's outs as Pfutzenreuter picked up a flush draw, and that flush actually came in when the {Q-Hearts} peeled off on the river.

Schulman fell in 26th place and secured a $15,148 payday.

Timo Pfutzenreuter DE 415,000 40,000
Nick Schulman us Izkritis

Etiķetes: Nick SchulmanTimo Pfutzenreuter

The Eliminations Just Keep Coming

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Kirill Rabtsov got his last 80,000 or so all in preflop and found himself between a rock and Tony Cousineau.

Rabtsov: {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Cousineau: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Rabtsov's best chance of survival was to catch a ten, but that didn't happen as the board ran out {j-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}.

Meanwhile, both Dan O'Brien and David Fhima busted in 28th and 27th place respectively for $15,148 each.

Dan O'BrienBusted the $5k in 28th. Especially gutted over this one. 11 hours to man up and go to work in tomorrow's 3k. GL to friends still in #WSOP35
Dan O'Brien us Izkritis
Kirill Rabtsov Izkritis
David Fhima fr Izkritis

Etiķetes: Dan O'BrienKirill RabtsovTony Cousineau

Schulman Crippled The Triples

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Josh Bergman got his stack of 191,000 all in preflop holding the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts} and was in bad shape against the {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} of Nick Schulman. Bergman was ready to walk out the door, but then he flopped the stone cold nuts on the {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop. The {6-Diamonds} turn gave Schulman a flush draw, but the useless {5-Clubs} peeled off on the river.

Fortunately for Schulman he was able to triple up to 88,000 shortly thereafter.

Josh Bergman us 401,000 191,000
Nick Schulman us 88,000 -72,000

Etiķetes: Josh BergmanNick Schulman

Grippo vs. Pfutzenreuter

• Līmenis 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Nick Grippo opened for 17,000 from the hijack only to have Timo Pfutzenreuter three-bet to 41,000 from the big blind. Grippo responded by moving all in for 215,000 and Pfutzenreuter made the call.

Pfutzenreuter: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Grippo: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}

It was a race, and Grippo was looking to hold to extended his tournament life. That's just what he did as the board ran out {6-Spades}{q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Ship the double to Grippo.

Nick Grippo us 441,000 226,000
Timo Pfutzenreuter DE 375,000 -215,000

Etiķetes: Nick GrippoTimo Pfutzenreuter