When day 2 of the $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em event came to a close, the field of 60 players had been cut down to 16 players. They are all in the money, while four-time WSOP bracelet winner John Juanda became the unfortunate bubble boy
The chip lead is tied by four players with almost equal large stacks. On top restaurant owner Al Decarolis from Los Angeles with 1,261,000 chips. In second two-time bracelet winner JC Tran with 1,251,000, followed by another two-time bracelet winner, Vanessa Selbst, with 1,244,000. In fourth place is Jason Mo with 1,214,000, looking to capture his first bracelet.
A lot of notable names were sent to the rail during day 2. Among them Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negraneau, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier and Eugene Katchalov.
Nine-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey was in a big clash with JC Tran late in the day. With Ivey had flopped a straight on a board of , while Tran had flopped a flush with his . The on the turn gave both players a open-ended straight flush draw, but it did not come, and Ivey was out of the tournament, while Tran raised to the top.
Jungleman was not amused
While Phil Ivey took the beat as a gentleman, Dan “jungleman” Cates was not amused when he was knocked out by Vanessa Selbst. Cates is known for his bad table manners, and his reaction yesterday was no exception. According to the official update by PokerNews, the action began when Vanessa Selbst raised to 9,000 on the button. Cates three-bet to 27,000 from the small blind and Selbst called.
The flop came
Cates checked and Selbst fired a bet of 19,500. Cates called. The turn was the and Cates checked again. Selbst fired a second bullet worth 33,500 and Cates called. The fell on the river and Cates checked a third and final time. Selbst announced all in, making it around 88,000 to go.
Cates went into the tank for nearly six minutes before he finally called. Selbst turned over for a pair of kings.
Cates sprang from his chair. “Honestly, I thought you had some bull**** like that,” he yelled , splashing the rest of his stack forward. “Great f***ing bluff!” Cates stormed out of the room and a few players at the table started to laugh.
In the video below Selbst discusses the episode with Amber Fukuda from PokerNews:
When the remaining 16 players resume play today, they will play four-handed until the final four players are reached. Friday the final four will play heads-up and down to a winner.