Level 2 was a superb level that had it all. There were big hand confrontations, players arguing and laughs aplenty. In terms of chips won it was Johnathan Duhamel (+155,000) and Sam Trickett (+141,000) who had the best levels, Phil Hellmuth (-194,000) and Antonio Esfandiari (-213,000) who dropped the most.
The players chip stacks are as below. The +/- figure in brackets is their profit/loss since the end of the last level and the big blind figure is how many they have for the current level. Blinds are now 3,000/6,000/1,000a.
Jonathan Duhamel – 450,000 (+155,000) 75 big blinds
Scott Seiver – 435,000 (+73,000) 72.5 big blinds
Sam Trickett – 378,000 (+141,000) 63 big blinds
Jungleman – 344,000 (+58,000) 57 big blinds
Daniel Negreanu – 261,000 (+19,000) 43.5 big blinds
Antonio Esfandiari 210,000 (-213,000) 35 big blinds
Marvin Rettenmaier – 175,000 (-39,000) 29 big blinds
Phil Hellmuth – 147,000 (-194,000) 24.5 big blinds
Good level for
Sam Trickett The Brit’s loose-aggressive approach finally paid off when he flopped a set in a hand with Antonio Esfandiari. Trickett was paid off handsomely and is now second in chips.
Jonathan Duhamel – The former WSOP Main Event champion added 155,000 chips to his stack, most of which were won by his getting three streets of value from Phil Hellmuth’s on a board.
Bad level for
Phil Hellmuth – The table needled Hellmuth early in the level and it seemed to rock the 13-time WSOP bracelet winner. Hellmuth also lost 194,000 chips during Level 2.
Scott Seiver and Jungleman – The tension is high in this event and that caused a mini argument to break out between Scott Seiver and Jungleman. The argument was caused by Jungleman checking out of position but it was blown out of proportions by Seiver accusing Jungleman of cheating. A few F-bombs were dropped, Jungleman threatened to call the clock on Seiver in every hand and neither came out of the situation with much credit.
Antonio Esfandiari – The One Drop winner lost over half of hi stack after he paid off Sam Trickett’s set with top pair. (see below)
Hand of the level
Sam Trickett opened to 8,000 with , Antonio Esfandiari three-bet to 18,000 with and Marvin Rettenmaier cold-called the raise with and Trickett called too.
The flop was checked to Esfandiari and he bet 31,000. Rettenmaier folded but Trickett called. The turn brought the into play and Trickett checked his set again. Esfandiari bet 54,000 only to see Trickett move all-in for 149,000 in total. Esfandiari asked for a count, then reluctantly called.
Esfandiari was drawing dead and the landed on the river to complete the hand and double Trickett up.
View from the booth
“If Phil Hellmuth has some white magic in his back pocket he better pull it out now,” said Jessie May as Hellmuth was about to make a call on the river with the second best hand.
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