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2011 World Series of Poker

Event #9: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
Giorni 2

Day 2 Complete: Final Table Set

Livello 17 : 2,000-4,000, 1,000 ante
Jason Mercier - Can the short stack make a comeback?
Jason Mercier - Can the short stack make a comeback?

After a long Day 2, the final table has been set at the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball.
We started the Day with 73 people and lost notables such as Phil Laak, Shaun Deeb, Eli Elezra, Justin Bonomo, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Galen Hall, overnight chip leader George Lind III, and five-time Deuce to Seven bracelet winner, Billy Baxter.

But, we aren't short of big names at tomorrow's final table including Jason Mercier. At one point, Mercier was down to 26,500 but after subsequent hands where he tripled up then doubled up, he shot up to the chip lead very fast.
In the last hour of play however, Mercier lost about 160,000 and is down to 89,000 for tomorrow. Mercier has had a phenomenal last couple of years though and if anyone can come back from the short stack it is him.

Another player to watch will be Bernard Lee who won this key hand late in the day to make a close run at the chip lead for the tournament.

Bernard Lee opened to 11,500 from the small blind and Thomas Fuller made the call, Travis Pearson then moved all in for a total of 94,000 and Bernard Lee went into the tank.

Finally he made the call for most of his stack, Fuller thought for a moment and eventually folded. Both players drew one card.

Pearson: {9-}{6-}{4-}{2-}
Lee: {7-}{5-}{4-}{2-}

Pearson drew an {A-} and Lee then flipped his card - the {9-} before fistpumping and shouting "Yes!" loudly. Immediately though, he regained his senses and rushed across to Pearson to apologize and shake his hand. Lee goes into the final table with 265,000 chips.

Another story of the tournament is Chris Bjorin, who has been around poker forever but hasn't won a bracelet in the last 15 years. This may be his best chance at his first bracelet in nearly two decades.

The man they all have to beat though is Matt Perrins, the English youngster maybe a relatively newbie to 2-7SD but his aggressive actions have won him a lot of chips especially late on in the day and he's sure to be backed by another vociferous crowd of Brits in tomorrow's final which will begin at 3pm.