WSOP Event #23: Raymer draws on experience
Some may think that 2-7 single draw is an easy enough game. After all, you get to draw just once and only have to make a low hand (aces are high), right? Well, yes, but there's a lot more to it than that, which explains why - along with the no-limit betting element and the $10,000 buy in - this event is packed with big names.
This $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball is tournament number 23, meaning we're now well over a third of the way through the marathon 57-event series. 96 players entered, and as of now, part way through day two, 31 are left. Only 14 will be paid.
Still in the field is Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer. A big strategic thinker and reader of the game, he's in his element here and can often be found playing this variant on PokerStars. But such is the strength of the field (and perhaps his run of cards) that he's stuck on 55,000, well below the 90,000 average.
Sitting on his left is the Team PokerStars Germany Pro Anton Allemann, who final tabled EPT Baden in 2007. Allemann had been going along nicely, but has recently been pegged back to 52,000.
As I walked by, Raymer was bringing in from the cut-off with 4,000, called by Allemann on the button and Jean-Robert Bellande in the small blind. All three drew one card each and Bellande fired out 7,000, Raymer called and Alleman got out of the way. Bellande flipped 9-7 as his top two cards, good enough for the Fossilman who mucked.
Bellande was in action again soon after, following Allemann into the pot. Allemann drew one card, Bellande two - and he folded when Allemann led out with a 9,000 bet.
There are still many more big names in the event, despite the elimination of Phil Ivey, who won a bracelet in the $2,500 buy-in of this discipline just a week ago. David Benyamine, Roland de Wolfe, John Juanda, Mike Matusow and David Binger are all still in the mix.