A lot of well-known players hit the rail during Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Malta main event. Just to mention a few of them: Jason Mercier, Erik Cajelais, Jonathan Duhamel and 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was visibly upset when his AK didn't make it in a three-way all in.
Lebel opened for 4k in early position, Hellmuth called in mid-position before Krizan moved all in with his small stack. Lebel was next to act and he moved all-in for about 100k and had Hellmuth covered. After a few moments of thinking, Hellmuth made the call, and his tournament life was on the line.
Zeljko Krizan: 77
Bastien Lebel: QT
Phil Hellmuth: AK
Lots of players gathered around the table when the dealer prepared to deal the first three cards. The flop came 963, followed by the 9.
"It doesn't look like it is going to come," Hellmuth said.
The river card was the Q and Lebel took home the pot.
"This kid slides it all-in with just a pair of sevens, how sick? I trapped the kid as well," Hellmuth said.
"Two sevens? What are you playing at?" Tony G replied.
"He plays every hand. He doesn't know what he is doing, Tony," Hellmuth said.
While the dealer counted Lebel's stack, and confirmed Hellmuth was out, he had time to calm down a bit before saying "Nice hand" and leaving the table and the competition.
Today the third day of the main event will be played. There are 26 players left with the chance of taking home the first place prize of $182,292. Jackson Genovesi, the Day 2 chip leader, is still in the lead and he will bring a monster stack to the tables today. With 750,500 chips he has about 250k more than his closest opponent Kerignard Gabriel. Tony G is the biggest name in the remaining squad of players. But it won't be an easy task for him to make it through Day 3 as he only has 117,000 chips left to work with.