Sunday marked Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. There were 112 players remaining from the overall starting field of 295. Leading the way to start was Matt Juttelstad, and by the end of the day, he once again found himself atop the pack. Juttelstad was able to grow his stack from 280,000 to 805,000 to finish the day.
Plenty of notables remained to begin Day 2, including Matt Giannetti, Jason Mercier, Tristan Wade, Shannon Shorr and Matt Waxman. Unfortunately for them, all were eliminated on the day. From that group, Giannetti was the first to go.
According to the WPT Live Update Team, there were roughly 9,000 chips in the middle on a flop with Giannetti pitted against Lazaro Hernandez. The latter bet 8,000 and Giannetti raised to approximately 27,000 and was all-in. Hernandez made the call straight away with for top set. Giannetti tabled for overcards and a flush draw. The turn gave Giannetti some more outs with a straight draw, but the on the river wasn't what he was looking for.
Mercier went out during Level 15 with the blinds at 1,500/3,000/500 in a hand against Angelo Miele. After a preflop raise from Mercier, Miele called to see the flop come down . Mercier fired a continuation bet and Miele called to see the fall on the turn. Mercier didn't slow down and fired out 14,500. Miele raised to 45,000 and then Mercier moved all-in for around 100,000, despite Miele warning him, “Don't do it. Don't do it.” Miele made the call with for a turned flush. Mercier held trip tens with and needed to fill up on the river. The on the fifth street couldn't give Mercier the boat he needed and was eliminated.
Some of the other notable eliminations on the day included Kathy Liebert, Allie Prescott, Allen Kessler, Ashton Griffin, Matt Stout, Matt Brady and Mohsin Charania.
As the day wound down and players headed to the rail, the money bubble approached. Set at 27, the money was not hit on Day 2 because play ended with 34 players remaining. On Monday, the money bubble will burst and everyone making it that far will pocket at least $8,629.
World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Top 10 Chip Counts
Play will resume Monday at 1200 EST (1700 GMT). Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for daily recaps of the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.
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