That's all for today folks as Day 2 has officially wrapped up with the completion of Level 14. Out of the 475 players that began the day, about 150 of them remain. That's still a handful of people short of the money bubble, which is set at 128.
Andy "BKiCe" Seth came into the day as the chip leader with 245,600 chips. He was able to mold that big stack into an even bigger stack by the end of the day and finish towards the top of the leaderboard once again, challenging for the chip lead. Despite a slightly different appearance, Steve Bilirakis is in the building as well and also looks to be challenging for the end-of-the-day chip lead.
Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger looks to be the man to catch though at the top of that short list of massive stacks. Lichtenberger stormed to over 700,000 after taking his pocket aces up against Lars Bonding's pocket kings. He finished the day with 618,000.
Team PokerStars Pro is well represented moving onward to Day 3. Greg Raymer, Vanessa Rousso, Bill Chen and Tom McEvoy are all moving on and all looking to do well for the sponsor site in their home country.
Day 3 will begin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. local time and you can bet that the Venetian will be action packed as we move into the money. Be sure to point your browser back here at PokerNews for all the live updates coming to you from the PokerStars.net NAPT Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. We'll see you tomorrow!
If there's one thing that poker players love, it's money. If there are two things that poker players love, they're money and a good controversy. After the call of "ten more hands at each table," Miami John Cernuto and Ted Lawson summoned a floor and wanted to know why so many more hands were being played.
The "X more hands" procedure is an anti-stalling procedure. It prevents any player from stalling at the end of the day solely to make it to the next day. Typically, with fifteen minutes left on the clock, a number between 3 and 7 is drawn. That number represents the number of hands to be played at each table before bagging the chips.
For some reason, Venetian staff today decided to make that number 10 hands. A typical hand of no-limit hold'em, from shuffle to pot being pushed, takes a minimum of two minutes. Playing 10 hands at each table would take an absolute minimum of 20 minutes, and more likely would take 30.
Several of the Venetian floors huddled and conferred about what they should do, recognizing that Cernuto and Lawson had good points and valid gripes. In the end, it was decided not to change anything and play out the last 10 hands.
For what it's worth, the tournament clock has been on triple zeros now for several minutes and not a single table has finished the required 10 hands.
After dropping a big pot a few minutes ago, Nam Le was heads up in a big pot with a board reading . Le bet 60,000, almost twice the pot and enough to put his opponent all in. The guy looked miserable about his decision. "You show if I fold?" he asked. Le, as usual, didn't move a muscle in response. "Fine," said the short stack, literally throwing his last 56k across the line.
The river was the , filling Le's boat and sending his opponent to the rail. Le is back to around 370,000.
With fifteen minutes left on the clock, dealers have been instructed to deal ten more hands at each table. That seems like an exceedingly large number that will probably take at least 25 minutes to complete, but it is what it is. We're in the home stretch of Day 2.
With roughly 60,000 chips in the pot at the river, Tom Marchese and Nam Le were squared off over a board of . Marchese checked to Le, then quickly called a bet of 47,000. Le rapped the table, "Good call," turning over an unimproved . Marchese table for a pair of kings to collect the pot.
The addition of those chips pushes Marchese's count up to 375,000. Le, meanwhile, has slipped back to 255,000.
Bad news for the rest of the field. There's a new chip leader in town. And he knows what to do with a big stack. Andrew Lichtenberger and Lars Bonding, sitting to Chewy's direct left, have been tangling for the last several hours. But no matter what their history, it was all going in when Lichtenberger got aces and Bonding picked up kings. Chewy doubled his stack and is now sitting behind a mountain of more than 700,000.
Lars Bonding got his last chips in a few hands later in a three-way pot with Lichtenberger and another player. The flop came , the third player shipped, and Chewy folded. Bonding tabled his pocket eights and was drawing deader than dead to quad queens. Bonding has had an amazing run during this round of the Venetian Deep Stack, winning two events, but he's not going to get a chance to make it three.
It's good to be a big stack. It's even better to be a big stack when you run your kings into someone else's aces. Mark Ketteringham could have been really hurt if he didn't have such a huge stack after taking to war pre-flop against a short stack's . But as things stand, paying off 66,900 chips after failing to improve, , merely reduced Ketteringham's count to about 400,000.