Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe welcomed a full crowd back to the tournament area. A full 175 of the 321 starters had survived, and another half-dozen showed up to join before the registration window closed at noon to add their names to the list. The action was blistering, though, and after 14 levels, just 11 players are left to bag up chips. The man with the most is Ron Segni, and he'll have 892,000 to start with as he makes his run to the final table tomorrow.
This 2011 event contained nearly all of the players from the 2010 final table, and three of them made it to Day 2. Grant Hillman and Donna Jetter were sent off during the first few levels, though, leaving it up to Dan Black to represent last year's class. He fared a bit better than the other two, but his run was cut short a few places shy of the money, ensuring an all-new final table and a fresh champion here in Tahoe.
Well, it didn't quite guarantee a fresh champion. Matt Keikoan has had good success in this building, winning the Main Event ring in 2009. Day 2 was quite a challenge for Keikoan in 2011, though, and his stack went from top to bottom in a big yo-yo. He was all the way down to 42,000 within the first couple levels, but he stayed the course and chipped his way back toward average. Keikoan even had a chance to grab the chip lead on what would turn out to be his final hand of the event. In a huge three-way pot, he got his money in with pocket queens, running them smack into Ron Segni's pocket kings. The board ran out blank, and Keikoan's 380,000 chips were not enough to keep him alive, covered and eliminated with just a small cash.
Courtesy of that monster pot we mentioned earlier, Segni still finds himself at the top of the chip counts. The race behind him, though, is really heating up. Others still wielding big stacks and nipping at the chip leader's heels include Dennis Pevarnick (870,000), Hank Czarnecki (851,000), and Casey McCarrel (723,000).
The 11 players who've made it this far will be back inside Harveys tomorrow to play it out to a winner, and we'll be back ringside to bring you all the action. Play resumes at high noon PST, and we'll see you back here then!
Until tomorrow, all that's left is goodnight!
With only a few more minutes left in the day, the players are keeping an eye on the clock and playing pretty tight.
Glenn Martinez was crippled in a hand against Hank Czarnecki and was left with only one big blind. The board showed and after a check from Czarnecki Martinez moved all in. Czarnecki held and Martinez was on a stone cold bluff.
The next hand he tossed his chips in and after it was all said and done Ron McMillen made a club flush and Martinez had only a pair of nines.
Chris Clark opened for 24,00 on the button and Manuel Lozano raised to 80,000 from the small blind. Clark shoved and Lozano called.
The board ran and Lozano collected his belongings and made his way to the payout desk.
We missed the preflop action, but it looks like Brian Schultz was the preflop raiser. Either way, he was heads up with Daniel Lowery, and we watched the former bet 32,000 on a flop. Lowery check-raised all in for 157,000 total, and Schultz could not have called any quicker. He was at risk, but he was well ahead.
There was no funny stuff on the turn or river, and Schultz's overpair holds strong. With that pot, he's doubled his way back into contention, but he's still got some work to do to get back to average.
It was blind vs blind violence that led to Eric Yilmaz's elimination. Daniel Lowery moved all in from the small blind and Yilmaz called.
The board ran Yilmaz's day was done. Lowery moved above the 600,000 mark.