Moving Day in Event #11 is in the books after ten busy levels of poker. This $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event drew a field of 2,563 runners, and just 297 of them returned today for Day 2. When the chip bags came out at 3:00 a.m., the big board showed 21 players have survived to see the final day dawn tomorrow.
It was a relatively smooth and uninteresting day of cards until Tom Dwan decided to come back from the 2-7 event on the far corner of the room and join us over here in the Red section. Dwan went to work quickly, punishing his table with his trademarked, ruthless style. The big turning point of the day came in a monstrous pot against Amnon Filippi when Dwan five-bet shoved his pocket tens into Filippi's two kings. A ten right on the flop gave Dwan the set and a massive chip lead, and he would not turn back from there. A few challengers came and went, but Dwan finished strong to bag up a chip leading stack of 1,068,000 million.
That puts him out in front of Marvin Rettenmaier and Scott Hamilton by about 100,000 chips, and all signs point to an exciting day of cards tomorrow. The dangerous Eric Ladny is still in the mix, and so is 2008 bracelet winner Jason Young, whose title came in a $1,500 NLHE event just like this one. Jacobo Fernandez, Alex Bolotin, and Antoine Amourette round out the list of notables who'll return on Sunday afternoon to play it out for the bracelet.
It figures to be a long day of poker as we have to play from 21 all the way down to just one. The twelve-hour rule is out the window, and the players will return at 2:30 p.m. for the fight to the finish. We'll be here too, and we hope you'll join us as we crown another champion here at the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Until then, goodnight from the Rio!
Here are the chip counts for the remaining 21 players:
Rodrigo Horvath is out after moving all in on a flop. He was quickly called by David Randall, and Horvath sheepishly tabled his . The news was worse than he hoped as Randall turned over to leave Horvath dead to two running cards.
The turn and river were blanks, though, and that's the end of Horvath's day just as the chip bags come out. He's out in 22nd place.
Jody Fayant was all in preflop for his last 80,000 chips and Jacobo Fernandez had him at risk.
The board ran and Fayant was eliminated.
Fernandez is climbing back, and he now sits with 415,000 chips.
We unfortunately missed the hand, but Joseph Brattole reported to the rail in 24th place.
After a series of preflop raises, Jacobo Fernandez, Yat Cheng and Venkatesh Gupta got all the chips in the middle and turned their hands over:
The was a great sweat for Chung, and the on the turn gave him the lead. Gupta picked up a diamond draw though, and the spiked on the river giving him the winning flush.
Cheng is eliminated and Gupta is up to 180,000 chips while Fernandez slipped to 343,000.
Under the gun, Marvin Rettenmaier opened to 29,000, and Kyle Julius made the call to see a flop.
It came an exciting , and fireworks ensued. Rettenmaier fired out a continuation bet of 42,000, and Julius called to see the land on fourth street. Another bet came from Rettenmaier, 101,000 this time, and Julius came right along with another call.
The river was the , and Rettenmaier fired a third bullet 113,000 chips strong. After some quick deliberation, Julius made a covering raise to 300,000 total, and Rettenmaier made the call all in. He tabled , and his jacks full of aces was the best hand. A frustrated Julius slid his cards into the muck, decimating his stack all the way down to 455,000 from his once lofty position.
Rettenmaier is now the one doing all the chip stacking; he's up to about 900,000 after that double.
Waylon Frey was all in for about 80,000 before the flop holding , and he was put at risk by big stack Harsukhpaul Sangha and his .
The board of was unkind to the all-in Frey, and he has been sent to the payout desk in 26th place.
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