Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Official Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Tom Dwan us 1,068,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 953,000
Scott Hamilton 947,000
Christopher Giddings 842,000 -8,000
Harsukhpaul Sangha ca 837,000
Kyle Julius us 772,000
Austin McCormick us 709,000
Simon Watt nz 650,000
David Randall 596,000
Nicholas Phillips 568,000 -90,000
Alex Bolotin us 480,000
Eric Ladny us 460,000
Jason Young us 448,000
Venkatesh Gupta us 420,000
Michael Smith us 409,000
Jacobo Fernandez us 391,000
Jason Taus 343,000
David Newcomer 238,000
Jeremy Fendelet us 140,000
Antoine Amourette fr 137,000
Kyle Winter 135,000

Dwan Leads the Charge into the Final Day

Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan

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!

Tags: Tom Dwan

End of the Day Chip Counts


Here are the chip counts for the remaining 21 players:

Tom Dwan us 1,068,000 333,000
Marvin Rettenmaier de 953,000 53,000
Scott Hamilton 947,000 102,000
Christopher Giddings 850,000 300,000
Harsukhpaul Sangha ca 837,000 -103,000
Kyle Julius us 772,000 307,000
Austin McCormick us 709,000 -21,000
Nicholas Phillips 658,000 108,000
Simon Watt nz 650,000 10,000
David Randall 596,000 149,000
Alex Bolotin us 480,000 210,000
Eric Ladny us 460,000 -80,000
Jason Young us 448,000 148,000
Venkatesh Gupta us 420,000 240,000
Michael Smith us 409,000 34,000
Jacobo Fernandez us 391,000 -24,000
Jason Taus 343,000 -47,000
David Newcomer 238,000 58,000
Jeremy Fendelet us 140,000 -90,000
Antoine Amourette fr 137,000 1,000
Kyle Winter 135,000 -5,000

Horvath Out in the Eleventh Hour

Rodrigo Horvath is out after moving all in on a {4-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {K-Clubs} flop. He was quickly called by David Randall, and Horvath sheepishly tabled his {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs}. The news was worse than he hoped as Randall turned over {J-Hearts} {4-Clubs} 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.

Tags: David RandallRodrigo Horvath

Fayant Out


Jody Fayant was all in preflop for his last 80,000 chips and Jacobo Fernandez had him at risk.

Fayant: {J-Clubs}{4-Spades}
Fernandez: {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran {3-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades} and Fayant was eliminated.

Fernandez is climbing back, and he now sits with 415,000 chips.

Tags: Jody FayantJacobo Fernandez

Three-Way All-In


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:

Gupta: {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Cheng: {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Fernandez: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

The {10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} was a great sweat for Chung, and the {8-Diamonds} on the turn gave him the lead. Gupta picked up a diamond draw though, and the {4-Diamonds} 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.

Tags: Jacobo FernandezVenkatesh GuptaYat Cheng

Rettenmaier Gets There

Under the gun, Marvin Rettenmaier opened to 29,000, and Kyle Julius made the call to see a flop.

It came an exciting {J-Hearts} {J-Clubs} {J-Spades}, and fireworks ensued. Rettenmaier fired out a continuation bet of 42,000, and Julius called to see the {7-Spades} 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 {A-Diamonds}, 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 {A-Clubs} {Q-Clubs}, 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.

Tags: Marvin RettenmaierKyle Julius

Lost in the Frey

Waylon Frey was all in for about 80,000 before the flop holding {K-Diamonds} {9-Hearts}, and he was put at risk by big stack Harsukhpaul Sangha and his {A-Spades} {J-Diamonds}.

The board of {3-Clubs} {7-Hearts} {A-Diamonds} {6-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} was unkind to the all-in Frey, and he has been sent to the payout desk in 26th place.

Tags: Waylon FreyHarsukhpaul Sangha

Chip Counts


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Harsukhpaul Sangha ca 940,000 605,000
Scott Hamilton 845,000 252,000
Tom Dwan us 735,000 -25,000
Austin McCormick us 730,000 303,000
Simon Watt nz 640,000 190,000
Nicholas Phillips 550,000 118,000
Jacobo Fernandez us 510,000 148,000
Jason Taus 390,000 220,000
Michael Smith us 375,000 140,000
Jeremy Fendelet us 230,000 170,000
Joseph Brattole 210,000 45,000
Venkatesh Gupta us 200,000 -111,000
David Newcomer 180,000 -5,000
Kyle Winter 140,000 -43,000
Antoine Amourette fr 136,000 77,000
Jody Fayant ca 115,000 86,500
Yat Cheng 65,000 -95,000