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!