The fast pace that populated Day 1 of this tournament continued today. During the first two levels of play we lost around 80 players, over half the field.
146 players started day today, all of them in the money, but only 16 remain after 10 levels of play. Some of the fallen include: Robert Williamson, Tim Adams, and Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly and Jorge Arias.
Most of the surviving players have seen their chip stacks take large swings. The day was overrun with double ups, suckouts and well played hands.
This includes Carter Phillips, and after a few key hands near the end of the day, he finds himself as the chip leader for Day 3. He ends the day with 922,000 in chips, while his closest contender, Mikhail Lakhitov, trails with 763,000.
The exciting, shorthanded play will continue tomorrow at 2:30pm. We will play down to a final table and after that, play will continue until a someone wins the bracelet.
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Players are playing three more hands at each table before the chip bags come out.
At this time of night, it probably does take an unlucky turn to eliminate a player. Hugo Perez opened a pot from early position to 32,000. Two seats behind him, Ryan Snickles moved all in for roughly 240,000. Perez double-checked the amount of the all-in raise before calling with . Snickles tabled two nines, . His railbirds accused Perez of a slowroll; Perez said he just wanted to know what he was in for before making the call.
Snickles' railbirds leaned forward, rooting for a nine, but it never came. The board rolled out to eliminate Snickles in 17th place. He shook Perez's hand and then departed to collects $17,488.
Finally, some action. Samuel Gerber and Kevin Iacofano are heads up facing a flop.
Iacofano checks and Gerber leads out for 31,000. Iacofano makes the call and the turn comes . Iacofano checks again and Gerber bets. This time he bets more chips, all of his chips actually. He goes all in for 152,000 and Iacofano makes the call. Gerber shows for the flush and Iacofano flashes , drawing dead. The turn is an irrelevant and Gerber doubles up to around 400,000.
Iacofano is down to 525,000.
The hour is late. The day has been long, almost ten levels long to this point. The stacks are getting relatively shallow. As often happens given all of those variables, the gamble has gone out of the room. Everyone seems to be hunkering down, content to play conservatively for the last thirty minutes of the day and to come back fresh tomorrow. It's still possible we'll lose a few more players in the last twenty minutes of the day, but it's also possible that things will more or less freeze as they currently are.
Seat 1: Carter Phillips
Seat 2: Russel Thomas
Seat 3: Hugo Perez
Seat 4: Ryan Snickles
Seat 5: Jesse Martin
Seat 6: Alexander Wilson
Seat 1: --empty--
Seat 2: Mikhail Lakhitov
Seat 3: Mark Flowers
Seat 4: Craig Bergeron
Seat 5: Thong "Jimmy" Tran
Seat 6: Michael Meyers
Seat 1: David Diaz
Seat 2: Matt Zoorob
Seat 3: Conrad Monica
Seat 4: Matthew Ezrol
Seat 5: Samuel Gerber
Seat 6: Kevin Iacofano
With 18 players left, we were ready to redraw to the last three tables. The only thing holding it back was Russell Thomas and Steven Tabb. Tabb had moved all in for 190,000 from under the gun and Thomas was contemplating calling from the big blind.
"Don't do it man," said Tabb. "I want to do it," replied Thomas. Thomas smiled and looked at his cards again. "Alright, I'll call," he said.
Thomas showed , Tabb flipped over and stood up. If he lost he'd be out, if he won he'd have to move to a new table. Either way, sitting down was unnecessary.
The board came , letting Thomas keep the lead and all of Tabb's chips. Tabb was eliminated in 18th place, good for $17,488. Thomas now has 580,000 in chips.