Wow, we've actually made it to a final table on Day 2, kind of. Ten players remain, which isn't an official final table, but we'll take it. That seems to be a rarity for the 2010 World Series of Poker as so many of the events seem to return for the final day of play with two or three tables left.
Today began at 2:30 p.m. with 109 players returning from the 476 that began the event. Joshua Honegger entered the day as the chip leader and would eventually fall in 25th place. Throughout the beginning of the day, bust outs occurred left and right steadily up until the dinner break. Once the dinner break ended and the players resumed, hand-for-hand play kicked and shortly thereafter Bob Lauria was eliminated as the bubble boy.
Plenty of notable players made the money including Matt Woodward (41st), Rep Porter (40th), Jonathan Tamayo (37th), Daniel Makowsky (36th), Joe Serock (28th), Shannon Shorr (17th) and Jeff Shulman (13th). Play finished up after ten levels of play and here's a list of the ten players who will be returning tomorrow afternoon to finish things out.
Seat 1: Matt Matros - 224,000
Seat 2: William Jensen - 326,000
Seat 3: Gary Bogdanski - 115,000
Seat 4: Eric Buchman - 453,000
Seat 5: Hansu Chu - 447,000
Seat 6: Flavio Ferrari - 373,000
Seat 7: Brent Courson - 240,000
Seat 8: Daniel Quach - 55,000
Seat 9: Steven Hustoft - 383,000
Seat 10: Matt Grapenthien - 254,000
Eric Buchman will enter the final day of play as the chip leader. Buchman has nearly $3.5 million in career tournament earnings and his most famed finish is a fourth place at last year's WSOP Main Event, earning him $2,502,890.
Although Buchman's one of the bigger names in the final ten, all eyes will be on Matt Matros. He comes into the last day eighth in chips, but will be looking to claim his second gold bracelet of the Series. Less than a week ago, Matros captured Event No. 12: $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $189,870.
Could it be two limit titles within a week's time? Will the former November Niner ride his chip lead to victory? Or will one of the other names storm to the top and claim the title? You'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out and you can bet that PokerNews will have all the action from the felt as we move towards a champion. We'll see you back here at 2:30 p.m., goodnight!
With the board reading , Matt Grapenthien bet and Gary Bogdanski called.
When the hit the felt on the river, Grapenthien bet and Bogdanski called again.
Grapenthien mucked after Bogdanski tabled . Bogdanski is now down to to 110,000.
Here's the redraw to the final ten-handed table. One more player must go before we make the official final table. If that happens before the end of this level, play will cease for the night.
Seat 1: Matt Matros
Seat 2: William Jensen
Seat 3: Gary Bogdanski
Seat 4: Eric Buchman
Seat 5: Hansu Chu
Seat 6: Flavio Ferrari
Seat 7: Brent Courson
Seat 8: Daniel Quach
Seat 9: Steven Hustoft
Seat 10: Matt Grapenthien
Duke Lee was all in on the flop of with the . He was up against Brent Courson and his . The turn was the and the river the , sending Lee to the rail in 11th place and setting up the players for a redraw to one table.
Duke Lee opened the pot on the button and Mark Gryglik called in the small blind. The flop brought an ace of diamonds and all the chips went in.
Lee tabled ace jack and Gryglik ace eight, without help from the rest of the board Gryglik is out of the tournament.
Eric Buchman raised from under the gun before Jeff Shulman reraised from the next seat, committing all but 12,000 of his chips. When action got back to Buchman, he made the call.
The flop came down and Buchman bet. Shulman raised all in and Buchman called. Shulman had flopped a set of nines with the . Buchman had the for bottom pair, he did have a backdoor flush draw to hearts that someone at the tabled pointed out.
The turn brought the and Buchman gained some outs to hit his flush. The river completed the board with the and just like that Buchman went runner, runner hearts to make his flush and send Shulman to the rail in 13th place for just under $10,000. Buchman moved up to 390,000 chips.
Matt Matros raised from early position and then Jeff Shulman reraised from the small blind. Matros made the call and then the flop came down . Shulman fired and Matros called.
The turn added the to the board and Shulman fired again. Matros called once more before the was placed down on the river. Shulman fired again and Matros shook his head. He called anyway and Shulman announced that he had pocket eights. "I can beat that," said Matros, throwing over the for a pair of kings. He moved up to 345,000 in chips while Shulman was knocked down to just 35,000.