Michael Pesek had taken the advantage in his match with Leonard Cortelino, moving up to a 3-to-1 chip lead by halfway through this level. Finally a short-stacked Cortelino pushed all in preflop with , and Pesek called wiht . The board came , and Cortelino survived.
Soon after came a hand in which Pesek minimum-raised from the button, Cortelino reraised all in, and Pesek called. Pesek had this time, and Cortelino . The community cards came , and Pesek wins the table to move on to tomorrow's final.
Fatima Moreira de Melo was nearly even with Annette Obrestad when their heads-up battle began. However, Obrestad took the advantage early on and maintained it the rest of the way.
Finally de a short-stacked de Melo pushed all in from the button for her last 76,000 with , and Obrestad called with . The board came , and de Melo survived with her pair of fives.
Soon after, however, de Melo was short and all in again from the button, and Obrestad was there with a call. This time de Melo had and was up against Obrestad's . The board went , and Obrestad's tens held. The young Norwegian is through to Day 3, with a chance to land a WSOP bracelet (to go with the one she won at the 2007 WSOPE Main Event).
The final six matches are all down to just two players each.
The winners will join the eight players who have already won seats in tomorrow's 14-person final round tourney -- Derric Haynie, Steven Kelly, Jeffrey King, Michael Cooper, Heinz Kamutzi, Paul Varano, J.C. Tran, and Johnny Kitchens.