A rare occurrence at the WSOP this summer -- we've made it all of the way down to nine players in two days, and are set for an exciting final table tomorrow for Event #44, the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) event.
On Day 1 we quickly moved from a starting field of 507 down to just 69 returners today, and that torrid pace continued for most of Day 2. We quickly made the cash today, losing Grant Hinkle, Shannon Shorr and 13 others within just a couple of hours.
Soon after that the rapid parade of players to the cashier's cage began, among them Eric Froehlich, Jeff Shulman, Erica Schoenberg, Matt Matros, Alexandre Gomes, and Andreas Hoivold. Jim Collopy and Matt Stout both competed for the chip lead for a while, but both went out shy of the top 20. Eli Elezra also went out in 23rd.
Finally, following Jonathan Tamayo's elimination in 12th place, things slowed down a bit, and it would take close to two-and-a-half hours for the next elimination -- Steven Kelly -- in 11th. And it was only a short while later that Alfonso Amendola would exit in 10th and our final table was set.
Jarred Solomon and Gavin Smith return tomorrow in a virtual tie for the chip lead, with Danny Hannawa and Michael Michnik close behind.
Thanks for following our coverage, and be sure to come back at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow to see who wins the next WSOP bracelet!