Event #5: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Official Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

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Vincent Jacques ca 1,498,000
Kyle Knecht us 971,000
Calvin Kordus 876,000
David Sands us 628,000
Praz Bansi gb 616,000
Hugh Bell 504,000
Yuval Bronshtein il 498,000
Santiago Nadal 496,000
John Sidoni 389,000
Tyler Hamade 328,000
David Tuthill us 293,000
Donald Offord 283,000
John Myung 268,000
Ting Xiao 238,000
Benjamin Kleyman 226,000
Joshua Gibson us 214,000
Dwyte Pilgrim us 209,000
Tomer Berda us 207,000
Karl Pirkopf us 206,000
Dion Flores 159,000
Getty Mattingsley 139,000
Jason Fazzone 131,000
Alexander Carr 83,000

End of the Day Chip Counts

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With 23 players remaining, here are the end of the day chip counts:

Vincent Jacques ca 1,498,000 -102,000
Kyle Knecht us 971,000 161,000
Calvin Kordus 876,000 -28,000
David Sands us 628,000 68,000
Praz Bansi gb 616,000 -84,000
Hugh Bell 504,000
Yuval Bronshtein il 498,000
Santiago Nadal 496,000 -14,000
John Sidoni 389,000
Tyler Hamade 328,000
David Tuthill us 293,000 -192,000
Donald Offord 283,000 -122,000
John Myung 268,000 151,000
Ting Xiao 238,000
Benjamin Kleyman 226,000
Joshua Gibson us 214,000 -306,000
Dwyte Pilgrim us 209,000 39,000
Tomer Berda us 207,000
Karl Pirkopf us 206,000 31,000
Dion Flores 159,000 -21,000
Getty Mattingsley 139,000 -118,000
Jason Fazzone 131,000
Alexander Carr 83,000 -32,000

The Biggest Pot of the Tournament on the Second-to-Last Hand of the Night!

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Dwyte Pilgrim started the action by opening to 35,000 from middle position. Vincent Jacques three-bet to 82,000 and then Calvin Kordus four-bet to 175,000.

Pilgrim quickly folded and the action was back on Jacques who tanked momentarily. He asked the dealer to pull in the raise and assessed the situation a little longer.

"All in," he muttered.

Kordus stood up in his seat and turn his hat backwards. He was genuinely baffled, counting his chips and then recounting them. Finally after close to five minutes of deliberation he said four very dangerous words in poker:

"F*** it, I call."

The hands were tabled and looked like this:

Jacques: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}
Kordus: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}

With over 1.7 million chips in the middle, the dealer wrapped the table before flopping {8-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades}. Jacques' freeroll was over and the turn and river fell the {K-Hearts} and the {5-Spades} respectively.

The two split the monster pot and shared a sigh of relief.

Tags: Dwyte PilgrimVincent JacquesCalvin Kordus

Time to Close the Books on Day 2

Day 2 of Event #5 is in the books; and what a day it's been.

When we started early this afternoon, we were just a few eliminations away from reaching the bubble. Players who were fortunate enough to cash made the money rather quickly, and we were faced with a flurry of eliminations as short-stacks moved their chips in while hoping to double up or get into the next available event.

After some time, the pace slowed down to a crawl and we went for large periods of time without a single elimination. Of course, this allowed the blinds to increase, and eventually we were back to fast-moving poker with large pots and frequent eliminations.

Tournament organizers had hoped to play down to a final table, but after more than 12 hours of play we're going to pack it in for the night and return tomorrow to reach the bitter end.

Returning for Day 3 is our new chip-leader Vincent Jacques, as well as Praz Bansi, David Sands, Yuvai, David Tuthill and others. Of course, many notable names won't get to play for a spot at the final table, including Humberto Brenes, Antonio Esfandiarai, Adam Levy and Chris Moorman.

Tomorrow's filed will be loaded with younger players, many of whom have had success online leading into this year's WSOP. They're all hoping that they can parlay today's momentum into a win tomorrow.

Bold Bet from Knecht

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Kyle Knecht just made a bold bet against Donald Offord over at Table 371 in the Amazon Room.

We missed the exact preflop action, but we do know Knecht opened on the button and Offord called in the big blind. The dealer flopped {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Offord checked to Knecht who continued for 37,000. Offord check-raised to 75,000 and Knecht tanked for a bit before moving all-in.

Offord tanked himself, re-checking his cards several times before sending them into the muck.

Knecht tabled a deuce and then a few seconds later showed an ace.

Only Offord knows who had the best hand, but Knecht could have possibly been bluffing with the best of it.

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Mystery Man Elminated in 26th Place

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Vincent Jacques

One particular player this evening didn't want to share his identity with us. While we can't tell you his name, we can tell you that he's been eliminated. To get things started he raised to 35000 preflop and was called by Vincent Jacques.

We saw a {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop, which was checked by our mystery man before Jacques bet 45,000. The mystery man raised to 152,000 and Jacques committed himself to the cause with an all-in re-raise, which was called. The mystery man showed {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}, which wasn't quite as good as the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} of Martin. Nothing changed with the {4-Clubs} on the river, and Jacques is up to 1,600,000.

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