With 23 players remaining, here are the end of the day chip counts:
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:
With over 1.7 million chips in the middle, the dealer wrapped the table before flopping . Jacques' freeroll was over and the turn and river fell the and the respectively.
The two split the monster pot and shared a sigh of relief.
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.
Louis Lau went all in preflop for 130,000 and eventually got called by Hugh Bell.
Lau is out of the tournament and Bell has now 415,000 chips.
We're going to play seven more hands and we'll call it a day.
When we arrived at the table the chips were already in.
Berda has now 190,000 chips and Jack Powell is out of the tournament.
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 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.
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 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 , which wasn't quite as good as the of Martin. Nothing changed with the on the river, and Jacques is up to 1,600,000.