Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Official Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

James Mackey us 1,011,000 -19,000
Christian Jeppsson se 548,000 18,000
Alfonso Amendola it 480,000 10,000
Michael Abdoulah 475,500 434,100
Peter Kaemmerlen us 446,000 381,200
Mike Wattel us 428,500 243,500
Sebastian Winkler de 378,000 333,100
Viet Vo us 370,000 347,800
Davor Lanini it 334,000 290,400
Joseph Curcio 302,500 274,900
Viliamu Amitoelau 297,000 255,500
Kevin O'Connell 274,500
Wesley Pantling 261,000 209,500
Bryan Porter 252,500 176,400
Jean Larosiliere 250,500 25,500
Dmitry Gromov ru 242,500 202,500
Jason Boyes 225,000 185,000
John Apostolidis 222,000 102,000
Warren Wooldridge 218,000 -32,000
217,000 197,500
Kyle Knecht us 216,500 -53,500
Dan Shak us 215,500 -44,500
Maurice Hawkins us 201,500 184,100
Viktor Wessman 199,500 149,900

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Day 2 Bagged Up

James Mackey - chip daddy
James Mackey - chip daddy

It's been another long day in the Amazon Room, but not quite as much poker has been played as we hoped. We were scheduled to play 10 levels today, but owing to a late start and a brief hiatus when the payout computer went a bit mad, it's 3am and we've only got through nine full levels.

Nevertheless, we've done rather well in terms of decimating the field. We came back today with a daunting 502 players, and are now down to just 75 or so. Leading the field is James Mackey, On an astounding 1,011,000 - that'll be around 126 big blinds when play resumes tomorrow - Mackey is looking in pretty good shape to bag himself his second bracelet.

This bracelet is not looking likely to be awarded tomorrow though - like our friends over in the PLO Championship, this tournament is almost guaranteed to run to four days at this point. Still, the blinds are getting big and anything can happen. Either way, we will be back in the Amazon Room at 3pm tomorrow, when we will be playing at least down to a final table. See you then.

Mackey's Million

We caught the action on the flop in this hand that James Mackey was involved in. The flop read {k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and from under the gun, Mackey made it 18,000. His opponent in the cutoff reraised to 42,000 and Mackey made the call.

The {j-Clubs} fell on the turn and Mackey check-called the 46,500 bet of his opponent.

On the {5-Diamonds} river, Mackey checked once more, as did his opponent.

Mackey tabled {4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for trips and has surpassed the one million mark in chips.

Tags: James Mackey

Slip on the Court

From the cutoff, Court Harrington opened for 13,500. The player in the big blind made the call and the flop came down {a-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Both players checked to the {7-Diamonds} river. The player in the big blind made it 15,500 and Harrington made the call.

The {6-Spades} fell on the river and both players checked again. When Harrington saw the {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts} of his opponent, he flicked his cards into the muck. Harrington is sitting on 110,000.

Tags: Court Harrington

Yep for Jeppsson

Christian Jeppsson is now above the half million mark after getting somewhat lucky and knocking out another relatively big stack.

The soon-to-be-busted unfortunate opened for 17,000 on the button and Jeppsson called in the small blind. Dan Shak called in the big blind as well, and they saw a flop.

Flop: {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

Jeppsson bet out 28,000 and Shak folded; the button however raised to 60,000. Jeppsson went all in, his opponent called all in for 228,000 total, and they were on their backs.

Button gent: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for top pair, top kicker
Jeppsson: a rather speculative {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}

Turn: {9-Spades} - no help there

River: here's some help -{k-Clubs}

The unfortunate gent on the button got nothing but a payout slip. Jeppsson meanwhile rivered his way to big stack status.

Tags: Christian Jeppsson

Don't Mess with the Big Stack

James Mackey got to stacking quite a few more chips when he and an opponent got all the chips in the middle preflop. Obviously Mackey's tournament life wasn't at risk. His opponent however had committed his remaining 220,000 with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Mackey showed {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}.

The board brought no help to the at risk player. It came down {4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Mackey is the monster chipleader now with 850,000.

Tags: James Mackey

Jamming Through the Night

It was all in preflop for Jon Turner and his opponent. Turner was ahead and not at risk with his {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} against his opponent who tabled {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{3-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and Turner stacked his chips to 300,000 while his opponent hit the rail.

Tags: Jon Turner

Captain Overboard

At the Captain's table
At the Captain's table

"Captain" Tom Franklin and his hat (speaking as bloggers, we love people who wear clothes with their names on) seem to have disappeared. We're not sure exactly what happened, but former tablemate Warren Wooldridge is in possession of a suspiciously hefty 250,000 stack.

Tags: Tom FranklinWarren Wooldridge