After eight hours of play, the second of the two Day 2 flights has come to an end. It was a comparatively short day in WSOP terms but it produced plenty of action.
Perhaps the most talked-about hand to emerge from Day 2b was a hand between Prahlad Friedman and Ted Bort. As was related to us after the fact, Bort shoved against Friedman, then eventually called a clock when Friedman was slow to decide what to do. With a floor person counting down the final ten seconds of the clock, Friedman appeared to call all in at the count of "One." Neither the dealer nor the floor heard him, however, and immediately killed his hand at the zero count. The entire table protested that Friedman had called, especially Bort -- who tabled what was the best hand. Friedman would have been eliminated. Instead Friedman remains alive heading into Day 3, as does Bort.
Otherwise the theme of the day was the elimination of many of the notable names. George Danzer. Phil Ivey. Todd Brunson. David Baker. John Phan. Gavin Griffin. J.C. Tran. Doyle Brunson. Jon Little. The list of eliminations goes on and on.
There were a few well-known name making waves near the top of the counts. Bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst was zeroing in on 300,000 chips before settling at 265,000 chips to end the day. The same was true of Gabriel Walls, who spent large portions of the day as the chip leader with 400,000 before falling back to 241,000 by the end of the night. The opposite was true of Jon van Fleet and Jim "Queso" Collopy, who both chipped up at the end of the night to settle just south of 300,000.
The overall leader for the day appears to be David Assouline, who bagged up 387,800. So far we haven't seen any bigger end-of-Day 2b stack. If that count holds, it will make Assouline the overall leader heading into Day 3 on Monday, when the entire field will consolidate for the first time.
Tomorrow is a day off for the World Series of Poker, the first and only day off the entire seven weeks of the festival. Survivors will spend the day trying their best to rest and relax in preparation to re-join the fray on Monday. It's unlikely that we'll hit the money by the end of the day Monday. All of these players are going to have to go through another full day of play without being assured a return on their $10,000 investment.
We'll return at noon on Monday. Until then, you can find us at the bar.
Tommy Vedes opened for 4,000 from the button and Matt Reed three-bet to 12,000. Vedes called and they saw a flop. Reed set Vedes all-in and he made the call.
Vedes was looking for a spade to survive, but couldn't get there, the turn and river falling the and the to send him to the rail while Reed stacked up 337,800 in chips.
Jon Van Fleet has had an adventurous day, and ended it on a high note after getting it all in with another big stack on one of the last hands of the night. Van Fleet's held up against the of his opponent, hitting quads on a board.
Van Fleet will end the day with 295,600.
Dealing cards must not pay too well or something - the extremely entertaining Charles Sylvestre just now offered his dealer $20 to do 20 jumping jacks by the table. The dealer took him up on it, and although he slowed a little at 16 and stumbled on 18, we are pleased to say that he made it and Sylvestre cheerfully paid up.
Everybody at the table cheered.
Kelly Kim, who I believe was only the second ever November Nine player to be eliminated from a final table, has just doubled up courtesy of a classic versus encounter.
It was Kim who held the ladies, his push from the button over the top of an early position open leading to an immediate call. "Nine nine," requested his opponent with a smile after the hit the felt, but his demands fell on stony ground as the turn and river came and respectively.
That's how you get to WSOP finals - win those coin flips. Kim back up to 70,000.