Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Event #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Closes With Ten to Play Day 3

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Bill Chen is 5th in chips.
Bill Chen is 5th in chips.

Day 2 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Triple Chance ended with ten players moving on to Day 3 from 156 that started the day. Nicholas Rampone leads the way with 1.5 million, followed by Anders Meli and Bill Chen.

Moving on to Day 3 are Andrea Dato, David Diaz and Steve Watts. Players were busting quickly near the end of play making it possible to begin Day 3 close to the final table. When there were two levels left in the night the field still had 27 players.

Not surviving the day were J.C. Tran, Cliff Josephy, Andy Black, Carlos Mortensen, Ted Forrest and Andy Frankenberger.

Jerry Wong busted on the bubble in a particularly brutal fashion. He picked up pocket aces and ran into Justin Chan’s {K-Hearts} {Q-Spades}. Chan caught a king on the flop and paired his queen on the turn sending Chan home.

Play resumes at 2:30 p.m. PST and we’ll crown a winner. Be sure follow all the action on PokerNews.com.

Final Table Seat Draw and Chip Counts

1. Nicholas Rampone - 1,500,000
2. David Diaz - 324,000
3. Justin Sternberg - 737,000
4. Matthew Henson - 101,000
5. Andrea Dato - 613,000
6. Steven Watts - 439,000
7. Anders Meli - 658,000
8. Bill Chen - 610,000
9. Corey Hastings - 546,000
10. Richard Trigg - 454,000

With two day ones, two day twos, an unofficial final table and a heads-up match, June 9th is shaping up to be another exciting day at the 2011 WSOP.

Seven More Hands

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The ten minute mark has been reached and the tournament director has drawn cards. He announced that seven more hands will be played before the remaining players bag and tag their chips.

Action Flop

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Once again, Nicholas Rampone opened the action with a raise to 23,000. Justin Sternberg made the call from the big blind and the two saw a flop heads up.

{Q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts} was checked by Sternberg and Rampone fired out 35,000. "Lets make it $135,000," Sternberg said to no one in particular. After a minute or two, Rampone moved Sternberg all in and he called. They shared the same hand, {5-}{4-} for two pair and chopped the pot.

After the hand the two gave each other playful grief for playing a hand such as Five-Four. All fun and games when you're playing for over $350,000 and a bracelet.

Tags: Justin SternbergNicholas Rampone

Ten Handed Table Redraw

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

1. Nicholas Rampone
2. David Diaz
3. Justin Sternberg
4. Matthew Henson
5. Andrea Dato
6. Steven Watts
7. Anders Meli
8. Bill Chen
9. Corey Hastings
10. Richard Trigg

Denis Gnidash Eliminated in 12th Place ($19,953)

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Boy is Nicholas Rampone running hot. He has raised every time it has gotten to him preflop for two or three rounds, even if that means three betting.

That is why Denis Gnidash never really stood a chance in this hand. He raised from the cutoff to 26,000 and Rampone again three bet to 60,000. It folded back around to Gnidash who went all in for about 250,000 and Rampone immediately called.

Rampone: {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Gnidash: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

The board ran a clean {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{10-Hearts} and Gnidash's day is done. Rampone has now emerged with a 1.54 Million chip stack and is becoming not just the chip leader, but a dominant one at that. He already has twice the second stack and over a quarter of all the chips in play.

Tags: Denis GnidashNicholas Rampone

Anthony Fung Eliminated in 14th Place ($15,973)

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Nicholas Rampone, who had been opening frequently, raised to 23,000 first into the pot. It folded to Anthony Fung on the button who moved all in for about 155,000. After the blinds folded, Rampone immediately made the call and tabled {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}, well in front of Fung's {A-Spades}{5-Clubs}.

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for a sweat free bust. Rampone is now sitting with 1.3 Million chips.

Tags: Anthony FungNicholas Rampone

Updated Chip Counts

Nicholas Rampone 1,300,000 540,000
Anders Meli 773,000 671,000
Bill Chen 550,000 53,000
Andrea Dato 535,000 -205,000
Corey Hastings 520,000 375,000
David Diaz 500,000 250,000
Richard Trigg 450,000 -170,000
Steve Watts 390,000 30,000
Daniel Smith 300,000 10,000
Justin Sternberg 260,000 95,000
Denis Gnidash 257,000 57,000
Matthew Henson 170,000 25,000
Anthony Fung 165,000 -20,000
Daniel Quesada 80,000 -30,000