Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed
Event #29: $2,500 10-Game Mix / Six Handed
Day 2 completed

Day 2 in the Books, Shaun Deeb in Pole Position

• Level 18
Is this Shaun Deeb's time to shine?
Is this Shaun Deeb's time to shine?

Well folks, it’s that time of the night where we wrap things up – and what a sensational day it has been!

Day 2 of the $2,500 10-Game Mixed Event saw 162 players return to the felt here at the Amazon Room, with plenty of action right from the word go. Event #16 champion John Juanda was unable to consolidate on his recent form and was amongst the early eliminations, along Event #4 winner Allen Bari. Two past WSOP Main Event champions also departed in the form of Greg Raymer (2004) and Joe Hachem (2005).

Other big names to have departed today include 2010 Player’s Championship winner and November Niner Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Jeff Madsen and Mike Matusow. And although he started the day with the overall chip lead, “Miami” John Cernuto only just managed to squeak into the money, along with Cyndy Violette, Marco Traniello, Lyle Berman and Freddy Deeb.

Now, only 19 players remain, and the man that’s at the top of the pops is Shaun Deeb with 321,700 in chips. Deeb's already earned over $570,000 in tournament earnings, but will be looking for his first WSOP bracelet. He’s followed by Brian Haveson who's second overall with 288,000, while David Whitis (258,700), Travis Pearson (258,100) and Jason Stern (220,000) round off the top five. Still, with the way that the chips have flown back and forth across the felt today, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will take it down!

Play will resume at 4pm PST tomorrow (GMT -7) and PokerNews will be ringside to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage. Until then, it's buenos noches from the Rio!

Tags: Shaun Deeb

End-of-Day Chip Counts

Shaun Deeb 321,700 142,700
Brian Haveson 288,000 -22,000
David Whitis 258,700 63,700
Travis Pearson 258,100 70,100
Jason Stern 220,000 57,000
Septi Popescu 217,300 62,800
David Benefield 211,300 -88,700
Tad Jurgens 161,000 16,000
Don McNamara 156,000 -101,000
Roland Israelashvili 149,000 -61,000
Daniel Makowsky 141,200 1,200
Joshua Weiland 141,000 61,000
Scott Bohlman 136,200 16,200
John D'Agostino 124,600 49,600
Kevin Chance 123,700 -9,300
Chris Lee 113,200 -4,800
Matt Vengrin 110,300 -10,700
Kendall Fukumoto 72,000 -33,500
Brian Powell 36,600 -51,400

Jared Davis Eliminated in 20th Place ($8,197)

• Level 18
Jared Davis - 20th place
Jared Davis - 20th place

Stud 8/B

After being crippled in massive three-way pot in the previous hand, Jared Davis moved the last of his money into the middle after the initial deal with {a-Diamonds} as the upcard, but could only manage to draw a pair of fours against John D'Agostino's pair of jacks.

With no qualifying low to chop, Davis departed in 20th place to collect $8,197 from the cage.

Tags: Jared DavisJohn D'Agostino

Four More Hands

• Level 18

The tournament supervisor has instructed the dealers to deal four more hands before we bag and tag for the night.

Chance Chips Up

• Level 18

2-7 No-Limit

With the field now down to just 21 players, the action is beginning to slow up a bit, but we did manage to pick up a quick hand between Joshua Weiland, Kevin Chance and Don McNamara.

The action folded to Weiland who raised from the cutoff; Chance called out of the small blind, as did McNamara from the big blind before all three players drew one card. All three players checked and Chance tabled {Q-}{9-}{7-}{3-}{2-} to take down the pot.

Let the grinding begin!

Tags: Joshua WeilandKevin ChanceDon McNamara

Shawn Buchanan Eliminated in 22nd Place ($8,197)

• Level 18
Shawn Buchanan - 22nd place
Shawn Buchanan - 22nd place

Pot-Limit Omaha

Shawn Buchanan got his money in on a {6-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {7-Clubs} flop. Tad Jurgens was right there to look him up, both men sharing a similar stack size. Here's what they were working with:

Buchanan: {4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Spades} (two pair, straight draw)
Jurgens: {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{Q-Spades} (pair, flush draw)

The {K-Spades} turn was a blank for both players, but the river was not a blank at all. The {J-Hearts} gave Jurgens the winning flush, and he had Buchanan slightly covered when the stacks were matched up.

So then, we've lost Buchanan in 22nd place while Jurgens nearly doubles to about 45,000.

Tags: Shawn BuchananTad Jurgens

Daniel Alaei Eliminated in 23rd Place ($8,917)

Daniel Alaei - 23rd place
Daniel Alaei - 23rd place

Limit Hold'em

Having been crippled down to his last 19,400 before being moved over to table 277, Daniel Alaei got the last of his money into the middle before the flop with {K-}{K-}, but ran straight into the {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} of Septi Popescu.

Neither hand improved on the {6-}{6-}{Q-}{7-}{10-} board and Alaei picks up $8,917 for his 23rd place finish.

Septi Popescu 154,500 60,500
Daniel Alaei Busted

Oops!

Stud

Kevin Chance: {Q-}{10-Diamonds} / {J-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts} / {9-Clubs}
Shaun Deeb: {x-}{x-} / {K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades} / {x-} MUCKED

Don McNamara brought the action in, Deeb completed and Chance called before McNamara folded, making it heads-up to fourth street - although it almost didn't happen, because the dealer accidentally mucked Chance's {J-Clubs}! The players were quick to jump on the dealer's error, but after the card was retrieved, play resumed.

Chance opened and Deeb called, then Deeb led out and Chance called on fifth before Deeb check-called Chance on both sixth and seventh streets. Deeb was far from pleased to see Chance's straight, walking off in a huff, but he's still well in contention as we approach the halfway mark of this final level.

Shaun Deeb 179,000 -3,000
133,000