Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
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!
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 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.
The tournament supervisor has instructed the dealers to deal four more hands before we bag and tag for the night.
We missed the hand that did him in, but a short-stacked Brandon Adams has just fallen victim of the Stud round. Roland Isra was the one who did the deed, knocking Adams out in 21st place after a long-standing run at the top of the chip counts.
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 to take down the pot.
Let the grinding begin!
Shawn Buchanan got his money in on a 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: (two pair, straight draw)
Jurgens: (pair, flush draw)
The turn was a blank for both players, but the river was not a blank at all. The 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.
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 , but ran straight into the of Septi Popescu.
Neither hand improved on the board and Alaei picks up $8,917 for his 23rd place finish.
Kevin Chance: / /
Shaun Deeb: / / 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 ! 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.