Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
|James St. Hilaire||224,000||19,000|
Day 2 of the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event came to a close with 39 players remaining of the 291 that returned for action this morning. Thomas MIller is the resounding chipleader with 1,500,000, holding nearly a 600,000 chip lead over second place. He’s followed by Mikhail Lakhitov and Randy Dorfman in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Advancing to Day 3 are notables Eddy Sabat, Tim Phan, Dwyte Pilgrim, David Pham, Nam Le, Marvin Rettenmaier and Tom Marchese.
The money bubble burst in the third level of play. Two players busted during hand for hand play, Jack Jacovou and Bradley Augsburger, they chopped the prize money for 171st – each earning $103.50 of profit. Eric Baldwin busted in 173rd becoming the bubble boy after the fact.
The day began with the field packed with notables and pros, but they did not fare well, with most finding the rail. Those that busted included Randal Flowers, Gavin Smith, Kunimaro Kojo, Dan O’Brien, David Diaz, Leo Wolpert, Tommy Vedes, Martins Adeniya, Terrence Chan, Jimmy Tran, Bryn Kenney, Stephen O’Dwyer, Chance Kornuth, J.C. Tran, Eric Baldwin, Anthony Yeh, Tomer Berda and Dani Stern.
Day 3 will get underway at 2:30 p.m. PST in the Blue section of the Amazon Room. We hope to play down to a winner but with 39 players returning they might play the allotted ten levels and return for a fourth day to crown a winner. Follow all the WSOP action live on Pokernews.com
We caught up with the action on the flop as the board showed . Franciscus Dekkers either bet or raised 60,000 stacking out that many chips just as we approached. His opponent was the chip leader Thomas Miller, and Miller shoved all in over the top. It was a big effective raise as Dekker still had about 400,000 chips back. He spent a long while agonizing in the tank before he called it off for his tournament life. He was wrong.
Miller's overpair had him poised for a monster pot, and the turn and river secured the knockout. With it comes a huge chip boost to at least 1.3 million. We couldn't get a better count than that, because he was still stacking up when he eliminated the short stack at his table on the very next hand.
An middle position player opened for 17,000, MIchael Bennington called from the small blind and Eddy Sabat raised to 102,000 from the big blind. The original raiser folded and Bennington announced call, but tabled his hand. The problem was that Bennington wasn't all in and tabled his hand too early.
Bennington had about 35,000 behind and Sabat sat motionless until the floorman arrived. It was ruled that he had to play the rest of the hand with his cards face up and would earn a one round penalty for exposing his cards.
The flop came and Bennington then went all in. Sabat called and turned over . The board finished and Sabat eliminated Bennington on one of the last few hands of the night.
We don't know exactly what the action was preflop, but we know Andrew Cohen ended up all in with a call by Thomas Miller. All Cohen had was and his opponent Miller held . A flop fell out of the deck giving Cohen the lead with a pair of eights. It was the on the turn that gave the hand back to Miller. A meaningless fell on the river giving the hand to Miller and his giant chip stack.
We don't know the exact action,but we know Ryan Schmidt got all in for around 81,000 preflop against Lynne Mitchnick. Schmidt held and Mitchnick had as her whole cards.
A board of came out giving Mitchnick a full house queens over tens which was enough to knock out Schmidt and gain a few more chips.
Kevin Eyster moved all in from late position for around 135,000 and action folded around to David Pham in the big blind who made the call.
It looked like Eyster had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but then we saw the flop. all fell on the felt for the flop, and it was Eyster now who was in great shape to double up as long as he could avoid a nine. Eyster got his wish as the turn-river both blanked out coming respectively. Pham is now down to around 100,000 in chips.
We don't know what the action was preflop, but we did manage to catch up to the action on a flop. Kyle Keranen was heads up with another player, Thomas Miller. Keranen put out a bet of 20,000 on the flop and Miller called.
The turn brought a check from Miller and a 50,000 bet from Keranen. After a few minutes passed Miller announced raise and made it 150,000. Another few minutes passed and Keranen announced all in. At this point in the hand out of the nine players seated at the table only one player was sitting down. Every one was standing, and there were a handful of players from other tables around the area simply watching to see what would happen in this monstrous pot. Miller called and showed for a set of fives. A distraught Keranen flipped for a pair of jacks.
Keranen wasn't dead yet as there was still a river to be dealt. A meaningless rang off the deck, and Miller doubled up and has taken a commanding chip lead in this tournament. Keranen has essentially been crippled with less than 50,000 in chips.