Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 2 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Perry Lin 1,054,000 54,000
Michael Blanovsky 757,000
Paul Nash 736,000 346,000
Ryan Laplante 701,000
Jonathan Spinks 688,000
Matthew Lupton 555,000
Melanie Weisner 549,000
Daniel Bobick 481,000
Randolph Lanosga 441,000
Pim de Goede 420,000 -20,000
Robert Cheung 398,000
Jacob Toole 377,000
Matt Wilkins 340,000
Arkadiy Tsinis 337,000 107,000
Christopher Homan 319,000
David Rounick 268,000
Jason Tang 243,000 243,000
Francis Lynch 237,000
Hoai Pham 208,000
Jamie Armstrong 186,000
Daniel Aldridge 176,000
Aneris Adomkevicius 157,000

Day 2 in the Books, Lin Leads, Weisner Waiting in the Wings

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Melanie Weisner (pictured): searching for her first WSOP bracelet on Day 3
Melanie Weisner (pictured): searching for her first WSOP bracelet on Day 3

Without a doubt, this could have been the most bizarre day we've ever had here in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Period. If the rapid rate of attrition and the roars from the nearby final tables wasn't enough, it was all capped off with a huge British invasion that practically brought play to a standstill during the last three hands.

Still, from 298 players at the start of Day 2 of WSOP Event #35, we're now down to just 23. And emerging as our chip leader from all the madness is Perry Lin, with just over one million in chips. He's followed by Michael Blanovsky (757,000), Ryan Laplante (701,000), Jonathan Spinks (688,000) and Matthew Lupton (555,000).

We should also point out that Melanie Weisner has bagged up 549,000, but with the "last woman standing" moniker aside, she played some power poker throughout the day and will definitely be the one to watch tomorrow. Could she finally become the first female player to win a WSOP open bracelet since Vanessa Selbst in 2008?

All we know that after all that racket, it's time for a couple of Tylenol for our headaches and a good night's rest. Thanks for staying with us here at PokerNews, be sure to join us once again when we kick off tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. PDT. Ciao for now!

Tags: Perry Lin

Ryan Snickles Eliminated in 24th Place, Ryan Milisits Eliminated in 23rd Place ($15,950)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

As the final three hands played out on each table, the Barmy Army, who had been cheering over on the secondary feature table next to the ESPN Main Stage, came through and practically barnstormed the Purple section of the Amazon, chanting and drinking.

Needless to say, their antics didn't go down too well with most of the players or the floor staff and as they tried to settle the crowd down (who kept getting even more rambunctious), through all the commotion, we were unable to catch the details of Kuey's elimination.

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Three More Hands ...

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

... and the Barmy Army have arrived just in time to cheer on ... well, whoever they want to cheer on. It's almost time to wrap this one up!

Gabriel Alarie Eliminated in 27th Place ($15,950)

Gabriel Alarie - 27th Place
Gabriel Alarie - 27th Place

Michael Blanovsky got it all-in against Gabriel Alarie shortly after the players redrew for seats at the final three tables.


Blanovsky: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Alarie: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}

Alarie was in great shape with his queens but would need to fade aces or diamonds in order to earn the double-up. The flop came {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Alarie was safe so far. The {10-Diamonds} on the turn increased his risk and now any diamond or ace would eliminate him from the tournament.

River: {A-Spades}

The guillotine fell swiftly for the Alarie and he hit the rail with disappointment written clearly across his face.

Gabriel Alarie Busted

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