Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
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Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 2 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

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Jonathan Driscoll
Jonathan Driscoll
1,247,000
Kenneth Griffin
Kenneth Griffin
1,133,000 -197,000
Andrew Teng
Andrew Teng
723,000
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari
663,000
Philip Hammerling
Philip Hammerling
650,000
David Haiman
David Haiman
528,000
Jeremiah Siegmund
Jeremiah Siegmund
512,000
Jonathan Lane
Jonathan Lane
509,000
Aaron Massey
Aaron Massey
413,000
Paulo Gomes
Paulo Gomes
308,000
Eric Baudry
Eric Baudry
266,000
David Baker
David Baker
252,000
Manuel Labandeira
Manuel Labandeira
226,000
Michael Marks
Michael Marks
224,000
Jean Luc Marais
Jean Luc Marais
224,000
Jelger Wiegersma
Jelger Wiegersma
215,000
Tamas Lendvai
Tamas Lendvai
169,000
Nicolo Calia
Nicolo Calia
150,000
Stuart Fischbein
Stuart Fischbein
141,000
Manuel Davidian
Manuel Davidian
106,000
Kent Novick
Kent Novick
91,000 -819,000

Day 2 of Event # 45: No-Limit Hold'em Wrapped Up

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

After ten more grueling levels of competition, Day 2 of Event # 45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em has come to a close with just 21 players surviving to make the final day. The day was dominated by two professionals with impressive resumes, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari, making deep runs in search of WSOP gold. The Poker Brat played a patient and calculated game for hours, grinding a short stack until he won a large pot with pocket aces and doubled through. From there, Hellmuth went on a tear and built a formidable stack, and he appeared to be on the brink of his third final table of the series. Unfortunately for him, and poker fans around the world, Hellmuth went card dead at the wrong time an ultimately busted out in 28th place.

With the exit of the 11-time bracelet winner, Antonio Esfandiari was left as our headliner, and “The Magician” did not disappoint, steadily climbing the leaderboard and never putting himself at serious risk. Esfandiari will enter the final day of play in 4th place with a stack of 663,000 chips, looking to cement his reputation as one of the best players in the world today.

During the day, we watched notables fall by the wayside, including Lee Childs (130th), Joe Tehan (103rd) and Andrew Lichtenberger (52nd). Amateurs also managed to capture our attention, including one of the first deaf players in WSOP history, Radu Junc. After maneuvering his way through the nearly 3,000 player field, Junc’s dream run was ended at the hands of a two-outer on the river.

After the killing fields of Day 1, and moving day today, just 21 players have survived to claim a seat on tomorrow’s third day of play. Jonathan Driscoll of Quebec, Canada, who happens to share a house in Vegas with defending Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, is our chip leader entering the day after building a massive stack of 1,247,000. He will be trailed closely by Kenneth Griffin (1,133,000), an amateur who earned his first WSOP cash in this event.

Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 2:30 PST to follow the action as Esfandiari tries to outduel the amateurs and capture his second WSOP bracelet.

Driscoll Doing Work

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Jonathan Driscoll made a late surge at the end of the night to become our chip leader heading into day 3. Driscoll raised to 20,000 and George Kapalas re-raised to 40,000. Driscoll then made it 105,000 to go and Kapalas shoved all in for around 400,000. Driscoll (who had Kapalas covered) snap-called and tabled his {a-}{a-}. Kapalas' {5-}{5-} was going to need a lot of help to stay alive.

The board ran out blanks and Kapalas was sent to the rail while Driscoll stacked up well over a million chips. A few hands before play ended for the night.

Tags: George KapalasJonathan Driscoll

Four More Hands

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

With 10 minutes remaining on the clock it has been announced that each table will play four more hands and then bag and tag for the night.

Hellmuth Ships it on a Draw....and Misses

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

In what would be Phil Hellmuth's last hand, Hellmuth limped from early position and Jonathan Driscoll checked his option from the big.

The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Hellmuth checked. Driscoll led out for 10,000 and Hellmuth raised to 20,000. Driscoll promptly re-raised to 30,000 and Hellmuth decided to ship his entire stack in. Driscoll called.

Hellmuth: {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Driscoll: {A-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The {A-Spades} turn and {Q-Spades} river bricked for Hellmuth and he immediately shot up out of his seat and exited the Amazon Room, leaving his stuff behind.

Hellmuth eventually came back to shake Driscoll's hand. However, during the handshake, Hellmuth couldn't resist the urge to berate Driscoll's play. Driscoll replied by asking Hellmuth why he would come back just to berate him.

"It's not you, I'm just steaming right now. I just played perfect for two straight days and lost it all..."

Hellmuth eventually composed himself and left. Driscoll is up to 640,000.

Tags: Phil HellmuthJonathan Driscoll

Ugly River Busts Junc

Radu Junc, one of the few deaf players to ever play in a WSOP event has been eliminated from the tournament in what can only be called an "ugly" hand.

After a flop of {10-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, Junc ended up all in against Ken Griffin for a very large pot. Junc's {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs} was way ahead of Griffin's {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. The turn brought an insignificant {4-Clubs} but then the river card brought the devastating {6-Hearts} giving Griffin trip sixes and the win.

Junc and his rail all were shocked at the unfortunate turn of events and he sadly headed to the payout table but his deep run in this event is still very impressive and we're sure to see more great things from him in the future.

After the hand, Griffin's stack was bumped to one of our chipleaders with around 603,000.

Kenneth Griffin
Kenneth Griffin
603,000 238,000
Radu Junc
Radu Junc
Busted

Tags: Kenneth GriffinRadu Junc

The Ten-Minute Hand; Featuring the Poker Brat

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We caught up with the action on a {10-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop. Phil Hellmuth checked from the big and the player in the cutoff bet 30,000. Hellmuth tanked, which accounted for about two minutes of the hand, but then announced he was all in for 103,000.

His opponent appeared to fall hard into the tank. Several minutes passed and he eventually said, "Sorry to do this to ya, but I've gotta call the clock," much to the confusion of the table.

"I went all in!" Hellmuth said. Suddenly realizing this, Hellmuth's opponent immediately mucked.

"You tanked for seven minutes with ace-queen high!" Hellmuth joked.

"I did have ace-queen," his opponent said.

In any case, Hellmuth is up to 220,000.

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Current Chip Counts

Jonathan Driscoll
Jonathan Driscoll
345,000 -105,000
Aaron Massey
Aaron Massey
337,000 89,000
Dominick Fosco
Dominick Fosco
268,000 234,700
David Haiman
David Haiman
245,000 187,200
Jean Luc Marais
Jean Luc Marais
230,000 165,400
Michael Marks
Michael Marks
180,000 170,400
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth
155,000 5,000
Brandon Riha
Brandon Riha
155,000 125,100

Updated Chip Counts

Glenn Mccaffrey
Glenn Mccaffrey
650,000 50,000
Andrew Teng
Andrew Teng
540,000 481,900
Manuel Labandeira
Manuel Labandeira
400,000 379,900
Jeremiah Siegmund
Jeremiah Siegmund
370,000 288,900
Kenneth Griffin
Kenneth Griffin
365,000 160,000
Jonathan Lane
Jonathan Lane
345,000 129,000
Nicolo Calia
Nicolo Calia
290,000 254,700
George Kapalas
George Kapalas
225,000 -75,000
Radu Junc
Radu Junc
220,000 10,000
Jelger Wiegersma
Jelger Wiegersma
206,000 121,500
Milad Jorshari
Milad Jorshari
200,000 163,000
Philip Hammerling
Philip Hammerling
190,000 60,000
Tamas Lendvai
Tamas Lendvai
165,000 126,600
Stuart Fischbein
Stuart Fischbein
150,000 126,900
William Perpich
William Perpich
125,000 105,500
John Schwartz
John Schwartz
85,000 77,400
Mark Herm
Mark Herm
Busted