Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Day 2 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Sebastian Winkler 1,156,000
Matt Stout 1,062,000
Alexander Queen 977,000
Brandon Becker 919,000
Daniel Lobato 656,000
Francois Billard 626,000
Nicholas Lanzi 624,000
Simon Charette 564,000
Sven Niklas Heinecker 554,000
Athanasios Polychronopoul 492,000
Tanner Millen 458,000
Heinz Pius 430,000
Alex Smith 327,000
Park Yu Cheung 320,000
Bodo Sbrzesny 309,000
Neil Maier 253,000
Vladimir Kochelaevskiy 253,000
Marcos Palermo 241,000
Ashton Berner 233,000
Bryan Pena 216,000
Timothy Gallegos 213,000
Peter Ippolito 211,000
Corey Burbick 203,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 195,000
Marcus Cates 169,000

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Day 2 In The Books!

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Stout-2nd in Chips
Matt Stout-2nd in Chips

Well it was an action packed day here at the Rio, as we narrowed 370 players down to just 30 in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Holdem. Your chip leader going into Day 3 is Sebastian Winkler, who bagged a whopping 1,156,000. Not far behind is Matt Stout who bagged 1,062,000 in chips.

Stout got most of those chips in a huge hand about 2 hours before the end of the night. Action folded around to Cameron Wiley, who raised it to 18,000. Stout was next to act, and he made it 44,000. It folded back to Wiley, and he decided to re-pop it to 118,000. Stout called, and we already had a pot over 250,000.

The flop came out {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and Wiley wasted little time in firing out 200,000. Stout moved all in for about 390,000 total, and while he may not have loved it, there was too much in the pot for Wiley to fold. He made the call, and saw he was in big trouble.

Stout: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Wiley: {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}

The turn was a beautiful card for Stout, coming the {q-Diamonds}. Wiley would need a jack and a jack only to take the pot. The river came the {3-Diamonds}, and Stout scooped the ginormous pot to make him the big chip leader.

Stout isn’t the only big name left in the field. We still have Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Mike DeMichele. There were several big names who made the money, but fell short of day 3, including David Singer, Jonathan Little, James Mackey, Chino Rheem, and Sorel Mizzi, who busted in one of the last hands of the night.

The remaining 30 players will return tomorrow for the third and hopefully final day of the tournament. They will resume play at 2:30 pm local time, and try to play down to a winner. If a winner hasn’t been decided by the end of 10 levels, the remaining players will return for a 4th day. Thanks for reading Pokernews, and stay tuned tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion!

Timoshenko Takes a Major Hit as Day 2 Draws to a Close

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Sven Niklas Heinecker raised to 25,000 from the small blind and Yevgeniy Timoshenko called from the big blind.

The flop came {5-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Heinecker checked, prompting a 33,000 bet from Timoshenko. Heinecker called.

The turn came the {7-Clubs} and this time Heinecker check-called a 60,000 bet from Timoshenko. Both players checked the {4-Hearts} river and Heinecker revealed the {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for a straight. Timoshenko mucked and slipped to 190,000. Heinecker is up to 550,000.

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Seven Till The End

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has reached the last ten minutes, and we will be playing 7 more hands before the players bag and tag their chips.

Miller Takes a Tough One

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

From early position, Alex Queen opened the action with a raise to 23,000. Thomas Miller had just 127,000 left and moved all in from the hijack. It folded back around to Queen who thought for a bit before making the call to put Miller at risk.

Queen: {6-Spades}{7-Spades}
Miller: {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}

Queen probably couldn't have asked for a better situation as he was in a flipping for the 180,000-chip pot, despite having just seven-high. Right on the flop he hit not one pair but two pair. The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Miller could only look on and wonder What-if?

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Stivoli Eliminated

We caught up with the action just as Sebastian Winkler and Federico Stivoli were getting it all-in preflop.

Winkler: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Stivoli: {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts} left Winkler with a winning set and sent Stivoli to the rail.

Winkler is up to 660,000.

Sebastian Winkler 660,000 215,000
Federico Stivoli Busted

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Sbrzesny Flushes Mendelsohn For Double Up

When we came to the table, Bodo Sbrzesny was making some very painful faces, as clearly he was in the middle of a tough decision. He was in a blind vs blind situation with Peter Mendelsohn, and the board read {4-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Mendelsohn had gone all in, having Sbrzesny covered, and Sbrzesny was deep in the tank. After talking out the hand to himself for about two minutes, he made the call.

Sbrzesny: {j-Spades}{7-Spades}
Mendelsohn: {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

The turn card provided all the action, giving Mendelsohn two pair and Sbrzesny a flush draw. Needing a jack, seven, or spade, the {3-Spades} hit the river, giving Sbrzesny the double up and crippling Mendelsohn

Bodo Sbrzesny 275,000 155,000
Peter Mendelsohn 35,000 -90,000

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Fitzgerald's Day is Done

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Sebastian Winkler opened the pot with a raise to 20,000 from middle position. Edward Fitzgerald raised all in for 101,000 before Tanner Millen cold four-bet all in on the button for 370,000. Winkler folded and the hands were turned face up.

Fitzgerald: {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Millen: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

"I'm feeling lucky!" Fitzgerald happily said. Not lucky enough, apparently. The board ran out a very clean {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{k-Spades}{2-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Millen used that pot to reach 525,000 while Fitzgerald hit the rail.

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