Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Bounahra, "THAY3R" Lead Final 16

[user249920] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Bob Bounahra has the lead going into Day 3.
Bob Bounahra has the lead going into Day 3.

Bob Bounahra bagged 1,058,000 to lead the 16 remaining runners at the end of Day 2 of Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Bounahra, notably, was a member of the November Nine in 2011, the final table eventually won by Pius Heinz. That $1.3 million cash for seventh place is his lone six-figure score, but he'll be shooting for number two tomorrow.

Trailing Bounahra is Thayer Rasmussen, best known by his online handle "THAY3R," under which he has had plenty of success online. Rasmussen ended the night in second with 933,000, good for a wide gap over third-place Dominik Nitsche (707,000). Rasmussen collected a huge pot near the end of the night when he turned two pair against Louis Campbell.

The field of a $1,000 buy-in at the WSOP is typically chock full of lesser experienced players, however plenty of steely veterans navigated the minefield and find themselves among the final 16. Jeff Gross, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Nitsche, Bounahra and Dan Alspach all have north of $1 million in live cashes alone, with plenty more online.

Some big names also fell along the way: JC Tran, Erik Seidel, Jason Koon, James Mackey, David Williams, Mukul Pahuja, and Jason Senti all collected some money but no glory as they fell by the wayside during the 10 level grind today.

Day 3 begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, and we'll be on the watch as the field is whittled down to a winner who will collect more than $300,000 and a gold bracelet. Be sure to tune in to the action right here on PokerNews.

Tags: Bob BounahraDan AlspachDavid WilliamsDominik NitscheErik SeidelJames MackeyJason KoonJason SentiJC TranJeff GrossLouis CampbellMickey PetersenMukul PahujaThayer Rasmussen

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Bob Bounahra bz 1,058,000 858,000
Thayer Rasmussen us 933,000 23,000
Dominik Nitsche de 707,000 257,000
Jeff Gross us 540,000 -23,000
Zachary Gruneberg us 540,000 200,000
Eric Shanks US 407,000 7,000
Lance Harris US 337,000 -88,000
Erwann Pecheux fr 258,000 84,000
Eric Milas US 240,000 78,000
David Burt GB 237,000 127,000
Mickey Petersen dk 231,000 -243,000
Billy Horan US 175,000 -75,000
Louis Campbell US 174,000 -41,000
Dave D'Alesandro us 163,000 -232,000
Dan Alspach US 91,000 -29,000
David Lucchesi US 41,000 -259,000

"Action" Dan Doubles

[user249920] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Dan Alspach, dubbed "Action Dan" by his tablemates, shipped from under the gun for 56,000.

"You better flip that, your time's running out, sir," Zachary Gruneberg joked, referring to Alspach's hourglass card protector.

David Burt pushed over the top, and everyone else folded.

Alspach: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}
Burt: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Things look good for Burt on the {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop. The dealer burned and turned a {j-Hearts} though, causing Burt to hang his head in disappointment. A {9-Spades} river changed nothing.

Dan Alspach US 120,000 75,000
David Burt GB 110,000 -160,000

Tags: Dan AlspachDavid Burt

Rasmussen Leads

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Chip Leader Thayer Rasmussen.
Chip Leader Thayer Rasmussen.

Thayer Rasmussen just moved into the chip lead here and is close to cresting the one-million chip mark.

He called a 75k bet on an {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop then somehow managed to get Louis Campbell to shove in on him on the {3-Hearts} turn. Rasmussen called, having turned {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} into two pair.

Campbell had {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} and a lot less chips after the {4-Hearts} river was revealed.

Thayer Rasmussen us 910,000 560,000
Louis Campbell US 215,000 -535,000

Petersen Doubles Through Pecheux

[user249920] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Mickey Petersen just won an all-in battle of sponsored European pros.

The Dane opened to 20,000 in the cutoff, only to see Frenchman Erwann Pecheux three-bet to 52,000 on the button. Petersen shipped it for 225,000 when action came back to him, and Pecheux called.

Pecheux: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Petersen: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

The {2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Spades} flop gave Pecheux a straight draw, but the {k-Diamonds} was a safe turn for Petersen. The {8-Clubs} finished out the board, and Petersen collected his double.

Mickey Petersen dk 474,000 357,000
Erwann Pecheux fr 174,000 -211,000

Tags: Erwann PecheuxMickey Petersen


Final 18 Redraw

[user249920] • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Table 440

1Eric Shanks
2Timothy Adams
3Louis Campbell
4Bob Bounahra
5Eric Milas
6Mickey Petersen
7Erwann Pecheux
8Dave D'Alesandro
9Thayer Rasmussen

Table 445

1Jeff Gross
2David Burt
3Dominik Nitsche
4Lance Harris
5Billy Horan
6Arthur Baraan
7David Lucchesi
8Zachary Gruneberg
9Dan Alspach