Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 2 completed

Matt O'Donnell Leads the Final 10

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Chip Leader Matt O'Donnell.
Chip Leader Matt O'Donnell.

After playing 20 minutes short of 10 levels today, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship got down to an unofficial final table of 10 and stopped play for the night.

Some big names will come back tomorrow with a shot at the bracelet including the likes of three-time WSOP final table participant Chino Rheem, two-time WSOP final table participant Dan Shak, and WSOP bracelet winners Todd Brunson and Barny Boatman. But they will all be looking up at chip leader Matt O'Donnell, making his second WSOP final table already this year after a fifth-place finish in Event #4: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the beginning of the Series.

The rest of the table is filled with a number of skillful players, including 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller champ Alex Bilokur, 2012 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em fourth-place finisher Alexander Venovski, two-time WSOP final table participant Richard Lyndaker, GuangDong Asia Millions eighth-place finisher Pratyush Buddiga, and two-time WSOP final table participant (including one already this year) Ismael Bojang.

The day started with just 66 players, but did not pass through the money bubble until late in the evening, which is when the top 18 finishers would earn a return on their investment. Players like Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond, Justin Bonomo, and John Hennigan all busted before the payouts started.

Don Nguyen grabbed a massive chip lead midway through the day, but it didn't last and he joined end-of-day-one chip leader Tony Ruberto busting in the first half of the final 18 and in the money.

Top pros like Erik Seidel, Scott Seiver, John Juanda, and Dani Stern also made the final 18, but they couldn't hold on to the final 10, while Humberto Brenes joined them, making his series-leading seventh cash so far.

The field must lose one more player before the official final table is set, and they will start the effort towards that at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday. The PokerNews Live Updates Team will be here from the start until a champion is crowned, so stay tuned right here for all the action.

Tags: Alex BilokurAlex VenovskiBarny BoatmanChino RheemDan ShakDani SternDani Stern. Justin BonomoDon NguyenErik SeidelHumberto BrenesJason MercierJohn HenniganJohn JuandaJustin BonomoMatt O'DonnellMike MatusowPhil GalfondPhil IveyPratyush BuddigaRichard LyndakerScott SeiverTodd BrunsonTony Ruberto

That's a Wrap

[user249920] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Rather than play until a player is lost or the last 20 minutes have expired from the clock, the players have agreed to stop for the night and bring the final 10 back tomorrow.

Unofficial Final Table Draw

[user249920] • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
SeatPlayer
1Alexander Venovski
2Barny Boatman
3Richard Lyndaker
4Todd Brunson
5Alex Bilokur
6Chino Rheem
7Pratyush Buddiga
8Matt O'Donnell
9Ismael Bojang
10Dan Shak

Scott Seiver Eliminated in 12th Place ($30,516)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Scott Seiver 12th.
Scott Seiver 12th.

After Scott Seiver raised and Pratyush Buddiga potted, they got it all in before the flop with virtually the same hand.

It was {a-Spades}{j-Spades} for Buddiga and {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} for Seiver and it appeared it would be a chop after the {6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop.

However, the {q-Spades} turn gave Buddiga a flush draw that the {2-Spades} river completed, sending Seiver to the rail in a rather ugly way.

Pratyush Buddiga us 320,000 220,000
Scott Seiver us Busted

Tags: Pratyush BuddigaScott Seiver

Keith Tilston Eliminated in 13th Place ($25,327)

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Keith Tilston 13th.
Keith Tilston 13th.

A few hands after Keith Tilston hit an ace with {a-}{j-} to crack Chino Rheem's {j-}{j-} and double up, they butted heads again.

Tilston led out for 25,000 and Rheem fired back in the big blind, making it 81,000. It took a good four minutes for Tilson to make the call, but when he did, and the flop came {k-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, Rheem potted instantly, putting Tilston to a decision for his tournament life.

He made the call with {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and looked good to double up again with Rheem on {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. The {5-Diamonds} turn was safe, but the {8-Spades} river made Rheem a set and sent Tilston home with a bad beat story and a pocket full of cash.

Chino Rheem us 560,000 120,000
Keith Tilston us Busted

Tags: Chino RheemKeith Tilston

Humberto Brenes Eliminated in 14th Place ($25,327)

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Humberto Brenes - 14th Place
Humberto Brenes - 14th Place

Humberto Brenes got all of his chips in after a {10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop against Alexander Venovski.

Brenes: {4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Venovski: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

Brenes was in awful shape, and even worse, the {8-Hearts} hit the turn to leave him drawing dead. The {9-Spades} river was a mere formality, and "The Shark" was sent overboard.

Alexander Venovski us 550,000 285,000
Humberto Brenes cr Busted

Tags: Alexander VenovskiHumberto Brenes

Level:
20
Blinds:
6,000/12,000
Ante: