Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Ray Henson Leads Final 16 Into Day 3 of Event #56

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Raymond Henson
Raymond Henson

The second day of the Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em saw 206 players return to the tables in the Amazon Room and Raymond Chen was leading the field as one of three players with three-digit stacks. Ten hours and levels later, only 16 players would remain and Ray Henson claimed the top spot with 897,000 in chips.

A large portion of his stack came from the elimination of Seyed Fazeli in 24th place when the pocket kings of Henson held up.

Not far behind in the overnight chip counts are Steve "gboro780" Gross (859,000) and Scottish veteran Richard Milne (827,000). Gross won his first gold bracelet one year ago in the $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha.

Other notables that made it through to the final day included World Poker Tour champion and TV producer Matt Salsberg (494,000), Justin Schwartz (354,000), Neo Hoang (237,000), and Bastian Fischer (219,000).

Among the first to hit the rail early on Day 2 were Noah Bronstein, Hoyt Corkins, Kathy Liebert, Vladimir Geshkenbein, and Soi Nguyen. Nguyen was a victim of the roller-coaster ride of Loni Harwood, who created the two of the largest pots of the entire day before bowing out in 46th place in a setup hand versus Matthew Frampton.

Vinny Pahuja was looking for another deep run after reaching the final two tables three times already at the 2014 WSOP, but his aces got cracked and he had to settle for 73rd place. John Hennigan, winner of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship, followed in 69th place and Thomas Muehloecker was eliminated in a three-way hand towards the end of the day.

Bryan Berryman and Craig Rombough reached the last two tables and were sent to the rail in the last level of play to create the following "Sweet 16" for Day 3:

TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4501Robert Merulla529,000
4502Daniel Riley232,000
4503Steve Gross859,000
4504--empty----
4505Raymond Henson897,000
4506Matt Salsberg494,000
4507Richard Milne827,000
4508Bastian Fischer219,000
4509Mike Kachan375,000
    
4461Jeff Blenkarn252,000
4462Justin Schwartz354,000
4463Viktor Skoldstedt402,000
4464Michael Marckx510,000
4465Neo Hoang237,000
4466Michael Spegal223,000
4467Eric Shanks450,000
4468--empty----
4469Andrew Egan731,000

Play will resume in level 22 at blinds 8,000/16,000 with an ante of 2,000, and the action gets underway at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time and will continue until a winner has been determined. All players have already secured a payday of $14,407, but the eyes are set on the first-place payout of $403,483.

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Tags: John HenniganLoni HarwoodLuke SchwartzMatt SalsbergRay HensonSeyed FazeliSoi NguyenThomas Muehloecker

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Raymond Henson us 897,000 -3,000
Steve Gross us 859,000 59,000
Richard Milne gb 827,000 257,000
Andrew Egan US 731,000 271,000
Robert Merulla US 529,000 229,000
Michael Marckx US 510,000 45,000
Matt Salsberg us 494,000 -106,000
Eric Shanks US 450,000 250,000
Viktor Skoldstedt SE 402,000 202,000
Mike Kachan us 375,000 245,000
Justin Schwartz us 254,000 -146,000
Jeff Blenkarn us 252,000
Neo Hoang US 237,000 -218,000
Daniel Riley US 232,000 2,000
Michael Spegal US 223,000 -7,000
Bastian Fischer de 219,000 -171,000

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Craig Rombough Eliminated in 17th Place ($$14,407)

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Craig Rombough
Craig Rombough

Viktor Skoldstedt opened the action with a raise to 25,000 and Craig Rombough moved all in for 122,000. The action folded back to Skoldstedt and the Swede said "well, I already have 25 in so I guess I have to call" and then tossed in the chips.

Rombough: {K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}
Skoldstedt: {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}

The Swede picked up a straight draw on the {4-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop and sure enough the {7-Spades} turn completed just that. The {6-Clubs} river was a blank for Rombough, who could have only split the pot still anyways and after that hand the chips were bagged and tagged.

Craig Rombough US Busted

Tags: Craig RomboughViktor Skoldstedt

Schwartz Doubles, Skoldstedt Too

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Justin Schwartz open-shoved the button for 185,000 chips and Viktor Skoldstedt moved all in for more from one seat over. The player in the big blind folded and they turned over their cards.

Schwartz: {8-Hearts}{J-Spades}
Skoldstedt: {7-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

The Swede would not hold up on the {9-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} board and was left short. He was all in the next hand for 76,000 with {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Andrew Egan made the call after raising to 24,000 previously. Egan had {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts} but Skoldstedt doubled up on the {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} board and also claimed the blinds and antes uncontested one hand later with another all in.

Justin Schwartz us 400,000 270,000
Viktor Skoldstedt SE 200,000 -120,000

Tags: Andrew EganJustin SchwartzViktor Skoldstedt

Redraw of the Final 2 Tables

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayer
4401Robert Merulla
4402Daniel Riley
4403Steve Gross
4404Eric Shanks
4405Ray Henson
4406Matt Salsberg
4407Richard Milne
4408Bastian Fischer
4409Mike Kachan
   
4451Jeff Blenkarn
4452Justin Schwartz
4453Viktor Skoldstedt
4454Michael Marckx
4455Neo Hoang
4456Michael Spegal
4457Bryan Berryman
4458Craig Rombough
4459Andrew Egan

Adam Fairbanks Eliminated in 19th Place ($11,544)

[user38873] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Adam Fairbanks
Adam Fairbanks

Adam Fairbanks raised to 60,000 and left himself 5,000 chips behind. One seat over, Andrew Egan moved all in to isolate and all other players folded, except for Fairbanks who called off.

Egan: {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Fairbanks: {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The {4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{5-Spades} board reduced the field to only 18 players and a redraw for the final two tables will take place shortly.

Adam Fairbanks US Busted

Tags: Adam FairbanksAndrew Egan

Guillaume Jenner Eliminated in 20th Place ($11,544)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Guillaume Jenner
Guillaume Jenner

Guillaume Jenner moved all in and Ray Henson moved all in too. Just to add the party Steve Gross moved all in too. Henson had them both covered and the three players turned their cards over.

Jenner {a-Spades}{8-Spades} Vs Henson {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} Vs Gross {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}.

The flop was {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and Henson was looking good to score a double knockout, the turn however was the {8-Diamonds} putting Jenner in the lead.

A river {q-Diamonds} though gave Gross a full house which gave him a double up but knocked out Jenner.

Guillaume Jenner FR Busted

Tags: Guillaume JennerRay HensonSteve Gross

Christopher Chabris Eliminated in 21st Place ($11,544)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Christopher Chabris
Christopher Chabris

Christopher Chabris moved all in and was called by Andrew Egan.

It was Chabris who was the player at risk and he turned over {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}. Egan showed him the {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and the cards would decide their fate.

A final board of {3-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{q-Hearts} gave Chabris hope on the flop but it was snatched away on the turn.

Christopher Chabris US Busted

Tags: Andrew EganChristopher Chabris