Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The final table has been set, but the tournament remains on the stone bubble!
After a gruelling day with over 13 hours of poker action, nine players remain, led by Rick Salomon who closed out the night with 23,575,000 chips. None of the finalists have been in this situation before and on Tuesday's Day 3 only one will receive the custom bracelet. Only one will leave as champion. Only one player will take home a jaw-dropping $15,306,668.
On the other side of spectrum, one will go home empty-handed.
The day began with 31 players and just as many hopefuls for a big run in this enormous event. Businessman John Morgan was the first to go, followed by Talal Shakerchi and then Jean-Robert Bellande. The mastermind behind the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, Guy Laliberté, started the day low on chips and did not manage to recover. Laliberté got his money in good with queens against Isaac Haxton's ace-ten of spades but the board gave the latter a full house.
Daniel Cates, David Sands, and the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson were knocked out shortly after the field lost Laliberté. Then, Sam Trickett, who had the final-table average only a few hours into the Day 1, was not very fortunate on Day 2. Antonio Esfandiari flopped a straight against Trickett, which knocked him down, and Daniel Negreanu took the remainder of his chips. Trickett busted in a big pot on the river when he moved all in holding pocket aces versus Negreanu's rivered trips.
With 14 players remaining, it was the defending champ who held a big chip lead over his opponents. Esfandiari seemed to be running away with it for a while, but he eventually cooled down. Phil Ivey was the next player to go as the 10-time bracelet winner's best wasn't enough. Ivey grinded a small stack for hours and eventually, when he check-raised the nut flush draw all in, ran into Cary Katz's three of a kind.
Phil Galfond busted in 13th place, as he moved all in drawing dead against Negreanu's flopped flush. Meanwhile on the secondary table, it was Salomon who pulled off an enormous bluff to seize control of the table. Christoph Vogelsang had to adapt his game after the big hand and Salomon cruised to the final table.
Gabe Kaplan, a very well known actor and comedian, put up a great fight, but eventually was knocked out in 12th place when his ace-queen did not improve against Salomon's sixes.
Brandon Steven then doubled up Vogelsang to leave himself with almost no chips before being knocked out in 11th place. Then, with the tournament down to the final two five-handed tables, defending champion Esfandiari was the unfortunate 10th-place finisher when he re-shoved for 5.05 million into Tobias Reinkemeier's ace-jack. Esfandiari turned over ace-five and watched the board ruin his chances of a back-to-back title.
With eight players remaining, it was Reinkemeier who held the lead while Paul Newey struggled to stay alive. On the third hand of the bubble, Newey doubled up holding aces against Reinkemeier's queens. Ten hands later, Seiver doubled through Negreanu.
With that, the night came to a close after 30 hands of bubble play.
The final nine will return on Tuesday at 3 p.m. local time as this tournament will reach its epic conclusion. The bubble will break, dreams will be shattered, and someone will walk away with over $15,306,668 — and you won't want to miss any of it!
PokerNews will be right there with you for every hand of this final table, so stay tuned for all of the action.
With the end of Level 19, the tournament staff informed the players that they will be stopping for the night. Immediately, Scott Seiver looked around the table confused by the fact that play would be stopping on the bubble. Seiver asked the rest of the table if they would like to keep playing, and everyone said they would — everyone except Tobias Reinkemeier.
After a little bit of discussion amongst the players, Reinkemeier agreed with them that he would continue to play, but he just wanted a break. This is when the ESPN producer informed the table that the longer they play, the later they would have to push back the start of the final table, which could affect the plans for Day 3.
It was ruled that play would stop on the bubble, and all of the remaining players would return tomorrow. One of them, though, won't be making any money as that player will go empty-handed.
Hand #27: Rick Salomon won the pot with a raise to one million from the cutoff.
Hand #28: Daniel Colman raised to 1.1 million on the button, winning the blinds and antes.
Hand #29: Colman raised to 1.1 million in the cutoff and received no callers.
Hand #30: Christoph Vogelsang raised to one million in middle position, and won the blinds and antes.
The level ended, and the tournament director told the nine remaining players that play was finished for the day. Some players are contesting, but the tournament staff told them that it's out of their hands.
Hand #24: Rick Salomon received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #25: Daniel Colman raised to one million from under the gun, and Daniel Negreanu reraised to 2.5 million from middle position. Colman folded, and Negreanu won the pot.
Hand #26: Negreanu opened with a raise to 1.1 million. Play then folded to Colman in the big blind, and he called to see the flop come down . Colman checked, and Negreanu bet 1.75 million. Colman called.
The turn was the and checked by both players to see the land on the river and pair the board. Colman bet 2.5 million, and Negreanu called rather quickly.
Colman showed the for two pair, but Negreanu's for trip tens was the winner.
Hand #19: Rick Salomon limped in from the hijack seat, Christoph Vogelsang raised to 1.5 million in the cutoff, and Tobias Reinkemeier cold-called in the big blind. Salomon quickly called as well, and the action checked to Vogelsang on a flop of . Vogelsang fired out 2.2 million, Reinkemeier check-raised to five million, and both Salomon and Vogelsang folded.
Hand #20: Daniel Colmon raised in the cutoff, winning the blinds and antes.
Hand #21: Colman raised to one million in the hijack seat, Paul Newey defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Newey check-folded to a bet of one million.
Hand #22: Colman won the pot with a raise to one million in middle position,
Hand #23: Colman once again raised to one million, and again he dragged the pot.
Hand #14: Daniel Colman raised to one million from middle position. Daniel Negreanu reraised to 2.5 million from the cutoff seat, and action folded back to Colman. He folded, and Negreanu won the pot.
Hand #15: Negreanu raised to 1.1 million from the hijack seat, and action folded to Rick Salomon in the big blind. He reraised to 3.1 million, and Negreanu folded.
Hand #16: From the small blind, Salomon raised to one million, and Christoph Vogelsang called from the big blind to see the flop come down . Salomon checked, and Vogelsang bet 750,000. Salomon folded, and Vogelsang won the pot.
Hand #17: Tobias Reinkemeier raised to one million from early position, and Rick Salomon called on the button to see the flop come down . Reinkemeier bet 1.25 million, and Salomon called.
The turn was the , and Reinkemeier checked. Salomon bet 1.75 million, and Reinkemeier folded.
Hand #18: Salomon raised to one million, and Colman called from the small blind to see the flop come down . Both players checked, and the turn was the . Colman led with a bet, and Salomon folded.
Hand #11: Tobias Reinkemeier completed from the small blind, Daniel Negreanu raised to 1.7 million out of the big blind, and Reinkemeier folded.
Hand #12: Tom Hall raised to 1.2 million in the cutoff, winning the blinds and antes.
Hand #13: Negreanu raised to two million on the button, Scott Seiver moved all in for 4.7 million out of the big blind, and Negreanu called.
The flop gave Negreanu a leading pair of fives, but the on the turn kept Seiver very much alive. Any nine, queen, king, or ace would double him up - he had so many outs and was so excited that he asked to squeeze the river card - and the dealer spiked the onto the felt.
The German contingent celebrated for Seiver as he raked in the pot, and he's now up over 10 million chips.
Hand 4: Action folded to Tom Hall and he raised to 1.1 million from the hijack seat. Tobias Reinkemeier reraised to 2.6 million from the cutoff seat, and action folded back to Hall. He called, and the flop came down . Hall checked, and Reinkemeier bet 2.5 million. Hall folded, and Reinkemeier won the pot.
Hand #5: Christoph Vogelsang raised to one million from early position, and everyone folded.
Hand #6: Rick Salomon received a walk in the big blind, or as Mike Sexton would say, "a ground skinner."
Hand #7: Daniel Colman raised to 1.1 million from under the gun and won the pot.
Hand #8: Daniel Negreanu raised to 1.1 million from middle position, and action folded around the table to give him the blinds and antes.
hand #9: On the button, Vogelsang raised to one million. Colman reraised all in from the small blind for effectively 10.9 million. Vogelsang tank-folded, and Colman won the pot.
Hand #10: Cary Katz raised to 1.175 million from middle position, and action folded around the table to give him the pot.