Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event has officially reached a final table. After 666 total entries, two grueling starting flights, and Day 2 that went into the wee hours of the night, Andrew Rothfolk has emerged as the man on top of the final table. Rothfolk will command a stack of 4.575 million going into the final day.
Circuit regular Michael Sanders brought up the second chip position by finishing Day 2 with 3.055 million. Rounding out the top three is Ryan Stevenson, who found two key double ups at the final table of ten to ultimately finish the day with 1.505 million. Also making the final table was Mark Maletic, who will have his work cut out for him on Day 3. Maletic will enter the final table as the shortest stack with 400,000.
At the start of the day, 93 players took their seats with the hopes of making the ever elusive final table. The bubble burst relatively quickly as the top 72 players finished in the money. The bubble popped during Level 19 when the blinds were at 2,500/5,000/500. Greg McCurry and Emmit Humphrey looked down at a flop of and after a series of raises, McCurry moved all of his chips into the middle. Humphrey called to find that he was behind.
The turn brought the and McCurry was one card away from a solid double up. The river, however, was the and Humphrey's jacks and tens finished as the best hand. McCurry quickly exited the tournament area while others celebrated as they were guaranteed at least $2,797.
Notable names to finish in the money include Matthew Colvin (57th) Allen Kessler (54th), David Clark (43rd), Cary Marshall (40th), Day 2 chip leader Bryan Campanello (36th), Ari Engel (34th), five-time WSOPC ring winner Kyle Cartwright (23rd), and Aaron Massey (12th).
While play moved quite rapidly as the day progressed, everything came to a standstill once the field reached the unofficial final table of ten. Players clung to their tournament live as time and time again the short stack player won their all in and play pressed on. Most notably, David Kruger was all in and at risk twice and managed to stay alive long enough to secure him a spot at the official final table. At one point, Kruger caught a dream flop against Dan Blakeman to double up. Later in the night, he moved in with and was called by three opponents. Kruger flopped a gutshot and nailed Broadway on the river to stay alive once more.
The final table bubble finally burst when the blinds were at 15,000/30,000/5,000. Blakeman opened to 75,000 from early position and it folded to Michael Sanders who three-bet to 255,000 from the big blind. Blakeman did not seem to enjoy being pushed around, as he made it 560,000 to go. Sanders five-bet all in and Blakeman called all in for his tournament life.
The flop was . Blakeman pleaded with the poker gods for his hand to hold as the hit fourth street. This card killed the king outs for Sanders and he needed an ace on the river to send Blakeman home. Indeed, the drilled fifth street and Blakeman was forced to settle for 10th place and $15,405 in prize money.
WSOP Circuit Harrah's Tunica Main Event Final Table
The final day of play will commence at 12:00 CST in the Harrah's Tunica Event Center. Be sure to stay tuned to all of our live updates as we crown a Main Event champion and the newest WSOPC ring winner!
Dan Blakeman opened with an early positioned raise to 75,000. It folded over to Michael Sander in the big blind and he moved out a three-bet to 255,000. Action went back to Blakeman who wasted little time four-betting to 560,000. Sanders announced all in, Blakeman called for his tournament life, and the hands were flipped up.
Blakeman stayed ahead on the flop.
"Hold," pleaded Blakeman. "Hooooold!"
The turn was the , killing the king outs for Sanders. He needed an ace on the river to send Blakeman home. The dealer burned and flipped over...
Blakeman let out a cry of despair and Sanders yelled "Bag 'em, up, boys!" as play for the night has officially concluded.
Stay tuned for official chip counts and a recap of the day's action.
Players are now on a 15-minute break.
We missed the action, but were informed that a short stacked David Kruger moved all in for his last 151,000 before the flop and received three calls. Kruger held . The flop held an and a and he hit the on the river to make Broadway. He's currently sitting on about 600,000.
Andrew Rothfolk opened with a raise to 48,000 from the cutoff. Mark Maletic took his time cutting out a three-bet to 133,000 from the button. The small blind folded and James Watkins quickly announced all in for 511,000 from the big blind. Rothfolk folded and Maletic went into the tank.
After about ninety seconds, Maletic quietly released his cards.
"I hope you were bluffing," said Maletic as Watkins scooped his new chips.
This loss brings Matletic down to about 550,000 while Watkins is sitting on roughly 620,000.
David Kruger decided to run the gauntlet. He moved his last 185,000 all in from under the gun. It folded to Dan Blakeman who called from the small blind. Norman McKeldin tanked from the big blind before releasing.
The flop was a dream for Kruger - . He flopped a straight and was just about certain to double up. The turn and the river were the and the , making his victory official. Kruger now has around 400,000 while Blakeman has dropped to roughly 700,000.