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Day 2 completed

Reason Leads as 16 Advance to Day 3

[user153638] • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Ben Reason leads the final 16
Ben Reason leads the final 16

The 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwoods Main Event continued on Sunday as the surviving players from two Day 1 starting flights returned to Mashantucket, Connecticut to play through the money bubble at the top 63 on their way toward the final table. After 13 levels of play, just 16 players remained with Ben Reason and his stack of 1.704 million in chips leading the way. Other still in contention include Paul Snead, Pete Campo and Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul.

You can read about Reason's meteoric rise simply by scrolling down a bit in the blog. In the meantime, let's recap the day's action starting with Aryeh Cohen, who dominated the action on Saturday on his way to becoming the end-of-day chip leader with 180,000. Unfortunately for him, his luck turned around on Day 2, and he was eliminated within two hours.

It began in Level 15 (1,000/2,000/300) when Cohen got involved in a monster pot with Erek Gaines, who was a top-six stack. Kurt Jewell opened the action with a raise to 4,200, Cohen responded with a three-bet to 12,500 from the hijack, the cutoff called, and then Gaines four-bet to 30,000 from the small blind. Jewell folded, Cohen shipped, and the cutoff got out of the way. Gaines, who had 109,400 total, called off.

Gaines: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}
Cohen: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

Cohen was crestfallen upon seeing the cards and with good reason. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, he had just an 18.23% chance of winning the hand. That dropped to 8.38% on the {6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop, and the {6-Spades} turn knocked it down even further to 4.55%. Cohen needed a ten on the river to eliminate Gaines and take down the monster pot, but it wasn't in the cards as the {K-Spades} peeled off. Gaines vaulted to 240,000 while Cohen was left with approximately 45,000. He was eliminated less than ten minutes later.

Other players who failed to secure a payday were Micah Raskin, Chris Tryba, Aaron Massey, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Greg Raymer, Andy Frankenberger, Ronnie Bardah, John Dibella, Nancy Birnbaum, Victor Ramdin and the aforementioned Jewell.

With 64 players remaining, hand-for-hand play was initiated, though it didn’t take long for the bubble to burst. In the first hand, Bob Ricciuti shipped all in for 90,500 from middle position and Eric Rando, who was the Day 1a chip leader, called from the button.

Action was halted until all other tables finished their hands, and then a crowd surrounded Table 4 to watch the action. "Of course I would be the bubble boy," a disgusted Ricciuti stated upon discovering his {Q-}{Q-} was dominated by the {K-}{K-} of Rando. As has happened to so many men in the past, the ladies proved to be the end of Ricciuti as the board ran out an uninspiring {5-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

From there, the in-the-money eliminations began to mount including those of Aditya Prasetyo (58th — $3,051), Tim Reilly (56th — $3,051), Justin Pechie (53rd — $3,329) and Luke Vrabel (44th — $3,606), who was eliminated in Level 21 with the blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000. It happened when a preflop raising war resulted in Vrabel being all in preflop for 248,000 holding the {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Unfortunately for him, Lall Bharat held the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and had 3,000 more in chips. Vrabel, known as "Bdbeatslayer" online, was no doubt hoping to deliver a bad beat of his own, but it wasn't in the cards as the board ran out {10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{5-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}.

The eliminations kept coming over the next four levels as Shawn Suller (37th — $3,606), Fabio D’Agata (32nd — $4,438), John Yale (29th — $5,178), John Pito (27th — $5,918), Z Stein (26ht — $5,918), Buck Ramsay (25th — $5,918), Ylon Schwartz (22nd — $6,935) and Greg Folchetti (19th — $8,229) all his the rail.

Here's a look at how the final 16 stack up:

SeatPlayerCount
1Eric Rando458,000
2Pete Campo442,000
3Mike Massri585,000
4Paul Snead568,000
5Bobby Corcione862,000
6Ethan Foulkes916,000
7Lall Bharat680,000
8Alex Wilson693,000
9Chris Mintchev910,000
   
1Cory Waaland821,000
2--empty--N/A
3Chris Schonbach663,000
4John McNabola1,468,000
5--empty--N/A
6Stephen Dare1,704,000
7Kevin Saul484,000
8Eric Blair298,000
9Ben Reason769,000

The third and final day of the WSOP Circuit Foxwoods Main Event will kick off at noon EST as the final 16 will play down to a winner. Who’ll take home the $194,178 first-place prize and earn a coveted spot in the National Championship? Join us then as we bring you all the latest and greatest poker action from the great state of Connecticut!

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Tony Mandia Eliminated in 17th Place ($9,801)

Shamus • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

On the very last hand of the night over on the feature table, Tony Mandia pushed his short stack of around 220,000 all in from middle position, then Chris Schonbach reraised all in for a bit more from a seat over. Everyone else got out of the way, Mandia showed {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}, and Schonbach {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

The flop came {2-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}, pairing Mandia but giving Schonbach a set, then the turn and river brought a couple of nines and Mandia was eliminated in 17th place.

Chris Schonbach 663,000
Tony Mandia Busted

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Brian Phelon Eliminated in 18th Place ($9,801)

[user153638] • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

There may be no be rhyme in the the last 30 minute of play, but there has been plenty of reason... Ben Reason that is! Shortly after doubling into the chip lead through Kevin Saul, Reason has sent Brian Phelon home in 18th place.

We didn't catch the preflop action, but we do know that a raising war saw Phelon get his stack of approximately 300,000 all in with the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} against the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} of Reason. It was a classic flip, and Phelon was primed to double when he survived the {3-Clubs}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop. Unfortunately for him, the {K-Diamonds} turned to pair Reason. The {A-Clubs} river improved him to two pair and an exhausted Phelon was escorted to the payout desk just shy of Day 3.

Ben Reason 1,700,000 300,000
Brian Phelon Busted

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McNabola Nabs Flush, Survives

Shamus • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

"All in and a call."

So said the dealer at the feature table just now. The all-in player was John McNabola, his entire stack of 672,000 at risk with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. The call had come from Brian Phelon, sitting to McNabola's right, who had his opponent covered when he tabled his {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}.

The flop came {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, and after that king arrived McNabola tapped the felt as though to acknowledge he'd accepted that the end of his Main Event run had arrived.

But the turn was the {7-Diamonds} to provide McNabola a flush draw. Then came the river… the {J-Diamonds}! The table reacted audibly at the sight of all the diamonds on board, and McNabola suddenly appeared a lot more comfortable in his seat after having gone from near-elimination to a stack challenging that of leader Ben Reason.

John McNabola 1,350,000 642,000
Brian Phelon 420,000 -580,000

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Reason Shows Saul He's Relentless

[user153638] • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

After bluffing Ben Reason not long ago, Kevin Saul claimed that he was going into his "nit cave" and only playing queens or better. While it wasn't quite queens, Saul found a hand he liked and ultimately paid the price.

With just 25 minute remaining in the night, Saul opened for 35,000 under the gun and was met by a three-bet to 86,000 by Reason in middle position. The rest of the field folded and Saul opted for a four-bet to 163,000. At this point he began a one-sided chat with Reason, what that could be construed by some as needling. Saul told Reason that he looked tired and should give up on the hand. "Live until tomorrow," Saul said.

Reason didn't seem to pay any attention and eventually came out with a five-bet to 351,000. "So you're telling me you are not going to fold," Saul stated. "I might be priced in to see a flop." Saul thought about it for a solid minute while talking aloud before he added, "There is another option." A few moments later he moved all in and Reason called off to create a monster 1.4-million pot, by far the largest of the tournament.

Reason: {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Saul: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}

"That's not a good flop," Saul told his rail, which consisted of Ralph and Aaron Massey, of the {10-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. Indeed it wasn't, but the {A-Spades} turn looked nice. Saul paired his ace and was a huge favorite in the hand.; in fact, if he could avoid one of two jacks on the river he would take a massive chip lead into Day 3. Just when it seemed that was going to happen, the dealer burned and laid out the {J-Spades}! Reason hit his two-outer to stay alive and take over the chip lead.

Ben Reason 1,400,000 715,000
Kevin Saul us 715,000 -465,000

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Reason Relents, Saul Shows

Shamus • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Kevin Saul opened from middle position with a raise to 38,000, then Ben Reason reraised to 76,000 from the cutoff. It folded back around to Saul who sat for a few moments, then reraised back to 149,000. Reason paused a few beats, then called.

The flop came {5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{A-Spades}. Saul led with a bet of 118,000, and Reason called. The turn was the {6-Hearts}. This time Saul bet 180,000, and after thinking for a half-minute Reason let his hand go.

Encouraged somewhat by Aaron and Ralph Massey who are here watching the action from the rail, Saul then showed his hand — {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}!

The Massey brothers then jokingly chided with Saul for showing his hand. "Why did you show?" they asked. "Because there's a half-hour left and I'm about to go into my nit cave," Saul shot back with a grin.

As play winds down for the night, we'll see what exactly Saul decides to do next with his tourney-leading stack.

Kevin Saul us 1,180,000 325,000
Ben Reason 685,000 -265,000

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Corcione Pushes, Campo Steps Aside

Shamus • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Bobby Corcione opened for 46,000 from under the gun, then it folded around to Pete Campo on the button who looked over at Corcione.

"Whaddya playing... five?" asked Campo, and Corcione nodded to affirm that he had about a half million chips behind.

Campo then reraised to 90,000, and after a short pause Corcione called.

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{A-Spades} and both players checked. The turn then brought the {Q-Spades} and a bet of 76,000 from Corcione. Campo responded with a raise to 176,000, and after sitting for about a half-minute Corcione declared he was reraising all in.

Campo leaned back and exhaled, and after sitting quietly for a few moments pushed his cards to the dealer.

Bobby Corcione 840,000 290,000
Pete Campo 605,000 -175,000

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Two-Table Redraw

Shamus • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
SeatPlayer
1Eric Rando
2Pete Campos
3Mike Massri
4Paul Snead
5Bobby Corcione
6Ethan Foulkes
7Lall Bharat
9Alex Wilson
9Chris Mintchev
  
1Cory Waaland
2Tony Mandia
3Chris Schonbach
4John McNabola
5Brian Phelon
6Stephen Dare
7Kevin Saul
8Eric Blair
9Ben Reason

Greg Folchetti Eliminated in 19th Place ($8,229)

[user153638] • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Action folded around to Greg Folchetti in the small blind and he shipped his short stack of 125,000 into the middle. Tony Mandia, who didn't have a whole lot more in the big, looked down at the {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and made a quick call. Folchetti then tabled the {8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and seemed resigned to his fate. Sure enough, the board ran out a rather dull {7-Spades}{k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and Folchetti was sent packing in 19th place.

With that elimination, just 18 players remain. They will now redraw to the final two tables.

Tony Mandia 350,000 50,000
Greg Folchetti Busted

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