Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
An exciting second day of play has concluded in Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six Handed, with just 10 players out of the 101 who began play today surviving to Saturday's final day. Vincent Gironda is bagging the most chips to end the night, with Terrence Chan his closest competitor.
Gironda started Day 2 at the top of the counts as well, with Michael Reed, Andre Akkari, and Chan all not far off the lead. Meanwhile many of the shorter stacks hit the rail during the afternoon and early evening, including Daniel Idema, John Monnette, Bill Chen, Eugene Katchalov, Humberto Brenes, Dan Kelly, Joe Cassidy, and, eventually, Akkari.
It was during Level 14, the last before the dinner break, that the cash bubble burst and the final 36 had been set. By then Chan, Joep van den Bijgaart, and Sorel Mizzi had surged up over the 100,000-chip mark to the top of the counts. They'd maintain their stacks while the field continued to shrink, with Scott Seiver (35th), John Hennigan (31st), Jeff Lisandro (30th), Michael Reed (26th), Jon Turner (23rd), and Dan Shak (21st) among those failing to survive to the end of the night.
By the time they reached the final Level 18, Gironda had reclaimed the chip lead as the first player to a half million chips, with Chan, Mizzi, and van den Bijgaart all building formidable stacks as well. Maria Ho was in the mix, too, battling with a short stack until the field dwindled to the final tables, then finally falling in 11th in a hand versus Chan.
There a lot of familiar names among the 10 who'll be returning. Here they are, as well as the stacks to which they'll be returning:
|4||Joep van den Bijgaart||273,000|
Join us tomorrow at 2 PM local time when we'll bring you all the action as we find out who among these 10 will be grabbing the gold bracelet and $182,088 first prize.
Just moments after making a tough river call to double through Terrence Chan, Maria Ho went to battle with Chan again. This time, she was taken down by the Limit Hold'em master.
We missed the action, but Ho's was run down by Chan's . She'll collect $9,362 for her two days of work.
Play has slowed to a crawl here in the final level of the night. Play will go on for 15 more minutes and then players will bag their chips for the night.
Jacob Petersen has fallen in 12th after hanging on for the first 20 minutes of Level 18 with a short stack. Down to just a few big bets, Petersen failed to survive a skirmish with Maria Ho, and is on his way to cash his 12th-place ticket worth $9,362.
Vincent Gironda just claimed a huge pot to surge up over the half-million chip mark and increase his lead. The hand began with three players — Ronnie Bardah, Terrence Chan, and Gironda — all contributing four bets before the flop, with original raiser Maria Ho stepping aside.
Heavy betting through the flop and turn left just Bardah and Gironda battling. Then when the fell on the river and Gironda led with a bet, Bardah looked to the ceiling in exasperation before making a crying call. Gironda tabled , and Bardah winced as he mucked, that river clearly appearing to have snatched the large pot away from him.
|Joep van den Bijgaart||350,000||131,000|
|441||5||Joep van den Bijgaart|
On the first hand of Level 18, Chad Brown opened with a raise from the button (now to 10,000), and Yosuke Sekiya reraised from the small blind with the 14,000 he had left. Ronnie Bardah called the reraise, as did Brown, and the trio watched the flop come . Bardah fired into the side pot, and Brown let his hand go.
Bardah tabled for kings while Sekiya needed help with his . The turn as the and river the , and Sekiya is out in 13th.
There will be a brief pause as the remaining dozen players redraw for seats around the final two tables.