Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Concludes; Gironda Leads Tough Final 10

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Vincent Gironda
Vincent Gironda

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:

PositionPlayerChips
1Vincent Gironda550,000
2Terrence Chan418,500
3Sorel Mizzi314,500
4Joep van den Bijgaart273,000
5Hans Minocha176,500
6Brent Wheeler163,000
7Chad Brown137,500
8Rep Porter97,000
9Marco Johnson71,000
10Ronnie Bardah64,000

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.

Nearing the Finish Line

BrettC • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

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.

Gironda Rockets Upwards

Shamus

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 {6-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop and {7-Spades} turn left just Bardah and Gironda battling. Then when the {A-Clubs} fell on the river and Gironda led with a bet, Bardah looked to the ceiling in exasperation before making a crying call. Gironda tabled {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}, and Bardah winced as he mucked, that river clearly appearing to have snatched the large pot away from him.

Vincent Gironda 535,000 105,000
Terrence Chan ca 266,000 -164,000
Ronnie Bardah us 120,000 -46,000
Maria Ho us 76,000 5,500

Tags: Ronnie BardahVincent Gironda

Final 12 Redraw

BrettC • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
TableSeatPlayer
4391Ronnie Bardah
4392Maria Ho
4393Jacob Petersen
4394Chad Brown
4395Terrence Chan
4396Vincent Gironda
   
4411Hans Minocha
4412Sorel Mizzi
4413Marco Johnson
4414Rep Porter
4415Joep van den Bijgaart
4416Brent Wheeler

Yosuke Sekiya Eliminated in 13th Place ($7,495)

Shamus • Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Yosuke Sekiya - 13th place
Yosuke Sekiya - 13th place

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 {9-Hearts}{K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. Bardah fired into the side pot, and Brown let his hand go.

Bardah tabled {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} for kings while Sekiya needed help with his {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. The turn as the {3-Spades} and river the {Q-Clubs}, 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.

Tags: Ronnie BardahYosuke Sekiya

Level:
18
Limits:
5,000/10,000
Ante:
0