Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
After another hard-fought day of pot-limit hold’em, day 2 has come to an end with just 9 players standing out of the original 71 who began the day.
Action started in the Amazon Room with Antonio Esfandiari as chip leader. However, as we all know, the wheels of fortune can turn at any moment in poker and Esfandiari found himself eliminated in 44th place. Other eliminations came swiftly in the early going, with the field dropping from 71 players to just 22 within the first 6 levels. Other notable eliminations include Terrence Chan (38th), John Juanda (18th), Nam Le (16th) and Steve Brecher (12th).
Interestingly, the final elimination of the night happened on the exact final hand of the last level scheduled for play. After losing nearly all of his stack to Bryan Pellegrino in this fateful hand, Thom Werthmann found himself all-in on the big blind. The hand was checked down by Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Aguiar and Werthmann's eight-high was bested by Aguiar's king-high - knocking him out in 10th place.
Pellegrino will start tomorrow's final table as chip leader (790,000), however, all eyes are sure to be on four-time WSOP bracelet winner Negreanu, who will come in tomorrow 6th in chips (212,000). Negreanu won his last WSOP bracelet in 2008, when he took down the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event. Negreanu had a near-miss in 2009, when he lost out to Barry Shulman heads up in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. That being said, Negreanu will surely be playing his heart out tomorrow to capture his fifth bracelet.
Joining Negreanu will be two-time World Poker Tour champion Tommy Vedes, European Poker Tour title-holder John Eames and WPT title holder Jonathan Aguiar.
The competition is set to be fierce given the talent of the remaining field, to say the least. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for live updates as our remaining players duke it out until a champion is crowned. Play is set to begin at 2pm (PST).
Until then, we wish you a good night!
The nine remaining players have bagged and tagged their chips. Here are the numbers as we go into tomorrow.
After being crippled by Bryan Pellegrino just a few hands before, Werthmann was all in in the big blind on the last hand of the night. Daniel Negreanu came in for a raise, and Jonathan Aguiar made the call. Those two were on the side, while Werthmann, who hadn't looked at his hand, was at risk.
Aguiar and Negreanu checked down a board of , and Aguiar showed for king high, which was good enough to beat Negreanu. Werthmann revealed his cards one at a time. First.... Second.... Eight high was no good for Werthmann, and he was sent to the rail.
And wow. Just like that we lose two players on the final two hands, and we are down to a final table right under the wire!
Action folded to James Mackey on the button, and he raised to 24,000. Jonathan Aguiar was in the big blind, and he raised it up. Mackey shoved all in, and Aguiar called. The cards were tabled, and Aguiar was miles ahead.
"Are you kidding me?" is all that Mackey could muster up when he saw the cooler. The board provided no miracles for Mackey, coming down , and Mackey was eliminated on the second to last hand of the night.
The players will play three more hands before we will be done for the night.
What a way to end the night. Right before we hit 10 minutes on the clock to end the day, Bryan Pellegrino has just won a ginormous pot against Thom Werthmann to take a huge chip lead over the field. We missed the preflop action, but we saw that there was already about 60,000 in the middle when the dealer put out a flop of . Pellegrino checked to Werthmann, who bet out 30,000. Pellegrino check raised it up to 68,000, and after about 10 seconds of thought, the following occured.
Werthmann: "I raise the pot".
Pellegrino: "I raise pot"
Werthmann: "I'm all in"
Pellegrino: "I call"
The action happened so fast that it was impossible to tell when one player was actually all in. The point was, a pot worth over 750,000 was about to be decided.
Werthmann had a 56% chance of winning the pot to take a massive chip lead if he could avoid a three or a club. Well, the dealer killed any drama on the turn, as it came the . The meaningless river was the , and in a flash, Pellegrino jumped all the way up to 760,000, while Werthmann plummeted all the way down to 12,000, equal to one big blind. Time for chip and a chair?
Steve Brecher and Tommy Vedes found themselves in a preflop raising war, with Brecher getting all in against Vedes, who had Brecher covered. Revealed hands showed another race situation.
The board ran out ...., giving Vedes an ace on the river and sending Brecher to the rail.
Vedes is up to 325,000.
Jack Ellwood raised from under the gun +1 to 24,000, and Thom Werthmann was the lone caller in the big blind. The dealer put out a flop of , and Werthmann check called a bet of 22,000. The turn came the , and Werthmann checked again. Ellwood slid the rest of his stack, an even 100,000, into the middle, and Werthmann snap called him. However, it was determined that Ellwood could only bet 98,000, leaving himself just 2,000 behind. The players tossed the 2,000 in blind, and the river was the .
Werthmann's full house bested Ellwood's two pair, and he was eliminated in 13th.