Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Today's stacked field of poker pros and up-and-comers battled it out for ten additional levels in Event #50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em. When all was said and done - 48 survived into Day 3. Sitting at the top of the pack is Kyle Julius with 867,000 in chips. Not too far behind is Andrea Dato with 736,000.
Day 2 began with 303 hopefuls looking to make a deep run. However, as is always true in tournament poker - there can only be one eventual winner. Some early eliminations included Jackie Glazier, Phil Hellmuth, Terrence Chan, Jennifer Harman, Andy Frankenberger Jeff Lisandro and Main Event champions Peter Eastgate, Jonathan Duhamel and Pius Heinz. The remaining field was trimmed down steadily and before dinner break, Alex Gomes would claim the unfortunate title of 'bubble boy' after his failed to improved against Thiago Nishijima's pocket kings all in preflop.
However, many notables held on long enough to survive the bubble and cash, including Nam Le (103rd), Allen Kessler (99th), Neil Channing (97th), Matt Matros (79th), Matt Brady (75th), Brock Parker (74th), Will "The Thrill" Failla (67th), Ana Marquez (59th) and JP Kelly (50th).
One of the more impressive highlights toward the end of the night was Brendon Rubie, who ran his stack up to nearly 700,000 during the second-to-last level. However, despite being chipleader toward the end of the night, Rubie took a series of hits to his chipstack. Not long after, Joseph Cheong then doubled through Rubie and knocked him down to under 300,000. By the end of the night, Cheong would bag up 482,000 and Rubie 343,000.
In the end, Julius ended up on top by steadily building his chipstack throughout the day. Julius, who recently came in second place at the PCA Main Event, made his fifth cash of the series today and will be looking to capture his first gold bracelet.
Others who will come back for Day 3 include Tommy Vedes (363,000), Galen Hall (304,000), Alexander Kravchenko (266,000), Ronald Lee (189,00), Randy Lew (143,000) and Dan Smith (477,000), who recently won three European Poker Tour events and the Aussie Millions $100,000 buy-in event.
Play is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 1:00 PM PST and continue until a winner is crowned, however, with so many remaining players, a Day 4 appears very likely due to the hard 3:00 AM stop. Either way, be sure to stick with us here at Pokernews as we race our way to a final table and crown an eventual champion!
That's it from us here at Day 2. Until next time - goodnight from Vegas!
The tournament clock has been stopped and there will be just three more hands tonight before the chips are bagged and tagged. Stay tuned for end-of-day chip counts and a wrap up of all the action.
Thomas Conway got his stack of 210,000 all in preflop with and was up against the of Thomas Conway. With a juicy 415,000 pot on the line, a few players stood from their seats and the media gathered round. It was a tense moment, one that was somewhat anticlimactic as the board ran out a rather dull .
Nonetheless, it was the exact result Conway wanted as he doubled his stack.
These two players have very recently been seen making their way out of the Amazon Room.
It was folded around to Randy "Nanonoko" Lew on the button, who min-raised to 16,000. He found one caller in Stanislav Barshak in the big blind for a heads-up pot.
Both players checked down on the flop and turn, however, Barshak led out for 26,000 on the river. Lew then raised to 66,000, sending Barshak into the tank. He opted to lay his hand down after some thought and Lew scooped the pot.
Lew is hovering right around 230,000 at the moment.
Ran it up to 190k wit no show downs and lose the minimum wit KK vs AJ on Ahi board & now finally rewarded wit AA vs TT! 340k! #wsop50 June 30 2012
We're not sure of the preflop action as we arrived when the cards were already tabled, but we do know that Joseph Cheong and Brendon Rubie butted heads and the result was the former being all in for 225,000.
Rubie was behind and his best chance of eliminating the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher was to catch a king. Lucky for Cheong, the deck favored him and the board ran out .