Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Forty Eight Remain With Julius on Top; Dato Close Behind

[user196942] • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Day 2 chipleader Kyle Julius
Day 2 chipleader Kyle Julius

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 {A-}{J-} 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!

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End of Day 2 Counts

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Kyle Julius us 867,000 247,000
Andrea Dato it 745,000 145,000
Stanislav Barshak us 690,000 400,000
Erik Aude us 688,000 128,000
David Diaz us 568,000 168,000
Derek Gregory us 536,000 96,000
Joseph Cheong us 482,000 22,000
Dan Smith us 477,000 -108,000
Micah Raskin us 461,000 -64,000
Chamath Palihapitiya 456,000 76,000
Andres Garcia 451,000 -224,000
Sam Ngai 448,000 48,000
Dominykas Karmazinas lt 444,000 294,000
Thomas Conway us 422,000 7,000
Jeremy Ausmus us 391,000 151,000
Tommy Vedes us 363,000 23,000
Jason Mann ca 361,000 186,000
Brendon Rubie au 343,000 58,000
Galen Hall us 304,000 4,000
Randall Pfeifer 294,000 -26,000
Daniel Perper 292,000 12,000
Anders Wessman 270,000 -5,000
Thiago Nishijima br 269,000 -31,000
Alexander Kravchenko ru 266,000 6,000
Cary Katz us 263,000 125,000

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Just Three More

[user162117] • Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

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.

Queens vs. Big Slick

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Thomas Conway got his stack of 210,000 all in preflop with {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and was up against the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} 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 {5-Clubs}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

Nonetheless, it was the exact result Conway wanted as he doubled his stack.

Thomas Conway us 415,000 205,000
Matt Giannetti us 345,000 -215,000

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Barshak Folds to Lew's River Pressure

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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 {J-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop and {A-Hearts} turn, however, Barshak led out for 26,000 on the {5-Spades} 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.

Randy Lew us 230,000 -5,000

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Cheong Doubles Through Rubie

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Brendon Rubie
Brendon Rubie

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.

Showdown
Rubie: {K-}{10-}
Cheong: {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

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 {3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}.

Joseph Cheong us 460,000 210,000
Brendon Rubie au 285,000 -235,000

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