Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Complete; Twenty-Eight Still In the Hunt

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Victoria Coren Near the Top
Victoria Coren Near the Top

After eleven levels and over 300 eliminations, Day 2 of Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em has officially come to close. Due to the large number of players in the field tournament staff decided to tack on an extra level to play today. The final 28 players will return tomorrow with Hugh Henderson (1,168,000) leading the pack.

Rounding out the top three in chip counts is Randy Ashe with 1,150,000 and Bryan Piccioli who is sitting on 1,097,000.

The Amazon Room had many distractions today for the players in this event, as spillover players from Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em occupied a majority of the room. On the other side of Amazon, however, the glitz and glamour of Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop was hard to be ignored. Despite these distractions, many notable names were able to come away from play today with a cash before hitting the rail. Among those to grab a cash were David Sands, Cherish Andrews, Steve Dannenmann, Ali Eslami, Matt Affleck, Martin Staszko, Brett Jungblutt, Rupert Elder, Brock Parker, and last year's champion of this event Athanasios Polychronopoulos.

One of the more notable names going into play tomorrow is Lee Childs. Childs burst onto the poker scene back in 2007 when he made the final table of the WSOP Main Event where he eventually finished in 7th place. Since then Childs has amassed several cashes at the WSOP and this is his second cash of 2012. Childs received a good portion of his chips today when he got it all in free-rolling with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} against {Q-Spades}{j-Hearts} on a board of {5-Spades}{K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}. Childs looked set to chop up the pot with his opponent until the {8-Diamonds} drilled the river and sent his tablesmates into a tizzy. Childs' flush was not only able to virtually double him up but also eliminate one player from the field.

Also surviving to Day 3 is Victoria Coren who is best known for being the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour. This deep run is Coren's second cash at the WSOP and a final table appearance will certainly be a good addition to her poker resume. Coren will be bringing a stack of 934,000 chips into play tomorrow.

Cards will hit the air at 2:00 PM tomorrow for what looks to be the final day of play of this event. Tune in on PokerNews for all of the latest updates!

End of Day Chip Counts

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Hugh Henderson 1,168,000
Randy Ashe 1,150,000 130,000
Bryan Piccioli us 1,097,000 347,000
Victoria Coren gb 934,000
Ryan Hughes us 832,000 332,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 802,000 202,000
Neil Willerson us 671,000 -119,000
Frederic Soria 633,000 328,000
Marcio Cid 572,000 397,000
Hai Chu 565,000 -95,000
Max Steinberg us 518,000 68,000
Lee Childs us 501,000 -224,000
Sylvain Gonon fr 470,000 175,000
Matthew Graham us 421,000 -79,000
Zachary Humphrey us 404,000 79,000
Paul Ratchford 390,000 30,000
Lanny Levine us 355,000 75,000
Georgios Tzimas 349,000 109,000
Age Ravn 345,000 345,000
Luke Nettles us 332,000 -38,000
Michael Batell us 269,000 269,000
Darin Dawson 232,000 -18,000
Jeff Bryan us 214,000 214,000
Carl Edwards 212,000 -18,000
Getty Mattingsley 206,000 -224,000

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Coren Gets a KO On Last Hand of the Night

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Victoria Coren called the all in of a shorter stacked player on the last hand of the night. Coren held {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} and was crushing her opponent's {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

The flop came down clean, showing the players {6-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Unfortunately for Coren, the {J-Diamonds} peeled off on the turn giving her opponent a set.

"Oh no no no no no no no," said Coren "I can't handle the stress of that!".

It seems that the deck heard her request and sympathized, as the dealer pounded the table and produced the {K-Diamonds} on the river giving Coren a higher set and the winning hand.

As Coren's opponent walked to the rail she could barely find words to express how ecstatic she was that her kings held.

Victoria Coren gb 934,000 494,000

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Six More!

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Tournament staff has announced six more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.

Piccioli Scoops Massive Pot in Three-Way All In

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We caught up with the action after Ricky Markowitz went all in for his last 60,000 from middle position. Action folded around to Bryan Piccioli in the cutoff seat, who went all in himself for 320,000. It was then folded over to Luke Nettles in the small blind and, after some thought, he made the call. Everyone else got out of the way and hands were revealed.

Piccioli: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}
Nettles: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Ricky Markowitz: {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

A majority of the table stood up to sweat the hand as it was dealt. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Piccioli's jacks held as he more than doubled up to 750,000 - eliminating Markowitz in the process.

Nettles is down to 370,000.

Bryan Piccioli us 750,000 365,000
Luke Nettles us 370,000 -130,000
Ricky Markowitz Busted

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Graham Cracker

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Matthew Graham was all in for his tournament life before the flop holding {K-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and was called by Max Steinberg's {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}.

Graham was safe on the flop of {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts} but the entire table let out groans and "oh my god's" when the river was the {J-Clubs} to give Steinberg an open-ended straight draw. The river was the {K-Clubs}, however, giving Graham a set of kings and the winning hand.

At the same time on an adjacent table Jordan Spear was eliminated from play.

Matthew Graham us 500,000 230,000
Max Steinberg us 450,000 -330,000
Jordan Spear Busted

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