Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

David "Bakes" Baker Leads Final 15

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
David "Bakes" Baker
David "Bakes" Baker

Day 2 has come to a close here at Event 17 $1500 buy in No-Limit Hold’em. It was an action packed day that had a lot of players aiming for the top prize of $518,755. 226 players of the original 2,105 had come back today and 10 of them did not make the money. At the end of the day the field whittled to the final 15 and those players will be coming back tomorrow at 1:00 pm PST to play down to a champion.

The Chip Leader is none other that David “Bakes” Baker who bagged up 1,384,000 in chips and he will he one of the favorites going into tomorrow. He is followed closely by Samuel Taylor with 1,216,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos with 1,135,000.

Joe Cada still hot off his fourth place in the $1500 six-max event at the beginning of the series is still alive and doing well. He bagged up 540,000 and will go for his second bracelet tomorrow. Barry Greenstein also survived the day and he will try to get his stack of 367,000 through tomorrow’s field and into another gold bracelet.

Not everyone was so fortunate as many notables fell in the money. James Dempsey (150th), Jake Cody (126th), Vanessa Selbst (60th), Matt Jarvis (37th), Jacob Balsiger, (31st), Joe Kuether (26th), and Amnon Filippi (18th) all fell short from day 3.

Tomorrow should be a good day with several bracelet winners going for more gold. The action starts at 1:00 pm and the remaining 15 will play until there is a final table, move to the main stage, and play down until a champion. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all your latest on Event 17.

Unofficial End of Day Chip Counts

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Here are your unofficial chip counts after two full days of play.

David "Bakes" Baker us 1,384,000 184,000
Samuel Taylor us 1,216,000 496,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos us 1,135,000 35,000
Paul Francoi Tedeschi 850,000 -70,000
Brian Ray us 718,000 18,000
Joe Ward 669,000 479,000
Everett Carlton us 663,000 -42,000
Manuel Mutke de 619,000 361,000
Joe Cada us 540,000 -60,000
Michael Kurth 402,000 72,000
Thomas Nicotera 398,000 -319,000
Barry Greenstein us 367,000 132,000
Joseph Michael us 278,000 -142,000
Yi Wang cn 192,000 -93,000
Chad Chavez 90,000 15,000

Play is Done

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

The Clock has read 0:00 and the players are done for the day. The final 15 players will return tomorrow at 1 pm to finish this event off.

Byron Kaverman Eliminated in 16th Place ($18,926)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Byron Kaverman Out in 16th Place
Byron Kaverman Out in 16th Place

Mike Kurth got it all-in with the {A-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} against Byron Kaverman's {A-}{4-}, and was in a dominant position to notch the knockout.

Flop: {2-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}

Kaverman caught his kicker and took the lead on the flop, but the {7-Clubs} on the turn was a bolt of lightning, striking down his hopes of making the final table. A harmless {K-Spades} on the river sealed the deal, and Kurth moved his stack back to a respectable level as Day 2 draws to a close.

Mike Kurth 375,000 375,000
Byron Kaverman us Busted

Joshua Hillock Eliminated in 17th Place ($18,926)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

Joshua Hillock with {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts} got all his money in against Joseph Ward's {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}. The flop came {8-Spades}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. The turn brought an inside straight draw for Ward with the {6-Clubs} and the river came the {7-Clubs} giving Ward a winning straight. Hillock wanted his hand to hold but couldn't and he now exits in 17th place.

Joshua Hillock us Busted

Amnon Filippi Nearly Finished After Brutal Cooler

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

A Texas Hold'em tournament is often decided when the game's premium hands clash, and Amnon Filippi just found himself on the wrong end of that equation.

Holding {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}, Filippi got his chips into the middle preflop, but he soon discovered that Everett Carlton held the goods: {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}.

Bemoaning his fate by telling a friend at the other table "kings versus aces, f--k me," Filippi watched as the board ran out {j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{2-Spades}{q-Hearts}, and despite picking up a few additional outs on the flop, he shipped almost every chip he had to Carlton in the next seat over.

Everett Carlton us 645,000 330,000
Amnon Filippi us 30,000 -245,000

Final 18 Chip Counts

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
David "Bakes" Baker us 1,200,000 -100,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos us 1,100,000 -250,000
Paul Francoi Tedeschi 920,000 35,000
Samuel Taylor us 720,000 518,000
Thomas Nicotera 717,000 557,000
Brian Ray us 700,000 82,000
Joe Cada us 600,000 75,000
Joseph Michael us 420,000 -155,000
Michael Kurth 330,000 -60,000
Everett Carlton us 308,000 -7,000
Yi Wang cn 285,000 237,400
Joshua Hillock us 270,000 -130,000
Manuel Mutke de 258,000 -142,000
Barry Greenstein us 235,000 -190,000
Joe Ward 190,000 142,300
Byron Kaverman us 125,000 59,200
Chad Chavez 75,000 -69,000

The Final 18

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
3591Joe Cada
3592Mike Kurth
3593Joshua Hillock
3594Byron Kaverman
3595Barry Greenstein
3596Chad Chavez
3597David "Bakes" Baker
3598Joseph Michael
3599Joe Ward
3531Thomas Nicotera
3532Samuel Taylor
3533Manuel Mutke
3534Paul Francoi Tedeschi
3535Athanasios Polychonopoulos
3536Brian Kelly
3537Yi Wang
3538Amnon Filippi
3539Everett Carlton