Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
It was quite a day in Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em . When the day started there were 163 players already well into the money, and the remaining players were looking up at the top prize of $340,260. After 10 levels of play, only 14 players advanced to Day 3, and Taylor Paur was leading the way with a commanding chip lead.
Paur grabbed the lead late in the night and will take 1,318,000 into the final day. Two of his closest competitors are Alex Barlow (792,000) and DJ MacKinnon (557,000). WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Idema is still in the mix with 400,000.
The big story, however, was the emergence of Phil Ivey. After securing his first cash of the series in this event, Ivey will try to earn his 10th bracelet when play resumes on Tuesday. Ivey will go into Day 3 with a below-average stack of 285,000, but the world's best player is always a favorite regardless of where he stands on the leaderboard. If he were to win the event, it would mark his first WSOP title in a hold'em tournament.
Players who did not have as much success on Day 2 were Nick Binger (113th), Men Nguyen (85th), Matt Affleck (66th), Luke Graham (28th), and Dominik Nitsche (16th).
Play will resume Tuesday at 1 p.m. PST and the remaining 14 will play until a winner is determined. PokerNews looks forward to providing continuing coverage of the Event #18, and make sure you tune in to see if Ivey or any other of the top pros can take down the $340,260 top prize.
Taylor Paur raised to 20,000 from under the gun and his only caller was Daniel Idema from the big blind. Idema checked called Paur's 29,000 bet on the flop.
The turn came and Idema check called Paur's 73,000 bet. Idema checked the river and Paur bet 120,000. Idema went into the tank for quite awhile but eventually folded.
Stay tuned. We will have chip counts from the final 14 players shortly as the last level of the day just ended.
James Epner raised it up to 45,000 preflop in late position. Phillip Hui moved all in and Epner called.
Hui had control on the flop and turn of . But the river of the saved Epner from going broke giving both player the same two pair for a chop.
Samer Al-Shurieki has finished in 15th place; his stack is now in the possession of Alex Barlow, who climbed to the top of the chip counts.
Robert Deppe opened to 26,000 on the button, Al-Shurieki three-bet from the small blind and Barlow shoved from the big blind. Deppe folded but Al-Shurieki called.
Al-Shurieki's tournament life hung in the balance as the dealer spread the flop. Barlow's friends on the rails pleaded with the dealer for an ace to help their friend out but the landed on the turn instead. Shouts for an ace were joined by chants for a king on the river as the latter would gift Barlow a straight. The Poker Gods answered the rail's prayers and the landed, sending Al-Shurieki to the rail.
The final 15 chips counts are here.
Douglas Mackinnon has passed the 500,000 chip barrier thanks to having his set paid off by Sam Al-Shurieki.
Mackinnon opened to 26,000 under the gun and both Sam Al-Shurieki (middle position) and James Epner (big blind) called. The dealer spread the flop and Epner checked. Mackinnon bet 35,000 and was raised by Al-Shurieki.
"I raise," said Al-Shurieki as he slid forward a tower of orange chips worth 100,000.
Epner folded, but Mackinnon moved all in. Al-Shurieki snap-called and the cards were revealed.
Mackinnon was way in front with his middle set and that is the way it stayed. The was the turn while the river was too little too late for Al-Shurieki and Mackinnon soared to 520,000.
Kyle Cartwright opened for 25,000 from early position. Taylor Paur called from the hijack as did Ryan Austin from the big blind.
Austin checked the flop, Kyle Cartwright continued for 38,000 and Paur called. Austin raised and made it 87,000 to go prompting Cartwright to fold. Paur called and the turn was dealt.
Austin led for 63,000 and again Paur called. Both players checked the river and Paur showed for a pair of queens. Austin slid his cards into the muck and watched as the pot was shipped to Paur.