Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Martin Leads 16 Survivors; Kelly Makes Fourth Day 3 of 2013

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Jesse Martin  - Chip leader
Jesse Martin - Chip leader

Day 2 of Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em is in the books, and leading the 16 remaining players is Jesse Martin. Martin was the only player to bag more than 400,000 chips, sealing up 402,000, and will return for the third and final day looking for his first career World Series of Poker bracelet. In 2012, Martin, who was very fortunate to win a massive pot that eliminated David Paredes, cashed seven times and made the final table of the $5,000 Limit Hold'em Event, finishing fourth for $68,322.

Joining Martin on Day 3 will be a host of notables, including Dan Kelly, John Hennigan, Davidi Kitai, Dimitar Danchev, Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, and Eugene Katchalov. This marks Kelly's fourth Day 3 of the 2013 WSOP - he made the final table of the $5,000 Eight-Handed Event and the Millionaire Maker, but failed to capture his second career bracelet in both events.

Day 2 started with 77 players, but only 27 would walk away with money. Several players hit the rail quickly, including Noah Schwartz, Nick Jivkov, Robert Mizrachi, and the 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Hachem.

Hachem got the rest of his chips in the middle with a red pair of queens against Kitai's black kings. The kings held up, and Hachem passed the Belgian the sugar.

Reaching the bubble was quick and painless, but the bubble itself took ages. Finally, after over an hour and a half, Marco Traniello blinded all the way down to a single T1,000 chip. He won an unorthodox flip against Paul Volpe to double, but was eliminated soon after that by Danchev.

Once the bubble burst, there were eliminations left and right. Nine players exited in less time than it took to actually burst the bubble, including Amit Makhija, Volpe, Vitaly Lunkin, and Ted Lawson.

Two-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier also exited before the two-table redraw, unable to improve his queen-eight suited enough to best JJ Liu's ace-six off.

There was a redraw at 18 players, and with the eliminations of Liu in 18th and John Roveto in 16th, the start of Day 3 will look like this:

3531Dan Kelly
3532John Hennigan
3533Kevin Vandersmissen
3534Matt Marafioti
3535Bertrand Grospellier
3537Cary Katz
3538Steven Kelly
3539Dario Minieri
3591Jesse Martin
3593Kristina Holst
3594Dimitar Danchev
3595Mark Herm
3596Vincent Bartello
3597Chris Johnson
3598Eugene Katchlov
3599Davidi Kitai

Play will resume tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time, where we will play until a winner is crowned. We hope to see you then.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Jesse Martin us 402,000 12,000
Davidi Kitai be 318,000 -7,000
Kristina Holst us 285,000 130,000
Dan Kelly us 283,500 -31,500
Dario Minieri it 265,000 5,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 237,500 -142,500
Mark Herm us 236,000 9,000
Steven Kelly us 163,000 -12,000
John Hennigan us 135,500 52,500
Kevin Vandersmissen be 132,000 36,000
Eugene Katchalov ua 121,500 -3,500
Vincent Bartello us 100,000 -35,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr 77,500 -38,500
Chris Johnson us 76,500 26,500
Matt Marafioti ca 70,000 10,000
Cary Katz us 44,000 4,000

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Three Doubles in the Last 10 Minutes of Play

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Kristina Holst vaults up the charts in the last level
Kristina Holst vaults up the charts in the last level

On Table 359, Kristina Holst raised to 15,000 out of the small blind, Dimitar Danchev made it 38,000 out of the big blind, and Holst four-bet the pot. Danchev moved all in for 142,500, and Holst quickly called.

Holst: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Danchev: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Holst held as the board came {5-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, doubling to 285,000 chips. Danchev slipped to 217,000.

On the other table, Cary Katz raised the pot (17,500) in middle position, leaving a T5,000 chip behind, and Dario Minieri called from two spots to his left. The rest went in blind, and the hands were tabled as the flop fell {2-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

Katz: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Minieri: {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

Queens held again as the turn and river bricked {a-Spades}, {j-Hearts} respectively, and Katz doubled.

A few hands later, Steven Kelly opened to 10,000 from under the gun. John Hennigan three-bet to 35,000 in the cutoff, leaving 29,000 behind, and Kelly moved all in. Hennigan called.

Hennigan: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Kelly: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}

The flop fell {6-Spades}{7-Spades}{j-Spades}, giving Hennigan an ace-high flush, but running straight flush cards or pair cards could still eliminate Hennigan. The turn was the {7-Clubs}, keeping Kelly's outs alive, but the {9-Hearts} bricked on the river. Hennigan doubled to 130,000 chips.

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John Roveto Eliminated in 17th Place ($9,925)

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John Roveto - 17th Place
John Roveto - 17th Place

Dario Minieri opened from early position to 10,000 and it folded around to John Roveto who made a raise to an unknown amount. Action came back to Minieri who put Roveto all in and Roveto called for about 40,000 total.

Roveto: {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Minieri: {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

The two were flipping for Roveto's tournament life and Minieri won that flip as the board came down {6-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades}. Roveto was eliminated in 17th place and will take home $9,925 in prize money.

Dario Minieri it 260,000 85,000
John Roveto us Busted

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Marafioti Doubles

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The action folded to Jesse Martin, who raised to 15,000 out of the small blind. Matt Marafioti tanked in the big blind, then finally decided that this was going to be his best chance, moving all in for what looked like 30,000. Martin quickly called.

Martin: {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Marafioti: {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

Marafioti closed his eyes as the board rolled out {3-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}.

"Queen on the river!" Mark Herm exclaimed.

Marafioti's eyes finally opened, and he threw his arms in the air when he saw he had the winning hand.

Matt Marafioti ca 60,000 28,000

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JJ Liu Eliminated in 18th Place ($7,881)

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JJ Liu - 18th Place
JJ Liu - 18th Place

Dario Minieri raised to 11,000 from under the gun, Dan Kelly called on his direct left, and JJ Liu three-bet the pot on the button, putting herself all but all-in. Minieri folded, and Kelly tanked for a bit before doing the deed. Liu quickly called.

Liu: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Kelly: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

The flop came {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Spades}, giving Kelly a leading pair of aces, and leaving Liu with two outs to survive. Unfortunately for her neither the turn ({8-Clubs}) nor the river ({5-Clubs}) were jacks, and she was eliminated in 18th place.

Dan Kelly us 315,000 70,000
JJ Liu us Busted

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Final Two Tables

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Table #353

1Dan Kelly
2John Hennigan
3Kevin Vandersmissen
4John Roveto
5Bertrand Grospellier
6JJ Liu
7Cary Katz
8Steven Kelly
9Dario Minieri

Table #359

1Jesse Martin
2Matt Marafioti
3Kristina Holst
4Dimitar Danchev
5Mark Herm
6Vincent Bartello
7Chris Johnson
8Eugene Katchlov
9Davidi Kitai
Jesse Martin us 390,000 -35,000
Dimitar Danchev bg 380,000 -25,000
Davidi Kitai be 325,000 50,000
Dan Kelly us 245,000 -5,000
Mark Herm us 227,000 -23,000
Steven Kelly us 175,000 10,000
Dario Minieri it 175,000 -21,000
Kristina Holst us 155,000 75,000
Vincent Bartello us 135,000 30,000
Eugene Katchalov ua 125,000 40,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr 116,000 11,000
Kevin Vandersmissen be 96,000 43,000
John Hennigan us 83,000 47,000
JJ Liu us 70,000 -10,000
Chris Johnson us 50,000 -27,000
John Roveto us 41,000 -53,000
Cary Katz us 40,000 -70,000
Matt Marafioti ca 32,000 -21,000

Dmitry Vitkind Eliminated in 19th Place ($7,881)

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Dmitry Vitkind - 19th Place
Dmitry Vitkind - 19th Place

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier raised to 15,000, Dmitry Vitkind raised the pot from the blinds, and Grospellier called all in for less.

Grospellier: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Vitkind: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The board came {7-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}, and Vitkind was left with just 10,000 chips.

A few hands later, after finding a double, Vitkind was all in and at risk with {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} against the {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Kevin Vandersmissen. Vitkind flopped a pair of nines when the dealer spread {q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}, but the turn and river came {j-Clubs}, {8-Spades} to give Vandersmissen a straight.

Vitkind was eliminated in 19th place, and the remaining 18 players have redrawn to the final two tables.

Bertrand Grospellier fr 105,000 69,000
Dmitry Vitkind ru Busted

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