Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
With a total of 128 runners returning to compete in today's second day of six-handed action, several of the game's brightest stars were shining on the biggest stage in poker. Jonathan Little turned in a wire-to-wire performance, leading the chip counts after Day 1, and remaining on top by the end of play tonight. Little will return with 1,290,000 at his disposal, after busting Max Steinberg on one of the last hands of the night.
Justin Young, Bertrand Grospellier, Phil Galfond, Brian Hastings, and T.J. Cloutier are just some of the pros who fell short of the money here today, with the level of play intensifying as each hour passed. For the bigger buy-in events held every summer, the game's elite players bring their best to the table, and that fact was evident as the night progressed.
Brian Rast (54th), Olivier Busquet (51st), and Eric Froehlich (49th), Daniel Negreanu (39th), and Justin "Boosted J" Smith (19th) all secured a spot on the payouts list, but for pros of this caliber nothing short of first place was sufficient.
Among the notable names still vying for that coveted win here at the World Series of Poker, and the gold bracelet that goes with it, are Allen Bari (1,191,000), Dan Smith (719,000), Andrew Robl (554,000), Erick Lindgren (525,000), Jonathan Aguiar (455,000), and Lee Markholt (431,000).
Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. local time as the remaining 14 players work their way to the final table stage, and potentially, a life changing bracelet win.
With just a few hands left before bagging and tagging his chips for the night, Max Steinberg scored a key double up through Erick Lindgren, when "E-Dog" tried to bluff Steinberg off of top pair, but a few hands later all of those chips belonged to Jonathan Little.
The carnage began when Little opened for 16,000 holding the button. Steinberg elected to test Little's mettle, three-betting to 56,000 in defense of his small blind. Little then moved all in for roughly 180,000, and Little called rather quickly.
The players at the table murmured among themselves when the hands were tabled, as both Steinberg and Little were flipping coins for stacks of chips.
Little vaulted into the lead with top pair on the flop, and the on the turn put him further in front. When the completed the board on the river, Steinberg stood to make the long walk out of the Amazon Room, his 15th place finish no consolation after coming so close to a WSOP final table.
Kyle White started things off by opening to 17,000 from the cut-off, before Ryan D’Angelo raised it to 41,000. The option was on Connor Driman on the small blind, who asked for White’s count, before thinking about his decision for a minute. He finally opted to call, as the play moved to Andrew Robl in the big blind. He looked down at his cards for the first time in the hand, and then went into the tank. After a few minutes, he reached for a stack of 5,000-chips, and slid out a raise to 95,000. White mucked instantly, before D’Angelo thought for a moment, before deciding to let it go.
After a Dan Smith open from the cutoff and calls from Vasile Buboi (button), James Miller (small blind), and Allen Bari (big blind), the pot was around 90,000 when the flop came .
It checked all around, then the turn brought three more checks followed by a bet of 57,000 from Buboi. Miller then raised to 114,000 and Bari called, forcing folds from both Smith and Buboi.
The river brought the and a rapid all-in push by Miller, called quickly by Bari. Miller showed for two pair, but Bari had for a full house, knocking Miller out. Miller adds a 16th-place finish to his seventh place in Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship.
Meanwhile Bari is still stacking his chips, but that hand looks to have catapulted him up over 1.1 million to challenge for the chip lead with about 15 minutes left in the last level of the night.
Benjamin Reinhart opened to 20,000 from under the gun, before Andrew Robl asked for a count of Reinhart's stack from the small blind. Getting the information he needed from the dealer, Robl moved all in for around 200,000 in chips, as Reinhart made the call for less.
The board ran out to see Robl take out another player, as he moves up to 360,000 in chips.
Just before the re-draw of the last three tables, a big hand saw Massimo Mosele get crippled down to just 2,000 in chips.
We arrived at the table to find Mosele betting out 50,000 from the small blind and finding a call from Ryan D’Angelo in the big blind on a flop reading . Both checked the on the turn, before the river produced the . Mosele checked, and after short pause, D’Angelo slid out a bet of 110,000 in chips. Mosele also thought for a moment before making the call.
D’Angelo table for bottom two-pair, as Mosele upsettingly showed his .
The re-draw saw Mosele moved into the small blind, so he was all in for his last 1,000 after the other 1,000 was used as his ante.
In that hand, Andrew Robl moved all in from under the gun for 102,000, before Benajmin Reinhart asked for a count. He then also moved all in, as the button got out of the way.
The board ran out , to see Mosele eliminated in 18th place, Reinhart falling to 133,000 and Robl moving up to 220,000 in chips.
Allen Bari just bounced Mike Sowers to the rail, and according to his tablemates, it was a particularly ugly affair.
We saw Sowers' seat was empty, with Bari eagerly stacking his newly earned chips across the table, and after exercising a bit of reportorial skill, it turns out Bari's suited connectors downed Sowers' big slick.
Bari opened for a raise before the flop, and Sowers reraised, with Bari shoving over the top to apply maximum pressure. Sowers called with the , and Bari revealed the for live cards and a world of options.
The flop of brought one of those options to the table, and the turn () and river () left Sowers lacking. He exited the tournament floor in 19th place, just before the end of Day 2 was reached.