Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Niall Farrell Leads the Final 22; Jason Mercier Still in the Hunt

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Niall Farrell
Niall Farrell

At the start of the day, 229 players were hoping that they would be the next gold bracelet winner at the 2013 World Series of Poker. After ten levels of poker on Day 2, only 22 remain, and the player who is at the front of the pack is Niall Farrell, who bagged up 792,000 chips to end the night. Right behind him is Micahel Rocco, who has 780,000.

Half of the starting 229 today were going to walk away empty handed, and some of the notables who were part of the lesser half today included Ryan D’Angelo, Matthias de Meulder, Jonathan Duhamel, Sam Stein, and Dan Kelly, who came into the day second in chips.

Some of the notables who survived the bubble, but fell short of making Day 3 included Randy Lew (113th), Dominik Nitsche (104th), Sorel Mizzi (90th), Bart Hanson (88th), Mark Radoja (49th), Joe Kuether (34th), and Matt Marafioti (23rd), who was eliminated on one of the last hands of the night.

Jason Mercier has made his first Day 3 of the 2013 WSOP, as he will be coming back with 566,000. Other notables joining him tomorrow are Will Jaffe (425,000), Nam Le (327,000), Justin Zaki (221,000), Pedro Rios (186,000), and Marco Johnson (124,000).

The final 22 players will be coming back tomorrow at 1 PM to play down to a winner. Be sure to come back to PokerNews.com for all of your live updates, including hand-for-hand coverage of the final table!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Niall Farrell gb 792,000 87,000
Michael Rocco us 780,000 90,000
Mark Teltscher gb 719,000 -51,000
Sandeep Pulusani us 712,000 62,000
Jacob Schindler us 698,000
Zo Karim US 688,000 248,000
Martin Hanowski de 644,000 184,000
Jason Mercier us 566,000 -38,000
Larry Quang us 450,000 50,000
Darryl Ronconi us 443,000
Evan Schwartz us 431,000
Will Jaffe us 425,000 125,000
Jeff Tims 366,000 -184,000
Phillippe Vert FR 340,000 40,000
Nam Le us 327,000 -23,000
Chad Bradbury 324,000 134,000
Justin Zaki us 221,000 21,000
Giang Hoang 186,000 26,000
Pedro Rios us 186,000 41,000
Ian Simpson gb 151,000 -9,000
Marco Johnson us 124,000 14,000
Joel Seewald 80,000 45,000

Matt Marafioti Eliminated in 23rd Place ($17,910)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Matt Marafioti (Earlier in the Day)
Matt Marafioti (Earlier in the Day)

The last person to be eliminated tonight was Matt Marafioti. Evan Schwartz raised it up to 18,000, and Marafioti moved all in for 150,000. Schwartz was in the tank for over a minute, and about midway through, Marafioti said "I will show you I don't know if we're flipping or not but I am scared." Eventually, Schwartz made the call.

Marafioti: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Schwartz: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Marafioti flopped top pair, as it came down {7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}, but the {j-Diamonds} on the turn changed things. The river gave Schwartz two pair, the {k-Hearts}, and Marafioti made his way to the payout desk just short of the end of the night.

Evan Schwartz us 431,000 26,000
Matt Marafioti ca Busted

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Danny Warchol Eliminated in 24th Place ($17,910)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Danny Warchol
Danny Warchol

The eliminations just keep coming from these final three tables as the night wraps up. In the latest one, Danny Warchol got his money in preflop holding {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}. He was up against the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} of Jacob Schindler, and the flop brought plenty of action, coming {6-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{k-Hearts}. Warchol flopped top two pair, but he would still need to dodge a heart to survive. He did that on the turn, the {2-Clubs}, but the {5-Hearts} on the river gave Schindler the nuts, and sent Warchol packing just before the end of the night.

Jacob Schindler us 698,000 298,000
Danny Warchol Busted

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Ryan Welch Eliminated in 26th Place ($17,910)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch

Ryan Welch got the last of his chips into the middle preflop with {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, and he was up against the {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} of Mark Teltscher. The flop was great for Welch, coming {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Spades}. However, the turn was a disaster, as one of the only cards that could help Teltscher, the {10-Spades}, came. Welch could still win with a spade or if the board paired, but the river was the {4-Clubs}.

After winning that hand, Teltscher is now up to 770,000.

Mark Teltscher gb 770,000 335,000
Ryan Welch us Busted

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Konstantin Tolokno Eliminated in 27th Place ($17,910)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Konstantin Tolokno
Konstantin Tolokno

There were a flurry of double ups in the past few minutes, and during one of them, we missed the elimination of Konstantin Tolokno. We asked Niall Farrell how it happened, and he was able to fill us in on the details.

According to him, Tolokno shoved all in from middle position holding {7-}{7-}, and Sandeep Pulusani made the call from the big blind with {a-Spades}{9-Spades}. Pulusani flopped a flush draw, and turned an ace to win the hand, making Tolokno the first player eliminated from the final three tables.

Sandeep Pulusani us 650,000 80,000
Konstantin Tolokno Busted

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Mercier Doubles Through Cornell

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The money was in the middle preflop between Jason Mercier and Tyler Cornell.

Mercier: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Cornell: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

The {7-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop kept Mercier comfortably in the lead but the {5-Hearts} turn gave Cornell the draw to go with his two overs. But hope was fleeting for Cornell and the {3-Clubs} river gave the pot and the double up to Mercier.

After it was over Mercier told the table: "It's been a long time since I squinted at the river." He can now open his eyes as he sits comfortably with an double average stack.

Jason Mercier us 604,000 354,000
Tyler Cornell us 130,000 -260,000

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Full Updated Counts (full)

• Level 20: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The counts have now been refreshed so that you can see where everyone currently stands.

Niall Farrell gb 705,000 5,000
Michael Rocco us 690,000
Sandeep Pulusani us 570,000 570,000
Martin Hanowski de 460,000 50,000
Jeff Tims 445,000 175,000
Zo Karim US 440,000 -10,000
Mark Teltscher gb 435,000 35,000
Evan Schwartz us 405,000 405,000
Danny Warchol 405,000 253,000
Larry Quang us 400,000 -137,000
Jacob Schindler us 400,000 328,000
Tyler Cornell us 390,000 34,000
Nam Le us 350,000 -50,000
Will Jaffe us 300,000 -75,000
Phillippe Vert FR 300,000 300,000
Darryl Ronconi us 263,000 -192,000
Jason Mercier us 250,000 -95,000
Ryan Welch us 245,000 -55,000
Justin Zaki us 200,000 -100,000
Chad Bradbury 190,000 190,000
Giang Hoang 160,000 -30,000
Ian Simpson gb 160,000 -100,000
Pedro Rios us 145,000 -135,000
Matt Marafioti ca 135,000 -20,000
Marco Johnson us 110,000 -30,000

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