Event #48: $2,500 Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Event #48: $2,500 Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
Day 2 completed

Day 2 of Event #48 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed) is in the Books!

• Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
Danny Le Has Held the Chip Lead After Both Days of Play Here at Event #48 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed)
Danny Le Has Held the Chip Lead After Both Days of Play Here at Event #48 ($2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed)

After ten grueling levels of Six-Handed Limit Hold'em action, Event #48 has played down to the final two tables, and tomorrow's final day will certainly be a star-studded affair. Professionals Maria Ho (291,000), Juha Helppi (200,000), and David "Bakes" Baker (178,000) will all be returning for their shot at that coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.

Throughout the day we lost a number of other notable names, including defending champion Ronnie Bardah, the "Italian Pirate" Max Pescatori, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (32nd), former WSOP Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro (30th), and inspirational story Hal Lubarsky (23rd place). The action was fast and furious from the first level onward, with the limits escalating every hour and players applying maximum pressure on every street.

The money bubble was reached midway through Day 2, and with the six-handed format, the bustouts occurred regularly and rapidly to bring 36 players into the money. Once the bubble burst, play accelerated rapidly and the night ended with only 12 runners remaining.

Tomorrow play will resume at 2 p.m. local time, and the newest WSOP champion will be crowned. David Baker will be seeking his fifth final table of the summer, and the third gold bracelet of his young career, while Maria Ho is in the running for the most important piece of jewelry she will ever wear. Paul Mattioda is on the verge of making the transition from circuit grinder to WSOP champion, while Juha Helppi will try to add an American title to his long list of European triumphs.

Check back with PokerNews tomorrow at 2 p.m. to follow all of the Limit Hold'em action live from the floor of the Rio, as the WSOP's latest champion is crowned!

Tags: David "Bakes" BakerHal LubarskyJeff LisandroJon TurnerJuha HelppiMaria HoMax PescatoriPaul MattiodaRonnie Bardah

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

Here are the end-of-day chip counts for the remaining 12 runners.

Danny Le US 421,000 250,000
Danny Warchol US 417,000 222,000
Marco Johnson us 340,000
Maria Ho us 291,000 203,000
Juha Helppi fi 200,000 -12,000
David "Bakes" Baker us 178,000 -167,000
Jeff Thompson us 171,000 -121,000
Paul Mattioda us 150,000 -30,000
Mike Schiffman 144,000 -2,500
Mike Watson ca 115,000 34,000
Jason Rivkin us 88,000
Jon Seaman us 59,000 -32,000

Melanie Barfield Eliminated in 13th Place ($8,513)

• Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

Melanie Barfield was riding the short stack for a few orbits, and her last bets went in when she woke up with {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Juha Helppi held {A-}{j-}, however, and his preflop raise isolated the vulnerable Barfield.

When the board ran out ace-high, Barfield was eliminated in 12th place, and she took home $8,513 for her deep run here today.

Melanie Barfield Busted

Mitch Schock Eliminated in 14th Place ($8,513)

• Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante

Mitch Schock got the last of his chips in preflop with {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, and he was up against Danny Warchol's {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}.

The board rolled out {q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-}{4-}, and Warchol's pair of eights was enough to eliminate Schock in 14th place, which was good for a $8,513 score.

Mitch Schock us Busted

Bakes Chasing Kid Poker

• Level 18: 5,000-10,000, 0 ante
David "Bakes" Baker is Hoping his Fifth Final Table Appearance Will Guarantee Him the Lead in the Player of the Year Race
David "Bakes" Baker is Hoping his Fifth Final Table Appearance Will Guarantee Him the Lead in the Player of the Year Race

With Daniel Negreanu leading the Player of the Year standings heading into the 2013 World Series of Poker, after his big win down under, David "Bakes" Baker had his work cut for him if he hoped to claim this prestigious prize.

Four final tables, seven cashes, and a beastly run through the WSOP later, and "Bakes" is hot on the heels of "Kid Poker."

With a 6th place finish here in the $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, which would mark Baker's fifth final table in as many weeks on poker's premier stage, the wunderkind would likely surpass Negreanu's point total.

Baker has been focused throughout this two day run, and with his stack far above the average at the moment, there is little doubt "Bakes" is capable of catching Negreanu by the time the series comes to a close.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuDavid "Bakes" Baker