Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
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!
Here are the end-of-day chip counts for the remaining 12 runners.
|David "Bakes" Baker||178,000||-167,000|
Melanie Barfield was riding the short stack for a few orbits, and her last bets went in when she woke up with . Juha Helppi held , 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.
Mitch Schock got the last of his chips in preflop with , and he was up against Danny Warchol's .
The board rolled out , and Warchol's pair of eights was enough to eliminate Schock in 14th place, which was good for a $8,513 score.
John Monette headed for the payout desk in 15th place after his recent elimination, and he will pocket $8,513 for his deep run.
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.
We saw Chris Vitch stand up to table his , and he was all in against David "Bakes" Baker's .
The final board ran out , and Vitch was eliminated in 16th place, taking home $8,513 for his efforts here today.
|David "Bakes" Baker||345,000||240,000|
Guiseppe Massa has been eliminated in 17th place,and he will take home $8,513 for his deep run in this event.