Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Jonathan Cohen Leads Event #53 Where Only 25 Players Remain

YorkshirePud • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Jonathan Cohen
Jonathan Cohen

Day 2 of Event #53, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, started with 320 players, but by the time the curtain came down on the day’s play after 10 60-minute levels only 25 of them remained.

The bubble burst during the first level of play thanks to 297 of the 320 players finishing in the money. Once the bubble had burst, the eliminations came in thick and fast all the way up to play finishing for the day. Among those receiving prize money included Paul Volpe (283rd), Faraz Jaka (279th), Kevin Iacofano (265th), Matt Waxman (246th), Chris Moorman (196th), Christophe De Meulder (188th), Ivan Demidov (149th), Barry Greenstein (128th), Harrison Gimbel (79th), Brett Hanks (38th) and Matthias de Meulder (31st).

Each of the surviving players will return to their seats in the Blue section of the Amazon Room safe in the knowledge they have locked up a payday of at least $19,046. However, one of them will be leaving the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with the massive $665,397 first place prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet.

The man who is in pole position going into the third and final day is Canadian Jonathan Cohen, who bagged up an impressive 1,378,000 chips at the close of play – the only player to finish with a seven-figure stack.

Although Cohen has the largest stack, his victory is far from a forgone conclusion because there are a number of very talented players in the chasing pack. Established pros such as Mike Watson (707,000), David Vamplew (697,000), Tyron Krost (596,000) and Humberto Brenes (286,000) are joined by the big stacks Derek Dempsey (920,000), Sebastian Pauli (897,000) and Sean Wallace (844,000) while two female players in the shape of Kitty Kuo (308,000) and Loni Harwood (301,000) are sure to have a say in where the bracelet eventual goes to.

Play, and our live coverage, resumes at 1 p.m on Monday and will continue until one man (or woman) has won each of the 12,672,000 chips that are in play. Who will be Event #53’s champion? Tune into the PokerNews Live Reporting pages on Monday afternoon to find out.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Here's how everyone stacks up at the end of Day 2.

Jonathan Cohen us 1,378,000 738,000
Derek Dempsey US 920,000 853,000
Sebastian Pauli de 897,000 188,000
Sean Wallace US 844,000 674,000
Jeffrey Johnston US 812,000 -178,000
Jevon Lam US 790,000 726,000
Arttu Raekorpi FI 778,000 778,000
Mike Watson ca 707,000 432,000
David Vamplew gb 697,000 195,000
Tyron Krost au 596,000 116,000
Heath Mendelsohn US 588,000 398,000
Diego Zeiter ar 496,000 470,500
Peter Males US 428,000 48,000
Joshua Schoonover US 421,000 231,000
Darren Rabinowitz us 407,000 27,000
Steve Bartlett US 361,000 -3,000
Kitty Kuo tw 308,000 -432,000
Loni Harwood us 301,000 116,000
Brett Shaffer us 298,000 244,900
Humberto Brenes cr 286,000 16,000
Matias Ruzzi ar 286,000 242,200
Jean-Pascal Savard ca 284,000 -81,000
Robert Hwang US 279,000 -91,000
Erwann Pecheux fr 194,000 -646,000
Vassilios Maniotis US 151,000 115,300

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Final 27 Seat Draw

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Table 443

1Erwann Pecheux
2Matias Ruzzi
3Steve Bartlett
4Diego Zeiter
5Josh Schoonover
6David Vamplew
7Robert Hwang
8Jean-Pascal Savard
9Sean Wallace

Table 444

1Mike Souza
2Derek Dempsey
3Arttu Raekorpi
4Pete Males
5Humberto Brenes
6Jevon Lam
7Darren Rabinowitz
8Brett Shaffer
9Sebastian Pauli

Table 445

1John Cohen
2Diego Marchioni
3Kitty Kuo
4Lori Harwood
5Vassilios Maniotis
6Jeff Johnston
7Tyron Krost
8Heath Mendelsohn
9Mike Watson

Harwood Starts to Rebuild

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Loni Harwood was down to less than three big blinds but has mounted a comeback and is now armed with 185,000.

First, Harwood doubled when Humberto Brenes moved all in and Harwood called off her last 31,000. Harwood showed {Q-Hearts}{2-Spades} to Brenes' {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Harwood's {2-Spades} came into play because it gave her a flush on the {9-Spades}{7-Spades}{k-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades} board.

The next hand, the button raised and then called as Harwood pushed her last 80,000 chips into the middle. Harwood showed {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and was against a pair of red nines. Harwood paired her queen on the turn and doubled again!

Loni Harwood us 185,000 155,000

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Krost Catches an Ace on the River

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Loni Harwood is down to only 30,000 chips after losing a massive coinflip to Tyron Krost.

We arrived at their table to see Harwood handing over 225,000 of her stack to Krost after Krost's ace-king spiked an ace on the river.

"Jacks versus ace-king all in preflop," Harwood told her friends on the rail.

Tyron Krost au 480,000 184,000
Loni Harwood us 30,000 -195,000

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Vamplew Cracks Kings

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David Vamplew opened to 20,000 in the hijack and was faced an all-in three-bet of 95,000. Vamplew asked for confirmation of the bet before putting the extra 75,000 chips into the pot.

Vamplew: {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}
Cutoff: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}

Vamplew flopped two pair as the first three community cards ran out {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. The {6-Spades} turn left the cutoff needing a king, six or seven to stay in the tournament, but it was the {3-Hearts} and he was eliminated.

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