Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Official Chip Counts (full)

Matthew • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Hutter us 2,054,000 254,000
Joseph Wertz us 1,069,000 169,000
Michael Zucchet us 968,000 -52,000
Thomas Hall gb 931,000 211,000
Jacob Bazeley us 650,000 -25,000
Philippe Clerc FR 407,000 -68,000
Dana Castaneda us 382,000 72,000
Matthias Bednarek DE 360,000 -90,000
Kenneth Gregersen dk 351,000 171,000
Orjan Skommo no 340,000 -275,000
Nicco Maag DE 199,000 -73,000
Rupesh Pattni us 192,000 7,000
Molissa Farber US 188,000 -2,000
Jason Bigelow ca 56,900 -512,100

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Barry Hutter Leads Again; Two Ladies Left Looking For Gold

[user217945] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Hutter
Barry Hutter

Day 2 of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em has finally come to a close and there was plenty of action to report for the day. Matt Weber rose to the top of the chip counts only to fall short of the final three tables which is very similar to what happened to Matt Salsberg who also rose to the top of the chip counts and was eliminated just after dinner break. Three women took their shot and made it within the final two tables. Two women, Dana Castaneda and Molissa Farber, still remain and are both looking for a World Series of Poker bracelet to add to their collection of jewelry.

The day started rather stagnant but we lost plenty of pros and unknowns alike, while others climbed the leaderboard and started to make a name for themselves here on Day 2 of the tournament. Towards the beginning of the day Erik Seidel, J.C. Tran, Kathy Liebert, and Russel Crane were all eliminated. As the day progressed we saw more and more familiar faces fall such as Matt Salsberg, Amanda Musumeci, Warwick Mirzikinian, Jesse Sylvia, and Gabriel Nassif.

One of the major stories from the day was the rise and fall of three time World Series of Poker Circuit Champion Matt Weber. Weber was the chip leader coming out of dinner break with just around 700,000 chips, but two levels later he was nowhere to be found. First, he doubled up the chip leader going into Day 3, Barry Hutter, then he doubled up one of the last standing ladies, Dana Castaneda. Finally, he got all his chips in with {A-}{Q-} against Michael Zucchet's {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, and Zucchet caught a king on the river to bust Weber from the tournament.

Hutter was one of the main benefactors from Weber's explosion and he will come into Day 3 as the chip leader of the final 14 players. Behind him looking for gold are Joseph Wertz and Michael Zucchet who finished second and third in the chip counts. We'll be around all day tomorrow with updates as we go from 14 players down to one here in Event #54. Be sure to stay tuned into PokerNews.com all day for all the updates.

Day 3 Table Draw and Unofficial End of Day Chip Counts

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChips
4521Joseph Wertz1,069,000
4522Barry Hutter2,054,000
4523Kenneth Gregersen351,000
4524Dana Castaneda382,000
4525Matthias Bednarek360,000
4527Jacob Bazeley650,000
4529Orjan Skommo340,000
    
4531Thomas Hall931,000
4532Jason Bigelow56,900
4533Molissa Farber188,000
4534Philippe Clerc407,000
4537Rupesh Pattni192,000
4538Michael Zucchet968,000
4539Nicco Maag199,000

Monte Hoover Eliminated in 15th Place ($20,472)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

With just under ten minutes left to play before bagging and tagging his stack, Monte Hoover open-shoved from under the gun, putting his last 130,000 at risk holding {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}.

The action folded around to Jacob Bazeley in the big blind, and he looked pained by his decision while he counted out the chips to call.

Eventually, Bazeley splashed out the requisite calling chips and tabled the {A-Spades}{8-Clubs}, putting him in a race for the rest of Hoover's stack.

The flop fell {10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{k-Spades} and Hoover had survived the most difficult part of his all-in confrontation, and the {2-Spades} on the turn was another safe card.

River: {a-Diamonds}

Just like that, Hoover went from a sure double up to being eliminated from the tournament in 15th place.

Jacob Bazeley us 675,000 210,000
Monte Hoover US Busted

Kelly Slay Eliminated in 16th Place ($16,216)

[user217945] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Kelly Slay is gone, but she didn't leave without stirring up a big pot in her wake.

Action began when Jason Bigelow opened to 28,000. He was called by Philippe Clerc before Kelly Slay moved all in for 16,000 more. Both Bigelow and Clerc called.

The flop was dealt {6-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Bigelow led for 30,000. Clerc called after some thought.

The dealer put out the {5-Diamonds} on the turn and again Bigelow led. This time for 50,000. Clerc thought and called once more.

The river was the {3-Hearts} and Bigelow moved all in for the rest of his stack. Clerc went deep into the tank and just when it looked like he might be closed to calling by grabbing two stacks of yellow T1,000 chips, he folded his hand.

Bigelow collected the side pot and showed {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} for a full house. Slay showed her {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} and it wasn't good enough to collect the side pot and she was eliminated from the tournament.

"Did you fold a flush?" Nico Maag asked after the hand.

Clerc didn't respond but let out what sounded like a sigh of relief after seeing Bigelow's hand.

Kelly Slay us Busted

Approximate Chip Counts For The Final 16 Players

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Barry Hutter us 1,800,000
Michael Zucchet us 1,020,000
Joseph Wertz us 900,000
Thomas Hall gb 720,000
Orjan Skommo no 615,000
Philippe Clerc FR 475,000
Jacob Bazeley us 465,000
Matthias Bednarek DE 450,000
Jason Bigelow ca 345,000
Dana Castaneda us 310,000
Nicco Maag DE 272,000
Molissa Farber US 190,000
Rupesh Pattni us 185,000
Kenneth Gregersen dk 180,000
Monte Hoover US 150,000
Kelly Slay us 70,000

Andre Sochovsky Eliminated in 17th Place ($16,216)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Finding the {K-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} in the hole and riding a short stack, Andre Sochovsky open-shoved for the last of his chips, and Jason Bigelow made the call with {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}.

The flop of {q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Hearts} brought Sochovsky some additional outs in the form of an open-ended straight draw, but two of the nines he needed were already face up on the table.

The turn ({4-Spades}) and river ({7-Diamonds}) brought no help to Sochovsky, and he lost the coin flip to lose his seat in the tournament. Sochovsky was eliminated in 17th place, and he will take home $16,216 in prize money for wading through thousands of opponents to reach the final two tables.

Andre Sochovsky GB Busted

Emile Petit Eliminated in 18th Place ($16,216)

[user217945] • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Orjan Skommo opened the pot to 24,000. He was three bet by Barry Hutter from late position. In the big blind, Emile Petit cold four bet all in. Skommo folded his cards but Hutter called quickly.

Petit: {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Hutter: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Clubs}{K-Spades}{9-Spades} in favor of Hutter and he was able to take out yet another player here to bring the field down to 17. Hutter now has a monstrous chip lead over the rest of the field.

Barry Hutter us 1,860,000 850,000
Emile Petit FR Busted

The Bright Blue Lights of the Mothership Beckon

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
With the Final Table of Event #53 Being Held Nearby, the Remaining 18 Players Can See the Finish Line
With the Final Table of Event #53 Being Held Nearby, the Remaining 18 Players Can See the Finish Line

After a flurry of bustouts saw nine players hit the rail in just over thirty minutes, the final 18 players have hit the brakes, perhaps sensing that they are on the verge of reaching the final table at the World Series of Poker.

With raucous cheers being let loose from the brightly lit Mothership stage, each on signalling the success or failure of the final tablists playing in Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, those remaining in Event #54 are beginning to envision themselves under the same spotlight.

There are just 46 minutes left to play in the evening, and as the rapid fire declarations of "all in... and a call!" have been curtailed for the time being, there is a good chance the race to the final table will carry over into Day 3 tomorrow.