Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Welch Leads Going Into Day 3

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch

We began Day 2 with 178 players and a burst of the money bubble within the first level of play. When all was said and done, we were down to our final 12.

Our chip leader is Ryan Welch (1,524,000) who scored a massive double up in the last level of play. Welch has had some impressive online results as well as live scores, including a bracelet win in 2010.

Mark Dube came into the day as our chip leader and made a good run, but would bust in 35th place. Some notable players that made the money, but fell short of Day 3, included Scott Clements (70th), Joe Serock (52nd), Jude Ainsworth (46th), Phil Hellmuth (29th) and Nick Schulman (14th).

Hellmuth ran his pocket kings into the pocket aces of Will Failla late in the day and never really recovered. Hellmuth would bust a short time later.

Failla seemingly played steady and disciplined poker throughout the day to end under average, but with a workable stack of 421,000. Also steady and focused was Dan Smith who managed a big double late in Day 1 that allowed him to position himself for a deep run here on Day 2 and he is stacked at 887,000, which is good for second in chips.

We will be back at it tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT and the players will combine to one table after two eliminations and then one elimination later we will have our official final table of nine. We will play down to a winner and see someone walk away with 1st place prize money of $408,953 and a shiny WSOP bracelet. Please join us tomorrow for complete Day 3 action.

Tags: Dan SmithJude AinsworthMark DubeNick SchulmanPhil HellmuthRyan WelchScott ClementsWill Failla

Table Draw and Chip Counts For Final 12

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChip Count
4461Andrew Rennhack358,000
4462Dan Smith887,000
4463--empty----
4464--empty----
4465--empty----
4466Reed Goodmiller862,000
4467Christopher Symesko491,000
4468Michael Katz439,000
4469Heinz Kamutzki358,000
    
4501Eric Rappaport588,000
4502Geremy Eiland420,000
4503--empty----
4504Tony Gargano216,000
4505Will "The Thrill" Failla421,000
4506Ryan Welch1,524,000
4507--empty----
4508Jonas Wexler612,000
4509--empty----

Play Finished For the NIght

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Play has come to an end for today with 12 players remaining.

A recap of today's events will be with you shortly.

Anthony Spinella Eliminated in 13th Place ($18,162)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella

Ryan Welch opened to 27,000 and Anthony Spinella reraised to 92,000 from the blind. Welch four-bet to 213,000 and Spinella met that with a five-bet to 360,000.

Welch moved all in and Spinella snap-called, but it wasn't good news as Welch turned over {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} and Spinella was looking for black on the flop after tabling {a-Spades}{k-Spades}. It was all red though as the flop came down {q-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and the {8-Spades} turn left Spinella drawing dead. The {q-Spades} river was almost cruel he would be four-flushed, but with no more cards to come.

Welch gathered the huge pot and Spinella left beside himself.

Ryan Welch us 1,500,000 725,000
Anthony Spinella us Busted

Tags: Anthony SpinellaRyan Welch

Steady As She Goes

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

With just over half an hour to go no one is taking huge risks at this point with marginal holdings, and there have been no all in confrontations to report.

Of course if someone wakes up with a big hand that could all change in an instant.