57 players returned to the Amazon Room this afternoon to play down to a final table of seven. Well, we didn't exactly get there as ten players still remain in Event #23, and play has been halted with 37 minutes remaining in Level 19.
Defending champion Mike Matusow was eliminated earlier in the day along with a list of poker luminaries including Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Freedy Deeb, Daniel Alaei, and Andy Bloch. Though Roland De Wolfe entered the day as the chip leader, he finished up as the short stack, with 102,000 remaining. The Day 2 chipleader title lies with Vince Musso, who will return tomorrow with 765,500. Remarkably, Steve Sung made his way into the final ten, despite starting the day with only 6,100 in chips.
Here's a look at how our final ten stack up:
Vince Musso 765,500
Ville Wahlbeck 487,000
John Juanda 387,000
Nick Schulman 300,000
Archie Karas 264,500
Steve Sung 212,500
David Benyamine 139,000
Justin 'BoostedJ' Smith 122,500
Michael Binger 108,000
Roland de Wolfe 102,000
After a rousing protest from some exhausted players, our start time will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow rather than 1. Join us then for continuing coverage and until then, from the Rio in Las Vegas, good night and good luck.
We finally had a little spot of excitement on Orange 76. Michael Binger moved all in before the draw for 96,000 and was called in position by Archie Karas. Each player drew one and then opened their hands.
Binger opened first, pulling a ten. Karas didn't bother to sweat his card. He just flipped it, revealing a pairing deuce. The dealer pushed Binger the pot, doubling him up to about 210,000.
Det. T.J. Cookier may not be on the case, but David Benyamine is!
Benyamine just asked the floor exactly what the procedure was when last week's deuce-to-seven event got down to nine players. The answer? They played one table of four and another of five and moved a player between tables every half hour.