The short-handed game usually guarantees action. And we certainly saw plenty of that during Day 2 of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Event No. 40. A total of 172 returned for today's second day of play, and by the time ten levels were complete just 20 of those players remained. Justin Filtz ended the day with the most chips by far, bagging 2.017 million, nearly twice that of his nearest challenger.
Those hitting the rail shy of the cash today included Jeff Shulman, Freddy Deeb, Vanessa Rousso, Matt Hawrilenko, Tony Dunst, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, and Jim McManus. When the dinner break arrived just 79 remained, and on the first hand back Antony Ruberto was eliminated, meaning they'd reached the money.
Among the min-cashers were Jason Dewitt, Nenad Medic, Tuan Le, Joe Serock, Daniel Alaei, Angel Guillen, and Shaun Deeb. Meanwhile Justin Filtz began to surge up toward the top of the chip counts, remaining ahead of the pack for much of the evening.
As we lost the likes of Olivier Busquet, Eugene Todd, and Isaac Haxton, 2010 November Niner Matt Jarvis scored a huge pot against Grayson Ramage, making two pair with to crack Ramage's pocket aces and momentarily challenge Filtz for the chip lead.
But Filtz would push even further ahead, increasing his lead as we moved through the last couple of levels. Phil Hellmuth nursed his short stack long enough to finish in 36th. Fifteen more players would follow him to the rail before the night was done, including Nick Maimone, David Singer, Faraz Jaka, Haralabos Voulgaris, and John Andress. Meanwhile Massimiliano Martinez scored a couple of knockouts to cross the million-chip mark and into second place, though remains well behind Filtz.
Others returning tomorrow to above-average stacks include Matt Jarvis, Kevin Iacofano, and Jude Ainsworth. Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, and Shane Schleger will be coming back as well, albeit to shorter stacks. (See the full Day 3 table draw below.)
The action resumes tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Vegas time. Come back then to follow it all here at PokerNews.