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2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Day 2: Claudia Crawford Leads

Claudia Crawford

On Sunday, the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino continued with Day 2. Claudia Crawford ended Day 2 with a stack of 3.426 million and will take the chip lead into Day 3.

Crawford shot up the charts in the middle of the day, eliminating James Nelson holding {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} against Nelson’s {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Crawford held as the board came {k-Clubs}{j-Spades}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and crossed the 775,000-chip threshold. She quickly crossed 1 million chips and then won a near 2-million-chip pot off of Charles Donahue.

Donahue, Crawford and Josh Williams all saw a flop of {q-Clubs}{4-Spades}{5-Spades}. Crawford fired 40,000, Williams called, and Donahue raised to around 100,000. Only Crawford called. The turn was the {a-Diamonds}, and Donahue led for 148,000. Crawford raised to 308,000, Donahue moved all in for 813,000, and Crawford tank-called. Crawford’s {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} led Donahue’s {10-Spades}{7-Spades}, and held when the {5-Diamonds} completed the board.

Crawford’s stack continued to grow through the later levels, and she peaked during the final level.

Brad Albrinck, Josh Williams, James Henson, Tripp Kirk, and 24 other hopefuls will join Crawford on Day 3.

Albrinck, who finished the day second in chips, went on a heater during the latter levels of the day. He busted Steve Verrett, and Kyle Weir en route to bagging 2.71 million chips.

Two dozen extra players joined the action on Day 2, ponying up $1,675 for less than 10 big blinds. At the end of registration, it was announced that 1,536 players had entered the tournament, generating a total prize pool of $2,304,000. The top 171 players received a minimum of $2,719, and the winner will pocket $$385,909.

Robert and Michael Mizrachi were among the late entrants, but both were quickly eliminated. Phillip Liou didn’t buy in on Sunday, rather he was one of the chip leaders to start the day. Unfortunately, he was eliminated before play concluded for the evening. Many other notables cashed but failed to survive the day, including Kathy Liebert, Jonathan Tamayo, Ryan Lenaghan, Ryan Julius, Mike Leah, Blair Hinkle, Aaron Steury, Mukul Pahuja, and Ty Reiman.

Here are the top 10 stacks:

RankNameCount
1Claudia Crawford3,426,000
2Brad Albrinck2,710,000
3Josh Williams1,950,000
4Sean Szurko1,920,000
5James Henson1,635,000
6Tripp Kirk1,512,000
7Joshua Reichard1,432,000
8Shiva Dudani1,399,000
9Ryan Riess1,159,000
10Rob Zazay1,155,000

The 29 remaining players will return on Monday at 1300 CDT (2100 CEST), and will play until a winner is crowned. You can follow all the action on the Live Reporting Page.

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