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2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe: Marshall Leads Final 13

The World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event continued on Sunday at Harveys Lake Tahoe. After Day 2, Cary Marshall is the chip leader with a chip stack of 1.65 million. Marshall's closest competitor is Derrick Yamada, who bagged 1.585 million.

Of the 165 players who either survived to make Day 2 or bought in just as registration was closing, only 13 remain. The day started off great for Yamada, who moved all in against two opponents on a flop of {j-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Both of his opponents folded, but Yamada continued to butt heads at the table, especially with Ylon Schwartz. In one particular hand, Schwartz five-bet jammed for roughly 35 big blinds, and Yamada snapped him off with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. Schwartz sheepishly tabled {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, and Yamada held as the board ran out {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Yamada later eliminated Schwartz, calling his three-bet shove with king-queen. Schwartz’s king-jack was crushed, and he did not improve.

Later on, Yamada really shot up the charts when he made a thin call with one pair against John Deng. On a board of {9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{6-Spades}, Deng fired 100,000 into a pot of around 280,000. Yamada tanked for a very long time, then called with {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a pair of nines. Deng tabled {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for queen-high, and Yamada raked in the pot. On one of the final hands of the night, Yamada made the nuts on the river against Sam McGrath, who rivered a set. Yamada put in a hefty check-raise, McGrath called, and Yamada’s stack crossed the 1.5-million-chip threshold.

Marshall made quite the hero call himself during Day 2. When faced with an all-in bet from Emmanuel Vacakis on a board of {q-}{9-}{5-}{6-}{x-}, Marshall tanked for quite some time before calling. Vacakis showed {7-}{6-} for one pair of sixes, which Marshall had beat with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for a pair of nines. Vacakis was eliminated and Marshall was suddenly among the leaders. Marshall continued to play aggressively throughout the night, and was able to chip up over 1.6 million without very many showdowns.

Jesse Rockowitz didn’t finish the day with seven figures, but he had over a million chips several times. One particular reason Rockowitz didn’t finish with over a million chips is because he played an absolutely sick pot with Prabhakar Thonduru and Sharon Helldorfer. Rockowitz min-raised from under the gun with the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000. Helldorfer moved all in on his direct left, Thonduru reshoved on her direct left, and the action folded back to Rockowitz, who snapped it off.

All three players tabled monsters:

Rockowitz: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Helldorfer: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Thonduru: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

The{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop changed little, but the {6-Clubs} on the turn took away one of Thonduru's outs. Helldorfer could still doubled with any of the two kings remaining in the deck.

Miraculously, the {q-Spades} spiked on the river, giving Thonduru a set of queens. Helldorfer was eliminated in 16th place while Rockowitz raked in a small side pot.

Rockowitz bounced back and was able to bag 974,000 chips.

Joining Helldorfer on the rain after the money bubble burst was Craig Gold, Christopher Neves, Jeff Bond, Andrew Higgins, and Josh Pollock. Mark Bonsack was also eliminated after took a big hit when McGrath hit a set of deuces on the river against him, and a few hands later he open-shipped with ace-seven. McGrath called him with ace-ten, and held.

Here are the remaining chip stacks:

PlayerChip Count
Cary Marshall1,650,000
Derrick Yamada1,585,000
Jesse Rockowitz974,000
John Deng803,000
Ping Liu720,000
Shawn Van Asdale650,000
Will Chao500,000
Sam McGrath331,000
Clint Baskin286,000
John Song279,000
Dick Hanley239,000
Narunat Pansuntorn223,000
Prabhakar Thonduru190,000

Among the survivors is Chris Baskin. He won this event in 2006 when it was still a $10,000 event, pocketing $372,240 in the process.

Day 3 will begin on Monday at 1200 PST (2000 GMT). Be sure to head on over to the PokerNews Live Reporting Page for all of your up-to-the-minute tournament updates.

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