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2012-13 WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Day 2: Grandieri Leads Final 30

Day 2 of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club Main Event took place on Sunday. Leading the remaining 30 players is David Grandieri, who bagged 1.352 million chips, shooting up the charts during the last two levels of play.

Grandieri recorded the second-largest score of his life three weeks ago, earning $41,102 for winning a $530 event at the Mega Stack Challenge XXVII at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Joining Grandieri on Day 3 will be notables Jonathan Tamayo, Sheddy Siddiqui, Clint Tolbert, Sam Panzica, Nancy Birnbaum, Mark Rose, Jon Godwin, Tom Gleason and Arshin Gamini.

Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

PlaceNameChips
1David Grandieri1,352,000
2Joanthan Tamayo850,000
3Sheddy Siddiqui807,000
4Clint Tolbert792,000
5Timothy Harrell640,000
6Ryan Carter594,000
7Arshin Gamini588,000
8Sam Panzica586,000
9Michael Johnston550,000
10Luke Graham484,000

Grandieri and Tamayo ended the day on the same table, and both ended on a high note. Right before the last level began, Tamayo doubled through Warren Danz. Tamayo was all-in on a board of {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} with the {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, and Danz had him at risk with the {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. Tamayo held as the {9-Hearts} completed the board, doubling to around 400,000 chips. He doubled that stack throughout Level 21, and finished in second place overall.

Pedro Rios, who started the day third on the 2012-13 WSOP National Leader Board, got off to a hot start. He and an opponent were heads up on a board of {8-Spades}{k-Spades}{a-Clubs}{10-Spades} during Level 12 with the blinds at 600/1,200/200, and Rios fired 7,500. His opponent called. The river was the {5-Hearts}, Rios fired out an 18,000-chip bet, and his opponent again called. Rios tabled the {q-Clubs}{j-Spades} for Broadway, and his opponent mucked.

Rios took a few hits later in the day, especially one big one from Anthony Lombard, and will have the smallest stack (142,000) entering into Day 3.

Ari Engel and Rex Clinkscales, who entered the day first and second, respectively, on the National Leaderboard, were both eliminated. Engel busted well before the money, while Clinkscales busted in 48th place, earning $3,357. Clinkscales moved all in on the button during Level 21 with the blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000 holding the {q-Spades}{4-Spades}, and an opponent looked him up with {4-}{4-}. The fours held, and Clinkscales hit the rail.

Ben Reason vaulted to the top of the chip counts during Level 17 with the blinds at 1,500/3,000/500, where he made a fortuitous full house on the river. He and an opponent were heads up on a flop of {k-}{10-}{2-} with two hearts, and Reason check-called a 13,000-chip bet. The turn was the {6-Hearts}, Reason checked, and the player fired 16,000. Reason check-raised to 50,000, the player moved all in for well over 100,000, and Reason called. Reason’s {2-}{2-} trailed his opponent’s {a-Hearts}{x-Hearts}, but a {6-} paired the board on the river, and Reason raked in the massive 375,000-chip pot.

Reason was unable to survive the day, though, busting right before the last five hands of the evening.

In the next level of play, Level 18 with the blinds at 2,000/4,000/500, Tolbert won a 400,000-chip pot. He and Raj Vohra were heads up on a board of {2-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{8-Spades}, and Tolbert fired out a bet of 28,000. Vohra tanked for a bit, then moved all in for around 140,000. Tolbert snap-called, and the hands were opened:

Tolbert: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}
Vohra: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}

Tolbert held as the turn and river came the {3-Clubs} and {5-Spades}. Vohra was eliminated.

Round-for-round play began at the start of Level 20 as the blinds grew to 3,000/6,000/1,000, and the bubble burst during the very first round. Tony Miles had a short-stacked player all in and at risk preflop holding the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}. The at-risk player was dominated with the {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}, and Miles held.

Miles did not survive the day, however, running into the quad fives of Arshin Gamini.

Joining Miles and Reason on the rail after the money bubble were Harrison Gimbel, Lee Childs, Jared Jaffee, Mark Maletic, Will Souther, Ebony Kenney and Mukul Pahuja.

Kenney busted holding {9-}{9-} on a board of {7-}{6-}{4-}. Her opponent, Michael Johnston, called her all in with {a-}{10-}, and made a pair of aces on the turn. The river was a brick, and Kenney was off to the cage to collect her money.

Play will resume on Monday at 1 p.m., until a champion is crowned. Make sure to check the PokerNews live updates for all of your up-to-the-minute coverage straight from the tournament floor.

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