Day Two of the Six-handed $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Event (#30) began on Tuesday with 42 players still alive, all already assured of cashing in the event. Among them was Erik Seidel, who had clinched his 46th career WSOP cash the night before. Seidel's Day Two run was short-lived, however, as he busted in 40th after losing a race with pocket sevens against one of deepest early stacks, Yakov Hirsch, who started with A-9 and caught an ace on the flop for the ouster.
Attention, though, was on an empty seat, that belonging to Vinny Vinh, who for the second time at this year's WSOP failed to show up for Day Two play after amassing a huge chip stack during an event's Day One action. Vinh was finally blinded out in 22nd place, for $12,468.
While many were left wondering what happened to Vinh, Hoyt Corkins the start-of-day leader, continued amassing chips. Along the way he knocked out Mimi Tran (17th, $15,390), when she ran pocket queens into his waiting pocket kings. Corkins kept the pressure on his tablemates all day, at one point, taking down 10 of 15 pots with pre-flop raises or by firing after the flop.
Corkins finished off the last two players of the night, retaking the lead from alan sass in the process. Corkins rivered a Broadway straight against Yakov Hirsch, then knocked out Steve Wong after making a call with pocket nines, which held up against Steve Wong's A-K. Horkins finished the day's action with 1,371,000 in chips, narrowly ahead of Alan Sass's 1,217,000. The seat assignments and chip counts for today's final are as follows:
Seat 1: Terrence Chan 502,000
Seat 2: Alan Sass 1,217,000
Seat 3: William Lin 726,000
Seat 4: James Pittman 127,000
Seat 5: Kelly Vande Mheen 307,000
Seat 6: Hoyt Corkins 1,371,000
Visit Pokernews.com's 'Live Reporting' of Event #30, $2,500 No Limit Hold 'Em. The final-table players resume action at 2pm PDT in their chase for the $515,065 first-place cash and the coveted WSOP winner's bracelet.