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WSOP-C Tunica, Day 2: Devia Heads Final, Schneider Fourth

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29 players returned to the Grand Casino in Tunica on Sunday to play down to the final table at this World Series of Poker Circuit stop's Main Event. 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider remained in the field, along with 'Captain' Tom Franklin, Vanessa Rousso, and Day 1 chip leader Mark Garner. The top ten chip stacks looked like this as play kicked off for the day:

Mark Garner — 263,500

John Devia — 250,500

Dale Morrow — 240,500

Jesse Dean — 220,500

Charles Horvath — 205,000

Vanessa Rousso — 180,500

Spencer Hudson — 177,500

Giovanni Marcacci — 166,500

Dustin Bailey — 165,000

Josh Arieh — 152,000

Vanessa Rousso was an early casualty, going out early on Day 2 when she made a stand with A-9 and found a caller in Tom Schneider with 7-7. Schneider hit a seven on the flop to make his set, and Rousso was eliminated just before the bubble. Billy Jackson was the bubble boy when Schneider busted him in the 19th spot.

Once the bubble burst, the standard rapid-fire eliminations of the short stacks took place, with Jesse Dean (18th), Josh Arieh (17th) and Tim Frostad (16th) all heading to the rail within minutes of each other. Each picked up $12,976 for his finish. Charles Cardin was next to fall when he pushed the last of his chips in the middle with {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs} on a board of {q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Schneider called with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, and the river {k-Hearts} gave Schneider the flush and sent Cardin home in 15th place ($15,571). Charles Horvath busted in 14th when he ran pocket kings into Ryan Young's pocket aces and found no help from the board. Horvath picked up $15,571 for his efforts.

Soon after, Dustin Bailey fired out at a flop of {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, and John Devia raised enough to put him all in. Bailey made the call with {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, and Devia tabled {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for two pair. Bailey needed running sevens to stay alive, and when they didn't come, he was eliminated in 13th place ($15,571). A short while later, Jeremiah Vinsant pushed his last few chips in with {k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and was called by Ben Sabrin with {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. The flop brought no help for Vinsant, and the {a-Clubs} on the turn left him drawing dead. His 12th-place finish was worth $18,166.

11th place went to 'Captain' Tom Franklin, who busted after moving all in preflop with {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. Jordan Rich made the call with {a-Spades}{7-Hearts}, and the board brought no help for either man, as it ran out {k-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. Rich's A-7 was good, and Franklin departed with $18,166.

Jesse Maupin was the final elimination of the night when he pushed {a-Spades}{q-Spades} into Ben Sabrin's {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}. The flop gave Maupin outs, coming down {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. The {8-Spades} on the turn gave him more outs to the flush, but the {3-Hearts} on the river left him short, and he was eliminated in 10th place ($18,166). With Maupin's exit the final table was set.

Day 1 chip leader Mark Garner remains alive as John Devia takes a sizeable lead into the final table. The seating assignments and chip counts for the WSOP-C Tunica final are as follows:

Seat 1: Tom Schneider (Scottsdale, AZ) - 422,000

Seat 2: Ben Sabrin (Atlanta, GA) - 417,000

Seat 3: John Devia (West Palm, FL) - 929,500

Seat 4: Giovanni Marcacci (Brooksville, FL) - 465,000

Seat 5: Jordan Rich (Portland, OR) - 147,000

Seat 6: Mark Garner (Little Rock, AR) - 213,500

Seat 7: Bart Tichelman (Atlanta, GA) - 164,000

Seat 8: Donald Nicholson (Oak Ridge, TN) - 325,000

Seat 9: Ryan Young (Torrance, CA) - 521,000

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