Alex Lynskey Leads Day 2 of the WSOPC Sydney Main Event
Day 2 of the WSOP International Circuit Sydney Main Event has come to an end, and there are just 27 players remaining. Leading the way is Australia's Alex Lynskey, who is in the hunt for his first WSOP Circuit ring, which would fit quite nicely to a resume that some poker players could only dream of.
Lynskey bagged up 3,055,000, edging out John Sormi (2,735,000) and Irishman Ray Bryant (2,355,000) for top honours. Lynskey’s most memorable hand came when he clashed with England’s Brandon Sheils. Lynskey moved all in on the river with the board showing and was holding . Sheils tank-called with and was knocked out. That moved Lynskey to 1.2 million, and he used that momentum to build his large stack. Other big stacks that will be moving on to Day 3 include Rahul Rastogi (2,320,000) and Justin Layden (2,035,000) who round out the top five with stacks above two million.
There are plenty of big names still in the hunt including recent WSOPC High Roller winner Luke Martinelli (1,710,000), Ricky Kroesen (1,780,000), Joel Dodds (1,690,000), Stevan Chew (1,185,000), Peco Stajonovski (1,030,000), Sam Capra (1,555,000) and Michael Fraser (1,325,000).
At one stage earlier in the day, with blinds at 6,000/12,000, Capra sat with just 11,000 in chips. He was able to spin that up to finish just outside the top ten stacks when play ended. Fraser is making back-to-back deep runs in the WSOPC Sydney Main Event after last year finishing runner-up to Michael Kanaan. He’ll be hoping to go one better in two days.
Two hundred thirty players returned today with 135 making the money. Chris Wookey would ultimately become the bubble boy after his aces were cracked by Mark Yazbeck’s pocket nines after a nine spiked on the flop. From there not all of the fan favorites were fortunate enough to survive to the day's end but still profited with a cash. Among the fallen were Jeff Lisandro (131st), Michel Bouskila (124th), Jarred Graham (122nd), Heidi May (119th), Sean Dunwmoodie (102nd), Corey Kempson (94,000), Daniel Laidlaw (71st), James Broom (53rd), Mladen Vukovic (38th), Suzy Khoueis (30th) and Shivan Abdine (29th).
The final 27 players will return to the poker room at The Star on Sunday, 16 December at 12.30pm local time to resume Day 3 and play down to the final table. Blinds will be continuing on Level 23 at 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante. The plan is to play down to the final table, however long that takes, with 10-min breaks every two 60-minute levels and a 30-min dinner break after Level nine.
WSOPC Sydney Final 27 Seat Draw
|Seat||Table 29||Table 30||Table 32|
|1||John Sormi||Dion Mavrangelos||Michael Fraser|
|2||Henry Tran||Dominick French||Joel Dodds|
|3||Luke Martinelli||Lio Segre||Richard Davis|
|4||Javad Etaat||Victor Teng||Sam Capra|
|5||Alexis Tremblay||Joel Cohen||Michael Seymour|
|6||Rob Damelian||Matt Pongrass||Michael Nenes|
|7||Alex Lynskey||Stevan Chew||Ray Byrant|
|8||Peco Stojanovski||Rahul Rastogi||Justin Layden|
|9||Cameron Chen||Barry Forrester||Ricky Kroesen|
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all the highlights of the action. So join us then as we see who has what it takes to walk the road to the final table of the WSOPC at The Star Sydney.