Olivieri Sun Runs His Way into the Chip Lead Ahead of PokerNews Cup Final Table

Felipe Olivieri

Day 2 of the 2023 PokerNews Cup at the Golden Nugget has come to a close after the field of 292 was whittled down to its final nine players.

Leading the charge into Day 3 is Argentina's Felipe Olivieri, who had a blistering end to the day and knocked out a string of players following some friendly card distribution and runouts. He bagged a massive 30,825,000, which will be good for 103 big blinds when play resumes on Level 32 tomorrow.

Olivieri made trip deuces in consecutive hands to see off the likes of Rui Bouquet and John Adderley, which propelled him to the top of the counts.

Vid Zagar (12,275,000) also bagged the only other eight-figure stack while Forrest Raleigh rounds out the top three chip counts after he ousted Kurt Radinger on the final table bubble.

Final Table Seat Draw

TableSeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Forrest RaleighUnited States7,800,00026
12Vid ZagarSlovenia12,275,00041
13Johnny KellyUnited Kingdom4,075,00014
14Humberto Lopes GalindoPortugal5,000,00017
15Eduardo Amaral SilvaBrazil3,100,00010
16Kyle GrossUnited States1,750,0006
17Tim GarlesUnited States2,925,00010
18Kunal PatniIndia2,675,0009
19Felipe OlivieriArgentina30,825,000103

The finalists have all locked up $21,920, but all eyes will be on the $218,605 up top as well as the final $50,000 bounty.

Will the final big bounty affect the table dynamics tomorrow, or will laddering to the next pay jump be the goal? Olivieri's commanding stack will definitely set the pace and narrative when play resumes on Monday, July 3, at 2 p.m. local time.

Final Table Payouts


Day 2 Recap

Michael Lo - Clement Kerrien
Michael Lo - Clement Kerrien

As mentioned, 292 players made it through to Day 2, with all the players already in the money. The min-cash was set at $1,125, and a host of players exited in the early stages due to the mystery bounty element.

As the eliminated players left the tournament room, a host took their shot at pulling the mystery bounty elements. It was announced at the start of the day that there would be two $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000 bounty prizes, and it didn't take long for the four biggest envelopes to be pulled.

Finalist Zagar was the first player to pull the big one, and Michael Lo was the other player to get a six-figure payday. Clement Kerrien (15th - $12,360) snagged one of the $75,000 bounties while WSOP Circuit ring winner Norman Michalek helped himself to a $50,000 prize.

The final three tables were established around 9:00 p.m., and the players began to zoom out the door. Forrest Kollar, who finished in third place in last year's edition of the PokerNews Cup, bowed out in 25th place. He was followed out by the likes of Christopher Maguire (24th - $6,415), Michael Jagroo (20th - $7,775) and Brent Burrows ($9,795).

When 16 players remained, the action slowed down, and no eliminations followed for the best part of two hours until Olivier hit a three-outer to bust Karl Manouchakian. Olivieri then went on a rampage, knocking out three more players and collecting a host of other pots before the day closed.

At the end of the night, the staff had to get another bag for Olivieri as he had too many chips to fit in one!

Olivieri and Co. return to the Golden Nugget at 2:00 p.m. local time on July 3 to see out the end of the tournament. The live stream will also be up and running from the get-go and will feature cards-up coverage, so be sure to stick with PokerNews to find out the conclusion of this record-breaking event.

  • The champion of the 2023 PokerNews Cup will walk away with $218,605!

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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