Live Events 2
Event 14: $15,400 $5 Million Guaranteed WPT World Championship
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Event 14: $15,400 $5 Million Guaranteed WPT World Championship
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 of the WPT World Championship Sees 68 Survive

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Eric Afriat dominated and destroyed on Day 2, as he seeks his second World Poker Tour final table in as many tries
Eric Afriat dominated and destroyed on Day 2, as he seeks his second World Poker Tour final table in as many tries

After two starting flights attracted 328 entries and reentries, the day began with 199 players assembled in the Borgata's Signature Room, each one hoping to move in the right direction on every tournament's moving day. A total of six 90-minute levels were played on Day 2, and when it was all said and done just 68 survivors bagged and tagged a stack, with Eric Afriat putting on a bravura performance to end with an astounding 1,003,000 chips to his credit.

That number is staggering when one considers the mathematics, as the average stack sits at 241,176 to begin tomorrow's Day 3, and Afriat's closest competitor Athanasios Polychronopoulos put 592,500 in the bag. Sitting more than 400,000 clear of the pack, Afriat is poised to to make a run at back to back World Poker Tour titles, as he took down the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,081,184 just last week.

Afriat began his rampage through one of the toughest fields on the tournament circuit in style, claiming a huge pot against Harrison Gimbel by virtue of bullets in the hole. From there, Afriat played relentlessly and siphoned chips from accomplished pros like Loni Harwood, remaining unafraid to mix it up and play big pots.

Other big stacks to separate themselves from the rest include Tony "End Boss" Gregg (567,000), Scott Seiver (539,500), Ryan D'Angelo (519,500), Jason Koon (500,500) and Maurice Hawkins (433,500).

Those who fell short of their goal include Scotty Nguyen, Joe McKeehen, Christina Lindley, Matt Glantz, Joe Serock, Chris Klodnicki, Bryn Kenney, Layne Flack and a who's who of poker's elite players.

The remaining runners are no slouches themselves, so check back in with PokerNews tomorrow at 12 noon local time to follow all of the action live from the floor of the WPT World Championship. The money bubble will burst and the play will be intense right from the get go, so keep it here to see who weaves their way through the minefield on one of poker's grand stages.

Tags: Anthony GreggAthanasios PolychronopoulosBryn KenneyChris KlodnickiChristina LindleyEric AfriatHarrison GimbelJason KoonJoe McKeehenJoe SerockLayne FlackLoni HarwoodMatt GlantzMaurice HawkinsMen NguyenRyan D'AngeloScott SeiverScotty NguyenTony GreggWorld ChampionshipWPT

Official End-of-Day Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Eric Afriat ca
Eric Afriat
ca 1,003,000 -137,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos us
Athanasios Polychronopoulos
us 592,500 337,500
Tony Gregg us
Tony Gregg
us 567,000 95,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 539,500 336,500
Ryan D'Angelo us
Ryan D'Angelo
us 519,500 21,500
Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 500,500 -59,500
Maurice Hawkins us
Maurice Hawkins
us 433,500 36,500
Glenn Lafaye us
Glenn Lafaye
us 423,500 131,500
Jonathan Tamayo us
Jonathan Tamayo
us 411,000 262,300
Hans Winzeler us
Hans Winzeler
us 397,000 22,000
Justin Young us
Justin Young
us 372,000 -43,000
David Daggett
David Daggett
368,500 83,500
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
us 347,500 17,500
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 344,000 9,000
Ray Qartomy us
Ray Qartomy
us 335,000 167,000
Garrett Greer us
Garrett Greer
us 330,000 20,000
Eugene Todd us
Eugene Todd
us 328,500 13,500
Abraham Korotki us
Abraham Korotki
us 324,500 174,500
Michael Lavoie
Michael Lavoie
314,500 -31,500
Bobby Oboodi us
Bobby Oboodi
us 301,000 221,100
Malkiel Berlianshik
Malkiel Berlianshik
282,500 229,000
Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
us 281,000 -4,000
Matt Stout us
Matt Stout
us 274,000 -76,000
Lee Markholt us
Lee Markholt
us 270,500 65,500
Jordan Cristos us
Jordan Cristos
us 267,500 122,500

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Hellmuth Gonna Hellmuth

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

We saw Phil Hellmuth shoot out of his seat and begin a display on par with many of his best performances, as he hectored the table and defended the merit of his smallball style.

"This is just so tilting!," he began, directing his frustration at Maurice Hawkins and George Kelly, with the former's crime being criticism, and the latter's a curious choice to call. "I just hate it when I make a brilliant play and they call it stupid."

Hawkins piped up with a little needle, asking "Brilliant? Brilliant! Limping in with 10 bigs, folding your stack away? The Living Legend..."

"They don't even understand it..." Hellmuth continued aloud, more to himself than to Hawkins. "I mean, these players are so behind the curve it's unbelievable! But of course, three years later they'll all be making the same plays."

Hawkins continued to give it right back to Hellmuth, making mention of a hand in which the "Poker Brat" limped in to the pot with {K-}{j-}, only to let loose with an outburst after Kelly check-called through the river with {6-}{4-} on the {a-}{6-}{8-}{10-}{x-} board. According to Kelly, he was forced to "endure a 20-minute lecture on how bad I play," after that showdown.

Hellmuth grinded as he is wont to do though, doubling up with {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} after flopping an ace and ending the day with a little over 50,000.

Maurice Hawkins us
Maurice Hawkins
us 397,000 117,000
George Kelly us
George Kelly
us 174,000 143,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 48,000 -28,000

Tags: Maurice HawkinsPhil Hellmuth

Dunst, Tony Dunst

[user101598] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Tony Dunst
Tony Dunst

The action folded to Tony Dunst, who raised to 11,000 out of the small blind. Jeff Madsen called in the big blind, and the flop fell {3-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}. Dunst check-called a bet of 12,500, and the turn was the {5-Spades}.

Dunst checked again, Madsen a little under Dunst's effective stack (47,000), and Dunst shrugged before doing the deed. Madsen called.

Dunst: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}
Madsen: {k-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Dunst had a flush draw, but his ace-high was good enough to do the trick, and the {4-Diamonds} bricked off on the river.

The host of the Raw Deal doubled to 141,000 chips, while Madsen dipped to 285,000.

Jeff Madsen us
Jeff Madsen
us 285,000 -187,000
Tony Dunst us
Tony Dunst
us 141,000 48,800

Tags: Jeff MadsenTony Dunst

Four More Hands

[user272102] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Tournament Director Tab Duchateau has just announced that there will be four more hands before play concludes for the evening.

Koon > Kottler

[user101598] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Jason Koon
Jason Koon

When we arrived at Table 1, Jeremy Kottler had what appeared to be a four-bet of 100,000 sitting in front of him. Not to be outdone, his opponent Jason Koon had the all-in button in front of him, evidently five-betting all in for effectively 230,000.

Kottler tanked for close to three or four minutes before finally folding, and Koon dragged in the pot.

Jason Koon us
Jason Koon
us 560,000 258,000
Jeremy Kottler us
Jeremy Kottler
us 130,000 65,000

Tags: Jason KoonJeremy Kottler

A Charmed Life

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Eric Afriat
Eric Afriat

Loni Harwood opened to 9,000 from the hijack and Eric Afriat used his overwhelming chip lead to play the big stack bully. He popped the action to 23,000 with a three-bet from the button, and only Harwood came along.

The flop fell {4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Harwood checked to the aggressor, who played the part with a smallish wager of 14,000. Harwood flatted and fourth street brought the {3-Diamonds} to the felt, and once again Harwood knuckled the felt. Afriat continued his line with a 25,000 bet, with Harwood calling quickly and the river falling {10-Clubs}.

A third tap of the table by Harwood prompted Afriat to cut out a bet 75,000 and place it forward, and Harwood wasted little time in looking him up, only to wince noticeably when Afriat tabled {a-Hearts}{4-Spades} with the look of a man who hasn't lost a pot for the last week. After winning the 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,081,184 just six days ago, Afriat is playing with confidence and swagger - a combination that his tablemates should rightly fear.

Eric Afriat ca
Eric Afriat
ca 1,140,000 340,000
Loni Harwood us
Loni Harwood
us 175,000 -20,000

Tags: Eric AfriatLoni Harwood

I'll Take That Beer

[user272102] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Christina Lindley
Christina Lindley

Matt Stout had just purchased a beer for his friend Christina Lindley. She took a sip, and moved all in for her last 69,500. It was folded around to Stout who called her all in. Everyone folded and Stout turned over {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}.

"Wow," said Lindley, tapping the table twice as she turned over {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}.

The board ran out {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} to end Lindley's tournament.

"Good game hon," said Stout.

Some of the guys at the table gave Stout crap for knocking out Lindley and he retorted "what was I supposed to do, fold?"

Yes, said several of the guys, laughing.

Stout then reached across the table and grabbed the beer Lindley had left behind. "I'm not afraid of her germs," he said, taking a healthy swig.

Matt Stout us
Matt Stout
us 350,000 85,000
Christina Lindley us
Christina Lindley
us Busted

Tags: Christina LindleyMatt Stout

Bohn Trips Up Makhija

[user101598] • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Blake Bohn came in for a raise to 10,000 in middle position, Amit Makhija three-bet to 25,000 in the hijack, and the action folded back to Bohn, who called.

The duo checked on a flop of {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}{k-Diamonds}, and the turn was the {3-Clubs}. Bohn led out for 20,000, Makhija called, and the river was the {3-Spades}.

Bohn tossed out another 45,000, Makhija again called, and Bohn turned over {k-Spades}{q-Clubs} for trip kings. Makhija mucked.

Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 335,000 188,000
Amit Makhija us
Amit Makhija
us 64,000 -56,000

Tags: Amit MakhijaBlake Bohn