$2,500 Championship Event
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$2,500 Championship Event
Day 2 Completed

Lucas Leads Stacked Final 16 Into Day 3 of HPO Championship Event

donpeters • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Rudy Lucas
Rudy Lucas

Day 2 of the Hollywood Poker Open $2,500 Championship Event from the M Resort Casino Spa wrapped up with 16 players remaining. Leading the charge into the third and final day will be Rudy Lucas with 1.759 million in chips. On Sunday, all the remaining competitors will come back for Day 3 to play for the $347,052 top prize and the right to be called champion.

Under 200 players returned for Day 2, with Portuguese player Pedro Oliveira leading the way. Oliveira began the day by picking up right where he left off, but he soon took some hits and fell back down to Earth. When it was all said and done, Oliveira bagged 256,000 in chips, but still remains as one of those vying for the title.

Of the 684 total entries in this event, only the top 63 reached the money. After the day began, players hit the rail fast and furious. When the dinner break hit after the first six levels were in the books, just 65 remained. When the field returned, Jim Collopy was the first to go in 65th place, and his elimination set up hand-for-hand play on the bubble.

There were several short stacks fighting hard to hold on and squeak into a cash, and they all made it when Louis Salter, the brother of Jack Salter, decided to get a little crazy with the {A-Spades}{J-Spades} against Oliveira and his {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. Oliveira had opened from the cutoff seat with a raise, and Salter reraised to 31,000 from the button with the blinds at 3,000/6,000/500. Play folded back to Oliveira, and he made it 78,000 to go. Salter then moved all in for approximately 325,000, and Oliveira snapped it off. The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}, and Salter was the tournament's official "bubble boy."

From there, the line at the payout desk began to grow as players such as Russell Thomas (60th - $5,553), Brent Hanks (57th - $5,553), Darryll Fish (50th - $6,015), Cord Garcia (43rd - $7,095), Ryan Riess (42nd - $7,095), Calvin Anderson (31st - $8,483), Michael Rocco (24th - $10,180), Brian Yoon (22nd - $10,180), and Oleksandr Gnatenko (20th - $10,180) all went bust.

To view the entire list of payouts, click here.

Others remaining in the final bunch are Alex Keating, Garrett Greer, Joe Serock, Keven Stammen, and Joe Kuether.

Esther Taylor-Brady also advanced to Day 3, continuing her best year ever on the live felt. In terms of live tournament results, Taylor-Brady is having the best year she's ever had, already having won over $195,000. The largest chunk came when she placed fifth in the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open $3,500 Main Event for $174,188, and she's already locked up another $13,573 here in this one. She'll enter Day 3 with 826,000 in chips.

The cards will be in the air at 12 p.m. local time on Sunday, and you can follow all of the action live right here on PokerNews.com. Until then, you can find us at the bar!

Tags: Alex KeatingBrent HanksBrian YoonCalvin AndersonCord GarciaDarryll FishGarrett GreerJames CollopyJim CollopyJoe KuetherJoe SerockKeven StammenLouis SalterMichael RoccoOleksandr GnatenkoPedro OliveiraRudy LucasRussell ThomasRyan Riess

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw and Chip Counts

123md • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
TableSeatNameChip CountHometown
41Joe Serock581,000Albuquerque, NM
42Rudy Lucas1,759,000Mountain City, TN
43--empty------
44Alex Keating1,470,000San Jose, CA
45Esther Taylor-Brady826,000Havertown, PA
46Andrew Fisher788,000Harrisburg, PA
47Kyle Frey265,000Somerville, MA
48Diogo Cardoso1,051,000Porto, Portugal
49Garrett Greer631,000Hemet, CA
     
51Keven Stammen1,574,000Coldwater, OH
52Tom Dobrilovic289,000West Nyack, NY
53Jiachen Gong859,000Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
54Paul Vas Nunes540,000Newbury, United Kingdom
55Michael Laake1,255,000Sarasota, FL
56Joe Kuether130,000Elm Grove, WI
57--empty------
58Steve Warburton1,185,000Manchester, United Kingdom
59Pedro Oliveira256,000Coimbra, Portugal
Rudy Lucas US
Rudy Lucas
US 1,759,000 264,000
Keven Stammen us
Keven Stammen
us 1,574,000 82,000
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
us 1,470,000
Michael Laake us
Michael Laake
us 1,255,000 433,000
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 1,185,000 15,000
Diogo Cardoso pt
Diogo Cardoso
pt 1,051,000 -3,000
Jiachen Gong ca
Jiachen Gong
ca 859,000 -159,000
Esther Taylor-Brady us
Esther Taylor-Brady
us 826,000 -120,000
Andrew Fisher au
Andrew Fisher
au 788,000 126,000
Garrett Greer us
Garrett Greer
us 631,000 -19,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 581,000 21,000
Paul Vas Nunes gb
Paul Vas Nunes
gb 540,000 210,000
Tom Dobrilovic US
Tom Dobrilovic
US 289,000 -29,000
Kyle Frey us
Kyle Frey
us 265,000 -12,000
Pedro Oliveira pt
Pedro Oliveira
pt 256,000 -328,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 130,000 -6,000

Bagging and Tagging

donpeters • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The remaining 16 players have finished for the night, and all of the survivors are bagging and tagging their chips. Chip counts and a recap will be posted shortly.

Rachel Kranz Eliminated in 17th Place ($13,573)

Happy_Freaked • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

From the cutoff Rachel Kranz raised to 35,000 and Steve Warburton called from the button after which Keven Stammen called from the big blind.

The flop brought out {6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} and Stammen checked to Kranz who bet 50,000 and Warburton called. Stammen folded and on the turn the {3-Hearts} hit. Kranz moved all in for 280,000 and Warburton called.

Kranz: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}
Warburton: {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

The river was the {10-Spades} and Kranz failed to hit a flush against Warburton's set of sixes.

Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 1,170,000 96,000
Rachel Kranz US
Rachel Kranz
US Busted

Tags: Keven StammenRachel KranzSteve Warburton

Keating Sliding

Happy_Freaked • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Alex Keating raised to 36,000 under the gun plus one and Joe Serock called from the big blind. The flop brought out {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} and Serock check-called 35,000.

The turn was the {A-Spades} and Serock check-called another 100,000.

On the river the {9-Hearts} hit and Serock checked to Keating third time. Keating checked behind and Serock tabled {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for a full house to win the pot.

Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
us 1,470,000 -430,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 560,000 16,000

Tags: Alex KeatingJoe Serock

Kuether Doubles Back

donpeters • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Joe Kuether
Joe Kuether

From the hijack seat, Paul Vas Nunes raised to 32,000. Joe Kuether reraised all in for 47,000 from the button, and everyone folded back to Vas Nunes. He called with the {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}, and Kuether had the {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}.

The {4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades} board gave both players a straight, but Kuether's six-high straight won him the pot.

Paul Vas Nunes gb
Paul Vas Nunes
gb 330,000 -36,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 136,000 77,000

Tags: Joe KuetherPaul Vas Nunes

Dobrilovic Doubles Through Kuether

donpeters • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

From the hijack seat, Tom Dobrilovic raised all in for 146,000. Joe Kuether called from the big blind, and the two tabled the following hands.

Dobrilovic: {A-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Kuether: {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Despite having the dominating lead, Kuether couldn't hold on to earn the elimination. The board ran out {K-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Clubs} to give Dobrilovic a pair of deuces

Tom Dobrilovic US
Tom Dobrilovic
US 318,000 138,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 59,000 -130,000

Tags: Joe KuetherTom Dobrilovic

Dmitry Vitkind Eliminated in 18th Place ($13,573)

donpeters • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Dmitry Vitkind
Dmitry Vitkind

Rudy Lucas limped in from the small blind after action folded to him, and Dmitry Vitkind checked his option in the big blind to see the flop fall {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades}{8-Spades}. Lucas bet 30,000, and Vitkind raised to 75,000. Lucas moved all in, and Vitkind called for about 335,000 total.

Lucas had the {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} for a flopped straight, and Vitkind had the {Q-Spades}{8-Clubs} for top and bottom pair.

The turn was the {3-Spades}, and the river was the {7-Diamonds}. Lucas successfully dodged the outs of Vitkind and took out the Russian player in 18th place.

Rudy Lucas US
Rudy Lucas
US 1,495,000 512,000
Dmitry Vitkind ru
Dmitry Vitkind
ru Busted

Tags: Rudy LucasDmitry Vitkind

Table 13 Seat Draw and Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
SeatNameChip Count
1Keven Stammen1,492,000
2Tom Dobrilovic180,000
3Jiachen Gong1,018,000
4Paul Vas Nunes366,000
5Michael Laake822,000
6Joe Kuether189,000
7Rachel Kranz379,000
8Steve Warburton1,074,000
9Pedro Oliveira584,000
Keven Stammen us
Keven Stammen
us 1,492,000 -3,000
Steve Warburton gb
Steve Warburton
gb 1,074,000 -16,000
Jiachen Gong ca
Jiachen Gong
ca 1,018,000 -272,000
Michael Laake us
Michael Laake
us 822,000 22,000
Pedro Oliveira pt
Pedro Oliveira
pt 584,000 -27,000
Rachel Kranz US
Rachel Kranz
US 379,000 3,000
Paul Vas Nunes gb
Paul Vas Nunes
gb 366,000 121,000
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
us 189,000 39,000
Tom Dobrilovic US
Tom Dobrilovic
US 180,000 -168,000