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Day 2 Completed

McCormick on a Heater After Day 2 of HPT St. Louis

BrandonTemple • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Austin McCormick
Austin McCormick

On Day 2 of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Hollywood St. Louis $1,650 Main Event, 72 players returned to the felt, and after eight levels of play, the televised final table of nine was reached. Leading the charge is Austin McCormick, who went on a white-hot tear with two tables remaining to bag up the chip lead with a 2,775,000 stack.

McCormick, who finished fourth in an HPT St. Louis $1,650 Main Event last September, was responsible for five of the final nine knockouts of the day, including one of the more memorable triple knockouts in recent memory, when his ace-queen overcame aces, kings, and sixes by hitting running queens on the turn and river to send Day 1a chip leader Ryan Tepen (18th - $5,532), former HPT St. Louis champ Paul Belken (17th - $5,532), and Thomas Rennier (16th - $5,532) out the door all in one fell swoop. McCormick claimed two more victims in Mark Koeln (13th - $7,358) and BJ McBrayer (12th - $9,753) before play ended for the day.

A pair of WSOP Bracelet winners are hot on McCormick's trail, however. Kyle Cartwright flopped a combo draw against the set of Mike Thompson (10th - $9,753), and when Cartwright made his straight on the turn, all the chips went in the middle, and a blank river left Thompson one spot shy of the televised final table. Brett Apter, meanwhile, was Austin Tjaden's (11th - $9,753) nemesis, first fading a big draw from Tjaden to take a good portion of Tjaden's stack, then snagging the rest when Apter won a flip.

Day 1c chip leader Kevin Garosshen and Colorado native Brent Cunningham are the only other players over a million in chips, while Brian Reeder, Lucas Tae, Neil Patel, and Laura Hoppe round out the final table of nine.

Final Table Seat Draw and Chip Counts

TableSeatNameChip CountBig Blinds
171Lucas Tae700,00035
172Neil Patel480,00024
173Austin McCormick2,775,000139
174Kevin Garosshen1,590,00080
175Kyle Cartwright2,120,000106
176Brent Cunningham1,125,00056
177Brian Reeder935,00047
179Brett Apter1,735,00087
1710Laura Hoppe300,00015

Day 2 Action

72 players returns from the 392 entrants that started the three opening flights, but only 45 would walk away with a payday. Reigning HPT Player of the Year Nick Pupillo, three-time HPT champ Reginald "Shawn" Roberts and Jerod Smith all were unable to make it to the money. Former HPT champ Mike O'Neill ended up as the bubble boy, jamming pocket fives into the aces of Justin Coliny (15th - $7,358). O'Neill got a sweat when he flopped an open-ended straight draw, but he would improve no further to leave empty-handed.

Mike O'Neill
Bubble Boy Mike O'Neill

From there, 36 players left with a payday before play ended for the day, including Jimmy Bussey (14th - $7,358), former HPT Vicksburg champ Jay Friedman (21st - $4,563), last year's defending champ Bill Byrnes (25th - $4,563), Hyndi Khomutetsky (27th - $4,563) and former HPT Florence champ Sameer Al Dbhany (41st - $3,137).

Day 3 will kick off tomorrow at Noon local time, and the final table will be taped and televised for future use. The final table will also be streamed at the HPT's Twitch channel on a delay (no hole cares will be shown due to Missouri gaming laws), and the PokerNews blog will sync up with the stream during tomorrow's play. Be sure to tune in to see who will walk away with the $131,184 top prize, the $3,500 Championship Package, and the trophy here at Hollywood St. Louis!

Tags: Austin McCormickBill ByrnesBJ McBrayerBrent CunninghamBrett ApterBrian ReederHyndi KhomutetskyJay FriedmanJerod SmithJimmy BusseyJustin ColinyKevin GarosshenKyle CartwrightLaura HoppeMark KoelnMike O'NeillMike ThompsonNeil PatelNick PupilloPaul BelkenRyan TepenSameer Al DbhanyThomas Rennier

Play Ends For the Day

BrandonTemple • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

The final nine players are bagging and tagging their chips for the evening. Stay tuned for chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Mike Thompson Eliminated in 10th Place ($9,753)

BrandonTemple • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

Kyle Cartwright raised to 40,000 from under the gun, and was called by Mike Thompson in middle position, Lucas Tae in the cutoff, and Kevin Garosshen in the big blind.

Action checked to Thompson on a {9-Hearts}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop, and he bet 35,000. Only Cartwright called.

The {j-Diamonds} fell on the turn, and Cartwright checked again. Thompson bet 200,000, and Cartwright check-raised all in. Thompson quickly called off his last 800,000 total.

Mike Thompson: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Kyle Cartwright: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Thompson's flopped set had been turned by the combo draw of Cartwright. Thompson needed the board to pair to avoid becoming the last elimination of Day 2, but the {3-Spades} ended Thompson's run one spot shy of the final table.

Mike Thompson US
Mike Thompson
US Busted

Tags: Kevin GarosshenKyle CartwrightMike Thompson

Reeder Binks the River to Double Through Thompson

BrandonTemple • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante
Brian Reeder
Brian Reeder

Neil Patel raised to 40,000 from middle position, and Brian Reeder three-bet shoved for 438,000 from the small blind. Mike Thompson announced a call in the big blind, and Patel folded.

Brian Reeder: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Mike Thompson: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Reeder picked up two outs when the {10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{j-Hearts} flop gave him a Broadway draw. The {6-Diamonds} turn was a brick, but Reeder drilled the {k-Diamonds} river for his straight.

"Yes! Bam!" a jubliant Reeder said with a fist pump, and he picked up the double.

Brian Reeder us
Brian Reeder
us 925,000 445,000
Mike Thompson US
Mike Thompson
US 850,000 -504,000
Neil Patel us
Neil Patel
us 570,000 5,000

Tags: Brian ReederMike ThompsonNeil Patel

Cunningham Chips Up

BrandonTemple • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 20,000 ante

Kyle Cartwright raised to 40,000 from early position, and was called by Brent Cunningham next to act, as well as Austin McCormick in the big blind.

McCormick checked the {4-Spades}{7-Spades}{k-Clubs} flop over to Cartwright, who bet 45,000. Only Cunningham called.

Cartwright checked the {7-Clubs} turn, and Cunningham bet 70,000. Cartwright quickly folded.

Austin McCormick us
Austin McCormick
us 2,475,000 75,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 1,260,000 -90,000
Brent Cunningham us
Brent Cunningham
us 1,100,000 -50,000

Tags: Austin McCormickBrent CunninghamKyle Cartwright

Level:
22
Blinds:
10,000/20,000
Ante:
20,000

Thompson Jams on Chip Leader McCormick

BrandonTemple • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante

Mike Thompson raised to 40,000 from middle position, and was called by Austin McCormick in the big blind.

McCormick checked the {5-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop over to Thompson, who bet 50,000. McCormick check-raised to 129,000, and Thompson quickly moved all-in for 1.3 million. McCormick tanked for a minute, then folded.

Austin McCormick us
Austin McCormick
us 2,400,000 -200,000
Mike Thompson US
Mike Thompson
US 1,500,000 190,000

Tags: Austin McCormickMike Thompson

Final Table Seat Draw and Chip Counts

BrandonTemple • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 16,000 ante
TableSeatNameChip CountBig Blinds
171Lucas Tae900,00056
172Neil Patel565,00035
173Austin McCormick2,600,000163
174Kevin Garosshen1,600,000100
175Kyle Cartwright1,350,00084
176Brent Cunningham1,150,00072
177Brian Reeder480,00030
178Mike Thompson1,310,00082
179Brett Apter1,850,000116
1710Laura Hoppe180,00011
Austin McCormick us
Austin McCormick
us 2,600,000 150,000
Brett Apter us
Brett Apter
us 1,850,000 450,000
Kevin Garosshen us
Kevin Garosshen
us 1,600,000 303,000
Kyle Cartwright us
Kyle Cartwright
us 1,350,000 50,000
Mike Thompson US
Mike Thompson
US 1,310,000 54,000
Brent Cunningham us
Brent Cunningham
us 1,150,000 150,000
[Removed:175] US
[Removed:175]
US 900,000 250,000
Neil Patel us
Neil Patel
us 565,000 -85,000
Brian Reeder us
Brian Reeder
us 480,000 -95,000
Laura Hoppe us
Laura Hoppe
us 180,000 -31,000