Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 at The Big Event Main Event in Bell Gardens, California concluded today after the returning field 221 players was whittled down to about 70. With the first 13 levels now complete in the $5,000 buy-in event, Victor Ramdin leads the pack with a whopping 1,070,000 in chips. He’ll be the man to catch when everyone returns for Day 3’s action on Tuesday at 12:00 PM local time.
Ramdin had himself a great day of action. Over the course of the six levels played out on Day 2, he climbed from 81,000 to the top of the board. One big pot that helped Ramdin get himself to the top came after he turned a set of sixes and stacked a player holding a straight and flush draw.
Some of the other notable players who have moved on to Day 3 are Daniel Negreanu, Shawn Busse, David Paredes, Alex Kamberis, Greg Debora and Anh Van Nguyen. Negreanu will be one of the larger stacks with 360,700 in chips.
Those was failed to survive the day included Allen Kessler, Kathy Liebert, Dwyte Pilgrim, Amnon Filippi, Nach Barbero and Barry Greenstein. 2010 NAPT LA winner Joe Tehan also fell to the rail. He was eliminated by Joseph Cheong during Level 10.
With the money line set at 56, that means the remaining players have still yet to cash. That will most certainly happen on Tuesday where the plan is to work all the way down until the final 24 is reached. However long that may take, you can bet that the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is ready to provide you with all the live coverage straight from the tournament floor.
Action folded to Daniel Negreanu on the button and he raised to 7,700. The big blind responded by making it 18,000 and Negreanu made the call. When the flop fell , the big blind bet 21,000 and Negreanu called as the dealer burned and turned the . This time the big blind check-called Negreanu's bet of 34,000, leading to the on the river. The big blind checked, Negreanu bet 75,000, and the big blind tank-called. Negreanu turned over and the big blind mucked. Negreanu won a nice pot right at the end of the night and bagged up 360,700.
We didn't catch all the details, but we saw that Jason Wheeler was sliding his chips to his opponent, who had pocket aces laid out in front of him on a fairly dry board. The pot was worth right around 400,000 and Wheeler, who was clearly disappointed, was eliminated on the last hand of the night.
When we approached the table, Victor Ramdin and an opponent were locking horns in a big preflop pot. It looks like our villain had opened with a raise from middle position and Ramdin had three-bet from the button. As we joined the action, there was about 50,000 in the pot, the Mr. Villain had four-bet shoved for an additional 130,000 on top. Ramdin was in the tank.
Ramdin started chatting, asking if his opponent really wanted the action. After some time soaking, the calling chips were plunked into the pot, and Mr. Villain half-asked, "I got a pair?" as he showed up his . It was no good. Ramdin tabled , five cards from claiming another victim.
The board came , and that's another big pot to Ramdin's corner. Believe it or not, he's up over the million-chip mark with about 8% of the chips in play.
There are still 70 players left, by the way.
It is worth noting that with less than 80 players remaining, four top Canadian Team Pros are still in contention for the Big Event title in Daniel Negreanu, Greg Debora, Anh Van Nguyen, and Pat Pezzin.
Recently, two of the aforementioned players squared off in a big pot. With 110,000 in the pot and a board reading , Pezzin moved all in from the small blind for about 80,000. His only opponent, Debora, tanked for at least four minutes before sliding in the call.
Pezzin was in great shape to double if he could just avoid a queen on the river, which is exactly what he did. Pezzin doubled to 270,000 on the hand, but his fellow Canadian dropped to 125,000 in the process.
A short-stacked player moved all in from middle position for his last 25,400 and action folded all the way to George Lind III in the small blind. He made the call from the small blind and the cards were turned up:
The flop kept Lind in the lead but he was not too happy when the peeled off on the turn. The river changed nothing and the short-stacked player doubled. Lind took a small hit down to 190,000.
Action folded to the player in the hijack and he raised to 7,200. Daniel Negreanu, everyone's favorite little rascal, was in the big blind and made the call. Both players checked the and the turn, leading to the on the river. The hijack checked, Negreanu bet 12,000, and received a call.
Negreanu turned over for a queen-high flush and took down the pot. With that, he is sitting with about 230,000.