Mike Comisso began Day 2 as chip leader of the Poker Night in America $1,675 Main Event at Golden Nugget, and though he lost that distinction after a quiet early portion of the day, he regained the top spot when it was time to bag up for the televised final table.
Comisso put 1.263 million in the bag, and he'll be joined for the five-handed TV table by Vinicius Lima (1.198 million), Chan Pelton (1,050,000), David Morton (292,000), and Dimitry Agrachov (282,000). The players bagged just a bit after the beginning of Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000).
The day began with 25 runners who advanced out of three starting days. Fifteen were set to cash, but it ended up being 16 players in the money when voice actor Nika Futterman and Maxim Sorokin both busted on the bubble and chopped the 15th-place payout since they were at different tables.
Zo Karim, Brandon Cantu, and Kyle Frey were some of the notables who busted shy of the money.
Once the bubble burst, Matt Glantz and 2016 Million Dollar Heater winner Jake Daniels were two of the players making the money but falling short of the final table.
Once that final table started, it was Lima in command with 1.15 million while Comisso hadn't much headway from his start-of-day stack and had slipped to third. Lima continued to climb by sending Nacho Barbero out the door after his fellow European Poker Tour High Roller champ Sam Panzica.
Comisso won a race against Frank Bonacci with the against the to send him out eighth, and he continued to drag enough medium-sized pots to chip up. Chad Eveslage went out seventh to Pelton in the same flip, with Pelton's sixes prevailing.
Then, Pelton picked off a big two-barrel bluff from Lima with the on an runout, with Lima giving up on the river and Pelton taking the pot to bring him back to the pack.
Six-handed play lasted awhile, but gold bracelet winner Joey Weissman was the one who finally fell on the final table bubble, though it took an unlucky beat to do so. Morton, who made his second PNIA final table after getting third at Choctaw in April for $131,590, crippled Weissman when he shoved in second to act for 143,000 during Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000) with and Weissman woke up with the and reshoved from the button. After a flop, Morton ran a Broadway straight to leave Weissman with less than two big blinds, and he couldn't recover.
Players will arrive early on Tuesday for a short media session in preparation for the televised final table, and cards should be in the air between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time.