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$25,000 High Roller
$25,000 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Josh Beckley Leads Final Nine in PCA $25,000 High Roller

donpeters • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Josh Beckley
Josh Beckley

World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley led the way after two days of action in the $25,000 High Roller at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Beckley finished Day 2 atop the final nine with 2.146 million after he shot up the leaderboard throughout the 11 levels that were played.

In one huge hand, Beckley knocked out Nick Yunis and Darren Elias when his aces held against pocket sevens and pocket fives, respectively. He then slowed down the rush of two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Yoon, who was charging in the final level before Beckley put his foot down.

Joe McKeehen, the man who defeated Beckley in November to earn poker's most prestigious prize, already booked an impressive seven-figure score in the $100,000 Super High Roller earlier at this stop, and now it's Beckley who will look to do the same if he can ride his chip lead to a victory on Thursday's Day 3. However Beckley finishes, both he and McKeehen have started 2016 off with solid showings utilizing the momentum they closed out last year with.

The end of the night was hectic, with eliminations piling up once the players reached the money. Keven Stammen was the first to hit the payout desk in 31st place, and others that fell included Marvin Rettenmaier (27th), Nick Yunis (25th), Faraz Jaka (21st), Adrian Mateos (18th), Greg Merson (13th), and Jeff Gross (12th).

On the final hand of play on Day 2, Dario Sammartino busted Robert Gorodestsky in 10th place when both made top pair of kings on the turn in a three-bet pot, but Sammartino's ace kicker trumped Gorodetsky's jack kicker. That meant that the players bagged up and redrew to a single table where they will return on Thursday at noon local time.

Beckley, Yoon, and Sammartino will be joined by Chance Kornuth, Anton Astapau, Sean Winter, Andrey Zaichenko, Nick Maimone, and Ben Heath at the final table, and they will return to play down to a winner with coverage right here on PokerNews.

Tags: Andrey ZaichenkoAnton AstapauBen HeathBrian YoonChance KornuthDario SammartinoDarren EliasJosh BeckleyNick MaimoneNick YunisSean Winter

End-of-Day Counts and Final-Table Draw (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
1Sean Winter1,799,000
2Brian Yoon953,000
3Andrey Zaichenko1,036,000
4Nick Maimone1,191,000
5Josh Beckley2,146,000
6Chance Kornuth932,000
7Ben Heath738,000
8Anton Astapau565,000
9Dario Sammartino1,892,000
Josh Beckley us 2,146,000 146,000
Dario Sammartino it 1,892,000 692,000
Sean Winter us 1,799,000 -121,000
Nick Maimone us 1,191,000
Andrey Zaichenko ru 1,036,000 296,000
Brian Yoon us 953,000 -47,000
Chance Kornuth us 932,000 -298,000
Ben Heath gb 738,000 38,000
Anton Astapau BY 565,000 -23,000

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Robert Gorodetsky Eliminated in 10th Place ($98,820)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Robert Gorodetsky - 10th Place
Robert Gorodetsky - 10th Place

Robert Gorodetsky opened for 40,000 in the cutoff and snap-called a three-bet to 135,000 from button Dario Sammartino. The flop came {7-Spades}{q-Hearts}{3-Spades} and both checked. Gorodetsky came out betting with 120,000 on the {k-Clubs} turn, and Sammartino called. On the {2-Diamonds} river, Sammartino told the dealer he was all in after Gorodetsky checked to him.

A frustrated Gorodetsky shot out of his chair, at risk for his last 300,000 or so. He paced away from the table then walked back and verbalized a call. Sammartino showed {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}, and Gorodetsky winged his cards muckward, where the dealer flipped them over: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}.

Robert Gorodetsky US Busted

Tags: Dario SammartinoRobert Gorodetsky

PokerNews Podcast Episode #355: Crazy Brazilian feat. Steve O’Dwyer and Joe Ingram

donpeters • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Remko Rinkema and Donnie Peters discuss the crazy play from Brazilian chip leader Leonardo Pires and chat with both Steve O'Dwyer and Joe Ingram.

Don't forget, you can call the show and leave a voicemail at 774-77-PNPOD.

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Tags: Donnie PetersJoey IngramPokerNews PodcastRemko RinkemaSteve O'Dwyer

Yoon Comes Back Down to Earth

Brentharrington • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

After a crazy upswing, which saw Brian Yoon shoot from 300,000 to over 1 million, he ended up losing a hand against Josh Beckley for about 200,000.

Yoon raised preflop to 45,000 and Beckley reraised to 165,000. Yoon called and it was heads up to the flop of {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs}.

Both players checked the flop and the turn was the {9-Spades}. Beckley checked again and Yoon bet 180,000. Beckley called.

The river was the {j-Diamonds} and Beckley slid out of a bet of 500,000. Yoon folded.

Chance Kornuth, who was sitting next to him, encouraged him to show and Beckley let him pick one. The card Kornuth exposed was the {a-Diamonds}.

"I don't know what that means," Kornuth said.

"Probably better than what I had," said Yoon.

Josh Beckley us 2,000,000 200,000
Brian Yoon us 1,000,000 -200,000

Tags: Brian YoonChance KornuthJosh Beckley

Jean-Pascal Savard Eliminated in 11th Place ($98,820)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Jean-Pascal Savard - 11th Place
Jean-Pascal Savard - 11th Place

Jean-Pascal Savard shoved from the button over a Josh Beckley cutoff open, and the 2015 WSOP Main Event runner-up called, revealing {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. Savard put his head down and flicked {a-Hearts}{10-Spades} in, knowing this was likely the end of the line for him.

Beckley called for low cards, but the {j-Spades}{k-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop paired him instead. Now fading queens, he managed to do so with a {3-Diamonds} turn and {k-Hearts} river.

Josh Beckley us 1,800,000 425,000
Jean-Pascal Savard ca Busted

Tags: Jean-Pascal SavardJosh Beckley

Yoon Can Always Have What Yoon Want

Brentharrington • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Brian Yoon
Brian Yoon

Brian Yoon is on an insane run and most of the chips he's earned this level have come off Dario Sammartino.

On this hand, Yoon opened to 45,000 from the button preflop. Sammartino reraised, making it 118,000 and Yoon called.

The flop came {j-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Sammartino led for 80,000. Yoon didn't take very long to call.

The turn was the {k-Hearts} and Sammartino bet 140,000. Again, Yoon called pretty quickly.

The river was the {4-Spades} and the betting was done for both, as they checked in turn. Sammartino showed {a-}{5-} and Yoon won the pot with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs} for a pair of jacks.

Dario Sammartino it 1,200,000 -450,000
Brian Yoon us 1,200,000 500,000

Tags: Brian YoonDario Sammartino

Kornuth Lets Beckley Choose

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Four players saw a {5-Spades}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs} flop for 55,000 apiece, and Josh Beckley bet 125,000 after the blinds checked. Chance Kornuth was the only taker, from the button, and Beckley checked the {8-Diamonds} turn. Kornuth thought awhile and slid in a two-towered bet of 155,000. Beckley tanked a few minutes before letting his hand go.

"Want to pick one?" Kornuth offered with a smile.

"Yes," Beckley said, returning the grin after flipping the leftmost card from his perspective, which was the {a-Clubs}.

Josh Beckley us 1,375,000 -155,000
Chance Kornuth us 1,230,000 315,000

Tags: Chance KornuthJosh Beckley

Yoon Doubles Again, This Time Through Sammartino

Brentharrington • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Brian Yoon is on a roll after he recently doubled through Anton Astapau, and he just doubled through Dario Sammartino.

Yoon started the action with an opening raise to 40,000. Sammartino reraised to 90,000. Yoon went all in and Sammartino didn't take too long to call.

Yoon had pocket sevens, {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} against Sammartino's {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {8-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Yoon doubled again.

Dario Sammartino it 1,650,000 -413,000
Brian Yoon us 700,000 304,000

Tags: Brian YoonDario Sammartino