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Day 2 Completed

Chen Leads Final Thirteen After Raucous Day 2 of the PPO Main Event

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen

Day 2 of the $3,300 Main Event has ended after 11 hours of play saw a field of 89 reduced to 13 by the conclusion of play.

Jimmy Chen was the player atop the chip counts at the end of the day as he finished with a large stack of 3,600,000. Chen Started to build chips early in the day and amassed himself a stack nearing one million towards the middle of the day. His biggest boon in chips came when he called the preflop all in shove from start of day chip leader Dylan Lask, with ace-king against ace-queen. The board would run out safe for his hand as he dramatically eliminated Lask, which surged his stack above 2 million. He would not look back from there as he won some more decent pots as play became short-handed to build a substantial chip lead.

2nd in chips was Farid Jattin who spent much of the day as the chip leader after he won several big pots early to shoot his stack to the top within the first couple of levels of Day 2. He would maintain his huge stack throughout the day, with a mild downward slide in the final level before finishing the day.

Jonathan Gilliam finished the day with 1,800,000 after he flew under the radar much of the day before winning a big all in flip to take chips from Jattin. Ian O’Hara and Phil Vera rounded out the top five in chips, each with 1,435,000.

The day began with 89 players and the eliminations came quick to start, perhaps faster than anticipated. The money bubble was reached just before dinner break and was breached shortly after dinner when Chen eliminated a player to assure the remaining 36 were in the money.

Several players fell short in their attempt to make the final day, including defending champion Carlos Villamarin who was eliminated before the money was reached. Christian Harder (30th) , Brock Parker (27th) and PPO Opening Event Champion Laura Moore (15th) were among the notable players eliminated in the money.

The 13 players remaining will return to play Day 3 at 2 p.m. local time and will play down to winner. PokerNews will be there to provide the in depth coverage of the final day of the Potomac Poker Open

End of Day Chip Counts

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Jimmy Chen us
Jimmy Chen
us 3,600,000 800,000
Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 2,350,000 300,000
Jonathan Gilliam us
Jonathan Gilliam
us 1,800,000 -225,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 1,435,000 -115,000
Phil Vera us
Phil Vera
us 1,435,000 -215,000
Jordan Fisch us
Jordan Fisch
us 1,135,000 425,000
Dustin Semonavick us
Dustin Semonavick
us 1,070,000 -245,000
Rich Weinhold US
Rich Weinhold
US 1,070,000 -880,000
Yaser Al-Keliddar us
Yaser Al-Keliddar
us 1,020,000 925,000
Rajasekar Govindan us
Rajasekar Govindan
us 840,000 -710,000
Kevin Kwak us
Kevin Kwak
us 775,000 575,000
Al Mottur us
Al Mottur
us 535,000 328,000
Damon Sita us
Damon Sita
us 290,000 -360,000

Play Ended

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Chip Counts and recap soon to come

Five More Hands

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

The floor has announced five more hands before the end of the night

Right Prediction, Wrong Call for Kwak

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Kevin Kwak
Kevin Kwak

Action was picked up on the turn with a board that read {6-Clubs}{a-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. Phil Vera made a bet of 200,000 and Kevin Kwak called. The river came the {q-Hearts}. Vera bet 250,000.

Kwak started to talk it the hand out loud "This is top set isn't it" he said. "You always have top set here. Sick cooler" he thought and played with his chips as he shifted around in his chair. He continued "Top set right?" and nodded at Vera, attempting to get him to confirm that is what he had. After a few more moments, Kwak put in a stack of chips to call.

Sure enough Vera turned over the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} and Kwak angrily flung his {8-}{8-} into the muck and he got up from the table muttering to himself, despite his tablemates saying it was impressive that he called the hand aloud and that he even seriously considered folding at all.

Phil Vera us
Phil Vera
us 1,650,000 350,000
Kevin Kwak us
Kevin Kwak
us 200,000 -270,000

Tags: Kevin KwakPhil Vera

Al-Keliddar Rivers Queen to Stay Alive

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

In a preflop all in Yaser Al-Keliddar held {k-}{q-} against the pocket tens of Farid Jattin. The flop {3-}{j-}{3-} and turn {7-} were harmless to Jattin but the {q-} on the river saved Al-Keliddar to keep his tournament alive.

Yaser Al-Keliddar us
Yaser Al-Keliddar
us 95,000 -765,000

Jeff Esterling Eliminated in 14th Place ($14,616)

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Jeff Esterling
Jeff Esterling

Jeff Esterling shoved his remaining 375,000 from the cutoff. He was called by Farid Jattin out of the small blind. Esterling had the {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} while Jattin held the {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}.

The flop surged the big stack into the lead as it came {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs} but Esterling had outs to a flush. The turn was the {7-Hearts} and the river the {6-Hearts} and Esterling's run was over.

Farid Jattin co
Farid Jattin
co 3,600,000 550,000
Jeff Esterling us
Jeff Esterling
us Busted

Tags: Farid JattinJess Esterling