Edmund Liu Leads Final Table in Rincon
Day 2 was a relatively short day for play in the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Rincon Main Event. Action started with 43 players, and after eight hours of play, the final table was reached. Leading the way was Edmund Liu, who will come into Monday's final with 1,560,000 in chips.
Not far behind Liu was former WSOP November Niner Soi Nguyen with 1,330,000. The final table also includes poker pro David Randall, as well as Lynda Tran, who became the first woman to reach the final table of a WSOP Circuit Main Event this year.
WSOP-C Harrah's Rincon Final Table
There were ten unfortunate players who came into the poker room today, and walked away empty-handed. The bubble boy was young pro Shawn Daniels, whose fell to the pocket tens of Kenna James. James flopped a set, and Daniels couldn't catch up.
Following Daniels out the door were Loni Harwood (33rd), Eric Baldwin (31st), James (27th) and David Singontiko (24th), amongst several others. When we got down to ten players, Artem Invanenko was eliminated on the final table bubble when his failed to beat the of Randall.
Liu took control of the tournament after he was given an early Christmas present with 14 players left. Liu raised it up to 25,000 in late position, and Arthur Hahn defended his big blind. Hahn checked in the dark before the flop came out , and Liu checked behind. Both players also checked when the turn brought the , and the river was the . Hahn open shoved all in for 207,000, even though there was only 55,000 in the pot. Liu took only about 10 seconds to call.
Liu's trip kings picked off the bluff of Hahn, who was eliminated in 14th place.
With the final nine set, Monday's action should be very exciting. With the players getting an early day on Day, they all will have plenty of time to rest up before the 12:00 p.m. PT restart. Everyone left has locked up a minimum of $9,956, but they'll all be gunning for the $107,862 top prize. Along with that prize comes the coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring and a seat in the nationally-televised Southern Comfort 100 Proof World Series of Poker National Championship to be held at Harrah’s New Orleans from May 21-23, 2013. Be sure to come back to Pokernews tomorrow to follow all of the action.