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Day 2 Completed

Marshall Leads After Day 2

SantanaBandana • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Cary Marshall - Chip leader
Cary Marshall - Chip leader

Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe is in the books, and your chip leader is Cary Marshall. Marshall has 1.65 million chips, and Derrick Yamada, who bagged 1.585 million, is biting at his heels.

Of the 165 players who either survived to make Day 2 or bought in right as registration was closing, only 13 remain. The day started off great for Yamada, moved all in against two opponents on a flop of {j-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Both of his opponents folded, but Yamada continued to butt heads at the table, especially with Ylon Schwartz. In one particular hand, Schwartz five-bet jammed for roughly 35 big blinds, and Yamada snapped him off with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. Schwartz sheepishly tabled {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, and Yamada held as the board ran out {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}.

Yamada later eliminated Schwartz, calling his three-bet shove with king-queen. Schwartz’s king-jack was crushed, and he did not improve.

Yamada really shot up the charts when he made a thin call with one pair against John Deng. On a board of {9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Spades}{6-Spades}, Deng fired 100,000 into a pot of around 280,000. Yamada tanked for a very long time, then called with {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a pair of nines. Deng tabled {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for queen-high, and Yamada raked in the pot. On one of the final hands of the night, Yamada made the nuts on the river against Sam McGrath, who rivered a set. Yamada put in a hefty check-raise, McGrath called, and Yamada’s stack crossed the 1.5-million chip threshold.

Marshall made quite the hero call himself. Faced with an all-in bet from Emmanuel Vacakis on a board of {q-}{9-}{5-}{6-}{x-}, Marshall tanked for quite some time before calling. Vacakis showed {7-}{6-} for one pair of sixes, which Marshall had beat with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for a pair of nines. Vacakis was out, while Marshall was suddenly amongst the leaders. Marshall continued to play aggressively throughout the night, and was able to chip up over 1.6 million without very many showdowns.

Jesse Rockowitz didn’t finish the day with seven figures, but he had over a million chips several times. One particular reason Rockowitz didn’t finish with over a million chips is because he played an absolutely sick pot with Prabhakar Thonduru and Sharon Helldorfer. Rockowitz min-raised from under the gun with the blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000. Helldorfer moved all in on his direct left, Thonduru re-shoved on her direct left, and the action folded back to Rockowitz, who snapped it off.

All three players tabled monsters:

Rockowitz: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Helldorfer: {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}
Thonduru: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

The{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop changed little, but the {6-Clubs} on the turn took away one of Thonduru's outs. Helldorfer could still doubled with any of the two kings remaining in the deck.

Miraculously, the {q-Spades} spiked on the river, giving Thonduru a set of queens. Helldorfer was eliminated in 16th place, while Rockowitz raked in a small side pot.

Rockowitz bounced back, and was able to bag 974,000 chips.

Joining Helldorfer on the rain after the money burst were Craig Gold, Christopher Neves, Jeff Bond, Andrew Higgins, Josh Pollock, and Mark Bonsack. Bonsack took a big hit when McGrath hit a set of deuces on the river against him, and a few hands later he open-shipped with ace-seven. McGrath called him with ace-ten, and held.

Here are the remaining chip stacks:

Cary Marshall1,650,000
Derrick Yamada1,585,000
Jesse Rockowitz974,000
John Deng803,000
Ping Liu720,000
Shawn Van Asdale650,000
Will Chao500,000
Sam McGrath331,000
Clint Baskin286,000
John Song279,000
Dick Hanley239,000
Narunat Pansuntorn223,000
Prabhakar Thonduru190,000

Among the survivors is Chris Baskin. He won this event in 2006 when it was still a $10,000 event, pocketing $372,240 in the process.

Day 3 will begin on Monday at noon local time. Be sure to head on over to the PokerNews Live Reporting Page for all of your up-to-the-minute updates.

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End of Day Counts

Cary Marshall 1,650,000 420,000
Derrick Yamada 1,585,000 435,000
Jesse Rockowitz 974,000 -206,000
John Deng 803,000 133,000
Ping Liu 720,000 80,000
Shawn Van Asdale 650,000 150,000
Will Chao 500,000 50,000
Sam McGrath 331,000 -399,000
Clint Baskin 286,000 -319,000
John Song 279,000 -91,000
Dick Hanley 239,000 -436,000
Narunat Pansuntorn 223,000 88,000
Prabhakar Thonduru 190,000 -205,000

Big Hand to End Evening

SantanaBandana • Level 25: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Sam McGrath opened to 32,000 on the button, Derrick Yamada defended his big blind, and the flop came {8-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Yamada checked, McGrath continued for 35,000, and Yamada called.

The turn was the {j-Hearts}, both players checked, and the river was the {10-Clubs}. Yamada checked a third time, and McGrath fired 85,000. Yamada check-raised to 380,000, and before he even knew the amount of the bet, McGrath called.

Yamada tabled {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for the stone-cold nuts, and McGrath blurted, "Wow."

He turned over {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} for a rivered set of tens.

McGrath took a huge hit, while Yamada is over 1.5 million chips.

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Liu's Turn to Double


Will Chao opened in the cutoff, Ping Liu three-bet jammed for 310,000 from the big blind, and Chao instantly called.

Chao: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Liu: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

The {8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop gave Liu a got-shot straight draw, and the {7-Hearts} ripped off on the turn to complete the straight. The {5-Diamonds} fell on the river, and Liu doubled to 640,000 chips.

Chao dropped back down to 450,000.

Ping Liu 640,000 330,000
Will Chao 450,000 -225,000

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Chao Doubles Again


Will Chao, Derrick Yamada, and John Song took a flop of {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. The action checked to Song, who fired 55,000, Chao called, and Yamada moved all in, having both players well covered. Song folded, and Chao tanked before calling.

Chao: {8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Yamada: {k-Hearts}{5-Spades}

The turn was the {2-Diamonds}, giving Chao two pair and trips outs to go with his flush outs. The {10-Clubs} on the river completed said flush, and Chao doubled to 675,000 chips.

Yamada slipped to about 1.15 million.

Derrick Yamada 1,150,000 -250,000
Will Chao 675,000 400,000

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Bruce Peterson Eliminated in 14th Place ($8,748)


Bruce Peterson open-jammed his last 129,000 from the hijack seat, Derrick Yamada called in the cutoff, and the rest of the players behind folded.

Peterson: {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs}
Yamada: {5-Clubs}{5-Spades}

Yamada flopped a set on the {q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} board, and the turn and river came {9-Spades}, {j-Clubs} respectively.

Peterson is eliminated in 14th place, earning $8,748.

Derrick Yamada 1,400,000 150,000
Bruce Peterson Busted

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Mark Conway Eliminated in 15th Place ($8,748)


Derrick Yamada opened to 32,000 on the button, Mark Conway defended his big blind, and the dealer fanned {2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Conway checked, and Yamada continued for 30,000.

Conway moved all in for a total of 179,000, and Yamada tanked for the better part of 90 seconds before calling.

Conway: {k-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Yamada: {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

The {10-Diamonds} spiked on the turn, prompting a member of Yamada's rail to scream quite loudly, and the {9-Clubs} completed the board.

Conway is eliminated, while Yamada is over 1.2 million chips.

Derrick Yamada 1,250,000 260,000
Mark Conway Busted

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Chao Gets There


Will Chao open-shoved for his last 133,000 from late position, and Bruce Peterson looked him up in the big blind.

Chao: {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}
Peterson: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

"He has hearts!" Chao exclaimed.

The flop came {7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}, giving Chao an open-ended straight draw, and the turn was the {4-Spades}, giving him a pair. The river was another four - the {4-Clubs} - and Chao doubled.

Peterson is left with just 145,000 chips.

Will Chao 275,000 145,000
Bruce Peterson 145,000 -155,000

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