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Day 2 Completed

Assante Leads Final 14; Silberstein & Clinkscales Return For Deep Runs

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

On Sunday, 192 players returned to the felt for the Harrah's Philadelphia Main Event on the World Series of Poker Circuit presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof. Over the course of a grueling twelve-hour day of poker, the field was whittled down to the final fourteen. After bagging up for the evening, it was Michael Assante who led the remaining players with a stack of 1.149 million.

Assante burst into the chip lead during a late-day confrontation with Jonas Wexler where Assante made an excellent call with pocket tens. Hot on Assante's heels will be Mike Jukich, who bagged up 1.05 million to end Day 2. Rounding out the top three was Matthew Weber with a stack of 919,000.

Day 2 began with 174 returning players and 18 new entrants hitting the felt with the dream of grabbing the WSOP Circuit title, the seat to the National Championship, the shiny gold ring, and the $121,095 in first-place prize money. As play wore on, however, players began dropping like flies. The likes of Ari Engel, Allen Kessler, Robert Cheung, Michael Esposito, Sean Rice, Doug "Rico" Carli, Scott Baumstein and DJ MacKinnon all fell before the field reached the money.

While those players were unable to seize the moment, it was Jukich who grabbed the field by the throat and did not relent. Jukich won a massive pot fairly early in the day to secure his spot above the field. From there, it was a relative upward trend until the final few tables were reached. When Jukich's stack began to fall behind the rest of the field, he made a late surge that included eliminating Ido Ashkenazi and Larry Pileggi.

Also making a big splash during Day 2 play was Wexler. Wexler entered the day as a top 10 stack, and that was a status that he rarely relinquished. His shining moment, however, came just before the final three tables were reached at the 3,000/6,000/1,000 level. It all began when Matt Glantz opened with a preflop raise that was flat-called by Tom Christopher from the cutoff. Wexler three-bet to 43,000 from the small blind, and Glantz announced a four-bet ship all in for roughly 180,000. Christopher snap-called the four-bet, and Wexler came right back over the top and put Christopher all in. He called for his tournament life, and the three hands were tabled.

Wexler: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}
Christopher: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Glantz: {7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}

The flop was relatively tame as it fell {5-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, but it wouldn't be a critical all-in situation without a sweat. Knowing this, the {9-Spades} hit fourth street and suddenly Christopher was drawing live to a spade flush. It did not pan out, though, as the {2-Hearts} completed the board and Wexler scooped up a giant pot. This brought his stack up to 1.37 million, but by the end of the night he bagged up 590,000.

One of the more interesting stories surrounding the final day of play is that of redemption. Both Ken Silberstein and Rex Clinkscales are still alive in the field, and have both now made back-to-back deep runs in this very event. Back in 2012, Silberstein finished runner-up in this event to Christopher Bonn (who also made Day 2 this year, but fell before the money bubble burst). This year, Silberstein finds himself in eighth place overall heading into the final day of play with the chance to improve on his second-place finish last year. Clinkscales, on the other hand, finished 10th place one year ago and is looking to best his final-table-bubble-boy finish and possibly secure his first WSOP Circuit ring. He'll have his work cut out for him on Day 3, though, as he is one of the field's shorter stacks with 262,000 in chips.

WSOP Circuit Harrah's Philadelphia Final 14

PlacePlayerChips
1Michael Assante1,149,000
2Mike Jukich1,050,000
3Matthew Weber919,000
4Tony Natale598,000
5Jonas Wexler590,000
6Andrew Rudnik493,000
7Leonardo Palermo356,000
8Ken Silberstein349,000
9Beverly Cheney287,000
10Dave Moersdorf286,000
11George Zinaty264,000
12Patrick Friday263,000
13Rex Clinkscales262,000
14Kris Bradshaw164,000

Play will resume on Monday in the Harrah's Room at Harrah's Philadelphia at 2 p.m. EST. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we wind down to a champion in the exciting conclusion of this event!

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End-of-Day Chip Counts

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Michael Assante us
Michael Assante
us 1,149,000 164,000
Mike Jukich us
Mike Jukich
us 1,050,000 460,000
Matthew Weber us
Matthew Weber
us 919,000 9,000
Tony Natale
Tony Natale
598,000 -2,000
Jonas Wexler us
Jonas Wexler
us 590,000
Andrew Rudnik us
Andrew Rudnik
us 493,000 78,000
Leonardo Palermo us
Leonardo Palermo
us 356,000 -144,000
Ken Silberstein us
Ken Silberstein
us 349,000 4,000
Beverly Cheney
Beverly Cheney
287,000 7,000
Dave Moersdorf
Dave Moersdorf
286,000 6,000
George Zinaty
George Zinaty
264,000 144,000
Patrick Friday us
Patrick Friday
us 263,000 -12,000
Rex Clinkscales us
Rex Clinkscales
us 262,000 162,000
Kris Bradshaw us
Kris Bradshaw
us 164,000 -26,000

Play Concludes; 14 Remain

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Play has officially concluded for the night. Stay tuned for full counts and a recap of today's massive day of play.

Noam Fliegelman Eliminated in 15th Place ($7,555)

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Patrick Friday opened with an early position raise and it folded around to Noam Fliegelman who shipped his short stack all in over the top. Ken Silberstein four-bet all in from the blind and Friday made a reluctant fold.

Silberstein: {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Fliegelman: {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The two were racing for Fliegelman's life going to the flop. The dealer fanned {J-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Spades} and Silberstein retained his lead. The {Q-Clubs} turned and Fliegelman needed to pair on the river to stay alive. The river, however, was the {2-Clubs} and Fliegelman was eliminated from play in 15th place.

Ken Silberstein us
Ken Silberstein
us 345,000 75,000
Noam Fliegelman
Noam Fliegelman
Busted

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James Sloat Eliminated in 16th Place ($6,281)

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We caught up to find James Sloat all in and at risk with {A-Spades}{2-Hearts} before the flop. Sloat, however, was crushed by Tony Natal's {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}.

Natal seized a death grip on the hand on the {7-Hearts}{J-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop and never looked back as the {7-Clubs} turned and the {8-Clubs} rivered. Sloat was sent home in 16th place and will collect $6,281 in prize money.

Tony Natale
Tony Natale
600,000 155,000
James Sloat
James Sloat
Busted

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John Renzi Eliminated in 17th Place ($6,281)

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

John Renzi opened to 23,000 and Jonas Wexler called from the small blind. Leonardo Palermo shipped all in over the top from the big blind and Renzi called for his tournament life (roughly 270,000). Wexler folded and the hands were shown.

Renzi: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Palermo: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}

The board fell {3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} and Palermo was able to send Renzi out in 17th place.

Leonardo Palermo us
Leonardo Palermo
us 630,000 215,000
John Renzi
John Renzi
Busted

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Assante Makes Great Call; Doubles Huge Through Wexler

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The board read {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and there was roughly 100,000 already in the middle. Michael Assante fired 60,000 into the middle and Jonas Wexler announced that he was all in. This was a bet for Assante's life.

Assante took a moment, took what looked to be a deep breath, and announced a call. Wexler quickly showed {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for merely a flush draw and Assante made the correct read- tabling his {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}. He still needed to dodge a heart on the river and he did exactly that as the {4-Diamonds} fell and he was able to double huge up to about 985,000. Wexler, the one time massive chip lead, has now fallen to about 590,000 in chips.

Michael Assante us
Michael Assante
us 985,000 375,000
Jonas Wexler us
Jonas Wexler
us 590,000 -480,000

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Final Two Tables

Josh_Cahlik • Level 21: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Table 1

SeatPlayer
1John Renzi
2George Zinaty
3Michael Assante
4Jonas Wexler
5Leonardo Palermo
6Rex Clinkscales
7Beverly Cheney
8Matthew Weber
9Mike Jukich

Table 2

SeatPlayer
1-empty-
2Tony Natal
3James Sloat
4Andrew Rudnik
5Noam Fliegelman
6Dave Moersdorf
7Ken Silberstein
8Kris Bradshaw
9Patrick Friday