Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
After another 12 hours of poker, Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Circuit $1,700 Main Event has come to an end. The day began with 174 players returning to their seats but only 20 would survive to make the final day.
One of the big stacks heading into Day 2 with 2,480,000 chips is Dann Turner who is looking to record the largest cash of his career. Turner got things started early in the day when he worked his way up the leaderboard and it continued throughout the day. Turner has over $605,000 in career earnings with many of his cashes coming on the WSOP circuit.
Turner will only be looking up at Thomas Alcorn, who bagged the chip lead with 3,200,000. Alcorn only has two recorded cashes to his name and is widely considered to play the game as a hobby rather than professionally like many of his opponents. Alcorn proved on Day 2 that he could hang tough with the big boys and will be looking to do the same on Monday.
Some other notables moving on to the final day include Maurice Hawkins (2,015,000), Martin Kozlov (1,700,000), Rodney Seymour (1,260,000), and Asher Conniff (1,120,000). Hawkins is coming off a third-place finish in the WSOP Global Casino Championship and would like nothing more than to add another final table to his resume and potentially a 14th circuit ring.
Day 2 Action
When the action kicked off at 12 pm local time, the money bubble was on the minds of everyone still in the field, only 15 eliminations away. It came in a hurry and the hand-for-hand process wasn't even needed. Multiple eliminations occurred at the same time including that of David Jackson. His ace-king was cracked by AJ Kelsall's ace-jack, leaving the remaining 159 players a piece of the prize pool.
With a prize pool of over $1.6 million, the lion's share of the money is still up for grabs when the action resumes on Monday. While the winner will take home $271,234, the min-cash was worth $2,550. There were many notables who made some deep runs but faltered throughout the day.
In the largest pot of the tournament thus far, WSOP Global Casino Championship winner Ryan Eriquezzo found himself on the wrong side of a cooler. Eriquezzo held an overpair to the jack-high board but Kobie Wilkerson flopped a set of jacks. A two million-chip pot ensued as all of the chips got in the middle on the flop and Eriquezzo was unable to improve as he hit the payout desk. Things didn't end so well for Wilkerson, however, as he was eliminated in the last level of the day after losing a preflop flip.
It also wasn't a welcoming day for many of the chip leaders from the starting flights who made their way to the payout desk early on. Pete Theodocion (80th place), Elilton Gouveia (108th place), and Ryan D'Angelo (77th place) all entered the day at the top of the leaderboard but were unable to make a push to the finish. Vincent Moscati appeared to be on track early on, being the first player to reach the seven-figure mark, but a couple of big pots brought his day to an end in 35th place.
The remaining 18 players will return at noon on Monday for the final day where a new WSOP circuit ring will be awarded to the Main Event champion. The blinds will resume on level 27 at 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante. There will be a new redraw at 18 players and for the final table of nine players. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every two levels.
Be sure to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the updates on route to a Main Event champion.
Martin Kozlov was all in preflop with his tournament life at stake.
The flop came to send Kozlov into the lead. The turn was the and the river came the to secure the double up for the Australian.
Action was picked up on the turn with a board that read . Billy Cashwell was facing a 500,000 bet from Thomas Alcorn. Cashwell thought it over long and hard, well over a minute as the other players at the table engaged in conversation.
Finally Cashwell laid it down and showed the that he folded. Alcorn showed that it was the correct fold as he turned over the for two pair.
After a couple of raises, Darren Martin and Brandon Livengood got all of their chips in the middle preflop. The cards were tabled and Livengood held a dominating preflop advantage.
The flop came and Martin took over the lead with a pair of jacks. The on the turn changed nothing but the on the river gave Livengood a straight. When the stacks were counted, Martin was the player at risk for 955,000, covered by just 10,000 chips.
The action folded around to the blinds and they each put 90,000 in the middle before the flop of hit the felt. Brad Albrinck checked his small blind and Richard Farrar shoved all in for just under 500,000 in the big blind. Albrinck called and the cards were on their backs.
Albrinck was ahead with his pair of aces but the on the turn gave Farrar plenty of outs with a straight flush draw. The on the river paired the board and Albrinck held on to eliminate Farrar.
Kobie Wilkerson who had been losing chips rapidly, was all in preflop for his tournament life with against the of Darren Martin.
The flop was bad news for Wilkerson as it came . The turn was the and the on the river confirmed his finish in in 24th place.
The action folded to Maurice Hawkins on the button who made a large raise to 150,000. Dinh Ba three-bet shoved all in for 1,190,000 in the small blind and Darren Martin put the last of his 245,000 in the middle from the big blind. Hawkins folded and the remaining two hands were face up.
"I was just trying to get you to fold," Ba said to Hawkins, but found himself in a predicament once Martin got involved. The flop came to give Ba an open-ended straight draw but the and runout ensured Martin of a double up.