Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Thunder Valley $1,700 Main Event is in the books, ending with a case of déjà vu.
Play finished at the conclusion of nine 60-minute levels with the final table of nine players remaining. Of those, Day 1 chip leaders Roman Shainiuk (2,315,000) and Paul Chai (2,275,000) find themselves atop the leader board for a second consecutive day.
Shainiuk’s Day 2 trajectory was nearly all upward. Chai started the day a little more slowly but picked up steam around the dinner break to again become one of the largest stacks in the room. Arish Nat (2,080,000) comes in hot on their tails as the only other player over 2 million in chips.
Main Event Final Table
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Day 2 Action
Play began with 96 players from the 414-entry field returning to action and go to battle on the felt. Even with hour-long levels, play progressed at a swift pace. Sixty-three players were slated to make it into the money and the field reached that number with two minutes left on the clock before the first break of the day when Nat knocked out David Vu after Vu three-bet all in with ace-king over Nat’s open. Nat had pocket aces and his rockets launched the tournament into the money.
Players such as Jasthi Kumar, Pat Lyons, and Peter Park were among those to fall short of the money on Day 2. Jesse Cohen (56th - $2,532), Brett Murray (31st - $3,552), Alex Condon (23rd - $4,595), and Day 1a chip leader Noel Rodriguez (12th - $9,361) all made it into the money but found their day conclude with trips to the payout desk.
The final nine players will resume for the third and final day at noon local time on Monday with play scheduled to occur until a champion has been crowned. Levels will continue to last one hour in length with play beginning at the start of Level 25 (15,000/30,000/30,000).
Come back to PokerNews for updates all along the road to victory.
The final 20 minutes of the night saw no major changes in chips; play will resume at Level 25 at noon Monday, with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 and a 30,000 big blind ante. A recap of Day 2 action will follow shortly.
Paul Chai was under the gun and opened to 90,000, receiving calls from Bobby Pham in the hijack and Roman Shainiuk on the button. Paul Richardson was next to act in the small blind and piled the rest of his chips into the middle.
Chai folded after about 10 seconds to fold and he gave Richardson the longest sweat of his three opponents, resulting in a sizeable pot won before the flop.
Terence Reardon opened to 60,000 from the hijack and was three-bet to 175,000 by Travis Fujisaka, who was on the button. Action folded back to Reardon and he put out chips to call.
The flop came and Reardon checked. Fujisaka made a continuation-bet of 160,000.
"That's you," he said, flashing his hand to Fujisaka as he folded. Fujisaka remarked in an affirmative manner.
"What'd you show?" asked tablemate Roman Shainiuk, who was unable to see Reardon's hand from his angle.
"Tens," Reardon responded.
Paul Chai opened to 90,000 from the button, Soumitra Nagar three-bet all in for his last 430,000, and Paul Chai called.
Chai excitedly declared "straight!" when the hit the board, but it was actually Nagar with the best hand, having the flush come in on the river.
There has been over 10 minutes-worth of play with no notable pots after the amendment of the schedule to decide play would conclude upon the completion of the current level. Combined with a full table after a few hours of short-handed play, it is likely play will continue to have a slower pace for the last 35 minutes or so of the evening.
The tournament has officially reached the final table with nine players remaining. The redraw has been completed and play is underway with 46:15 left in Level 24 and counting. Here is the official seat draw and accompanying chip counts.
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Dan Stir open shoved for 700,000 from the button, and Paul Chai called from the small blind.
The six on the river didn't play for Stir, as Paul Chai took down the pot with two pair, aces and kings, with the kicker.
The final nine will now redraw to the final table. Play will continue until the end of the current level, and then Day 2 will conclude.
Action folded to Paul Chai, who was on the button and raised to 100,000. Anthony Hugenberg went all in for close to the same amount, putting action on Bobby Pham in the big blind. Pham announced he was all in, coming over the top for a little over 600,000.
"Do you want to see the hand I'm going to fold?" said Chai as he folded face up.
Hugenberg picked up a small sweat on the flop but was unable to improve further as the turn and river completed the runout, sending him to the rail in 11th place.