Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The pinnacle of the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw Durant series has arrived, as the $1,700 Main Event is down to the final 17 competitors. The field trimmed down from 189 players with the final 17 restarting at 12:00 PM on Monday, November 11th.
Bagging the chiplead at the end of Day 2 was two-time WSOP Circuit champion Nathanael Kogel (3,660,000). Kogel was gaining momentum throughout the tournament, raising often and gaining steam when he eliminated James Pupillo with his pocket jacks after Pupillo shoved with pocket nines and Pupillo couldn't catch up. His run continued when he raised with pocket tens and Jeffrey Frye three-bet jammed with his pair of eights and the tens held.
Dave Alfa (3,180,000) bagged second in chips having a very successful day. Alfa took some gambles that paid off including calling with an open-ended straight draw to eliminate Hoan Nguyen when he hit the turn. Alfa played a very aggressive style throughout the day finding himself coming out on top in many different situations including flopping a set against Dan Blakeman's top pair and sending him to the payout desk.
Bagging third-place chips was Jesus Martinez who started to gain traction nearing the end of the night and winning a monster pot after flopping trips against Ron Miller to double up and leave Miller short.
Many other well-known players found a bag at the end of Day 2 including WSOP Gold bracelet winner Kevin Eyster (2,810,000), Tim Burden(1,400,000), Lily Kiletto (1,280,000) and Eric Salazar (500,000)
Notables making it into the money but not making it to Day 3 include Adam Hendrix ($4,581) Nick Pupillo($4,089), Cody Coffman (2,631), and Lexy Gavin ($2,549).
All 17 players remaining are guaranteed a payout of $13,779 but will be playing for the first-place prize of $256,915, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.
Play will resume on level 26 with blind 20,000/40,000/40,000 at 12:00 PM on Monday, November 11th.
Follow along here with the PokerNews team for the live coverage throughout the rest of the tournament.
End of day chip counts and recap will follow.
There was heads-up between Andrew Barfield from middle position and Maury Solano from the cutoff with a board showing .
Barfield lead out for 75,000 into a 200,000 pot and Solano raised to 175,000. Action was back on Barfield who three-bet all in and Solano called butting his tournament life at risk.
Solano didn't like what he saw but the turn brought some hope as he picked up the flush draw but the river fell the ending his tournament in 18th place.
Maury Solano shoved from middle position for 390,000 and the action folded around to Dave Alfa in the big blind who quickly made the call.
They were off to the races and the flop came giving Solano a gutshot straight draw to go along with his two overcards and the turn was the giving him another gutshot and the board completed with the on the river, sealing his double up with a pair of tens.
On a flop of there was roughly 300,000 in the middle and after a couple of raising Ron Miller and Jesus Martinez were all-in.
Miller was in a world of trouble as he ran into Martinez' flopped trips and the turn was the giving him some hope with a straight draw but the on the river was a brick. Martinez had 1,385,000 while Ron Miller had 1,390,000 leaving Miller with only a 5,000 remaining and was eliminated only a few hands later.
Dave Alfa opened for 75,000 from early position and Kent Buckingham called on the button. Action folded to Lily Kiletto who moved all in for 470,000 from the big blind wand was called by Alfa while Buckingham folded.
Kiletto was ahead with her made hand of tens and the run out sealed her double up.
With roughly 200,000 in the middle Maxwell Young checked to Damarjai Davenport who bet 100,000 and Young raised to 225,000. Davenport took a little over 30-seconds and announced all-in. Young snap-called his 600,000 total and both hands were tabled.
Young had flopped top pair and managed to avoid the overcards on the turn and the river for a double through Davenport.