Day 2 of the $1,700 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event has concluded after ten 60-minute levels of play with just 16 players remaining. A total of 778 entry slips were compiled for the tournament, accumulating a total prize pool of $1,178,670 which surpassed the one million guarantee that was offered.
Day 2 saw 155 players return to the tournament area with the top 117 finishers being guaranteed to take home at least $2,553. The money bubble burst during the second level of the day when Kevin MacPhee moved all in for his last twelve big blinds with kings and got called by Charles Johnson with ace-queen. Johnson made a wheel, and sent MacPhee home empty-handed.
Players started heading to the payout desk in quick succession after it including champions Ben Yu (99th place - $2,598), Christopher Wallace (95th place - $2,598), and Scott Bohlman (88th place - $2,681).
Bagging the largest stack by night's end was Casey Stewart with 3,195,000. Stewart has over $630,000 in total live earnings on his poker resume with multiple victories. He took over the chip lead early in the day and kept climbing at a steady pace.
Stewart is closely followed by Tzu Huang with 2,965,000. Huang caught fire during the last two levels of the night and he eliminated Ardys Reed in 19th place with aces against Reed’s king-queen to boost his stack even more. Michael Trivett rounds up the top three with 2,860,000.
Bracelet winner and two-time ring winner Ryan Leng is in fourth place on the leaderboard and he will looking to add more gold to his collection. Leng has 61 cashes at the World Series of Poker and he cashed fourteen times at the 2019 World Series of Poker alone.
Zachary Donovan is next in the counts with a healthy stack of 2,200,000. Last February, Zonovan won the WSOP Circuit Seminole Coconut Creek Main Event. He will be going for another Circuit Main Event title, and for his third ring.
Other notables still in contention include former French soccer player Sebastien Grax (1,000,000), as well as Ben Palmer (580,000), and bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (575,000).
Palmer has over $2.6 million in poker live earnings including some major titles. He will try to win his first WSOP Circuit Main Event.
As for Laplante, just a couple of weeks ago he added a victory and a six-figure score to his resume. He got extremely close to claiming his second bracelet at the 2019 WSOP last summer but ended up getting third in Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He will be looking to match his bracelet with a ring.
Guillermo Bella will also be returning tomorrow with 240,000. Bella started Day 2 with a stack of 19,000, which was about five big blinds, and he managed to make it through another day.
The remaining 16 players are all guaranteed to collect $10,980 but all eyes will be on the top prize of $215,943 as well as the Circuit ring. Action will resume on Tuesday November 26th at noon local time at Level 26 which features a small blind of 20,000, big blind of 40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante.
As usual, the Live Reporting Team will be on the floor to provide you with all the updates.
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