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Event 15 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
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Event 15 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Concludes; Isaac Baron the Man to Beat

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Isaac Baron
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On the tick of 3am, our coverage from today's event comes to an end as the final cards have been dealt. The $5,000 No Limit Holdem event attracted a field of the highest calibre and after 164 players started the day today with high hopes, only 17 survived it.

As an interesting twist to the end of the day's proceedings, a mini-verbal war has erupted after it was announced that the players will return at noon tomorrow - less than nine hours from now. Lars Bonding and Thomas Keller were especially unhappy about this scheduling, but they were told that "nothing can be done" and the scheduling is designed for the ESPN live webcast tomorrow.

As the disgruntled players head off to get some sleep, the story of the day is young gun Isaac Baron, who was solid throughout the day before, striking late in the evening with pocket aces to rocket to the overnight chip lead. Baron is a feared online player who has experienced success in the European regions before he was even legal to play in a casino in the US. Tomorrow, he'll have his sights firmly set on tasting his first WSOP bracelet.

He won't have it easy, however, with the likes of Danny Illingworth, David Pham, Mike Sowers, Thomas Keller, David Benefield and Lika Gerasimova still in contention.

We'll have the official counts for you shortly.

Thanks for following our coverage this evening and we hope you'll join us again tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of this event.

Olivier Bousquet Pads His Stack

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We caught this hand in progress after Olivier Bousquet called a flop bet by Danny Illingsworth on a board of {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{8-Clubs}.

Both players checked the {4-Diamonds} on the turn and Illingsworth fired another 115,000 when the {A-Spades} landed on the river. Bousquet made the call and Illingsworth announced, "Nine high," which wasn't enough to beat Bousquet's pocket 5s.

Faraz Jaka Eliminated in 18th Place ($27,029)

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After being crippled by Isaac Baron's pocket aces, Faraz Jaka has battled on valiantly to reach the next money jump, but his run has ended in 18th place.

He held {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} to be racing with the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} of Thomas Keller, however the board ran out all Keller when it fell {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{9-Spades}{J-Spades}. Jaka busts and collects $27,029 with Keller up to 300,000.

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Lars Bonding Has More Chips

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Lars Bonding took his {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} to war against the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} of Billy Kopp and won.

Bonding pushed preflop and hit his hand on a flop of {K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts}. The {10-Diamonds} and {9-Diamonds} were meaningless, and Bonding chipped up to 530,000. Kopp has 616,000.

Lika Gerasimova Doubles Through Mike Sowers

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Lika Gerasimova moved her stack into the middle and got a call from Mike Sowers.

Gerasimova: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Sowers: {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}

Neither player improved on the board of {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Geraimova out-kicked her way up to 540,000. Sowers slipped to 590,000.

Final Two Tables

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Play is back underway. Here's the new seating assignments.

Table 157
Seat 1: David Benefield
Seat 2: Christian Iacobellis
Seat 3: David Inselberg
Seat 4: Nicholas Grippo
Seat 5: Billy Kopp
Seat 6: Thomas Keller
Seat 7: Lars Bonding
Seat 8: Faraz Jaka
Seat 9: Brian Lemke

Table 158
Seat 1: Matthias Neu
Seat 2: Olivier Busquet
Seat 3: David Pham
Seat 4: Danny Illingworth
Seat 5: Tom Braband
Seat 6: Isaac Baron
Seat 7: Fabian Quoss
Seat 8: Mike Sowera
Seat 9: Lika Gerasimova

Quick Break

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There will now be a quick break as the players will redraw for the final two tables. We'll have the lineup for you shortly.

Steve Goosen Eliminated in 19th Place ($21,026)

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Steve Goosen pushed all in preflop and got a call from Brian Lemke. He didn't like what he saw when the hands were turned over as his {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} was dominated by Lemke's {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}.

Neither player connected on the board of {7-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{3-Spades}{7-Spades}{10-Spades} and Lemke's ace was enough to take the pot.

Bonding Doubles Through Baron

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A short-stacked Lars Bonding has doubled up in a blind on blind battle with chip leader Isaac Baron.

All the chips were in preflop with Bonding's {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} in front of Baron's {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Bonding survives to double to about 300,000 chips.

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