Day 2 Completed
That brings an end to a long Day 2 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event from the 2010 World Series of Poker where our field of 205 players has been reduced to our final two tables.
There were plenty of highlights and we lost plenty of big names along the way including James Akenhead, Brian Lemke, Tony G, Jason Mercier, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Scotty Nguyen, Phil Hellmuth, Chino Rheem and Annette Obrestad who managed to sneak in for her first WSOP cash in the United States.
Ahead of us we have an exciting day tomorrow with a stellar lineup that is capable of producing a special final table. With the fearless aggression of Jason DeWitt, Amit Makhija and Jeff Williams, and the pure entertainment factor of Antonio Esfandiari and Perry Friedman in the mix, we're going to have a great day on the felt tomorrow.
Here's how they will lineup:
Seat 1: Dragan Galic - 226,000
Seat 2: Perry Friedman - 361,000
Seat 3: Manelic Minaya - 300,000
Seat 4: Jason DeWitt - 1,873,000
Seat 5: Jesse Chinni - 400,000
Seat 6: Sam Trickett - 945,000
Seat 7: Nico Behling - 352,000
Seat 8: David Benefield - 326,000
Seat 9: Paul Foltyn - 1,246,000
Seat 1: Amit Makhija - 1,317,000
Seat 2: Joshua Macciello - 385,000
Seat 3: James Carroll - 637,000
Seat 4: Veronica Dunn - 252,000
Seat 5: Anthony Gargano - 223,000
Seat 6: Antonio Esfandiari - 883,000
Seat 7: Jeff Williams - 1,323,000
Seat 8: Peter Gilmore - 380,000
Seat 9: Joshua Cooper - 475,000
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Amit Makhija opened with a raise to 30,000 from the hijack position and Antonio Esfandiari made the call in the big blind.
They saw a flop and Esfandiari checked over to Makhija who fired 57,000. Esfandiari made the call. The hit the turn and Esfandiari checked to Makhija who fired again for 90,000. Again Esfandiari made the call.
The river was the and again it was checked to Makhija who fired a third barrel worth 225,000. Esfandiari decided to give it up as Makhija win a nice pot without showdown. Makhija is up to 1.3 million with Esfandiari down to 882,000.
Perry Friedman opened the action with a raise to 30,000 before Matthew Schwarmann moved all in for his last 61,000. The table folded around and Friedman made the call.
Schwarmann was in a dominant position to double up but the flop fell which was disastrous for Schwarmann as Friedman flopped the stone-cold nuts. The turn was the and river the and Schwarmann departs in 19th place as Friedman moves up to 410,000.
The players will be playing three more hands on each table before we call it a night.
Nico Behling moved all in preflop from the cutoff for his last 181,000 chips and Matthew Schwarmann made the call in the big blind.
The board fell and Behling doubles through to 375,000 to leave Schwarmann crippled with under 50,000.
James Carroll raised to 30,000 from middle position with Joshua Cooper making the call in the big blind.
They saw a flop of and both players checked. The turn was the and Cooper led out for 40,000. Carroll made the call.
The river was the and Cooper fired 65,000 with Carroll again making the call. Cooper showed for a turned full house which was well and truly good. He's up to 600,000 with Carroll down to 740,000.
Eugene Todd was all in preflop for his last 200,000 chips with Jeff Williams made the call.
The big preflop races continue and this time the pair holds on the board. Williams hits 1.2 million and Todd hits the bar.