Day 2 Completed
Thirty-six runners returned to the Rio today with one goal in mind; make the final table.
Among the players were marquee pros like Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Dario Minieri and John Duthie. But at the end of the day, it was the relatively unknowns who made their mark.
Stuart Rutter, Neil Channing, Nicolas Levi, Brent "bhanks11" Hanks, Josh Tieman and Joe Elpayaa were the best players at their tables today. Their reward? A seat at tomorrow's final table and a guaranteed $71,998.
One of these six players will capture $441,692 and their first World Series of Poker bracelet.
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will continue to follow all the action, and to find out who wins the gold and the cash check back in tomorrow starting at 2:30 p.m. Vegas time!
After a grueling five hours of heads up play we finally have a winner; Joe Elpayaa.
Elpayaa completed on the button and Cary Katz checked his option.
The flop fell and Katz led for 25,000. Elpayaa raised to 69,000, Katz shoved for 150,000 and Elpayaa called:
Katz needed to improve, but neither the on the turn nor the on the river would suffice.
Katz fought valiantly, but will unfortunately have to settle for a final table bubble.
For Elpayaa it's on to the next one.
Joe Elpayaa has regained the chip lead from Cary Katz.
Elpayaa took 100,000 chips from Katz preflop to take the lead. Elpayaa opened to 38,000 and Katz re-raised to 100,000. Elpayaa shipped and Katz folded.
Elpayaa - 510,000 chips
Katz - 390,000 chips
Joe Elpayaa to his opponent Cary Katz:
"I played (Phil) Ivey heads up yesterday and it lasted 15 minutes. This is going on five hours."
Katz - 550,000 chips
Elpayaa - 350,000 chips
It's been a while, but we just had a showdown.
Joe Elpayaa opened his button to 29,000 and Cary Katz called.
Both players checked the flop, but after the turned Katz led for 28,000. Elpayaa called.
The river was the and Katz led again, this time for 30,000. Elpayaa called again.
Katz tabled for broadway and Elpayaa flashed a before mucking.
The chips stack like this:
Katz - 597,000 chips
Elpayaa - 303,000 chips
Here are the highlights of the past few minutes:
Joe Elpayaa has moved all-in over the top a few Cary Katz raises, but none of these moves has been called.
Katz has been winning small pots without showdowns, but other than that nothing major to report since the double-up.
Here are the current chip counts:
Katz - 540,000 chips
Elpayaa - 360,000 chips
Cary Katz raised to 30,000, and Joseph Elpayaa wasn't messing around. He moved all in, and Katz snap called. Katz was in great shape with against Elpayaa's . The board fell a rather uninteresting . The stacks are reversed now, and the game goes on.
Katz - 620,000
Elpayaa - 280,000