Event #2: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Day 2 Finds the Elite Eight

Paul_Oresteen • Level 11: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Hansen had to defeat Dwan to make it to Day 3.

With two rounds of action the field of 32 remaining players was trimmed down to the final eight. Players that won their first round matchups found themselves in the money. The loaded field made for some incredible matchups worthy of the $25,000 buy in.

David Benyamine, Daniel Aleai, John Juanda and Nick Schulman all found the door early after losing their first round, while Eric Froehlich, Matt Marafioti, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Gus Hansen all survived the day.

Nikolay Evdakov had the quickest and most decisive second round win having never cashed in either of his rebuy chips. Evdakov was the first to advance to Day 3 after knocking out fellow Russian Mikhail Smirnov. Eric Froehlich used his two rebuys relatively early in the match but managed to outlast the runner up in the 2009 Heads Up Championship John Duthie.

Tom Dwan and Gus Hansen had difficult paths to play each other in the second round of the night, defeating Ashton Griffin and Daniel Aleai respectively. When Dwan used his first rebuy early in the action all signs pointed to a quick match. However, Hansen and Dwan battled back and forth, exchanging the chip lead multiple times. When the smoke was cleared Hansen was left standing.

Join us tomorrow at 3 p.m. to follow all the action on Day 3 as the final eight play down to four. The bracket is as follows:

Anthony Guetti vs. Jake Cody

Gus Hansen vs. Matt Marafioti

Eric Froehlich vs. Nikolay Endakov

Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs. David Paredes

Tags: Anthony GuettiDaniel AlaeiDavid BenyamineEric FroelichGus HansenJake CodyJohn JuandaMatt MarafiotiNick SchulmanNikolay EvdakovTom DwanYevgeniy Timoshenko