US Poker Open MSPT $1,600 Venetian
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
Day 2a Completed

Day 2a is Done and Dusted

Homer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov
Aleksandr Mozhnyakov

With the end of the final three hands, our surviving players will come back on Thursday for Day 3 of the Main Event - the first day where all remaining players will be playing at the same time. The current chip leader will be Aleksandr Mozhnyakov who is just shy of breaking the half million mark, sitting as he is with 478,600. The Russian sits ahead of Tuan Vo (434,500), former WPT winner Guillaume Darcourt (410,500), Stephane Albertini (400,100), Massimiliano Martinez (355,000) and Mike Sowers (347,700) in the counts.

We started today with 2,031 players separated into both the Amazon and Pavilion rooms, the latter out of commission about halfway through the fourth level of the day though it remained packed until the very last table was broken. The reason? A certain Phil Hellmuth resided there, short-stacked, partially because he was unable to get anything going, but also because he had not even realised he was playing today. The story going was that Mike Matusow had sent security to break into his room to get him to actually turn up. By this time his stack had been blinded down from the 11,800 he started with to below 7,000, but Hellmuth went into super grind mode and managed to turn it around by the end of the day, recovering to finish with 64,900.

Elsewhere, PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu entertained the crowd on the feature table, finishing the day with 114,100. There was also a lot of attention on the secondary feature table where Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce was hoping to make it through the day but much to the chagrin of the crowd, he was eliminated late on in the day when he ran deuces into jacks while short-stacked. However, there still remains a number of celebrities who have a chance of making it into Day 4 and a WSOP, they include: Ex-NFL player Eric Stocz (110,400) and actors Jason Alexander (167,000) and Brad Garrett (56,000).

Tomorrow, the 2,490 players of Day 2b (the combined survivors from 1b & 1d) will play five levels from 12pm tomorrow. After this, Wednesday is a scheduled day off as everyone gets a break before Thursday sees the combining of fields for the first time during the Main Event. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be following all the action tomorrow and every single day remaining for this, the climax of the 2011 WSOP!

Orange Crush

Tuan Vo 434,500
Guillaume Darcourt 410,500
Massimiliano Martinez 355,000 25,000
Mike Sowers 347,700 -17,300
328,600 289,200
313,700 60,700
Tom Carpenter 293,000 -7,000
Sebastian Ruthenberg de 289,400 -7,600
Max Weinberg 287,000 -7,000
284,800 -20,200
Wesley Pantling 230,000 85,000
Martin Kabrhel 220,100 20,100
211,900 -108,100
Fred Berger 205,400 30,400
Adam Junglen 131,600 -18,400
Fatima Moreira De Melo 116,800 46,800
Shannon Shorr 110,500 14,500
Christophe de Meulder be 60,300 -21,700
Brad Garrett 56,000 15,000
Minh Ly 54,700 -18,300
Mike Caro 42,300 4,300

Hold the Clock

EricRamsey • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

We've reached that special ten-minute mark in Day 2a, and the clock has been paused. Steve Frezer is quite adept at pulling low cards from the deck, and the {3-} that was drawn means we'll play that many more tables before bagging and tagging the survivors' chips for a two-night soak.

Quote of the Day

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

"I'm probably going to go into my third day in a row with my starting stack..." said a wry Jason Mercier. However, he mentioned a silver lining of a friend who started on day four with only 30,000 and ended up making the top 40.

There's always hope.

Jason Mercier us 30,000 -2,000

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Adios Vos


We found a short-stacked Mark Vos all in preflop for 7,700 from middle position with {A-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. The big blind had him dominated though with {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. The board ran out {5-Clubs}{3-Spades}{J-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts} to the big blind’s ten played to eliminate Vos.

Mark Vos au Busted

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Short-Stacked Hellmuth


The action folded around to the player on the button who moved his last 17,600 into the middle before Phil Hellmuth snap-called from the big blind. The all-in player showed {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}, but found himself trailing Hellmuth's {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

Both players made two pair after the dealer spread the board of {10-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, but Hellmuth had the player outkicked, thus the button was kicked out of the Main Event. There's no doubt that he is fighting back hard and it's paying off - the 11-time WSOP bracelet is now up to 55,000!

Phil Hellmuth 55,000 18,600

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Diaz with Aces

[user75311] • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

David Diaz was heads up with an opponent to see a flop of {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Clubs}. The other player bet his remaining 15,000 chips and Diaz made the call showing {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}. His opponent immediately flinched at the bad news and showed his {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The turn and river blanked with the {6-Spades} and {2-Spades} as Diaz chipped up to 225,000.

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Cates Eliminated

Paul_Oresteen • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Daniel Cates got all in preflop against Gerardo Godinez. Cates held {K-} {K-} and Godinez had {A-} {Q-}. The board ran {7-Hearts} {J-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {A-Spades} and Cates was eliminated on the river.

Cates exited the Amazon Room in a hurry with ESPN cameras close behind him.

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