Day 2 of Event #46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em has been officially stored in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) archives and the man at the top of the chip counts is Joey Weissman who has just sealed 1,239,000 chips in a transparent plastic bag. That bag will be opened at 1:00 PM but until then, let us guide you through the main milestones, in what has been a tumultuous day of poker.
It was Ryan D'Angelo who started the day with the chip lead, but it was snatched from him in the very first level. Frank Rusnak on the receiving end of a bevvy of bluffs from Yordan Jeliazkov to move up to 225,000 chips. That mis-step from Jeliazkov placed him towards the lower end of the counts, but he made an incredible comeback to finish the day with 678,000 chips. Rusnak also made it through to the final day with 345,000 chips.
The unfortunate honour of bubble boy went to Gordon Vayo who lost a three way all-in versus Hunter Frey and Rene Angelil to be eliminated in 172nd place. As usual, the floodgates opened after we moved into the money and we lost the likes of Mike Leah, Marvin Rettenmaier and Kenni Nguyen.
With the short stacks moving all-in at will, it seemed that Michael Gagliano was gobbling up most of them, and he soon became our chip leader. Then we saw a huge hand between Hayden Fortini and Ryan D'Angelo that cemented D'Angelo's place back at the top. Fortini five-betting with and then calling the six-bet jam from D'Angelo who was holding .
At that time Ryan D'Angelo was the man that everyone was talking about. He was making moves and dragging in more pots than anyone out there. Then it all went wrong when he lost a huge pot to WSOP bracelet holder Pascal LeFrancois. D'Angelo slipped from grace, and the lead at the top changed hands more times than bacteria. D'Angelo would eventually fizzle out in 38th place whilst Jeliazkov, Joey Weissman, Michael Gagliano and William Reynolds would all take turns of being the main man.
The WSOP Main Event champion, Pius Heinz, was having one of his rare 2012 deep runs but it wasn't to be. Heinz eliminated in 43rd place and fellow bracelet holder LeFrancois followed not long after in 42nd. Two more bracelet holders remained in the field after the elimination of LeFrancois, and they belonged to the wrists of Konstantin Puchkov and Vanessa Selbst, both players making it through to our final day.
So Weissman will have his twelve hours of glory as he sits on the top of the leader board. We will return at 1:00 PM where Weissman and the rest of the pack will return to continue this quest for WSOP gold.