2012 World Series of Poker

Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 2
Event Info

2012 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000

Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Day 2 Completed

Day 2 Complete; Twenty-Eight Still In the Hunt

Level 21 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante
Victoria Coren Near the Top
Victoria Coren Near the Top

After eleven levels and over 300 eliminations, Day 2 of Event 53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em has officially come to close. Due to the large number of players in the field tournament staff decided to tack on an extra level to play today. The final 28 players will return tomorrow with Hugh Henderson (1,168,000) leading the pack.

Rounding out the top three in chip counts is Randy Ashe with 1,150,000 and Bryan Piccioli who is sitting on 1,097,000.

The Amazon Room had many distractions today for the players in this event, as spillover players from Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em occupied a majority of the room. On the other side of Amazon, however, the glitz and glamour of Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop was hard to be ignored. Despite these distractions, many notable names were able to come away from play today with a cash before hitting the rail. Among those to grab a cash were David Sands, Cherish Andrews, Steve Dannenmann, Ali Eslami, Matt Affleck, Martin Staszko, Brett Jungblutt, Rupert Elder, Brock Parker, and last year's champion of this event Athanasios Polychronopoulos.

One of the more notable names going into play tomorrow is Lee Childs. Childs burst onto the poker scene back in 2007 when he made the final table of the WSOP Main Event where he eventually finished in 7th place. Since then Childs has amassed several cashes at the WSOP and this is his second cash of 2012. Childs received a good portion of his chips today when he got it all in free-rolling with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} against {Q-Spades}{j-Hearts} on a board of {5-Spades}{K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}. Childs looked set to chop up the pot with his opponent until the {8-Diamonds} drilled the river and sent his tablesmates into a tizzy. Childs' flush was not only able to virtually double him up but also eliminate one player from the field.

Also surviving to Day 3 is Victoria Coren who is best known for being the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour. This deep run is Coren's second cash at the WSOP and a final table appearance will certainly be a good addition to her poker resume. Coren will be bringing a stack of 934,000 chips into play tomorrow.

Cards will hit the air at 2:00 PM tomorrow for what looks to be the final day of play of this event. Tune in on PokerNews for all of the latest updates!

End of Day Chip Counts

Player Chips Progress
Hugh Henderson us
Hugh Henderson
Randy Ashe ca
Randy Ashe
1,150,000 130,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
1,097,000 347,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Victoria Coren gb
Victoria Coren
Ryan Hughes us
Ryan Hughes
832,000 332,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Vladimir Mefodichev ru
Vladimir Mefodichev
802,000 202,000
Neil Willerson us
Neil Willerson
671,000 -119,000
Frederic Soria us
Frederic Soria
633,000 328,000
Marcio Cid br
Marcio Cid
572,000 397,000
Hai Chu au
Hai Chu
565,000 -95,000
Max Steinberg us
Max Steinberg
518,000 68,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Lee Childs us
Lee Childs
501,000 -224,000
Sylvain Gonon fr
Sylvain Gonon
470,000 175,000
Matthew Graham us
Matthew Graham
421,000 -79,000
Zachary Humphrey us
Zachary Humphrey
404,000 79,000
Paul Ratchford ca
Paul Ratchford
390,000 30,000
Lanny Levine us
Lanny Levine
355,000 75,000
Georgios Tzimas gr
Georgios Tzimas
349,000 109,000
Age Ravn no
Age Ravn
345,000 345,000
Luke Nettles us
Luke Nettles
332,000 -38,000
Michael Batell us
Michael Batell
269,000 269,000
Darin Dawson us
Darin Dawson
232,000 -18,000
Jeff Bryan us
Jeff Bryan
214,000 214,000
Carl Edwards se
Carl Edwards
212,000 -18,000
Getty Mattingsley us
Getty Mattingsley
206,000 -224,000

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Coren Gets a KO On Last Hand of the Night

Victoria Coren called the all in of a shorter stacked player on the last hand of the night. Coren held {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} and was crushing her opponent's {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

The flop came down clean, showing the players {6-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Unfortunately for Coren, the {J-Diamonds} peeled off on the turn giving her opponent a set.

"Oh no no no no no no no," said Coren "I can't handle the stress of that!".

It seems that the deck heard her request and sympathized, as the dealer pounded the table and produced the {K-Diamonds} on the river giving Coren a higher set and the winning hand.

As Coren's opponent walked to the rail she could barely find words to express how ecstatic she was that her kings held.

Player Chips Progress
Victoria Coren gb
Victoria Coren
934,000 494,000

Tags: Victoria Coren

Six More!

Level 21 : 6,000/12,000, 2,000 ante

Tournament staff has announced six more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening.

Piccioli Scoops Massive Pot in Three-Way All In

We caught up with the action after Ricky Markowitz went all in for his last 60,000 from middle position. Action folded around to Bryan Piccioli in the cutoff seat, who went all in himself for 320,000. It was then folded over to Luke Nettles in the small blind and, after some thought, he made the call. Everyone else got out of the way and hands were revealed.

Piccioli: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}
Nettles: {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Ricky Markowitz: {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

A majority of the table stood up to sweat the hand as it was dealt. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Piccioli's jacks held as he more than doubled up to 750,000 - eliminating Markowitz in the process.

Nettles is down to 370,000.

Player Chips Progress
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
750,000 365,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Luke Nettles us
Luke Nettles
370,000 -130,000
Ricky Markowitz us
Ricky Markowitz

Tags: Luke NettlesRicky MarkowitzBryan Piccioli

Graham Cracker

Matthew Graham was all in for his tournament life before the flop holding {K-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and was called by Max Steinberg's {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}.

Graham was safe on the flop of {7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts} but the entire table let out groans and "oh my god's" when the river was the {J-Clubs} to give Steinberg an open-ended straight draw. The river was the {K-Clubs}, however, giving Graham a set of kings and the winning hand.

At the same time on an adjacent table Jordan Spear was eliminated from play.

Player Chips Progress
Matthew Graham us
Matthew Graham
500,000 230,000
Max Steinberg us
Max Steinberg
450,000 -330,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jordan Spear
Jordan Spear

Tags: Matthew GrahamMax Steinberg