Day 2 of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em has finally come to a close and there was plenty of action to report for the day. Matt Weber rose to the top of the chip counts only to fall short of the final three tables which is very similar to what happened to Matt Salsberg who also rose to the top of the chip counts and was eliminated just after dinner break. Three women took their shot and made it within the final two tables. Two women, Dana Castaneda and Molissa Farber, still remain and are both looking for a World Series of Poker bracelet to add to their collection of jewelry.
The day started rather stagnant but we lost plenty of pros and unknowns alike, while others climbed the leaderboard and started to make a name for themselves here on Day 2 of the tournament. Towards the beginning of the day Erik Seidel, J.C. Tran, Kathy Liebert, and Russel Crane were all eliminated. As the day progressed we saw more and more familiar faces fall such as Matt Salsberg, Amanda Musumeci, Warwick Mirzikinian, Jesse Sylvia, and Gabriel Nassif.
One of the major stories from the day was the rise and fall of three time World Series of Poker Circuit Champion Matt Weber. Weber was the chip leader coming out of dinner break with just around 700,000 chips, but two levels later he was nowhere to be found. First, he doubled up the chip leader going into Day 3, Barry Hutter, then he doubled up one of the last standing ladies, Dana Castaneda. Finally, he got all his chips in with against Michael Zucchet's , and Zucchet caught a king on the river to bust Weber from the tournament.
Hutter was one of the main benefactors from Weber's explosion and he will come into Day 3 as the chip leader of the final 14 players. Behind him looking for gold are Joseph Wertz and Michael Zucchet who finished second and third in the chip counts. We'll be around all day tomorrow with updates as we go from 14 players down to one here in Event #54. Be sure to stay tuned into PokerNews.com all day for all the updates.