Day 2 Completed
After ten grueling levels of poker action, a total of 133 runners survived the onslaught of all-ins, giving themselves a legitimate shot at the $1,000,000+ payday. Andy Hwang, who recently captured the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open championship for a score of over $700,000, became the unofficial chip leader late in the night, building a massive stack of 912,000 chips, good for more than four times the average stack.
The 1,481 survivors of yesterday's dual flights, Day 1a and 1b, reconvened this morning, and the work of culling the short stacks began in earnest. Among the notable pros to fall short during Day 2 were Kenna James, Maria Ho, Phil Hellmuth, Darryll Fish, Dennis Phillips, Lee Watkinson, Gavin Griffin, and a slew of other recognizable names from the poker circuit. In a tournament expressly designed to make a millionaire, many players with more than a million in career earnings fell by the wayside.
Eventually the money bubble was reached, and after only a few minutes of hand-for-hand play, an unfortunate player was eliminated in 649th place, assuring minimum cashes of $2,740 for those with chips remaining. As is typical with the lower buy-in events here at the WSOP, the boisterous announcement of "Congratulations players, you have all made the money!" was met with raucous cheers, and rapid fire all-in moves. Just an hour following the bubble bursting, over a hundred players headed to the payout cage, many still ecstatic after accomplishing every amateur player's primary goal.
Despite the exodus of pros that defined Day 2's early stages, a select group of experienced bracelet hunters did manage to bag and tag their chips by the end of the night. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements (294,000), who topped the chip counts after Day 1b, will highlight tomorrow's Day 3 action, along with Australian pro Brendon Rubie (487,000), Ryan Welch (346,000), and circuit grinder Mike Carroll (78,000). Each will return tomorrow trying to emerge from this Main Event-sized field and become the WSOP's first "Millionaire Maker" bracelet winner.
The surviving players will return to the Amazon Room at 1:00pm for a chance to reach the final table of this historic tournament. Below are the payouts awaiting those nine fortunate finalists, and while six-figure scores are nothing to scoff at, everybody will be gunning for the top spot, a gold bracelet, and a cool million bucks.
The chips have been bagged, and here some unofficial counts at the end of the night:
Tournament staff have announced that each table will play six more hands tonight. Then the remaining players will bag their chips and return for another day of play tomorrow.
A few more unofficial chip counts as we approach the end of play for the day.
As the day draws to a close, several large stacks are emerging. Here are some chip counts, and stay tuned for more to come soon.
We just witnessed a five-way raised pot, a rarity at this stage of a tournament, which turned into a frigid cooler on the flop.
A player raised to 8,500 from middle position, then Scott Clements flat called, the button called behind him, and both blinds called as well. The dealer rolled out for the flop, and action checked to Clements who bet 21,500. The button flat called, but then the small blind raised to 85,000. Everyone folded to the button, who thought for a moment before raising all-in. The small blind called instantly, but was disappointed when the hands were turned over. He held for middle set, but his opponent held for top set. The turn and river were the and , and the button more than doubled up with his set of fives.
All the Money got in preflop between Daniel Dallas and Bobby Pham.
Dallas held and Pham had . The flop fell and Dallas looked good to take it down. The turn however put a dagger into Dallas's heart when it came the . The river did not give Dallas a nine and he was stacked down to only 1 big blind. Pham doubled and now has 144,000.
Dallas was eliminated the next hand.