After another long day of play, just 12 players remained in Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. Hiren Patel held the chip lead at the end of the night with a massive 1,873,000 to take into the final day, Day 3, on Monday.
The day began with 233 players and they fell fast. It was only 30 minutes before the money bubble had burst and 216 players made it into the prize money. The tournament room was a constant chorus of “payout” yelled by the dealers as players were eliminated.
Among those who made the money but did not survive the day are notable players like Eric Mizrachi (207th - $2,872), Allen Kessler (161st - $3,154), Jonas Mackoff (152nd - $3,154), Darryll Fish (138th - $3,154), Scott Montgomery (111th - $3,506), Jason Somerville (84th - $4,505), Matt Affleck (36th - $12,390), Loni Harwood (29th - $12,390), Phil Collins (16th - $18,755), and in a huge double knockout at the end of the night, Max Silver (13th - $23,486).
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Silver pushed all in over the raise from Matt Ditonto. They both knew they were in trouble when Patel got his chips in as well, and the three of them were all in three-handed. Patel showed the , Ditonto had the , and Silver held the . Silver and Ditonto needed to spike something if they wanted to avoid the death grip of Patel who had them both covered. The board ran out and Patel scored the double knockout. Silver, the seasoned UK pro, was the last player eliminated before play wrapped up for the evening.
Everyone has their eye on the top prize of $514,027 to go along with the highly-coveted WSOP gold bracelet that will be awarded to the winner on Monday. Players will reconvene at 1 p.m. Follow along on the PokerNews live update blog to stay up to date on all the action.
Until then, good night.