Out of the 2,419 entries that took to the felt in Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha, just 100 returned for Day 2 action, and only 10 bagged chips at the conclusion of play. They'll return for Day 3 action Sunday, 10 June, at 2pm local time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and will play until a champion is crowned. The eventual winner will score a $181,790 payday in addition to the coveted gold bracelet.
Canadian Maxime Heroux is presently leading the way with 2,430,000. Heroux already had a strong stack when the field redrew at 27 players and continued to build and was responsible for three late-stage eliminations.
Heroux is joined by a couple of big names: 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel (1,570,000) and fan favorite Craig Varnell (1,950,000). Varnell was one of the big stacks to start the day, and although he suffered a setback or two, his stack steadily trended upward throughout the ten levels of Day 2 play.
Duhamel took a more modest stack out of the bag and won several key pots once the field had narrowed substantially; like Heroux, he also stacked three players after the redraw. Here's a look at the unofficial final table:
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||423||2||Seth Zimmerman||United States||920,000||15|
|Amazon||423||3||Christopher Trang||United States||1,280,000||21|
|Amazon||423||4||Craig Varnell||United States||1,950,000||33|
|Amazon||423||5||Ilian Li||United States||1,080,000||18|
|Amazon||423||6||Conway Frankenheimer||United States||820,000||14|
|Amazon||423||7||Omar Mehmood||United States||655,000||11|
|Amazon||423||9||Shaome Yang||United States||735,000||12|
|Amazon||423||10||Jason Lipiner||United States||645,000||11|
It didn't take long for chips to start flying around once Day 2 action had begun. Several notable names hit the rail early, including bracelet winner James Obst (99th - $2,019), JC Tran (95th - $2,019), three-time bracelet winner Dutch Boyd (79th - $2,397), and Jesse Yaginuma (68th - $2,675).
Ryan Laplante, who won this event in its 2016, made a valiant effort at securing the title once more, but ultimately departed in 20th place. He took home $5,830 for his efforts in this year's iteration.
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