2018 World Series of Poker

Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
Day: 2
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
400,000 / 800,000

Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER

Day 2 Completed

Aaron Messmer Leads After Day 2 of Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Aaron Messmer
Aaron Messmer

A total of 1,104 out of 7,361 players showed up for Day 2 of Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER and after ten 60-minute levels, just 155 remain.

The chips were flying throughout the day here in the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and when the dust settled, it was USA's Aaron Mesmer at the top of the chip counts with 1,089,000. Fellow countryman Clyde Shimp sits in second with 978,000, while Germany's Manig Loeser rounds out the top three with 914,000.

Stanley Lee, who's in fifth with 866,000, vaulted to the top of the chips counts in one of the last hands of the night.

Lee raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and James Mackey reraised to 53,000 from the button. Lee called and they went heads up to the jack-nine-seven flop. Lee check-called a bet of 65,000 from Mackey and both players checked the queen on the turn turn.

The river was the ace and Lee checked to Mackey who checked behind. "How do you check that river" said Lee turning over his ten-eight for a flopped straight. "I guess you really do run good in this tournament" joked Mackey as he tossed his hand into the muck.

Lee is no stranger to the MILLIONAIRE MAKER after making a deep run in 2015, finishing 24th for over $45,000. He followed that up with a 39th place finish in 2016 taking home another $28,160. He narrowly missed winning his first bracelet in last year's $1,500 MONSTER STACK, finishing 3rd for his largest career tournament cash of $501,353. A fourth consecutive deep run in a massive $1,500 event makes Lee one to watch going forward.

Stanley Lee
Stanley Lee is making his fourth consecutive deep run in a $1,500 event

Lee is chased by two former WSOP Main Event Champions, as 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen (487,000) and 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Merson (295,000) will both return to Day 3 with healthy chip stacks. Former November Niners JC Tran (387,000) and Joseph Cheong (459,000) will also be joining them on Day 3.

Elio Fox continued his strong showing this summer putting 348,000 in the bag. Fox has started his WSOP off on fire winning Event #2: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693 and his second WSOP bracelet. He followed that up with a 2nd place finish in Event #5: $100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller for a mouth-watering $1,798,658.

As some notables bagged and cashed, others fell along the wayside, and there was a flurry of bust outs in the last level of play. Jack Sinclair, Martin Jacobson, Chris Moorman, Taylor Paur, Jared Jaffee, Tuan Le and Daniel Strelitz were among the last wave of players to be eliminated.

The final 155 players will return on Tuesday, June 11 at 11 A.M. local time to resume play. They will be playing 10 levels with a 15-minute break after every two levels and a one-hour dinner break after the sixth level (approximately 5:30 P.M.).

Make sure to come back on Day 3 to follow all of the live action as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide you with all of the updates.

Elio fox
Elio fox

Tags: Aaron MessmerElio FoxGreg MersonJC TranJoe McKeehenJoseph CheongManig LoeserSean MarshalStanley Lee

Day 3 Seating and Chip Counts

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountyChip CountBig Blinds
4261Benjamin MinerUnited States338,00034
4262James SlaterUnited States149,00015
4263Horacio Chaves CortesParaguay102,00010
4264Colin MchughUnited States250,00025
4265Dean ChenUnited States408,00041
4266Andrew GerlUnited States167,00017
4267James DempseyUnited Kingdom122,00012
4269Gary BelyalovskyUnited States149,00015
4271Peter KvisthammarUnited States103,00010
4272Mark CannonUnited States187,00019
4273Clayton BatesUnited States177,00018
4274Eddy SabatUnited States524,00052
4275Edward OconnellUnited States120,00012
4277Raghav BansalIndia588,00059
4278Blake KelsoUnited States128,00013
4279James LeinenbachUnited States629,00063
4281Michael NooriUnited States136,00014
4282Clyde ShimpUnited States978,00098
4283Benjamin ShannonAustria87,0009
4285Aaron DuczakCanada207,00021
4286David MockUnited States375,00038
4287Greg MersonUnited States295,00030
4288Chris KarambinisUnited States338,00034
4289Christopher ConradUnited States393,00039
4291Michael SouzaUnited States300,00030
4292Aaron MessmerUnited States1,089,000109
4293JC TranUnited States387,00039
4294Jason DalyUnited States865,00087
4295Thanh NguyenUnited States156,00016
4296Ben LandowskiUnited States230,00023
4297Brendan BakshUnited States360,00036
4298Weiyi MoUnited States165,00017
4299Sonny FrancoUnited States673,00067
4301William FirebaughUnited States73,0007
4302Bryce McvayUnited States460,00046
4303Fahredin MustafovBulgaria626,00063
4304Mark ThreadgillUnited States421,00042
4305Matthias EibingerAustria415,00042
4306Joe KuetherUnited States596,00060
4307Travis HagueUnited States205,00021
4308Sean MarshallUnited States878,00088
4309Mazin KhouryUnited States416,00042
4311Jason StrasserUnited States185,00019
4312JoJo ContinoUnited States349,00035
4313David BotcowskyUnited States190,00019
4314Michael LoncarUnited States228,00023
4315Manuel RuivoPortugal397,50040
4316Curt KohlbergUnited States357,00036
4317Raymond RossUnited States639,00064
4318Kane LaiUnited States665,00067
4319Bobby PoeUnited States286,00029
4342Justin GavriUnited States357,00036
4343Kevin GerhartUnited States169,00017
4344Petr SvobodaCzech Republic191,00019
4345Michael FinsteinUnited States260,00026
4346Brandon ZallarUnited States171,00017
4347Ralph MasseyUnited States279,00028
4348Alessio IsaiaItaly156,00016
4349Cheang Kit YooUnited States601,00060
4351Joseph CanadeoUnited States203,00020
4352Tyler CornellUnited States300,00030
4354Marco PalaciosUnited States171,00017
4355Thomas BoivinBelgium653,00065
4356Richard DixonUnited States324,00032
4357Andy SpearsUnited States140,00014
4358Barny BoatmanUnited Kingdom385,00039
4359Wendy FreedmanUnited States319,00032
4361Victor ChongUnited States271,00027
4362Jose BritoPortugal167,00017
4363Santiago VilaUnited States171,00017
4364Iaron LightbourneUnited Kingdom610,00061
4365Wei YehUnited States673,00067
4366Clinton RoigUnited States465,00047
4367Nguyet DaoUnited States477,00048
4368Cher VangUnited States565,00057
4369Hou VangUnited States278,00028
4371Mario Prats GarciaSpain364,00036
4372Steve SungUnited States470,00047
4373Kamel MokhammadUkraine443,00044
4374Aylar LieNorway577,00058
4375Robert BrownUnited States216,00022
4376Conlan MaUnited States505,00051
4377Chris HaugoUnited States397,00040
4378Josh BergmanUnited States516,00052
4381Robert MazzieUnited States194,00019
4382Joseph CalderaroUnited States193,00019
4383Kelly WolfeUnited States357,00036
4384Kyle HartreeCanada487,00049
4385Ryan GoindooTrinidad and Tobago791,00079
4386Benjamin CoxUnited States186,00019
4387Igor ZektserUnited States223,00022
4388John BeauprezUnited States128,00013
4389Justin CareyUnited States258,00026
4391Enio BozzanoBrazil324,00032
4392Jason WheelerUnited States320,00032
4393Mark RadojaCanada225,00023
4394Steven ToUnited States187,00019
4395Mark SanchezUnited States125,00013
4396Eugene KotlyarevskiyUnited States149,00015
4397Thayer RasmussenUnited States693,00069
4398Ian ModderCanada54,0005
4399Joshua GordonUnited States310,00031
4421Jonathan TamayoUnited States206,00021
4422Elio FoxUnited States348,00035
4423Matthew SteinUnited States254,00025
4424Joe McKeehenUnited States487,00049
4425Hossein GuivehchiUnited States439,00044
4426Kangjie LiangCanada348,00035
4427Manig LoeserGermany914,00091
4428Kyle WelshUnited States183,00018
4429Noah GoodwinUnited States187,00019
4431Daniel MaorUnited States130,00013
4432Kris KlimoskoCanada540,00054
4433Fikret KovacUnited States254,00025
4434Douglas RedmannUnited States89,0009
4436Cy WilliamsUnited States301,00030
4437Joseph CheongUnited States459,00046
4438Moshe RosenfeldUnited States306,00031
4439Matthew BeierUnited States278,00028
4441Jack PetersonUnited States398,00040
4442Justin LibertoUnited States624,00062
4443David EldridgeUnited States368,00037
4444Micky BlasiItaly316,00032
4445Chi ChanCanada436,00044
4446Daniel VampanUnited States763,00076
4447Thomas TaylorCanada264,00026
4448Hillery KerbyUnited States339,00034
4449David FhimaFrance323,00032
4451Matt O'DonnellUnited States294,00029
4452Arne KernGermany472,00047
4453Charles Alex BartonUnited States282,00028
4454Alexandre BarbarabelliItaly415,00042
4455Kfir NahumUnited States541,00054
4456Ran IlaniIsrael146,00015
4457Arkadiy TsinisUnited States198,00020
4458Ryan BambrickUnited States334,00033
4459Brian BanishUnited States192,00019
4461Daniel ColpoysUnited States566,00057
4462Raja SekharUnited States366,00037
4463Stanley LeeUnited States866,00087
4464Scott BaumsteinUnited States430,00043
4465Ricardo HenriquesPortugal335,00034
4466Samad RazaviUnited Kingdom365,00037
4467Christopher ChildersUnited States702,00070
4468Richard PowellUnited States229,00023
4469James MackeyUnited States274,00027
4471Paul DewaldUnited States236,00024
4472Sung YiUnited States89,0009
4473Anthony ProfetaUnited States360,00036
4474Mel WienerUnited States640,00064
4475Pavlo VekslerUkraine340,00034
4476Nadezhda MagnusUnited States155,00016
4477Chad HahnUnited States612,00061
4478Jared NarzemUnited States208,00021
4479Alex BenjamenUnited States408,00041

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Aaron Messmer us
Aaron Messmer
1,089,000 564,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Clyde Shimp us
Clyde Shimp
978,000 847,900
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
914,000 827,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Sean Marshall us
Sean Marshall
878,000 789,500
Stanley Lee us
Stanley Lee
866,000 66,000
Jason Daly us
Jason Daly
865,000 -5,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ryan Goindoo tt
Ryan Goindoo
791,000 647,000
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
763,000 707,700
Christopher Childers us
Christopher Childers
702,000 -158,000
Thayer Rasmussen us
Thayer Rasmussen
693,000 93,000
Wei Yeh us
Wei Yeh
673,000 597,300
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
673,000 567,300
Kane Lai us
Kane Lai
665,000 185,000
Thomas Boivin be
Thomas Boivin
653,000 619,700
Mel Wiener us
Mel Wiener
640,000 490,000
Raymond Ross us
Raymond Ross
639,000 575,300
James Leinenbach us
James Leinenbach
629,000 576,300
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
626,000 543,400
Justin Liberto us
Justin Liberto
624,000 174,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Chad Hahn us
Chad Hahn
612,000 461,600
Day 3 Chip Leader
Iaron Lightbourne gb
Iaron Lightbourne
610,000 285,000
Cheang Kit Yoo us
Cheang Kit Yoo
601,000 476,900
Joe Kuether us
Joe Kuether
596,000 246,000
Raghav Bansal in
Raghav Bansal
588,000 108,000
Aylar Lie no
Aylar Lie
577,000 552,000

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Some Recent Eliminations

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

The following players cashed for $6,654:

Player Chips Progress
Roman Valerstein us
Roman Valerstein
Perry Lin us
Perry Lin
Daniel Strelitz us
Daniel Strelitz
WSOP 2X Winner
Ramachandra Nagaraja us
Ramachandra Nagaraja
Tuan Le us
Tuan Le
Chad Awerbuch au
Chad Awerbuch
Andrzej Rogowski us
Andrzej Rogowski
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
WSOP 2X Winner
[Removed:362] us
James Anderson us
James Anderson
WSOP 1X Winner
Ping Liu us
Ping Liu
Jeff Gross us
Jeff Gross
Brian Shin us
Brian Shin
Robert Chusid us
Robert Chusid
Benjamin Scrogins us
Benjamin Scrogins
Kunal Patni in
Kunal Patni
Fredrick Mowatt ca
Fredrick Mowatt
Panja Lymswan us
Panja Lymswan
Vuong Do us
Vuong Do
Georgios Alexandropoulos gr
Georgios Alexandropoulos
Brian Wilson us
Brian Wilson
Daryl Black us
Daryl Black
Dale Beaudoin us
Dale Beaudoin
Logan Kingsburyvogt us
Logan Kingsburyvogt
Yossi Krispin us
Yossi Krispin

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Lee Flops a Straight

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante
Stanley Lee
Stanley Lee

Stanley Lee raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and James Mackey reraised to 53,000 from the button. Lee called and they went heads up to the {j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop. Lee check-called a bet of 65,000 from Mackey and both players checked the {q-Clubs} turn.

The river was the {a-Hearts} and Lee checked to Mackey who checked behind. "How do you check that river" said Lee turning over his {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for a flopped straight. "I guess you really do run good in this tournament" joked Mackey as he tossed his hand into the muck.

Lee raked in the pot and is now in contention for the chip lead with less than 20 minutes of play left in the night.

Player Chips Progress
Stanley Lee us
Stanley Lee
800,000 490,000
James Mackey us
James Mackey
295,000 -220,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: James MackeyStanley Lee

Cheong Takes Another Pot

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

Five players saw a flop of {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} and they all checked.

The turn brought the {7-Clubs} and action checked around again.

The {J-Clubs} fell on the river and Kevin Gerhart checked from the big blind. Joseph Cheong bet 65,000 from under the gun, a player in middle position folded, as did the cutoff. Greg Merson was on the button and folded. Gerhart did the same shortly thereafter and Cheong took the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
405,000 -10,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Kevin Gerhart us
Kevin Gerhart
190,000 -135,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
125,000 -25,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Joseph Cheong

Canadeo Flies

Level 20 : 4,000/8,000, 1,000 ante

Ran Ilani raised from late position and Joseph Canadeo moved all in from the button for 103,000. The small blind reshoved all in for about 150,000 and Ilani got out of the way.

Joseph Canadeo: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}
Small Blind: {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

The board ran out {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs} and Canadeo improved to aces full of jacks to double up.

Player Chips Progress
Joseph Canadeo us
Joseph Canadeo
223,000 163,100

Tags: Joseph CanadeoRan Ilani