Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The massive field of 8,920 entries has been reduced down to the last nine contenders in the $365 THE GIANT event which saw 527 players come back for Day 2. Most of the returning players survived with very short stacks and the field quickly plummeted down to a third after two levels of play. The pace seemed to never stop during the day and the busted players kept flooding the area at the payout desks.
The trend continued even on the final two tables, mainly thanks to huge surges of Renato Kaneoya and Alexander Lakhov. Kaneyoa pushed himself atop of the leaderboard when he peeled aces on the button, facing a raise and a three-bet all in from Amy Schwarz. He held against her nines and then continued torturing his opposition with a big stack.
THE GIANT Final Table:
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Brasilia||60||1||Daniel Fuhs||United States||18,300,000||18|
|Brasilia||60||2||Lawrence Chan||United States||7,900,000||8|
|Brasilia||60||4||Luis Vazquez||United States||42,700,000||43|
|Brasilia||60||6||Matthew Smith||United States||7,100,000||7|
|Brasilia||60||7||Svetlozar Nestorov||United States||13,100,000||13|
|Brasilia||60||8||Kevin Rines||United States||21,500,000||22|
|Brasilia||60||9||Jeremy Perrin||United States||19,000,000||19|
With the average stack still very shallow, the vast majority of pots culminated in preflop contests and Kaneoya was the beneficiary. He was lucky enough to dispatch Carl DiVeglia III after shoving with four-high to bink two pair versus his ace-king.
In the meantime, Alexander Lakhov took care of Joel Gossett and Gregory Kolo on the other table and established himself among the favorites for the final table.
The 10-handed unofficial final table lasted for a few orbits with Luis Vazquez doubling his aces against Jordan Bamford's ace-queen. Vazquez then finished Bamford off to take the third place on the leaderboard.
Kaneoya (56,100,000), Vazquez (42,700,000) and Lakhov (38,300,000) are the only three players on the north side of the average mark with all other remaining players having around 20 big blinds or fewer.
That makes for an interesting setup ahead of the final table with $250,000 and the elusive bracelet awaiting the champion. A little bit of help with a solid card distribution can see any of the players quickly catapult their stacks to the top. On the other side, the ICM factor may cause some mayhem and a war of attrition between potential micro stacks.
With all of that taken into account, THE GIANT final table will surely be one worth to follow so make sure to come back Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. for the live updates as the PokerNews live reporting will bring a hand-for-hand coverage to your couch.
Final table payouts:
Luis Vazquez opened under the gun and Jordan Bamford three-bet shoved on the button. Vazquez called off.
The flop came and Bamford pulled ahead.
"Hold!" Bamford shouted.
But the landed on the turn.
"I suppose I spoke to early," Bamford said.
The river didn't rescue him and he bubbled the official final table. The final nine players bagged their chips with just under seven minutes left to play in the level.
Jordan Bamford moved all in for 4,000,000. Renato Kaneoya moved all in from the cutoff and the remaining players all folded.
The board came with Bamford calling for a ten on the river.
"Queen'll do," he said as the river paired him and he doubled up.
From middle position, Daniel Fuhs raised to 2 million and Jordan Bamford three-bet shoved for about 14 million in the next seat. Big blind Luis Vazquez called off for 9,400,000 and Fuhs paused for about a minute and then folded.
Bamford learned that he hit the wall, running into . The board didn't give him any piece of hope and Vazquez climbed to the tournament average.
|Seat||Table||Name||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
Big stack Renato Kaneoya raised all in out of the small blind and big blind Carl DiVeglia III peeled a monster and quickly called off.
Kaneoya, however, hit two pair on the cruel board of eliminated DiVeglia III short of the final table.
"It's stupid," DiVeglia said on his way out.
Kevin Rines moved all in from the cutoff for 11,800,000 and Luis Vazquez looked him up from the button.
The board ran out and Rines cracked queens to double up.