Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
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Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 2ab Completed

Shawn Daniels Finishes On Top after Day 2ab in $10,000 MAIN EVENT - World Championship

ajlamers • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Shawn Daniels
Shawn Daniels

Another busy day inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino has come to an end with Day 2ab of Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship wrapping up just before midnight. A total of 2,460 players walked through the door at the beginning of the day but only 1,131 will be moving on to Day 3. Leading the way after today is Shawn Daniels who bagged up a whopping 532,500 chips.

Daniels came through flight 1a and spent his entire day in the Amazon Room. It was a late rally by Daniels that saw him move into the unofficial chip lead by a mere 1,500 chips. Daniels is looking to better his performance from the 2017 Main Event campaign that saw him finish in 72nd place for $101,444. That turned out to be the largest cash of his career, making up around a quarter of his total earnings.

Not far in the distance is Eric Liebeler (531,000) and Samuel Bernabeu (524,000) who finished in the top three chip counts. Michael Dyer (502,400) and Casey McCarrel (501,800) were the only other players to bag over half a million chips. Day 1b chip leader, Smain Mamouni, kept his momentum going steadily throughout the day, finishing with 481,500 chips.

The day got underway at 11am, July 5, with another five two-hour long levels on the schedule. The Day 1a and Day 1b survivors were split up into separate rooms with 659 players returning from Day 1a and 1,801 players from Day 1b. When all was said and done, the two fields were narrowed down to an unofficial total of 1,235 players who will play together starting on Day 3. They will be joined by those that make it through from Day 1c to make up the first day where the entire field is playing together.

The field was jam-packed with notable faces to begin the day, but some were sent to the rail early on. Two-time 'November Niner' Antoine Saout saw his Main Event run come to an end just one hour into the day. Former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Ryan Riess were also eliminated during the day along with Erik Seidel, Tony Dunst, Gaelle Baumann, and Jeremy Ausmus.

One of the main attractions throughout the first couple of days was last year's fourth-place finisher, John Hesp. Along with his flashy outfits and unique play-style, Hesp was like a magnet to many fans hanging on to the rail nearest his table. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to repeat his magical run when his top pair ran into a set of aces from Jim Schweitzer. Hesp's tablemates and the rail gave him a round of applause as he stood up from the table. "[The reception] has been incredible," said Hesp. "Everything has just been so lovely and fun. I'm just so so grateful that these people are enjoying my style of play and everything else in that regard."

John Hesp, the fan favorite, was eliminated on Day 2ab
John Hesp, the fan favorite, was eliminated on Day 2ab

There were a lot of big names that had a solid second day and managed to run up healthy stacks through the five levels played including poker couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell. Foxen put 238,900 in the bag while Bicknell was just behind with 202,800, and they got there in different ways. Foxen built up one of the biggest stacks early in the day, while Bicknell rallied late making a hero call with just ace-high.

Both gave credit to their table draws throughout the day. "I picked up a few hands but for the most part, my table didn't really want to play back at me," Foxen said. "I had nearly 400,000 chips but then lost a flip with queens in the last level."

As for Bicknell, she also enjoyed her table but was forced to battle in the early going. "I went from fifteen thousand to two hundred thousand, so it was a pretty good day. I had to battle with around twenty to thirty big blinds for the first few levels and then made a good call with ace-high," said Bicknell.

When asked about heading to Day 3, both said they don't want to look too far ahead, but would rather just stay in the moment and deal with what they are given.

"I had a bad attitude after Day 1, but I realized twenty big blinds is a lot in this tournament so I'm just going to keep battling," Bicknell commented.

Kristen Bicknell fought a tough battle throughout the day
Kristen Bicknell fought a tough battle throughout the day

Some other well-known names to make it through to Day 3 with some hefty stacks include Brian Altman (476,500), Kelly Minkin (380,800), Christopher Kruk (370,500), Ben Yu (311,000), and Chris Hunichen (207,100). One name that doesn't come to mind for most people is Eric Hicks, who is making his own story through the first couple of days.

Hicks earned his seat into the 2018 WSOP Main event through a $200 Scramble on WSOP.com with guaranteed seats available. Part way through the tournament, Hicks could be found riding around the Rio on his scooter enjoying some drinks with his friends. All the while, holding the chip lead and playing on his tablet. Hicks was the early chip leader, being the first to cross the 500,000 mark but tailed off later in the day, winding up with 300,000.

There are four previous Main Event champions moving on to Day 3 thus far, looking to make history as repeat champions. Chris Ferguson (160,000), Johnny Chan (107,200), Scotty Nguyen (74,300), and Greg Merson (68,300) all punched their ticket to Day 3.

Everyone will be returning on Saturday, July 7 at 11am along with those that are fortunate enough on Day 2c which resumes on Friday, July 6, at 11am. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back with you tomorrow to wrap up all of the Day 2 coverage, so don't miss out on the action!

Tags: Alex FoxenAntoine SaoutBen YuBrian AltmanCasey McCarrelChris FergusonChris HunichenChristopher KrukEric HicksEric LiebelerGaelle BaumannGreg MersonJeremy AusmusJim SchweitzerJoe HachemJohn HespJohnny ChanKelly MinkinKristen BicknellRyan RiessSamuel BernabeuScotty NguyenShawn DanielsSmain MamouniTony DunstWSOP

End-of-Day Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Shawn Daniels us
Shawn Daniels
us 532,500 222,500
Eric Liebeler us
Eric Liebeler
us 531,000 20,000
Samuel Bernabeu es
Samuel Bernabeu
es 524,000 59,000
Michael Dyer us
Michael Dyer
us 502,400 2,400
Casey McCarrel us
Casey McCarrel
us 501,800 36,800
Brian Borne US
Brian Borne
US 496,000 -47,000
Frank Bonacci us
Frank Bonacci
us 486,300 34,300
David Cabrera es
David Cabrera
es 483,800 28,800
Smain Mamouni fr
Smain Mamouni
fr 481,500 -3,500
Mohamed Mokrani fr
Mohamed Mokrani
fr 480,000 220,000
James Little us
James Little
us 478,800 359,400
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 476,500 140,500
Arden Cho us
Arden Cho
us 463,700 33,700
Timothy Lau US
Timothy Lau
US 442,100 14,100
Aram Zobian us
Aram Zobian
us 436,800 296,800
Robert Markham US
Robert Markham
US 430,800 335,500
Ryan Van Sanford us
Ryan Van Sanford
us 429,000 -84,000
Joshua Mountain us
Joshua Mountain
us 428,500 -4,500
Ap Garza us
Ap Garza
us 422,700 251,700
Daniel Merrilees gb
Daniel Merrilees
gb 413,200 -26,800
Brandon Bowyer us
Brandon Bowyer
us 409,500 9,500
Roger Lussier us
Roger Lussier
us 409,300 241,300
Kevin Malis US
Kevin Malis
US 408,100 225,400
Alexander Haro us
Alexander Haro
us 405,300 221,300
Kaylen Lebaron us
Kaylen Lebaron
us 405,100 317,800

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Late Setback for Mizrachi

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Over on the feature table, Neal Mccollum scored a late double with a flopped set of treys against the pocket jacks of Michael Mizrachi and the latter ended up with just over the starting stack.

In the second last hand of the night, Frank Kassela and Eric Froehlich ended up battling on a flop of {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Spades}. Kassela's bet was raised to 23,700 and Kassela jammed to force a fold.

Neal Mccollum US
Neal Mccollum
US 225,100 105,400
Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
us 135,800 58,800
Eric Froehlich us
Eric Froehlich
us 70,800 13,300
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 62,500 -186,500

Tags: Eric FroehlichFrank KasselaMichael MizrachiNeil Mccollum

Gavin Folds Correctly

DegenOnTour • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Lexy Gavin
Lexy Gavin

With already well over 100,000 in the main pot and 80,000 in the side pot Lexy Gavin had a hard decision to make. She was facing a bet of 40,000 from Daniel Merrilees on an {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{A-Spades} board.

"I can't think of anything that I beat".

She was constantly talking to herself and every now and then she would say something to Merrilees. After a couple of minutes, she pronounced "fold" and opened up {Q-}{Q-}.

Merrilees showed {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} and took down the pot while also busting another player 15 minutes before the end the day.

Daniel Merrilees gb
Daniel Merrilees
gb 440,000 250,000
Lexy Gavin us
Lexy Gavin
us 272,000 -78,000

Tags: Daniel MerrileesLexy Gavin

Four More Hands for Day 2a/b

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes left on the level and four more hands will be played for tonight.

Phan Loses a Small One

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Quyen Phan limped in and called the shove of a short stack from one seat over with the {A-Spades}{10-Spades}. The player at risk showed {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and instantly flopped a set on the board {J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{2-Clubs} to remain in contention.

One table over, next to Maria Konnikova, is Casey McCarrel, who appears to make a late run for the top spot with close to half a million in chips.

Casey McCarrel us
Casey McCarrel
us 465,000 240,000
Bart Lybaert be
Bart Lybaert
be 390,000 305,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
fi 230,000 -2,000
Quyen Phan US
Quyen Phan
US 215,000 35,000
Steven Van Zadelhoff nl
Steven Van Zadelhoff
nl 170,000 30,000
Maria Konnikova us
Maria Konnikova
us 140,000 4,000
Katie Stone us
Katie Stone
us 135,000 -10,000

Tags: Casey McCarrelMaria KonnikovaQuyen Phan