Day 2 is done in Event #20: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud. The field thinned all the way down to 10 players, with Anthony Zinno (733,000) amassing a huge chip lead in the day’s final levels and ending the day atop the leaderboard. He’ll be going for his second career WSOP bracelet when Day 3 commences on Sunday, with the restart scheduled for 2 p.m. local time.
This event is scheduled as a four-day event, and as of Sunday morning, WSOP officials intend to still play on with the original plan of playing down to six players on Sunday, restarting with a final table on Monday. This could be changed to allow the final 10 players to play to a winner Sunday, pending a decision by WSOP officials.
The remaining field looks like something out of a $10,000 buy-in tournament, with players like Valentin Vornicu (409,000), Rep Porter (281,000), Eli Elezra (274,000), Scott Seiver (215,000), and David Singer (136,000) all in the hunt. These players will come back Sunday to compete for the WSOP bracelet and first-place prize of $93,766.
Others still in the hunt include accomplished players like Joshua Mountain (445,000), Phongthep “Tab” Thiptinnakon (200,000), Timothy Frazin (115,000) and Rod Pardey Jr. (45,000).
The original field of 285 rapidly dwindled to these final 11 in just two days of play. Day 2 saw 103 grinders return after making it through Day 1, with the money bubble bursting on Level 14 and the final 43 players getting paid.
Notable players making the cash included Perry Friedman in 42nd place ($2,262),Chris “Jesus” Ferguson in 41st ($2,262), Dan Heimiller in 40th ($2,437),Jeff Lisandro (last year’s runner-up in this event) in 31st ($2,696), Julien Martini in 27th ($2,696) andJean Gaspard in 20th ($3,061).
Some of the Day 2 players not finishing in the money included WSOP bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu, Barbara Enright, Yuval Bronshtein, Tom Koral, Ylon Schwartz and Christopher Vitch.
Zinno regularly crushes in high roller events across multiple poker variants, with his previous WSOP bracelet coming in 2015 in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. His career tournament earning sit at $8,431,521, and he’ll add to that total no matter where he finishes in this event. Will he go all the way and claim WSOP bracelet No. 2? The final 10 players have a combined 11 WSOP bracelets among them, so there will be plenty of tough competition.
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|1||Joshua Mountain||United States||445,000|
|2||Phongthep Thiptinnakon||United States||200,000|
|3||Rod Pardey Jr||United States||45,000|
|4||Eli Elezra||United States||274,000|
|5||Scott Seiver||United States||215,000|
|1||Valentin Vornicu||United States||409,000|
|2||Tim Frazin||United States||115,000*|
|3||Rep Porter||United States||281,000|
|4||Anthony Zinno||United States||733,000|
|5||David Singer||United States||136,000|
*Moved to balance after play finish, seat not confirmed