Event #79: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em has seen another day of rapid action, with just fourteen players remaining at the end of Day 2.
Hungary's high roller Andras Nemeth (2,895,000) will lead the returning players when the action resumes on Thursday, July 11 at 2 pm. The well-known online crusher showed his dominance in the live arena today, which included the final elimination of the night (Tom Bedell finished 15th for $15,618) when Nemeth's ace-king held against ace-queen.
David Gonzalez (2,185,000), Jonas Mackoff (2,125,000), and David Dibernardi (1,050,000) will join Nemeth in starting Day 3 with a bag worth a million.
Mackoff secured his spot among the chip leaders after a series of profitable decisions including folding a flush on the river, after Dennis Brand (960,000) had moved all in holding a full house. Mackoff also made it known to the table late in the day how his run was aided by picking up pocket kings on seven occasions and pocket aces twice.
Frenchman Ivan Deyra (735,000), and WSOP bracelet winner Michael Tureniec (710,000) will also return to action, alongside the likes of Guillaume Nolet (675,000), Karen Sarkisyan (545,000), Will Givens (390,000) and Patrick Leonard (310,000).
Action of the Day
Day 2 saw 148 players return to battle, with only 101 able to secure a place in the money. Players such as recent bracelet winner Joao Vieira, Benjamin Dobson, Roman Korenev, Sonny Franco, Tsugunari Toma, and Paul Volpe departed short of the cash prizes.
With the bubble looming, hand-for-hand play lastest close to an hour before Israel's Liran Twito was the unfortunate player to depart without a cash. Twito and Nolet got all their chips into the middle on a jack-ten-deuce flop, with Twito holding ace-queen for the nut flush draw and Nolet revealing pocket jacks for top set. Twito hit his much-needed spade on the turn to take the lead, but was brutally eliminated when the deuce on the river improved Nolet to a full house.
Jeremy Ausmus, defending champion Diogo Veiga, Marc MacDonnell, Dan Zack, Rainer Kempe, Aleksei Istomin, Alex Keating, Kami Hudson, Michael Soyza, David Pham, Aaron Mermelstein, Kristen Bicknell, Jesse Martin, Igor Kurganov, Joey Weissman and Larry Greenberg all secured a spot in the money before just three tables remained.
Greenberg had done exceptionally well to secure a 28th place finish ($8,715) having seen his 20,000 stack reduced to just 600 in chips during the first orbit on Day 1 when he lost with pocket aces against jacks.
All-time money list leader Justin Bonomo departed in 22nd place for $10,387 and secured his fifth WSOP cash of the series.
Start-of-day chip leader Ignacio Moron (20th, $10,387) saw his run come to an end by end-of-day leader Nemeth when he saw his pocket kings cracked by pocket jacks.
Join us back here at PokerNews for continued coverage of Event #79 as the final fourteen continue their bid for a coveted gold bracelet and the $380,090 first-place prize.