Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Days:
123
Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 2 Completed

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver Reaches $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table; Racener in the Lead

dsalituro • Level 18: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Nate Silver
Nate Silver

Day 2 of Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship has been brought to a close after 13 hours that featured several pros register late, an extended money bubble, and an extra level to bring them down to the final 10 players.

It is John Racener who will lead the way into tomorrow's final table. Racener was the only player to bag more than one million chips, finishing the night with 1,090,000. Right behind him is Eric Kurtzman, the Day 1 chip leader who kept up that momentum to end up with 975,000. Jason Somerville (670,000), Scott Tuttle (650,000), and Kevin Song (515,000) round out the top-five.

FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver will be one to watch on the final day. The well-known author, statistician, and poker aficionado will return in the middle of the pack with 440,000 in chips in search for WSOP glory.

Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Seating & Chip Counts

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Scott TuttleUnited States650,000
2John MonnetteUnited States270,000
3Ray DehkharghaniUnited States315,000
4Nate SilverUnited States440,000
5Jason SomervilleUnited States670,000
6Christopher ChungUnited States250,000
7Eric KurtzmanUnited States975,000
8Kevin SongUnited States515,000
9Terrence ChanCanada350,000
10John RacenerUnited States1,090,000
John Racener
John Racener

The penultimate day of the tournament began with 35 remaining players from Day 1, who would soon be joined by a number of pros taking advantage of late registration. Phil Hellmuth, Matt Glantz, Dan Smith, Mike Gorodinsky, and Ben Yu all took their seat at the start of Day 2, creating a field of 92 players. They would hit the rail before the money bubble, along with Mike Matusow, Benny Glaser, and Erik Seidel.

Play tightened up considerably as the bubble approached. Hand-for-hand play lasted more than an hour before Yuri Dzivielevski was eliminated in 15th place. Chad Eveslage, Casey McCarrel, the loud and energetic "Crazy" Mike Thorpe, and Brian Rast were sent to the payout cage after the bubble burst.

With the final five players being streamed tomorrow at 4 p.m. PST on PokerGO, play needed to be extended an extra level to bring the field down to 10 players. They will return at 2 p.m. and play until the final five when the live stream will begin.

The PokerNews team will be there to provide all the live updates throughout the day.

Prize pool

PlaceNamePrize
1 $245,680
2 $151,842
3 $108,747
4 $79,210
5 $58,697
6 $44,263
7 $33,979
8 $26,561
9 $21,149
10 $18,506
11Brian Rast$18,506
12Mike Thorpe$16,920
13Casey McCarrel$16,920
14Chad Eveslage$16,920

Tags: Ben YuBenny GlaserBrian RastCasey McCarrelChad EveslageDan SmithEric KurtzmanErik SeidelJason SomervilleJohn RacenerKevin SongMatt GlantzMike GorodinskyMike MatusowMike ThorpePhil HellmuthScott TuttleYuri Dzivielevski

Racener Leads Unofficial Final Table

MikePatrick • Level 18: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
John Racener
John Racener

With the elimination of Brian Rast in 11th place, the unofficial final table has been reached and play has ended for the day.

Players will return at 2:00 pm local time with action resuming midway through level 18.

John Racener takes the chip lead into Day 3 as the only player over a million in chips.

John Racener us
John Racener
us 1,090,000 -63,000
Eric Kurtzman us
Eric Kurtzman
us 975,000 210,000
Jason Somerville us
Jason Somerville
us 670,000 -105,000
Scott Tuttle US
Scott Tuttle
US 650,000 -175,000
Kevin Song us
Kevin Song
us 515,000 65,000
Nate Silver us
Nate Silver
us 440,000 -60,000
Terrence Chan ca
Terrence Chan
ca 350,000 -60,000
Ray Dehkharghani us
Ray Dehkharghani
us 315,000 115,000
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 270,000 90,000
Christopher Chung us
Christopher Chung
us 250,000 100,000

Tags: Brian RastJohn Racener

Brian Rast Eliminated in 11th Place ($18,506)

dsalituro • Level 18: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

Kevin Song raised and Brian Rast three-bet from the button. Song called to see the {3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} on the flop. Song check-called a bet from Rast.

Rast bet the {5-Diamonds} turn and Song raised him all in. Rast tossed in his last remaining chip.

Brian Rast: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Kevin Song: {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

Song had made a straight on the turn and Rast was drawing to a chop. The river brought the {a-Diamonds} and Rast hit the rail in 11th place.

Kevin Song us
Kevin Song
us 450,000 150,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us Busted

Tags: Kevin SongBrian Rast

"Angry John" Getting Angry At Dwindling Stack

MikePatrick • Level 18: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

John Monnette has taken a couple of hits to his stack in tonight's added level.

On a {j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} flop, Monnette check-called in middle position versus Jason Somerville in the cutoff.

Monnette then check-called a bet on the {q-Hearts} turn.

On the {9-Hearts} river, Monnette checked once more and faced yet another bet. This time he folded, preserving his stack at 180,000

Jason Somerville us
Jason Somerville
us 775,000 325,000
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 180,000 -325,000

Tags: Jason SomervilleJohn Monnette

Rast Folds to Song's All In

dsalituro • Level 18: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

Brian Rast and Kevin Song saw a flop of {5-Clubs}{8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} in a blind vs. battle confrontation. Song bet, Rast raised, Song re-raised, and Rast called.

Song bet on the {7-Spades} turn and Rast called. When the {8-Diamonds} came on the river, Song put in his last 10,000 chips and Rast quickly folded.

Kevin Song us
Kevin Song
us 300,000 160,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 175,000 -285,000

Tags: Brian RastKevin Song

Level:
18
Blinds:
10,000/20,000
Ante:
0

Players Will Play Until One More Elimination

MikePatrick • Level 17: 10,000-15,000, 0 ante

The final scheduled level of the day has been completed, however with 11 players remaining, tournament officials have instructed the players that they must play down to an unofficial final table of ten tonight.

The players have been sent on a quick ten-minute break and will return just after the top of the hour.