Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of Event #63: $500 Salute to Warriors began with 169 players and when the dust settled after 12 hours of play at the end of the night only nine remained who are still alive for the grand prize of $102,465.
Leading the pack of the nine remaining as the night came to a close was Ohio's Bradley Rogoff with 8,800,000 in chips. Rogoff gathered a large stack toward the middle part of the day and remained among the chip leaders before re-gaining the pole position in the final level of the night. The chip leader has little poker resume to speak of thus far and will be looking to make a big splash in this event.
Final Table Seat Draw
Eric Zhang (7,175,000) had a roller-coaster day that ended on a high to place him in second place heading into the final table. He was very nearly out the door with a few tables remaining but hit runner-runner straight to crack a flopped set. From there he rode the momentum to a large stack until he was again whittled down to just a “lone ember” of a stack as he put it just before the final table. But he was again able to spin it back to finish the day in a strong position.
Guy Hadas finished third in chips, some distance behind with 5,500,000. He was a large stack for much of the day and coasted to the end after taking out several players.
Two-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Mitch Garshofsky finished the day fourth in chips with 4,475,000. Garshofsky was the short stack close to the end of the night before spinning it up in the last level. He has amassed over $600,000 in career WSOP earnings so far and will be want to add the elusive bracelet to his poker collection.
Fifth in chips at the end was Christopher Corbo with 4,275,000. He held the chip lead late in the night but dropped a few preflop all-ins to sink to the middle of the chip counts before the bell rang for the night.
South Korea and Ukraine are represented at the final table with Chulhan Choi (3,900,000) and Hlib Kontunov (3,475,000) respectively. While Anthony Mccurdy (3,350,000) and Marty Zabib (2,700,000) round out the final table as the short stacks.
Day 2 Action
The eliminations came hot and heavy all day as the fast structure forced players to get their stacks in quickly and try to double up. Among those who hit the rail as the day went on were; Everett Carlton in 162nd, Jake Schwartz in 113th, and John Song in 39th.
Play quickly got down to the final three tables, where things would slow ever so slightly before the unofficial final table was reached late in the night, and Philip Sacks elimination in tenth place would bring the field to its official final table where the play would eventually be halted.
Play resumes Thursday at 12 p.m. noon local time and PokerNews will again pick up the coverage as a new WSOP Bracelet winner will be crowned.
Eric Zhang raised in early position, Bradley Rogoff called next to act, and Christopher Corbo called in the big blind.
On the flop, Corbo check-called a bet of 800,000 from Rogoff and Zhang folded.
The turn was the and both players checked. When the landed on the river both players checked once again. Corbo tabled for top pair on the flop and that was good enough to take down the pot.
Philip Sacks shipped all-in under the gun for about 1,160,000 and Hlib Kovtunov announced all-in as well next to act for 1,640,000. The action folded around to Eric Zhang on the button who had them both covered and he shoved his whole stack in as well.
Zhang was in great shape to have an enormous chip lead until the flop came , giving Kovtunov a pair of aces. The board completed with the on the turn and the on the river. Sacks was eliminated in 10th place while Kovtunov doubled through Zhang.
Marty Zabib moved all-in preflop from early position. Christopher Corbo called from the button.
Corbo saw the bad news when Zabib flipped over the well-timed while his was crushed.
The flop came the . The turn was the to give players a straight but Zabib had broadway. The river was the and Zabib gathered in a nice double up.
Eric Zhang raised from the cutoff to 450,000 and Philip Sacks defended the big blind.
Both players checked the flop to see the on the turn. Sacks led out for 450,000 and Zhang made the call.
The landed on the river. Sacks used both hands to grab his stacks of 25,000, pushed them ahead and cut out a bet of 750,000. After a few seconds Zhang announced all-in and the dealer gave him the all in Plaque.
Sacks had about 1,200,000 behind and decided to save it for another hand as he tossed his hand into the muck.
Anthony Mccurdy shoved for 1,300,000 in middle position and the action folded to Mitch Garshofsky in the cutoff who jammed for 3,000,000. Guy Hadas was in the big blind and called to put both players at risk.
Mccurdy was in great shape as both players had the same hand and the board ran out for his queens to hold and triple up through both players.