Leonid Yanovski raised to 300,000 preflop in the small blind and Rafael Mota defended the big blind.
The flop of was met with a bet of 250,000 from Yanovski, a raise to 1,500,000 from Mota and a snap call from Yanovski for his whole stack.
While Yanovski had the best hand on the flop, he was not a favorite versus Mota's flush and wrap draw and needed to dodge quite a few outs. The turn added a few more outs to Mota and the river left Yanovski's queens and fives as the best hand.
A total of 126 players returned for battle on Day 2 of Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha returned to the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and after ten levels of play only eight hopefuls remain.
Leading the way heading towards the gold bracelet is Rafael Mota with 7,515,000, almost double the next closest Motoyoshi Okamura with 3,835,000. Nick Yunis is right on Okamura's tail with 3,190,000.
The day was action-packed right from the get-go as 126 remaining players turned into just 50 players in the first couple of hours of play. Mota had gotten chips early as he made it to the final three tables with a total of 2,700,000 and managed to keep climbing, reaching the final two tables with 4,560,000.
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Mike Takayama is also still in contention, looking to claim his second bracelet with a total of 1,900,000 in chips. Takayama won his bracelet in 2018, taking down the 2,065 player field in Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty. With this victory, he claimed the grand prize of $198,568.
|Table 414||1||Nick Yunis||3,190,000|
|Table 414||2||Leonid Yanovski||2,070,000|
|Table 414||3||Marc Lange||535,000|
|Table 414||4||Rafael Mota||7,515,000|
|Table 414||5||Tim Grau||360,000|
|Table 414||6||Jordan Spurlin||1,740,000|
|Table 414||7||Mike Takayama||1,900,000|
|Table 414||8||Motoyoshi Okamura||3,835,000|
Not all champions were lucky enough to survive through Day 2, though, including Andrew Donabedian finishing in 24th place, four-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh in 40th place, Manig Loeser in 45th Place, and Joao Vieira in 50th.
Day 3 will resume at 2:00 p.m. with the eight remaining players having $20,737 locked up and playing for the grand prize of $209,716. Play will continue until there is a new champion is crowned. Blinds will resume at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante.
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Nick Yunis raised in the hijack to 150,000 and Marc Lange called on the button.
The dealer fanned a flop of and Yunis continued for 250,000, which got called.
The hit the turn and Yunis didn't slow down, betting 650,000. Lange paused for a brief moment before making the call.
When the hit the river, Yunis checked to Lange who announced all in. Yunis snap-called and tabled for the nut full house and Lange showed as he paid off the 1,260,000.
Pot Limit Omaha
Nohad Teliani raised to 175,000 preflop in early position and Nick Yunis three-bet to 350,000 in the cutoff, which was followed by an all-in from Leonid Yanovski for 795,000. Teliani went all-in for 360,000 total, and Yunis reluctantly called.
The board ran out and Yanovski's set on the turn was good enough for the pot as he scooped the main and the side, eliminating Teliani in ninth place.
Jordan Spurlin raised to 100,000 in middle position and Nohad Teliani jammed on the button for about 1,200,000. The blinds quickly folded and Spurlin snap-called.
Teliani couldn't find a six as the board ran out .
|Table 498||1||Nohad Teliani||1,225,000|
|Table 498||2||Nick Yunis||2,820,000|
|Table 498||3||Leonid Yanovski||890,000|
|Table 498||4||Marc Lange||3,230,000|
|Table 498||5||Rafael Mota||6,365,000|
|Table 498||6||Tim Grau||585,000|
|Table 498||7||Jordan Spurlin||1,000,000|
|Table 498||8||Mike Takayama||1,150,000|
|Table 498||9||Motoyoshi Okamura||3,510,000|