Day 2abc Completed
Day 2abc Completed
It was another spectacle of a day at the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas as Day 2abc of Event #70: $10,000 Main Event World Championship got underway. There were 2,641 players that returned to their seats with hopes of advancing to Day 3.
When all was said and done after another five levels of play, Gavin Munroe emerged as the chip leader. Munroe accumulated a massive stack of 1,067,500 chips thanks in part to a late-night heater. Munroe has had plenty of recent success, especially on the WSOP circuit. The Alabama native captured his first WSOP Circuit ring in the $1,700 Main Event at the stop in Tunica, Mississippi. It was also his largest recorded cash of over $158,000.
"It's the first Main Event that I've played so it's nice. I had kings a lot, four times I think and I busted three players." While good cards are definitely needed to make a deep run, Munroe has come guns blazing all day long. "I’m always gas, gas, gas. My friends know that. So I guess we’re just going to keep at it."
Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Day 2abc Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Gavin Munroe||United States||1,061,500||425|
|3||Nick Howard||United States||810,500||324|
|4||Ariya Iwato||United States||755,500||302|
|5||Steven Stolzenfeld||United States||708,500||283|
|6||Ayaz Mahmood||United States||618,000||247|
|7||Franco Gasparini||United Kingdom||584,000||234|
|10||Richard Lee||United States||555,500||222|
While Munroe was the only player to put a seven-figure stack in the bag, another player sitting among the leaders is Karim Rebei who finished the day with 932,000 chips. Rebei is also playing the Main Event for the first time and is extremely excited to be atop the leaderboard. "It's like a dream to be on the top counts, I don't realize it yet. I got very lucky today, and I also made a lot of bluffs that went through, including one against Jason Koon. It's a really great surprise to live that."
Players Advancing in the 2022 WSOP Main Event
|July 3rd||Day 1a||896||631|
|July 4th||Day 1b||879||634|
|July 5th||Day 1c||1,860||1,376|
|July 6th||Day 1d||4,370||3,294|
|July 7th||Day 2abc||2,641+148||1,262|
Action from Day 2abc
The day kicked off with a bang as Phil Hellmuth made his grand appearance in a Darth Vader costume just moments after the cards went in the air. While some cheers scattered through the ballroom, there were more boos echoing through the walls. Did that have an impact on the "Poker Brat's" quick-showing on Day 2? Well, only he can answer that.
Hellmuth lasted all but just over an hour in the prestigious Main Event that he won back in 1989. Most of his chips went the way of Shawn Smith who made a runner-runner straight against Hellmuth's pocket kings which left him short-stacked and fuming. Just minutes later, the rest of Hellmuth's chips landed in Jeff Frerichs' lap thanks to a two-outer on the river.
Some other notable casualties on Day 2 included former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Cada, Martin Jacobson, Qui Nguyen. It was also a rough day at the tables for some of the greatest players in the game including Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ben Heath, and Twitch streamer Kevin Martin.
While many pros were eliminated throughout the day, there were also many good storylines heading into Day 3. Ryan Riess is looking to accomplish a modern-day feat that no other has done before and win this extravagant event twice. Riess captured the Main Event title back in 2013 and will be heading to Day 3 with a solid 275,500 chips. Riess along with John Cynn (234,000) Joe McKeehen (118,000) are the only former champions to advance to Day 3 thus far.
Another notable sighting on Day 2abc was Kelly Minkin who wasted no time building up her stack in the early going. Just minutes into the opening level, Minkin spun her stack up to over 300,000 and put it on cruise control for the rest of the day, finishing with 363,500 chips. A relaxing day was just what the doctor ordered for Minkin who is currently playing while seven months pregnant with her second child.
"I'm happy with how the day went. I had a rough last couple of levels but I've got a decent stack," Minkin said after bagging up her chips. As for playing while deep into her pregnancy, Minkin noted that it was a bit of a relief to sit for most of the day. "It's a bit of a relief from carrying my 30lb son around so a lot of people think it's difficult but I'm sure if I go deep it will be kind of rough on my body but so far it's been not bad."
There were a total of 148 new entries recorded before the late registration period ended for the day. That brings the total number of entries to 8,209 thus far, with the record coming in 2006 when 8,773 entries were tallied.
After another five levels were completed on Day 2abc, the tournament staff roughly estimate that around 1,300 players advanced to Day 3 but that number is still to be confirmed in the coming hours. All of those players that made it through will be returning on Saturday, July 9th at 11 a.m. local time, joining those that advance through Day 2d tomorrow. The money bubble will still be a fair distance away, likely expected to burst early on Day 4.
Be sure to keep it tuned into PokerNews as the live reporting team will be back every step of the way as the Main Event journey continues.
Play has ended for the night here on Day 2abc of the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event. Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action along with chip counts from the surviving players.
On a heads-up turn board of , Takuma Bergeron checked to Brian Hastings in the hijack, who then bet 35,000 and Bergeron called.
The river was the and Bergeron checked again who placed out a big bet of 125,000, which covered Bergeron.
After a lengthy session in the tank, with the fate of his tournament life hanging in the balance, Bergeron made the call.
Hastings sheepishly turned over and Bergeron proudly turned over to win a big pot before the day's end.
Wendeen Eolis, in the cutoff, was facing a preflop raise to 16,000 by Zack Brassfield in the big blind.
She took her time before moving all in for about 81,000 and Brassfield called.
Eolis was way in front with her cowboys, but the flop gave Brassfield the lead. The turn and river were not what she needed and she said some kind words to the table before exiting.
Eolis is famously the first woman to ever cash in the Main Event back in 1986 with a 25th place finish. Though she exits here on Day 2, she more than proved that she's still got it.
The tournament's clock has now been paused and tournament officials have announced that four more hands will be played to close out the day.
Steven Stolzenfeld opened to 4,500 under the gun and Jacqueline Burkhart shoved for her last 20,000. It came back to Stolzenfeld who asked Burkhart if she prefered a call or a fold. "It's up to you, both are fine to me!" replied Bukhart. Stolzenfeld opted to call for the following shopwdown:
Burkhart had to win the flip for her tournament's life, which she did after the board showed , improving her hand into a full house.
"It's a birthday boat!" celebrated Burkhart before racking up the pot.
Bart Hanson raised to 4,000 under the gun and the cutoff called before Chad Dickinson made the call in the small blind.
The dealer spread a flop of and Dickinson led out for 10,000. Both Hanson and the cutoff mucked their hands, sending the pot to Dickinson.
Jeremy Wien opened to 5,000 from the cutoff and the big blind called.
The flop came and both players tapped the table.
The turn was a and the big blind bet for 6,000. Wien raised to 16,000 and the big blind called.
On the river, the big blind checked and Wien put out a bet of 35,000. The big blind went into the tank and eventually raised to 75,000. Wien then put his opponent all in for roughly 100,000 more and the big blind snapped it off.
The big blind turned over for a full house but it wasn't enough as Wien tabled for a better boat to take himself to a half-million and eliminate the big blind.