Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
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Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 2abc Completed

Gavin Munroe Leads After Day 2abc in Event #70: $10,000 Main Event World Championship

ajlamers • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Gavin Munroe
Gavin Munroe

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

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Gavin MunroeUnited States1,061,500425
2Karim RebeiFrance932,000373
3Nick HowardUnited States810,500324
4Ariya IwatoUnited States755,500302
5Steven StolzenfeldUnited States708,500283
6Ayaz MahmoodUnited States618,000247
7Franco GaspariniUnited Kingdom584,000234
8Sergio CastelluccioItaly570,500228
9Aliaksandr ShylkoBelarus558,500223
10Richard LeeUnited States555,500222

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."

Karim Rebei bagged up the second biggest stack on Day 2abc
Karim Rebei bagged up the second biggest stack on Day 2abc

Players Advancing in the 2022 WSOP Main Event

DateDayEntriesAdvancing
July 3rdDay 1a896631
July 4thDay 1b879634
July 5thDay 1c1,8601,376
July 6thDay 1d4,3703,294
July 7thDay 2abc2,641+1481,262

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.

Phil Hellmuth Entrance
Phil Hellmuth Entrance

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."

Kelly Minkin bagged 363,500 chips for Day 3 while seven months pregnant
Kelly Minkin bagged 363,500 chips for Day 3 while seven months pregnant

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.

Tags: Andrew LichtenbergerBen HeathGavin MunroeJason KoonJeff Frerichs'Joe CadaJoe McKeehenJustin BonomoKarim RebeiKelly MinkinKevin MartinMartin JacobsonParis Las VegasPhil HellmuthQui NguyenRyan RiessShawn SmithStephen Chidwick

Play Has Ended

will_shill • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

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.

Official End of Day 2abc Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Gavin Munroe us
Gavin Munroe
us 1,061,500 161,500
Karim Rebei dz
Karim Rebei
dz 932,000 -18,000
Nick Howard US
Nick Howard
US 810,500 110,500
Ariya Iwato US
Ariya Iwato
US 755,500 55,500
Steven Stolzenfeld us
Steven Stolzenfeld
us 708,500 8,500
Ayaz Mahmood us
Ayaz Mahmood
us 618,000 108,000
Franco Gasparini GB
Franco Gasparini
GB 584,000 64,000
Sergio Castelluccio it
Sergio Castelluccio
it 570,500 505,500
Aliaksandr Shylko by
Aliaksandr Shylko
by 558,500 28,500
Richard Lee US
Richard Lee
US 555,500 80,500
Joseph Neiman us
Joseph Neiman
us 553,500 38,500
Shelby Wells us
Shelby Wells
us 550,500 115,500
Daniel Chalifour us
Daniel Chalifour
us 543,000 383,600
Jin Kim us
Jin Kim
us 535,000 535,000
Dennis Wilke de
Dennis Wilke
de 534,000 484,000
Wesley Fei cn
Wesley Fei
cn 533,000 65,000
Jimmy D'Ambrosio us
Jimmy D'Ambrosio
us 531,500 46,500
Jason DeWitt us
Jason DeWitt
us 529,000 465,800
Zilong Zhang us
Zilong Zhang
us 525,500 -149,500
Andrew Brinkley us
Andrew Brinkley
us 521,500 410,500
Vasile Mindrean CA
Vasile Mindrean
CA 519,500 321,400
Phuoc Nguyen us
Phuoc Nguyen
us 512,000 307,000
Lloyd Dickinson US
Lloyd Dickinson
US 509,000 41,000
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 506,000 46,000
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 505,000 -35,000

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Bergeron Calls for His Tournament Life

Kirk.brown • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

On a heads-up turn board of {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, Takuma Bergeron checked to Brian Hastings in the hijack, who then bet 35,000 and Bergeron called.

The river was the {q-Diamonds} 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 {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and Bergeron proudly turned over {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} to win a big pot before the day's end.

Takuma Bergeron CA
Takuma Bergeron
CA 320,000 257,600
Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 70,000 -200,000

Tags: Takuma BergeronBrian Hastings

Eolis Gets It In Good; Can't Fade the Suckout

NicholasBaltz • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Wendeen Eolis
Wendeen Eolis

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.

Wendeen Eolis: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Zack Brassfield: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Eolis was way in front with her cowboys, but the {9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} flop gave Brassfield the lead. The turn {5-Clubs} and river {q-Clubs} 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.

You can read a featured article about her here.

Zack Brassfield US
Zack Brassfield
US 250,000 250,000
Tolga Gesli us
Tolga Gesli
us 200,000 106,400
Wendeen Eolis us
Wendeen Eolis
us Busted

Tags: Wendeen EolisZack Brassfield

Four More Hands

gaellej • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

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.

Double Up for Burkhart

gaellej • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Jacqueline Burkhart
Jacqueline Burkhart

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:

Jacqueline Burkhart: {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Steven Stolzenfeld: {a-Spades}{7-Spades}

Burkhart had to win the flip for her tournament's life, which she did after the board showed {6-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Spades}, improving her hand into a full house.

"It's a birthday boat!" celebrated Burkhart before racking up the pot.

Steven Stolzenfeld us
Steven Stolzenfeld
us 700,000 20,000
Jacqueline Burkhart us
Jacqueline Burkhart
us 43,000 6,000

Tags: Jacqueline BurkhartSteven Stolzenfeld

Wien Goes Boat-Over-Boat to Hit 500,000

blaisebourgeois • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Jeremy Wien
Jeremy Wien

Jeremy Wien opened to 5,000 from the cutoff and the big blind called.

The flop came {k-}{10-}{10-} and both players tapped the table.

The turn was a {3-} and the big blind bet for 6,000. Wien raised to 16,000 and the big blind called.

On the {7-} 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 {3-}{3-} for a full house but it wasn't enough as Wien tabled {k-}{k-} for a better boat to take himself to a half-million and eliminate the big blind.

Jeremy Wien us
Jeremy Wien
us 500,000 180,000

Tags: Jeremy Wien