2017 World Series of Poker

Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
Day: 2
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2017 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
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Prize Pool
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50,000 / 100,000

Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

Day 2 Completed

Kenny Hallaert Leads the Final 18 After Day 2

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Kenny Hallaert
Kenny Hallaert

Tables were once again filled by six-packs of players on Monday for Day 2 of Event #36: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed. The day began with 191 hopefuls and after ten more hour-long levels, just 18 remain.

Many of poker’s best entered play on Day 2, led by Faraz Jaka. Jaka had another solid day on the felt, bagging 1,213,000. Jaka led for a large portion of the day until he was eclipsed by 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert.

Hallaert tangled with fellow big stack Moritz Dietrich in a preflop blind versus blind battle ending with a six-bet jam from Dietrich which Hallaert snap-called. Hallaert’s pocket aces held to beat Dietrich’s ace-king suited, catapulting Hallaert to the top, and eliminating Dietrich.

Hallaert ended play with 1,767,000 to claim the lead heading into Day 3. Sitting second in chips is Chris Hunichen with 1,622,000 while Nadar Kakhmazov (1,262,000), Jaka (1,213,000), Rob Kuhn (1,041,000), and Dan Abouaf (1,041,000) round out the top five.

Also heading to Day 3 are Sam Soverel (845,000), Garrett Greer (626,000), James Obst (585,000),Jonathan Jaffe (442,000), and Mike Leah (246,000).

Players returned on Day 2 quite far from the money as just 87 would get paid. Notables lost along the way before the bubble burst include Nick Petrangelo, Antonio Esfandiari, Mohsin Charania, Greg Merson, Pablo Mariz, and 888poker ambassador and recent $3k 6-Max WSOP bracelet winner Chris Moorman.

Once Joseph Alban busted, getting his pocket kings cracked by Christian Rudolph’s ace-jack, on the bubble, the floodgates opened and the post-bubble bust-out bonanza kicked into overdrive.

Michael Mizrachi (31st - $13,159), Adam Owen (40th - $11,187), Ankush Mandavia (47th - $9,756), Dario Sammartino (49th - $8,734), Jonathan Little (59th - $8,031),John Racener (62nd - $8,031),James Mackey (74th - $7,591), and Sergi Reixach (75th - $7,591) are just some of the notables leaving with some consolation during play today.

Play will resume with Day 3 action kicking off at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. In all likelihood, the remaining players will play down a winner but a fourth day may be required if ten more hour-long levels are not enough. Stay tuned to PokerNews for live coverage as we will be on the floor updating the live blog until a new WSOP champion is crowned.

Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Dan AbouafFrance1,041,00087
12Christopher StaatsUnited States427,00036
13Sam SoverelUnited States865,00072
14Nadar KakhmazovRussia1,262,000105
15Mohsin ViraniUnited States449,00037
16James ObstAustralia585,00049
21Giuseppe PantaleoGermany585,00049
22Louis LinardFrance268,00022
23Chris HunichenUnited States1,622,000135
24Christian RudolphGermany1,005,90084
25Garrett GreerUnited States626,00052
26Robert KuhnUnited States1,041,00087
31Faraz JakaUnited States1,213,000101
32Jacob HallerUnited States651,00054
33Mike LeahCanada246,00021
34Timothy CramerUnited States210,00018
35Jonathan JaffeUnited States442,00037
36Kenny HallaertBelgium1,767,000147

Tags: Adam OwenAnkush MandaviaAntonio EsfandiariChris HunichenDan AbouafFaraz JakaGarrett GreerJames ObstJonathan JaffeKenny HallaertMichael MizrachiMike LeahMoritz DietrichNadar KakhmazovSam Soverel

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

The chip counts for the 18 remaining players who will return for Day 3 are as follows:

Player Chips Progress
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
1,767,000 187,000
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
1,622,000 -298,000
Nadar Kakhmazov ru
Nadar Kakhmazov
1,262,000 -18,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
1,213,000 293,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Abouaf fr
Dan Abouaf
1,041,000 -39,000
Rob Kuhn us
Rob Kuhn
1,041,000 311,000
Christian Rudolph de
Christian Rudolph
1,005,000 728,000
Sam Soverel us
Sam Soverel
865,000 205,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Jacob Haller us
Jacob Haller
651,000 651,000
Garrett Greer us
Garrett Greer
626,000 381,000
Giuseppe Pantaleo de
Giuseppe Pantaleo
585,000 115,000
WSOP 1X Winner
James Obst au
James Obst
585,000 205,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Mohsin Virani us
Mohsin Virani
449,000 -81,000
Jonathan Jaffe us
Jonathan Jaffe
442,000 150,000
Christopher Staats us
Christopher Staats
427,000 52,000
Louis Linard fr
Louis Linard
268,000 18,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
246,000 -94,000
WSOP 1X Winner

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Kenny Hallaert Stacks Olivier Busquet

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Olivier Busquet
Olivier Busquet

With about 55,000 chips already in the middle and the board reading {Q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts}, Olivier Busquet checked to his lone opponent, Kenny Hallaert on the button. Hallaert bet 31,000 and Busquet check-raised to 80,000. Hallaert called.

The turn brought the {J-Diamonds} and Busquet and Hallaert got all the chips in the middle, Hallaert with the larger of the two stacks. Busquet tabled {Q-Diamonds}{9-}, but was drawing dead against Hallaert's {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} for top set, so Hallaert took the pot to end Busquet's deep run in this event.

Player Chips Progress
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
1,580,000 180,000
Olivier Busquet us
Olivier Busquet

Tags: Kenny HallaertOlivier Busquet

Four More Hands

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

The clock has been paused on Day 2 and each table will play four more hands before bagging for the night.

Louis Linard Doubles Through Nadar Kakhmazov

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante

Louis Linard got all his chips in the middle before the flop against Nadar Kakhmazov, who had him covered by a wide margin.

Linard: {A-Hearts}{6-Clubs}
Kakhmazov: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}

Linard had the preflop advantage and Kakhmazov needed to improve in order to send Linard home. The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} to give Linard the double-up.

Player Chips Progress
Nadar Kakhmazov ru
Nadar Kakhmazov
1,280,000 -20,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Louis Linard fr
Louis Linard
250,000 250,000

Tags: Nadar KakhmazovLouis Linard

Chris Hunichen Eliminates Jesse Sylvia

Level 20 : 5,000/10,000, 1,000 ante
Chris Hunichen
Chris Hunichen

With about 70,000 already in the middle and the board reading {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}, Christian Rudolph checked from the big blind, Jesse Sylvia checked from under the gun, and Chris Hunichen checked behind on the button.

The turn brought the {K-Spades} and all three players checked.

The {10-Diamonds} fell on the river and action checked around to Hunichen, who bet 165,000. Rudolph quickly folded and Sylvia check-raised all in for a total of 364,000, sending Hunichen into the tank.

"This is sick," said Hunichen after nearly three minutes. "The only way you can be bluffing is if you just think I'm bluffing."

After about five minutes total, Hunichen called. Sylvia tabled {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}, but Hunichen flipped over {J-Spades}{10-Spades} for trip tens to win the pot and send Sylvia to the cage.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Hunichen us
Chris Hunichen
1,920,000 900,000
Jesse Sylvia us
Jesse Sylvia

Tags: Chris HunichenJesse Sylvia