AU$2,200 Main Event
AU$2,200 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Alex Lynskey Leads Day 2 of the WSOPC Sydney Main Event

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Alex Lynskey Bags Chip Lead After Day 2
Alex Lynskey Bags Chip Lead After Day 2

Day 2 of the WSOP International Circuit Sydney Main Event has come to an end and there are just 27 players remaining. Leading the way is Australia's Alex Lynskey, who is in the hunt for his first WSOP circuit ring, which would fit quite nicely to a resume that some poker players could only dream of, including a 7th place finish at this year's WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for $1,500,000.

Lynskey bagged up 3,055,000, edging out John Sormi (2,735,000) and Irishman Ray Bryant (2,355,000) for top honours. Lynskey’s most memorable hand came when he clashed with England’s Brandon Sheils. Lynskey moved all in on the river with the board showing {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts} and was holding {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. Sheils tank-called with {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} and was knocked out. That moved Lynskey to 1.2 million and he used that momentum to build his large stack. Other big stacks that will be moving on to Day 3 include Rahul Rastogi (2,320,000) and Justin Layden (2,035,000) who round out the top five with stacks above two million.

There are plenty of big names still in the hunt including recent WSOPC High Roller winner Luke Martinelli (1,710,000), Ricky Kroesen (1,780,000), Joel Dodds (1,690,000), Stevan Chew (1,185,000), Peco Stajonovski (1,030,000), Sam Capra (1,555,000) and Michael Fraser (1,325,000).

Michael Fraser - Sam Capra
Michael Fraser - Sam Capra

At one stage earlier in the day, with blinds at 6,000/12,000, Capra sat with just 11,000 in chips. He was able to spin that up to finish just outside the top ten stacks when play ended. Fraser is making back-to-back deep runs in the WSOPC Sydney Main Event after last year finishing runner-up to Michael Kanaan. He’ll be hoping to go one better in two days time.

Chris Wookey
Chris Wookey

230 players returned today with 135 making the money. Chris Wookey would ultimately become the bubble boy after his aces were cracked by Mark Yazbeck’s pocket nines after a nine spiked on the flop. From there not all of the fan favorites were fortunate enough to survive to the day's end but still profited with a cash. Among the fallen were Jeff Lisandro (131st), Michel Bouskila (124th), Jarred Graham (122nd), Heidi May (119th), Sean Dunwmoodie (102nd), Corey Kempson (94,000), Daniel Laidlaw (71st), James Broom (53rd), Mladen Vukovic (38th), Suzy Khoueis (30th) and Shivan Abdine (29th).

The final 27 players will return to the poker room at The Star on Sunday, 16 December at 12.30pm local time to resume Day 3 and play down to the final table. Blinds will be continuing on Level 23 at 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante. The plan is to play down to the final table, however long that takes, with 10-min breaks every two 60-minute levels and a 30-min dinner break after Level nine.

WSOPC Sydney Final 27 Seat Draw

SeatTable 29Table 30Table 32
1John SormiDion MavrangelosMichael Fraser
2Henry TranDominick FrenchJoel Dodds
3Luke MartinelliLio SegreRichard Davis
4Javad EtaatVictor TengSam Capra
5Alexis TremblayJoel CohenMichael Seymour
6Rob DamelianMatt PongrassMichael Nenes
7Alex LynskeyStevan ChewRay Byrant
8Peco StojanovskiRahul RastogiJustin Layden
9Cameron ChenBarry ForresterRicky Kroesen

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all the highlights of the action so join us then as we see who has what it takes to walk the road to the final table.

Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 3,055,000 1,525,000
John Sormi au
John Sormi
au 2,735,000 2,628,000
Raymond Bryant IE
Raymond Bryant
IE 2,355,000 880,000
Rahul Rastogi au
Rahul Rastogi
au 2,320,000 -345,000
Justin Layden au
Justin Layden
au 2,035,000
Matt Pongrass au
Matt Pongrass
au 1,840,000 340,000
Ricky Kroesen au
Ricky Kroesen
au 1,780,000
Luke Martinelli au
Luke Martinelli
au 1,710,000 -50,000
Joel Dodds au
Joel Dodds
au 1,690,000 -398,000
Dion Maurangelos AU
Dion Maurangelos
AU 1,570,000
Sam Capra au
Sam Capra
au 1,555,000 -130,000
Michael Fraser au
Michael Fraser
au 1,325,000 600,000
Cameron Chen AU
Cameron Chen
AU 1,265,000
Stevan Chew au
Stevan Chew
au 1,185,000 994,000
Michael Seymour au
Michael Seymour
au 1,160,000 100,000
Peco Stojanovski au
Peco Stojanovski
au 1,030,000 -50,000
Richard Davis au
Richard Davis
au 995,000
Victor Teng au
Victor Teng
au 995,000 -65,000
Henry Tran ca
Henry Tran
ca 955,000 -25,000
Joel Cohen au
Joel Cohen
au 900,000 -472,000
Rob Damelian AU
Rob Damelian
AU 860,000 110,000
Barry Forrester au
Barry Forrester
au 815,000 -235,000
Lior Segre au
Lior Segre
au 585,000
Javad Etaat au
Javad Etaat
au 560,000 -1,240,000
Alexis Tremblay AU
Alexis Tremblay
AU 525,000 366,000

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Ruha's Elimination Ends Play For the Day

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Sam Ruha
Sam Ruha

Sam Ruha was all in for 70,000 preflop and was up against two opponents, one of which was Joel Cohen.

Both live players checked down the {6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts}{6-Spades}{a-Hearts} board before Cohen tabled {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for two pair on the river.

Ruha reluctantly tabled his {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} before exiting in 28th place.

The remaining 27 players will bag for the night and return tomorrow with five minutes left in level 23.

Stay tuned for an end of day wrap shortly.

Sam Ruha au
Sam Ruha
au Busted

Tags: Joel CohenSam Ruha

Capra Chips Up Against Seymour

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Michael Seymour raised to 65,000 from the button. Sam Capra then re-raised to 165,000 from the big blind. Seymour called.

The flop came {k-Spades}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and Capra slid out 160,000. Seymour called shortly after.

Both players then checked the {q-Spades} on the turn followed by the {6-Diamonds} on the river.

Capra tabled his {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} and took down the pot after Seymour mucked his hand.

Sam Capra au
Sam Capra
au 1,685,000 1,173,000
Michael Seymour au
Michael Seymour
au 1,060,000 495,000

Tags: Michael SeymourSam Capra

Martinelli Eliminates Endersby

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Luke Martinelli
Luke Martinelli

Travis Endersby raised to 85,000 from under the gun plus one and was called by Luke Martinelli in the hijack.

The flop came {10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and Endersby bet 135,000. Martinelli called.

The {2-Spades} dropped on the turn and Endersby moved all in 475,000 and was snap-called by Martinelli who had him covered.

"You got a flush?" asked Endersby before Martinelli turned over his {a-Spades}{q-Spades} for the nut flush. "The flush," stated Endersby after realising, before flipping over his {k-Spades}{k-Hearts} which was drawing dead.

The meaningless {7-Clubs} completed the board and Martinelli was awarded the pot.

Luke Martinelli au
Luke Martinelli
au 1,760,000 340,000
Travis Endersby au
Travis Endersby
au Busted

Tags: Luke MartinelliTravis Endersby

Rastogi Storms to the Front After Eliminating Zhang

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Rahul Rastogi
Rahul Rastogi

Haoran Zhang raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and was called by Rahul Rastogi in the big blind.

The flop came {2-Clubs}{5-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Rastogi checked. Zhang continued for 40,000. Rastogi called.

The turn dropped the {k-Diamonds} and Rastogi checked again. Zhang then moved all in for 346,000. Rastogi asked for a count then called a minute later.

Rahul Rastogi: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Haoran Zhang: {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Rastogi had turned the best hand making a pair. Zhang was now drawing to a jack to make a straight but the {6-Spades} on the river wouldn't see that happen and Zhang was sent to the rail.

Rahul Rastogi au
Rahul Rastogi
au 2,515,000 715,000
Haoran Zhang cn
Haoran Zhang
cn Busted

Tags: Haoran ZhangRahul Rastogi

Vukovic Doubles Pongrass; Gets Eliminated by Kroesen in Following Hand

Mateusz_Pater • Level 23: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Mladen Vukovic
Mladen Vukovic

In the space of two hands just before the break Mladen Vukovic was eliminated from the tournament.

In the first hand Vukovic raised from under the gun and was called by Matt Pongrass in the big blind.

The flop came {a-}{9-}{4-} and Pongrass checked. Vukovic bet 40,000. Pongrass called.

The turn brought the {2-} and Pongrass check-called another bet totalling 225,000.

The {j-} completed the board and Pongrass made it three checks in a row. Vukovic shoved for just under a million having Pongrass covered. He snap-called.

Vukovic tabled {a-}{9-} for two pair but had been rivered by Pongrass who made a better two pair holding {a-}{j-}.

The next hand Ricky Kroesen raised to 50,000 from middle position. Pongrass called from the small blind. Vukovic then shoved for his last 500,000 from the big blind. Kroesen came over the top for 1,400,000. Pongrass opted to release his {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}.

Kroesen: {a-}{a-}
Vukovic: {8-}{8-}

No help would come for Vukovic as he was sent to the rail. Kroesen moved to over two million in chips after the hand.

Ricky Kroesen au
Ricky Kroesen
au 2,100,000
Matt Pongrass au
Matt Pongrass
au 1,500,000 350,000
Mladen Vukovic au
Mladen Vukovic
au Busted

Tags: Matt PongrassMladen VukovicRicky Kroesen