The 28 players who started the day’s play in the latest $1,500 NLHE event were too many to get through in a single day and the hard stop rule was enforced with just two remaining. Neil Willerson was battling Vladimir Mefodichev for over an hour before they hit the end of play for the day and they might be at it for a while tomorrow to.
Willerson has a 2:1 chip lead but Mefodichev still has 40 big blinds so there’s plenty of time to get back into it. They’ll play down to a winner of the tournament with the biggest field so far starting back at 2 pm tomorrow.
In the $1,000 NLHE event labelled as event 54, there were 265 players coming back for day 2 and today we got down to the final 15. The chip leader is Will Jaffe on almost 2M with the blinds at 6k/12k. His nearest rival is Ken Fishman on 1.4M and then Jason Tompkins on 900k. Also still in is David Baker. They’ll be coming back to play down to a winner from 1 pm tomorrow.
In the Big One for One Drop the big guns were firing all day and now they’re down to a final table of 8. Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Galfond all went out in quick succession in the 30s, while Phil Ivey could only hang on until 26th place when his QQ fell victim to Gruissem’s A8s all-in pre-flop. The final 9 all received $1.1M, and the unluckiest bubble boy in history was Ilya Bulychev who fell at the hands of Sam Trickett. From there, Mike Sexton was eliminated in 9th place and we had our official final table. Antonio Esfandiari is the chip leader after having won a massive pot against Jason Mercier where he got AA in pre-flop against Mercier’s KK and raked in 22M chips when the board ran out blank for Mercier.
Behind Esfandiari in the chips counts are in descending order: Sam Trickett, Guy Laliberte, Brian Rast, Phil Hellmuth, David Einhorn, Richard Yong, and Bobby Baldwin. If Hellmuth wins bracelet number 13 tomorrow, we may never hear the end of it!
Elsewhere in the Rio yesterday, the grinders and those eliminated from One Drop took their seats at a $1,500 NLHE which started at 12 pm. It drew a field of 2798 players and by the end of play that number was chopped to 305. Vanessa Rousso was straight back to work after winning her second bracelet but busted on day one, as did Joe Cada, Vanessa Rousso and a host of other big names. Daniel Negreanu had a good day chipping up to 57,000 but they’re all chasing Donald Vogel who sites on 145,000 at the end of play. Action picks up at 1 pm tomorrow.
Also tomorrow, the $10,000 Shorthanded NLHE Championship kicks off in the afternoon, with a $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha hi/lo event starting in the evening.
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