Bryan "smbdySUCKme" Piccioli Leads 38 Players After WSOP Online Main Event Day 2
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It promised to become a new milestone for online poker and it absolutely delivered on its promise. Event #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event drew a total of 5,082 players to smash the $25M guarantee and create a total prize pool of $27,559,500 — the biggest-ever in online poker history.
At the start of Day 2, 1,171 players were still in contention, vying for one of the 728 money spots first before focusing their sights on the jaw-dropping $3,904,686 first-place prize for the champion, to be awarded on Saturday, September 5. Over the course of 12 hours, the group of 1,171 got whittled down all the way to a mere 38 who each have $39,214 already guaranteed to show for their respective deep runs.
Leading the way after the long day is Bryan "smbdySUCKme" Piccioli originally from Allegany, NY but residing in Las Vegas, NV, who amassed 18,417,494 to bag the biggest stack of the night. Piccioli is no stranger to running deep in WSOP Main Events; in 2017, he finished sixth for a career-best score of $1,675,000. He'll eclipse that figure by finishing third or better in this event.
The American, who wreaked havoc as "theczar19" back in the days, has been fully invested in the online summer WSOP series and has been playing on both WSOP sites, first racking up 14 cashes on WSOP.com in Nevada before relocating to play on GGPoker where this will be his sixth — and biggest — cash for a total of 20 overall.
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WSOP Online Main Event Day 2 - Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Bryan "smbdySUCKme" Piccioli||United States||18,417,494|
|2||Michael "All Love" Kane||United Kingdom||15,907,969|
|3||Stoyan "Nirvana76" Madanzhiev||Bulgaria||15,299,783|
|5||Craig Timmis||United Kingdom||12,809,181|
|6||Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt||Switzerland||11,681,173|
|8||Benjamin Rolle||United Kingdom||10,789,181|
|10||Joao "Petronio" Santos||Brazil||10,433,786|
Rolle, Schillhabel, Lauck in Contention
While Piccioli may have claimed pole position going into the final day, there's plenty of poker talent waiting in the wings to take a shot at the $3.9 million on top. The American's nearest challenger is Michael "All Love" Kane (15,907,969), a Scotsman playing from Cyprus with nearly $700K in lifetime results. The top 3 is rounded out by Bulgaria's Stoyan "Nirvana76" Madanzhiev, who will return with 15,299,783.
Notables left include Craig Timmis (12,809,181), Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt (11,681,173), Benjamin Rolle (10,789,181), who's well-known under his alias "Bencb789", Stefan "Shilli33" Schillhabel (8,412,841), Jonas "rddkpp1" Lauck (6,118,751), Phachara Wongwichit (5,153,525), Chris Brewer (4,908,096), Samuel Vousden (4,241,694), Michael "MiguelFiesta" Lech (4,192,636), Freek "Jeff Pesos" Scholten (2,248,788), and Alexander "John Marston" Trofimov (1,602,207). In addition, there are still six unknown nicknames among the final 38, so another big name could possibly emerge from the shadows.
No Money for Hellmuth & Holz
On Day 2, the field obviously shed almost all of its remaining hopefuls including start-of-the-day chip leader Kahle Burns, who kept pacing the field during the earlier parts of the day. Eventually, Burns busted in 52nd place after reshoving king-jack into ace-queen and not improving. Other players that noted deep runs included Chi Zhang (58th - $30,776), Sam Greenwood (76th - $30,776), Conor Beresford (85th - $27,675), Shankar Pillai (99th - $27,675), Isaac Haxton (121st - $24,886), and Mike Leah (128th - $24,886).
Natural8's Pete Chen finished 596th for $13,160, while GGPoker Ambassadors Fedor Holz and Felipe Ramos made Day 2 but finished outside of the money. Phil Hellmuth was looking for a third WSOP Main Event cash in a row, but came up inches short by busting just 20 spots before the money.
Finished about 750th (5802 entries) in @WSOP Main Event on @GGPokerOfficial: 728 getting paid. Not happy to bust ou… https://t.co/UjJc9FX48C— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
The remaining 38 will take a six-day hiatus to prepare themselves for the massive final day, which will start on Saturday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. UTC. Cards will be back in the air presumably at the start of Level 18 with blinds at 125,000/250,000 and an ante of 30,000. Levels will be 40 minutes until the final table, where they'll switch to play a yet to be announced # of hands instead.
WSOP Online Main Event Final Table Payouts
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