Eoin Starr Surges Late to Lead of Final Nine of Huge PokerNews Cup
Day 2 of the Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series Event #55 2022 PokerNews Cup $1,100 has reached its end after about 11 hours of play. The day began with 156 hopefuls out of a field of 1,245 and ended with the final table of nine.
The chip leader of the final nine is Ireland's Eoin Starr with 8,850,000. He collected the majority of his stack on the hand of the night where Thomas Hayward jammed an overpair into his flopped trips which gave Starr a huge pot and send Hayward out the door after he had previously been chip leader not long before that.
Forrest Kollar finished with the second largest stack with 7,125,000 after he had a surge late in the night to become one of the forces in the tournament. Right behind him in third is David Von Schnehen with 7,025,000. Von Schnehen showed a lot of aggression with two tables left as he was often involved in interesting pots, many of them he won to swell his stack.
After the top three, there was a significant gap in chips as the fourth-place stack, Steven Sarmiento has nearly three-times fewer chips than third place. The rest of the pack finished clumped together as the bottom six stacks were all within 600,000 of each other, one of them being well-known Scott Stewart.
PokerNews Cup Final Table Seat Assignments
|FT||1||Gary Gelman||United States||2,575,000||21|
|FT||2||Steven Sarmiento||United States||2,650,000||21|
|FT||3||Forrest Kollar||United States||7,125,000||57|
|FT||4||Patrick Caulfield||United States||2,400,000||19|
|FT||6||Scott Stewart||United States||2,375,000||19|
|FT||7||David Von Schnehen||United Kingdom||7,025,000||56|
|FT||8||Levi Klump||United States||2,175,000||17|
The day started with 156 players, with everyone in the money and with many short stacks kicking about, the eliminations came fast and furious. The field was trimmed by half by the first break after just two hours and things would not slow down from there.
Some of the notables eliminated early in the day included; Patrick Tardif (104th), Irene Carey (73rd) and Dmitri Nobles (42nd).
After a dinner break, the stakes would get higher and the pots would get bigger as the field reached the final four tables. Harry Lodge (31st), Christopher Ahrens (18th) and Joon Kim (12th) were among those to depart before Hayward’s dramatic bust out and Marius Kudzmanas was the last to go in tenth before the final table was reached.
Each of the returning players are guaranteed $20,275 for their efforts but the champion takes home a bankroll-boosting $202,725 thanks to the massive $1,207,650 prize pool the 1,245 entrants created.
PokerNews will provide updates based on the stream. So stay tuned for the conclusion of this event.