Day 2a completed
Day 2a completed
After the start of Day 2a of Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold’em had been delayed by almost two hours, action finally kicked off with 1,580 players returning to the tables out of the 6,095 entries on the first out of four starting flights. After eight levels of play, Mikhail Vilkov claimed the chip lead with 3,475,000 in chips.
This is Vilkov’s fourth cash on the WSOP Circuit already but he will be looking to improve on what he has right now. Joshua Thibodaux follows Vilkov closely in the chip counts with 3,215,000. He got some of those chips when his four-bet was called by his opponent while he held pocket aces. All the chips went over the line when he shoved on the four-king-nine flop and was called by the pocket jacks. Thibodaux held on to his lead to take his stack to over 3 million.
Other notable players who have bagged big include Amer Torbey, Yuliyan Kolev, and Amit Makhija. Also in the mix are Upeshka De Silva, Diogo Veiga, and Joseph Di Rosa Rojas who have all won bracelets before and probably wouldn’t mind adding another one to their collection. Players like Matt Glantz, Ismael Bojang, and Tony Miles are through but have some work ahead of them as they bagged a below average stack.
There was no hand-for-hand play before the bubble as it burst when the tournament clock was paused. Three players were eliminated in the final hand and they would split $1,500 among themselves evenly. The rest of the field all cashed for at least $750.
Not everyone made it to Day 3 and were eliminated throughout the day, some of them cashing, some of them not. These notable players like Roberly Felicio, Antoine Saout, Greg Mueller, Jonathan Tamayo, Steven van Zadelhoff, Maurice Hawkins, Jacob Baumgartner, Loni Harwood, and the Massey brothers, Aaron and Ralph.
When the players return for Day 3 on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. local time, they will be combined with all the surviving players from Day 2b, 2c, and 2d. Day 2b will take place on Saturday, June 1 and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. while Day 1c is also taking place. Day 1d will be the last chance for players to make it to a second day.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be there throughout the whole event to bring you all the action from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and this record-breaking tournament.
The players have bagged up for Day 3. A selection of end-of-day chip counts and the recap of today's action is to follow.
The tournament clock has been paused and the players need to play four more hands before they can bag and tag their chips for Day 3.
On a flop of the player in the small blind moved all in for his remaining 520,000 into a pot of 200,000 and Justin Powell in the big blind snap called. The player in the button tanked for a long time before folding face-up.
The board ran out giving Powell a flush on the river and eliminating another player as he builds his chip lead to 4 million in chips.
Powell then said, "I snap-called because I didn't notice he had 100,000 chips".
Joshua Thibodaux raised to 60,000 from under the gun and action folded to the button who three-bet to 150,000. The blinds quickly folded and Thibodaux four-bet to 360,000. The button called.
The flop came down , Thibodaux shoved and his opponent snap-called with the shorter stack.
The rest of the board was completed with the and the for Thibodaux to hold and eliminate his opponent to take him to over 3,000,000 in chips.
Tim Reilly raised to 60,000 from under the gun and Ivan Uzunov three-bet to 170,000 from the lojack. Action folded back to Reilly who took a few seconds and then asked the dealer to confirm how much the three-bet was for. The dealer confirmed the amount and Reilly decided to shove. Uzunov looked at his cards once more before he called for the 860,000 he had behind.
The board ran out for Uzunov to hold with the pocket rockets to double up and leave Reilly behind with just 200,000 chips.
On the flop of and already a big pot the player in the small blind moved all in and Derrick Hurtt made the call.
The turn and river came and it was no help to his opponent. Hurtt is inflicting pain on his opponents and now sits among the leaders in chips.
The player in early position opened and was called by Anton Morgenstern on the button and the player in the big blind.
The flop came on which both of Morgenstern's opponents checked. He decided to bet 75,000, the big blind raised to 275,000 and the other player got out of their way. Morgenstern jammed for a million and the big blind called with the slightly shorter stack.
The rest of the board was completed with the on the turn and the on the river to seal the deal en give Morgenstern another bustout to his name.