Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
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Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2d completed

Lynskey, Reategui Among Big Stacks at the End of Day 2d

• Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Alex Lynskey bagged one of the larger stacks
Alex Lynskey bagged one of the larger stacks

Day 2d has come to a close and with 2,925,000 in chips, Zachary Ackley has claimed the overnight chip lead. Dennis Brinn is hot on his heels with 2,745,000 in chips, and Rick Trigg (2,695,000), Wilburn Hutcheson (2,620,000), Albert Bragg (2,500,000), and David Frenkel (2,450,000) round out the top 6. Bracelet winner Anthony Reategui also found himself high up the leaderboard with 2,355,000 in chips.

The day started with 2,110 returning players; by the time the last hand was completed that number was whittled down to 553 players, who will be joining the remaining players that survived the other three flights. A total of 1,597 out of the record-breaking field of 28,371 players have made it to the third day.

With 1,369 players making the money, James Ray managed to earn a cash without playing a single hand all day having never returned for Day 2d. By the time play was on the money bubble, Ray's stack had dwindled down to just 4,000, which was just enough to scrape into the money when the bubble burst.

There were many notables in the flight, including last year's Main Event final tablist Alex Lynskey (2,000,000), Eric "BarstoolNate" Nathan (1,945,000), James Calderaro (1,635,000), Joe Serock (1,550,000), Jeff Madsen (1,275,000), Alex Foxen (1,050,000), Harry Arutyunyan (930,000), Ravi Raghavan (905,000), Neil Blumenfield (735,000), Loni Harwood (635,000), and Eddy Sabat (355,000), all of whom will be returning for Day 3. Others such as Kelly Minkin and Massoud Eskandari cashed but will not be returning, with Minkin busting late in the day.

Day 3 will off on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. local time with the field finally joining for the first time, and the PokerNews team will be there from the first hand to the last, bringing you all the updates.

Tags: Adam WaltonAlex FoxenAlex LynskeyDavid EndaEddy SabatHarry ArutyunyanHuiwen LiuJames CalderaroJames RayJeff MadsenJoe SerockKelly MinkinLoni HarwoodMassoud EskandariNeil BlumenfieldRavi Raghavan

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Zachary Ackley us
Zachary Ackley
us 2,925,000 2,452,000
Dennis Brinn US
Dennis Brinn
US 2,745,000 2,026,000
Rick Trigg gb
Rick Trigg
gb 2,690,000 290,000
Gabriel Edling FR
Gabriel Edling
FR 2,680,000 2,147,000
Wilburn Hutcheson US
Wilburn Hutcheson
US 2,620,000 2,619,999
Albert Bragg us
Albert Bragg
us 2,500,000 2,047,000
David Frenkel IL
David Frenkel
IL 2,450,000 550,000
Adam Walton us
Adam Walton
us 2,450,000 1,981,000
Glenn Matthews US
Glenn Matthews
US 2,400,000 2,156,000
Anthony Reategui us
Anthony Reategui
us 2,355,000 485,000
Jeff Banghart us
Jeff Banghart
us 2,235,000 1,874,000
DeeAngelo Seng US
DeeAngelo Seng
US 2,230,000 1,230,000
Yan Li cn
Yan Li
cn 2,200,000 1,659,000
Jacek Pustula pl
Jacek Pustula
pl 2,130,000 1,890,000
Kevin Ho us
Kevin Ho
us 2,045,000 1,804,000
Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 2,000,000
David Enda us
David Enda
us 1,970,000 1,616,000
Christopher Miller us
Christopher Miller
us 1,970,000 1,970,000
Benjamin Mccoy us
Benjamin Mccoy
us 1,965,000 1,750,000
Jared Kawalsky us
Jared Kawalsky
us 1,945,000 1,434,000
Eric Nathan us
Eric Nathan
us 1,945,000 1,027,000
Lilian Blinn US
Lilian Blinn
US 1,935,000 135,000
James Oestreich US
James Oestreich
US 1,900,000 1,645,000
Kevin O'Donnell us
Kevin O'Donnell
us 1,900,000 1,127,000
DID NOT REPORT 7 US
DID NOT REPORT 7
US 1,870,000 1,545,000

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Day 2d Done

KaleGozer • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Day 2d has wrapped up. Chip counts and an end of day recap will follow.

Mawani Folds Kings Preflop

KaleGozer • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

During the final hands of the day, a player raised to 75,000 from under the gun and Ben Ector three-bet to 225,000 in middle position. Sal Mawani was once seat over and four-bet to 385,000 after some confusion about Ector's three-bet sizing. The initial raiser folded, but Ector came over the top all in for more than a million.

Mawani then decided to fold {k-}{k-}, opting to rather preserve his stack in this gargantuan tournament, and Ector later acknowledged, albeit not visibly showed, he indeed held the {a-}{a-}.

"I respected him," Mawani later explained his fold.

Benjamin Ector us
Benjamin Ector
us 1,600,000 1,284,000
Salim Mawani ca
Salim Mawani
ca 700,000 418,000

Tags: Ben EctorSal Mawani

Sorkin Gets There

KaleGozer • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

A very excited Daniel Budovsky chirped about a recent confrontation that sent his table in a frenzy was kind enough to relay the details. According to Budovsky and one of his table mates, Yuri Sorken limped in for 10,000, the cutoff raised to 35,000 and Sorkin came along with a call.

On the {7-}{5-}{2-} flop, Sorken check-called 50,000. The turn brought the {8-Clubs} and Sorkin checked. The cutoff moved all in and Sorkin snapped it off with the {a-}{4-} for an overcard and a gutterball, way behind his opponent's {k-}{k-}.

The {3-} landed on the river to complete the wheel, much to the delight of Budovsky and the others. Sorkin was silently smiling when the details were relayed.

Yuri Sorkin us
Yuri Sorkin
us 735,000 420,000

Tags: Yuri Sorkin

Lynskey Chops a Big One

• Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

In the second-to-last hand of the day, Alex Lynskey raised to 60,000 from middle position and was three-bet to 165,000 by Marcin Chmielewski in late position.

After action folded back to Lynskey, he four-bet shoved all in, and the shorter-stacked Chmielewski made the call for his tournament life.

The players tabled hands and Chmielewski saw that he was behind a needed a great runout to stay alive and come back to play another day.

Alex Lynskey: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Marcin Chmielewski: {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

A great runout is exactly what Chmielewski got on a board of {4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, for an on-the-board straight and a chopped pot.

Alex Lynskey au
Alex Lynskey
au 2,000,000 500,000
Marcin Chmielewski pl
Marcin Chmielewski
pl 615,000 281,000

Tags: Alex LynskeyMarcin Chmielewski

Last Few Hands of the Day

• Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

It has just been announced that the remaining players will play seven more hands and then bag and tag for the day.

Moss Survives Three-Way All-In, Eliminates One Player

AnthonyThompson • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Hunter Moss found himself all in for his last 320,000 chips against two players before the flop.

Moss: {a-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Opponent: {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}
All In Opponent: {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

Moss was behind and at risk of elimination but after a {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop he took the lead.

The turn came the {2-Diamonds} and the river was a {6-Diamonds} giving Moss the win and eliminating one player.

Hunter Moss us
Hunter Moss
us 720,000 298,000

Tags: Hunter Moss

Foxen Crushes Cowboys

AnthonyThompson • Level 20: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen

Alex Foxen min-raised to 50,000 under the gun and action folded around to the small blind player who raised all in for 280,000, Foxen called.

Foxen: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Opponent: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}

Foxen had his opponent dominated and nothing changed after the board ran out {2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and he eliminated his opponent from the tournament.

Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 950,000 405,000

Tags: Alex Foxen