Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
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 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 in 6th place in the big one 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.
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 likely be back in the air 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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While the tournament was supposed to hard stop at 40 players, several busted in the twilight moments of the day to leave the field with 38 going into next Saturday.
Stay tuned for a full recap of today's action.
|Tzai Wei Phua||7,338,038||4,044,150|
Allison "Ippo88" Eleres shoved from the middle position for 1,660,320 for Michael "MiguelFiesta" Lech to shove for a bit more from the hijack and the rest of the table to fold.
Allison "Ippo88" Eleres:
Michael "MiguelFiesta" Lech:
The board ran out for Lech to turn the set to bring the field down to 38 players for the final day.
A recap and the chip counts are to follow.
|Allison "Ippo88" Eleres||Busted|
While no player busted for a while, they then departed all at the same time or rather in the same hand but on different tables.
Among the casualties was Orestis "UsedtobeGood" Kanakopoulos, who became short after several raise-folds and three-bet jammed a short stack into Joshua "thefreshest" McCully. A reluctant call followed and they turned over the cards.
Joshua "thefreshest" McCully:
Orestis "UsedtobeGood" Kanakopoulos:
Mccully flopped best on and remained in the lead on the turn and river, which sent Kanakopoulos out in 40th place.
|Orestis "UsedtobeGood" Kanakopoulos||Busted|
Michael "All Love" Kane raised to 320,000 from the button and Bruno "s1mpleBR" Severino three-bet shoved from the small blind for 3,105,860. The big blind folded but Kane called.
Bruno "s1mpleBR" Severino:
Michael "All Love" Kane:
The board ran out for Kane to turn the higher pair to bust Severino in 41st place for $39,214.
|Bruno "s1mpleBR" Severino||Busted|
Samuel Vousden raised to 400,000 from the cutoff and Michael "MiguelFiesta" Lech three-bet shoved from the big blind for 1,001,158 which Vousden called.
Michael "MiguelFiesta" Lech:
The board ran out for Lech to double up.
|Allison "Ippo88" Eleres||1,365,320||-2,727,160|
Xuming "scplayer" Qi made it 336,000 to go from the under-the-gun position and was called by Stoyan "Nirvana76" Madanzhiev from two seats over and Maicon "21_Pirlo" Gasperin in the big blind. Madanzhiev bet the flop for 405,240 and Gasperin was the only caller.
Gasperin led the turn for 672,699 and faced a raise to 1,552,000 by Madanzhiev. A shove by the Brazilian followed and Madanzhiev snap-folded.
Xuming "scplayer" Qi made it 336,000 to go and was called by Arkadiy "Kamsky" Tsinis out o the big blind. No betting action ensued on the flop and Tsinis check-called a bet of 256,000 on the turn.
Tsinis check-called another 1,072,000 on the river with the but Qi had the best of it with for trips eights.
One hand later, Stoyan "Nirvana76" Madanzhiev restored his lead when he won a 3.2 million pot without showdown.
Orestis "UsedtobeGood" Kanakopoulos raised to 320,000 and Dingxiang "dydgg66" Ong three-bet for the second hand in a row, making it 880,000 to go.
"BeatMeater" then jammed out of the small blind for 5,035,433 and that forced folds from both opponents.
|Orestis "UsedtobeGood" Kanakopoulos||2,307,234||-680,000|