Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The second of four days is in the books and John Racener holds the chip lead of Event #25: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em at the 2021 World Series of Poker. Racener leads a returning field of 31 players that will come back for Day 3 to continue their quest for WSOP gold. The 604 entrants generated a prize pool of $2,785,950 and the top prize will pay $562,667.
Racener is looking for his second WSOP title. The 2010 Main Event runner-up broke through in 2017 when he won the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship in 2017, and he has cashed at the WSOP 81 times.
Among the returning players are Bin Weng, Vanessa Kade, Jonathan Jaffe, and Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski. Also returning is Daniel Negreanu, who will try to make a run at his seventh bracelet. Day 1 chip leader Scott Drobes also qualifies for Day 3 at the top part of the leaderboard again after going on a late run to bag over 1.8 million.
Negreanu steadily built his stack over the day and reached 2.2 million at one point before Anthony Spinella found a double through the six-time WSOP champion. Spinella’s ace-eight made two-pair to beat the pocket fours of Negreanu and send him back below 2 million. The late levels brought more trouble for Negreanu and he will return tomorrow with 773,000 in chips to make another run at the gold bracelet.
The 604-player field was a mosaic of stars from all around the poker world. Chance Kornuth, Cary Katz, and Ryan Laplante made their way through the bubble but did not survive to qualify for Day 3. Other notables to bow out before the money on Day 2 include Brent Hanks, Nick Schulman, and Kitty Kuo.
Day 3 will resume on Thursday, October 14 at 2 p.m. with around 35 minutes left in Level 20. Blinds in Level 20 are at 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante. Play will continue on Day 3 until five players remain to return on Friday, October 15 for a final table that will be streamed on PokerGO.
That does it for Day 2 coverage of Event #23: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. Be sure to keep it here with the PokerNews live reporting team for updates on all of the action from the 2021 WSOP.
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Amazon||405||2||Markus Gonsalves||United States||706,000||29|
|Amazon||405||4||Bin Weng||United States||1,692,000||71|
|Amazon||405||5||Mitchell Halverson||United States||1,033,000||43|
|Amazon||406||2||Benjamin Miner||United States||300,000||13|
|Amazon||406||3||Scott Ball||United States||1,940,000||81|
|Amazon||406||4||Nicholas Howard||United States||674,000||28|
|Amazon||406||6||Anthony Spinella||United States||1,050,000||44|
|Amazon||413||4||Jonathan Jaffe||United States||1,900,000||79|
|Amazon||413||5||Scott Drobes||United States||1,825,000||76|
|Amazon||413||6||Frank Kassela||United States||755,000||31|
|Amazon||414||1||Nitis Udornpim||United States||212,000||9|
|Amazon||414||2||Rogen Chhabra||United States||571,000||24|
|Amazon||414||3||Ben Yu||United States||1,493,000||62|
|Amazon||414||4||Justin Liberto||United States||1,192,000||50|
|Amazon||414||6||Matthew Wantman||United States||655,000||27|
|Amazon||420||2||Galen Hall||United States||343,000||14|
|Amazon||420||3||George Wolff||United States||842,000||35|
|Amazon||421||1||Craig Mason||United States||1,860,000||78|
|Amazon||421||2||Nick Petrangelo||United States||600,000||25|
|Amazon||421||5||John Racener||United States||1,949,000||81|
|Amazon||421||6||Michael Scarborough (OH)||United States||723,000||30|
There will be four more hands to be played at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.
Ben Yu was seen scooping a massive pot of over 1,500,000 chips and it was Ryan Laplante on the losing end of it. The two players got all of their chips in the middle with Yu holding while Laplante had .
It was a queen-high flop to give Yu a pair of queens and Laplante was unable to catch any help. Laplante was left with just 20,000 chips after the hand while Yu sits among the leaders.
Chance Kornuth limped in on the button and Xuan Liu checked her option. The flop came and Liu checked to Kornuth who tossed in a bet. Liu check-raised to 50,000 and Kornuth called.
The turn brought the and Liu checked again. Kornuth bombed all in, putting Liu to the test for her remaining 163,000 chips. Liu thought for over a minute before making the call.
Kornuth showed for a combo draw while Liu held the only pair with . The river was the and Liu held on for a double up, leaving Kornuth on the short stack.
The action picked up with both players' hole cards face up on a board of .
Jaffe won with a pair of queens.
The action folded to Daniel Negreanu on the button who raised it up to 35,000. Anthony Spinella was in the small blind and ripped all in for 219,000. Negreanu got a quick count and then made the call to put Spinella at risk.
Spinella had two overcards to hit, and the flop of gave him top pair. The on the turn and the on the river ensured Spinella a double up.