Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Just 16 players remain after day 2 of Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E., with Kevin Gerhart (1,075,000) taking the chip lead into Friday’s play.
Gerhart is one of only two players to finish the night over one million chips. He’s closely followed by runner-up of Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., Benny Glaser (1,045,000).
Rounding out the top five biggest stacks to end day 2 are Christopher Vitch (945,000), David Benyamine (710,000), and Marco Johnson (665,000).
A pair of players that found their tournament lives deeply in danger at various points of the day, even near the money bubble, survived the day and actually bagged healthy stacks for Friday.
Eddie Blumenthal was left with just 3.5 big bets midway through the day after his pair of nines fell to Christopher Vitch’s flopped top pair of tens. He came back strong through the evening to take 620,000 chips into Day 3.
Jerry Wong was so short-stacked near the bubble that he actually late-registered Event #42: $1,500 Razz just in case. He then unregistered after making the money here, then running his stack up to a healthy 495,000.
Once that money bubble was burst by Chris Bell, seven players collected a min-cash of $16,218 or slightly better, including Scott Seiver in 22nd place, Nate Silver in 21st place, recent bracelet winner Dylan Linde in 19th place, and Day 1 chip leader Qinghai Pan in 18th place.
Among those from Day 2 that missed a trip to the payout window were the defending champion of this event, Greg Mueller, and a pair of former WSOP Player of the Years in Robert Campbell (2019) and Shaun Deeb (2018).
The final 16 return to the Amazon room Friday at 2:00 pm local time, when they’re scheduled to play down to five players.
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Kevin Gerhart takes home the Day 2 chip lead as one of two players over one million.
A full recap is to follow.
The players are bagging up for the end of the night.
Chip counts and a full recap to come.
With two tables of eight players left, each table has a strong contender for end of night chip leader.
Kevin Gerhart is leading everyone with 1,175,000 at table 430, while Benny Glaser has 1,030,000 in front of him at table 439.
Christopher Vitch: / /
Gary Benson: / /
Jerry Wong: / /
Bryce Yockey had the bring-in with the and Jerry Wong completed. Christopher Vitch called and the short-stacked Gary Benson raised it. Yockey folded, both Wong and Vitch called, and it was off to fourth street.
Benson had the lead with ace-king showing and bet 15,000, leaving himself just 4,000 back. Both his opponents called and then Benson bet the last of his chips on fifth.
Wong called and then called when Vitch completed to 30,000. Vitch then check-called bets on both sixth and seventh with a straight while Wong showed a low.
Benson was drawing live to a diamond flush on seventh and he squeezed out the last card.
"It's red," he said hopefully before turning it over to reveal it was the wrong suit.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, who was recently nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame for the first time, raised from the hijack only to have Qinghai Pan three-bet all in from the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded and Grospellier called.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier:
Pan got it in good and held through both the flop and turn, but disaster struck when the spiked on the river to give ElkY a straight.
Mike Gorodinsky: /
Benny Glaser: /
Mike Gorodinsky got his short stack in with deuces in the whole only to see he was dominated by the queens of Benny Glaser. Ther former failed to improve upon his down ducks while Glaser made trip queens to score the knockout.
Meanwhile, recent WSOP bracelet winner Dylan Linde was eliminated at the same time in a hand of Stud one table over. Linde finished in 19th place for $17,738.
Nate Silver got the last of his chips in on third street in a three-way pot with Kevin Gerhart and Benny Glaser.
Side pot action was checked on fourth street between Glaser and Gerhart, but once Gerhart bet fifth street, Glaser folded to create the final heads-up confrontation.
Nate Silver: //
Kevin Gerhart: //
Benny Glaser: / - folded
Silver was in rough shape on fifth street as Gerhart had already made with the six and four in the hole.
Silver couldn't improve and he was eliminated in 21st place.