Day 2 of Event #9: $1,500 Seven Card Stud has come to an end after ten hours of play. A day that started with 97 players out of an original field of 329, was whittled all the way down to just eight by the end of the night.
The chip leader of the final eight was Alex Livingston who bagged a commanding lead with 2,495,000, over than 800,000 more than second place. He took the chip lead in the middle of the day and never relinquished it as he kept going further and further into the lead.
WSOP bracelet winners Kenny Hsiung and John Racener finished second and third in chips with 1,605,000 and 1,160,000 respectively.
Off the pace of the million club was Thomas Taylor, who finished with the fourth biggest stack of 765,000.
|2||Daniel Weinman||United States||660,000|
|3||Brad Ruben||United States||725,000|
|4||John Evans||United States||170,000|
|5||Hojeong Lee||United States||585,000|
|7||John Racener||United States||1,160,000|
|8||Kenny Hsiung||United States||1,605,000|
Brad Ruben (725,000) is still alive and could win his second bracelet of the series already, having conquered Event #4: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice just a few days ago.
An interesting story to watch tomorrow will be Daniel Weinman, who bagged 660,000. He is also alive for Day 2 of the much-anticipated Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold'em, which starts at 10 a.m., so he will have some multi-tabling to do if he survives in that event, until the 2 p.m. restart in this event.
Hojeong Lee (585,000) and John Evans (170,000) ended the day as the two shortest stacks.
Action of the Day
The day began with 97 and players would be eliminated at a steady place all the way down to the money where 50 players got paid. A few notable players would bust out in the money, including Barry Greenstein in 41st place, Mori Eskandani in 27th place and Tamon Nakamura in 26th.
The pace of eliminations would really ratchet up after dinner break with three tables left as the field went from three to two tables in under an hour, among those to fall in that span was start-of-day chip leader Manuel Labandeira in 20th and Raymond Henson in 19th.
From there the field would be cut down further as Valentin Vornicu was ousted in fifteenth, Matt Grapenthien exhausted his stack in 14th, Kevin MacPhee was eliminated in eleventh. The last woman standing Oxana Cummings bowed out in tenth place to bring the field to its unofficial final table of nine, and soon after Matthew Aronowitz became the final elimination of the night and bring the field to official the final table.
The remaining players will return to action tomorrow and play down to the WSOP bracelet winner and the $103,282 grand prize where PokerNews will once again be the place to be to check out all the action.