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Day 2 of the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) witnessed some mind-boggling action that brought with it the first bracelet sweat for Team India. WSOP veteran Aditya Agarwal has made Day 2 of Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em, ensuring himself his 47th WSOP cash! He was one of 752 players who entered the event and bagged the 14th largest stack among 113 survivors.
Jesse Kertland (941,000) holds the end-of-Day 1 chip lead. All 113 survivors have locked in a min-cash of $4,027, with the champion assured a top prize of $320,059!
Day 2 of Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty was fast-paced, lasting only five levels. Poker coach Chance Kornuth (14,265,000) will headline the five finalists on the final day on June 2, where he will be chasing his fourth WSOP bracelet. All five players are assured a min-cash of $133,127, while all eyes will be on the whopping $1,166,810 up-top and the gold bracelet.
Another bracelet tourney that took off was Event #4: Dealers Choice 6-Handed. The three-day event drew 430 players, and only 123 of them made it to Day 2. Dennis Eichhorn (276,000) grabbed the overnight chip lead in the hunt for his first bracelet win and the $126,288 up top. Mitul Sheera (245,500) and Brett Richey (220,500) are the other top stacks for Day 2.
Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em – Day 1
Day 1 of Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em registered 752 entries, generating a $1,673,200 prize pool. After 17 levels of play, 113 players were left standing.
Bringing the country its first bracelet sweat at this year`s WSOP, Aditya Agarwal made the cut for Day 2 and holds the 14th most enormous stack of 435,000. With the money bubble bursting following Christopher Gu’s elimination in 114th place, Agarwal and the 112 Day 2 survivors are assured a min-cash of $4,027. With 46 WSOP cashes (and 2 WSOP Circuit cashes) already under his belt, the poker stalwart will be aiming to finally lay hands on the elusive gold bracelet.
Another of last year`s WSOP stars, Young Gun Neel Joshi, also participated in the event but failed to make the cut for Day 2.
Jesse Kertland (941,000) holds the chip lead and is the only player who will be returning on Thursday with over 900K in chips. Michael Moncek (873,000) and Casey Hatmaker (849,000) round out the top three stacks on Day 1.
Indo-American players Tarun Gulati (240,000), and Ravee Sundara (139,000), also bagged stacks for Day 2.
Other notables who also bagged and tagged for Day 2 include David Benyamine (520,000), Dylan Linde (495,000), Adrian Mateos (423,000), Scott Seiver (340,000), as well as 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada (80,000) and soap opera star Farah Galfond (169,000).
Among the known names who busted short of the money line included WSOP bracelet winners Michael Gathy, Ryan Laplante, Ryan Riess, Ryan Depaulo, Kristen Foxen, and 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.
With 10 minutes left of Level 17, the 113 runners will return for Day 2 at noon (PDT) on June 2, with blinds at 4,000/8,000 and a big blind ante of 8,000.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty – Day 2
Day 1 of Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty was an action-packed one and saw some of the biggest names of the poker circuit come out to play. The day ended with 16 players making it to Day 2, with Justin Young (3,565,000) bagging the day-end chip lead. Late registration was open till the start of Day 2.
The action on Day 2 was fast-paced. Matthew Steinberg was the final entrant in the tournament, registering just before the start of Day 2, taking the field size to 46 entries that helped collect a prize pool of $3,300,500.
Poker coach and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth grabbed the start-of-final day chip lead with a stack of 14,265,000. He has a significant lead on another high-stakes reg David Peters who holds the second-biggest stack of 8,920,000.
The remaining three players, Ali Imsirovic (1,815,000), Dario Sammartino (1,740,000), and Koray Aldemir (860,000), are severely short-stacked in comparison to the top two. Nevertheless, all three have the ability to bounce back.
Day 2 lasted just five levels with a flurry of eliminations within the first few minutes of action that saw the tournament demise of Laszlo Bujtas, Frank Crivello, and Bill Klein.
With the elimination of Cary Katz in 10th place, the remaining nine players were consolidated to one table.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was looking to lay his hands on the elusive seventh bracelet, but it was not meant to be. He was sent packing by Chance Kornuth in ninth place.
With just the top seven players assured payout, the action intensified on the money bubble. Eventually, the two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo became the unfortunate bubble boy. In a classic cooler, Petrangelo’s were cracked by Phil Ivey’s that rivered a one-card straight on the runout .
Despite knocking Petrangelo out on the money bubble, Phil Ivey himself was eliminated less than five minutes later. His pocket sevens were busted by David Peters that flopped trip Jacks. Ivey became the first player to finish in the money and collected $133,127 in seventh place. This happens to be Ivey’s first WSOP cash since his 18th place finish in Event #13: €2,500 SHORT DECK No-Limit Hold’em at the 2019 WSOP.
Two minutes later, Matthew Steinberg jammed from UTG for 660,000. Peters called from the cutoff two seats over, and Kornuth came along for the ride from the small blind. The flop opened . Both players checked down the turn . Kornuth fired a bet of 1.4 Million, and Peters called. The river brought the , and Kornuth led out for 2.45 Million. Peters called yet again.
Kornuth took down the massive pot with his flopped set, busting Steinberg in sixth place. While departing, Steinberg said to his tablemates, “It’s my biggest cash ever. My biggest cash before this was like $5,000.”
With Steinberg’s elimination, Kornuth took over the chip lead, and the play was paused for the day.
The five finalists will return for Day 3 at 1 PM (PDT) on June 2. The final day will be live-streamed on PokerGO on a 1-hour delay. The event will play down to a champion, with the winner walking away with the coveted gold bracelet and the $1,166,810 up-top! The five finalists are assured a min-cash of $133,127.
Final Day Chip Counts
Event #4: Dealers Choice 6-Handed – Day 1
Event #4: Dealers Choice 6-Handed logged in 430 entries on its opening day, collecting a $574,040 prize pool. Only 123 of the contenders survived the day’s onslaught.
Leading the charge on Day 2 will be Dennis Eichhorn, who bagged a stack of 276,000. Hot on Eichhorn’s heels is Indian-origin Mitul Sheera (245,500), with Brett Richey (220,500) rounding out the top three stacks progressing into Day 2.
Dealers Choice 6-Handed has a popular mixed format. Last year, the event drew 307 entries, and it was Indo-Canadian Jaswinder Lally who won it for $97,915.
While Lally (150,500) has bagged an above-average stack in a bid to defend the title, a host of former bracelet champions are in the fray. These include John Monnette (213,500), Ben Yu (192,000), Scott Bohlman (179,000), Brian Rast (169,500), and Adam Friedman (142,000).
Peter Gelencser (140,000), Brandon Cantu (132,500), Bradley Jansen (118,000), Matt Waxman (122,000), Nathan Gamble (97,000), and Norman Chad (93,500) are the other notables who will be returning on Day 2.
With the numbers in, a prize of $126,288 has been kept aside for the eventual winner.
All the Day 2 players will converge at 2 PM (local time) at the Bally’s ballroom on Thursday to play ten 60-minute levels.
Top 10 Chip Counts at the End of Day 1
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