One lone PlayNow Poker qualifier remained after all the chips had been bagged on Day 2 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #28: Monster Stack $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Kostantinos Segounis was the last man standing in the PlayNow last-longer challenge, winning a WSOP Main Event package.
Segounis was able to almost triple his Day 2 starting stack of 85,800 throughout the day to 249,000 when play concluded. He will have lots of work to do on Day 3 as he has a below-average stack with 272 players remaining.
There were 16 PlayNow qualifiers still in the hunt to start Day 2. In the first level we lost Ravinder Bedi, Scott Craig, Mike Flanagan, and Matt Madsen. Level 2 wasn't any more kind as Dung Nguyen and Kaan Becerfell. Players continued to drop in Level 3 as Joanne Lewis, Richard Mullen, Ted Sorensen, Dylan Ellis, and Jeff Harrison all hit the rail. A whole level went by before Jay Haraga busted, leaving four players to battle it out. Chris Back was the last player to bust before the money leaving Segounis, Blake Carriere and Stuart Lowery at least earning a consolation prize.
Carriere had the largest stack of all the qualifiers for most of the day but he would be the first to go. With a flop of , Carriere got his 150,000-chip stack in the middle with and was tank-called by his opponent's . Carriere finished in 432nd place worth $4,563.
At the very same time across the room, Segounis had one foot out the door with all in on a flop of . His opponent had him covered and at risk with a flopped set of sevens. As Segounis prepared to take his exit, the board ran out and Segounis made a straight to double up to 220,000.
Lowery had battled the hardest all day, nursing a short stack that barely peaked over 10 big blinds at any time on Day 2. A blind-versus-blind battle proved to be the dagger. Lowery checked his big blind preflop after the small blind limped in behind. The two saw a flop of . The player in the small blind bet 10,000 and Stuart raised to 31,000. His opponent moved all in and Lowery called all in, putting himself at risk. Lowery tabled but his opponent had trapped him with . The on the turn left Lowery drawing to one of the remaining queens but the river brought a and Lowery's tournament life was over. Lowery's in-the-money finish of 375th place was worth $4,563.
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