Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Bob Bounahra bagged 1,058,000 to lead the 16 remaining runners at the end of Day 2 of Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Bounahra, notably, was a member of the November Nine in 2011, the final table eventually won by Pius Heinz. That $1.3 million cash for seventh place is his lone six-figure score, but he'll be shooting for number two tomorrow.
Trailing Bounahra is Thayer Rasmussen, best known by his online handle "THAY3R," under which he has had plenty of success online. Rasmussen ended the night in second with 933,000, good for a wide gap over third-place Dominik Nitsche (707,000). Rasmussen collected a huge pot near the end of the night when he turned two pair against Louis Campbell.
The field of a $1,000 buy-in at the WSOP is typically chock full of lesser experienced players, however plenty of steely veterans navigated the minefield and find themselves among the final 16. Jeff Gross, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Nitsche, Bounahra and Dan Alspach all have north of $1 million in live cashes alone, with plenty more online.
Some big names also fell along the way: JC Tran, Erik Seidel, Jason Koon, James Mackey, David Williams, Mukul Pahuja, and Jason Senti all collected some money but no glory as they fell by the wayside during the 10 level grind today.
Day 3 begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, and we'll be on the watch as the field is whittled down to a winner who will collect more than $300,000 and a gold bracelet. Be sure to tune in to the action right here on PokerNews.
Arthur Baraan got super short and shipped his last 79,000 in from early position. Jeff Gross made the call with and was well ahead of Baraan's .
The board ran out and Baraan said bye-bye as Gross paired up.
Dan Alspach, dubbed "Action Dan" by his tablemates, shipped from under the gun for 56,000.
"You better flip that, your time's running out, sir," Zachary Gruneberg joked, referring to Alspach's hourglass card protector.
David Burt pushed over the top, and everyone else folded.
Things look good for Burt on the flop. The dealer burned and turned a though, causing Burt to hang his head in disappointment. A river changed nothing.
Thayer Rasmussen just moved into the chip lead here and is close to cresting the one-million chip mark.
He called a 75k bet on an flop then somehow managed to get Louis Campbell to shove in on him on the turn. Rasmussen called, having turned into two pair.
Campbell had and a lot less chips after the river was revealed.
Mickey Petersen just won an all-in battle of sponsored European pros.
The Dane opened to 20,000 in the cutoff, only to see Frenchman Erwann Pecheux three-bet to 52,000 on the button. Petersen shipped it for 225,000 when action came back to him, and Pecheux called.
The flop gave Pecheux a straight draw, but the was a safe turn for Petersen. The finished out the board, and Petersen collected his double.
Timothy Adams got it in with but ran smack into Erwann Pecheux's .
He failed to improve after a board and has now left the building.