Day 2ab completed
Day 2ab completed
Day 2a/b is of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event is officially in the books with Tim Stansifer leading the roughly 700 survivors from the two returning flights. Stansifer sat atop the chip counts late in the day and had a surge during the last few hands to boost his stack up to a massive 481,500.
This second day was a unique experience at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, as survivors from Day 1a and Day 1b remained segregated for their second day of play. While play occurred simultaneously, those to advance from Day 1a played their flight in the Amazon Room while the returning players from the larger Day 1b flight took to the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms.
Stansifer sits atop the chip counts moving forward onto Day 3, but has has other players close on his heels. Tom Cannuli bagged up the second largest stack with 407,800 and none other than Joe Kuether put third-place chips in the bag with 401,200. Kuether found a spot among the leaders roughly halfway through the day and sat there ever since. Kuether, who has over $2.13 million in lifetime career tournament earnings has never cashed in a Las Vegas WSOP Main Event. He has, however, racked up 24 WSOP cashes including a 24th place in the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event and a third place in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event in 2012 for over $218,000.
Martin Jacobson, who began Day 2a/b as the chip leader, also bagged up a top five stack by the end of the day. Jacobson continued to ride his momentum and will return for Day 3 with 342,700 in chips.
Joining those big stacks on Day 3 are the likes of Antonio Esfandiari (277,800), Abe Mosseri (260,500), Eric Cloutier (236,000), 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker (222,000), Faraz Jaka (195,000), Ole Schemion (180,900), Marvin Rettenmaier (173,200), Erik Seidel (130,600), Allen Cunningham (114,400), 1996 WSOP Main Event champion Huck Seed (96,500), and reigning champion Ryan Riess (84,900).
While those players progressed onto the next stage of this prestigious tournament, others fell before the bagging phase at the end of the day. Some of the players who were eliminated by the end of Day 2a/b include 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson, Josh Arieh, Mike Sexton, Dennis Phillips, November Niner Michiel Brummelhuis, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Amanda Musumeci, Vanessa Selbst, Annette Obrestad, and Igor Kurganov. Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer, who sit in the one and two spots in the WSOP Player of the Year race, were also eliminated from play.
The Main Event continues on Wednesday where players will hit the felt for Day 2c play. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest from the tournament felt.
This is not a full chip counts posting. Disregard the (full) above. Please refer to this list for a full list of survivors, but please note that Grantland Hillman bagged 48,900, not 489,000.
Three more hands will be dealt at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.
Iori Yogo had 22,000 in front of him on the river after the board came , and Sam Greenwood had shoved all in for 29,000 more than that. Yogo thought for awhile before deciding to look up his shorter-stacked opponent. Greenwood showed for a full house on the river, and Yogo nodded and mucked his hand before leaning back in his chair and looking pained.
Ryan Riess raised in the cutoff, the player in the big blind called and the flop fell .
Action was checked to Riess and he continued for 2,500. The player in the big blind check-raised to 6,500, Riess called and both players checked the turn. The river completed the board and the player in the big blind bet 5,500. Riess called, but his hand fell short against his opponent's . Riess flashed the as he mucked.
From under the gun, Duane Wellnitz raid to 2,800. Martin Jacobson called from the hijack seat, and Vasili Lazarou called from the big blind. Then, the dealer spread out the flop, and action was checked by Lazarou. Wellnitz was next and bet 2,800, but Jacobson kicked it up to 6,500 with a raise. Lazarou folded, then Wellnitz folded as well, and Jacobson won the pot.
From early position, Duane Wellnitz from Phoenix, Arizona raised to 2,800. Wesley Chong called from middle position, and Martin Jacobson called from the cutoff seat. All three players took the flop, and action checked to Jacobson. He bet 5,000, Wellnitz called, and Chong folded.
After the added a fourth diamond to the board on the turn, Wellnitz check-called a bet of 10,000 from Jacobson. Then, the landed on the river and both players checked.
"Set," announced Wellnitz, to which Jacobson responded with a nod.
Wellnitz showed the for a set of twos, and Jacobson mucked his hand.
German super star Igor Kurganov has just been knocked out by the hands of Floris van der Ven. The action started with a raise to 2,700 from early position and Floris van der Ven three-bet to 7,200 from the player's left. Kurganov was next to act and he four-bet shoved for 35,700.
The action folded all the way around to Van der Ven and he quickly made the call.
Van der Ven:
The board ran out and Kurganov was knocked out.