11/20/17 01:00:18 AM PST (about 8 hours and 19 minutes ago)
Fernando Galvan Leads Final 12 Players
From a starting field of 845 entries, just 12 players remain as Day 2 comes to a close.
Thanks to a huge pot during the last level of the night, Fernando Galvan (pictured) will bring the big stack into the event's final day. Galvan bagged up 2,555,000, giving him more than 85 big blinds at the Day 3 starting level.
The day began with Almedin Imsirovic atop the counts, and he parlayed his big stack into a Day 3 appearance, as well. Imsirovic finished with 1,495,000 chips, good for fifth place at the moment.
Recent ring winners Marcin Milde (1,590,000) and Neil Scott (1,040,000) also advanced, as did the last lady left, Melanie Banfield (1,325,000).
Here's the remaining lineup:
Fernando Galvan - 2,555,000 (85 bb)
Sunny Gandham - 2,055,000 (69 bb)
Christoper Tham - 1,910,000 (64 bb)
Marcin Milde - 1,590,000 (53 bb)
Ali Imsirovic - 1,495,000 (50 bb)
Mark Ioli - 1,420,000 (47 bb)
Bruce Kramer - 1,335,000 (45 bb)
Melanie Banfield - 1,325,000 (44 bb)
Danny Elmore - 1,290,000 (43 bb)
Neil Scott - 1,040,000 (35 bb)
Roger Franco - 615,000 (21 bb)
Corey Hochman - 235,000 (8 bb)
The list of those who fell during Day 2 is a long one littered with bracelet winners, ring winners, and other tournament poker standouts.
Two-time bracelet winner Scott Clements was among the first to fall, soon joined on the rail by the likes of Marshall White, Jim Willerson, Barry Shulman, Cliff Goldkind, Kevin Eyster, and the Circuit's all-time co-leader in wins, Valentin Vornicu.
The bubble arrived during the third level of the day, with Charlie Harder earning the unfortunate title of Bubble Boy. Harder shoved pocket queens into Jordan Cristos' ace-ten, and an ace on the flop sent Harder to the exit. His departure left the 90 remaining players in the money.
Some of those who cashed but did not last the night include Giuseppe Pantaleo, Sorel Mizzi, Woody Moore, Jon Turner, Andrew Teng, Wendy Freedman, and the defending champion Sean Yu.
Cristos himself ran deep into the night before falling in 28th place, just shy of the final three tables. Between then and the end of play, plenty more heroes were sent packing, too, including Eric Baldwin, Ankush Mandavia, Brett Bader, Bryan Devonshire, Jack Duong, Jonathan Dimmig, Joe Reddick, and Ryan Olisar.
The 12 players who did survive the long day will return to action on Monday to play down to a winner. Blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante when play resumes, putting the average stack at a lofty 47 big blinds.
Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $18,924, but there's much more to play for than that. The winner will collect the series' most desirable ring and the top payout of $247,160.
Day 3 begins at 12 p.m.
11/20/17 12:35:03 AM PST (about 9 hours and 44 minutes ago)
Play Concludes with 12 Left
The clock has run out on Level 25 and on Day 2 as a whole. The final 12 players are bagging up for the night.
A full recap of the day's action will follow shortly.
11/20/17 12:27:01 AM PST (about 9 hours and 52 minutes ago)
Eric Coffman Eliminated in 13th Place ($15,400)
On the turn of a board, Eric Coffman (pictured, early position) and Fernando Galvan are involved in what will become a huge pot. There's close to 300,000 in the middle already as Galvan bets 156,000. Coffman calls to see the river.
It's the . Galvan bets another 253,000, and Coffman raises all in for 1,250,000 total. Galvan has that barely covered, and he squirms in his seat for several long minutes before calling to put Coffman at risk.
Coffman shows for a pair of tens that he likely knows is no good. Galvan tables , winning the enormous pot with a flush. He surges into the overall chip lead in the process, sending Coffman to the rail in 13th place.
Fernando Galvan - 3,000,000 (125 bb)
Eric Coffman - Eliminated
11/20/17 12:10:45 AM PST (about 9 hours and 8 minutes ago)
Brett Bader Eliminated in 14th Place ($15,400)
Action folds around to the blinds where Brett Bader (pictured) moves all in for what looks like 227,000 in the small. That puts the squeeze on Bruce Kramer in the big, and he leans his face close to the felt to check his cards. Once he does, he double-takes, then calls to put Bader at risk.
"So sick," Bader sighs as he stands from his chair. "How do you have aces there?"
The board provides no help, either, coming to give the pot to Kramer. Bader is eliminated in 14th place.
Bruce Kramer - 550,000 (23 bb)
Brett Bader - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:58:24 PM PST (about 9 hours and 21 minutes ago)
Jack Duong Eliminated in 15th Place ($15,400)
Jack Duong is all-in for his last 300,000 and Fernando Galvan calls.
Duong tables pocket eights, but unfortunately for him he's up against Galvan's pocket tens.
The board runs out and Duong can't get any help, sending him home in 15th place.
Fernando Galvan - 1,470,000 (61 bb)
Jack Duong - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:53:20 PM PST (about 9 hours and 26 minutes ago)
Cory Hochman Doubles Through Almedin Imsirovic
Action folds around to the blinds where Cory Hochman moves all in for 137,000 in the small and Almedin Imsirovic calls to put him at risk in the big.
The board runs out , and Hochman doubles up with a pair of kings.
Cory Hochman - 302,000 (13 bb)
Almedin Imsirovic - 1,560,000 (65 bb)
11/19/17 11:30:19 PM PST (about 10 hours and 49 minutes ago)
Bryan Devonshire Eliminated in 16th Place ($12,688)
Bryan Devonshire (pictured) moves all in for 283,000 second to act, and Roger Franco re-shoves for around 650,000 right behind him. The rest of the table folds, and Devonshire is heads-up, at risk, and dominated.
The flop keeps things interesting, as Devonshire trades three outs for nine to a flush. The on the turn adds three more chop outs, too, but he can not catch up. The river is the , giving the pot to Franco and sending "Devo" to the payout desk in 16th place.
Roger Franco - 1,005,000 (42 bb)
Bryan Devonshire - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:26:28 PM PST (about 10 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Last Level of the Night
The blinds have gone up to 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante and will be the last level of the night.
Players will then bag up their chips in preparation for Day 3 on Monday at 12:00 p.m.
11/19/17 11:25:25 PM PST (about 10 hours and 54 minutes ago)
Level 25 Started
|Level:||25 ||Blinds:||12,000/24,000 ||Ante:||4,000|11/19/17 11:23:21 PM PST (about 10 hours and 56 minutes ago)
Jonathan Hanner Eliminated in 17th Place ($12,688)
Jonathan Hanner moves all-in for 175,000 from the hijack and Roger Franco moves all-in on the button.
Hanner tables , at risk against Franco's .
The flop comes and Hanner flops a pair of nines to take the lead. The turn is the and the river is the to counterfeit Hanner's two pair and send the pot to Franco.
Roger Franco - 675,000 (33 bb)
Jonathan Hanner - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:22:04 PM PST (about 10 hours and 57 minutes ago)
Stephen Buell Eliminated in 18th Place ($12,688)
Action is folded around to the blinds where Stephen Buell (pictured) completes in the small and Melanie Banfield checks her option in the big.
The flop is , and Buell checks. Banfield bets 40,000, Buell check-raises all in for around 200,000 total, and Banfield calls to put him at risk.
Banfield's top pair has her in the lead, and the turn and river keep it that way. She wins the pot to cross into seven figures, eliminating Buell in 18th place.
Melanie Banfield - 1,090,000 (55 bb)
Stephen Buell - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:10:45 PM PST (about 10 hours and 8 minutes ago)
Sunny Gandham Continues to Lead With Two Tables Remaining
The final two tables have come together with just 18 players remaining in the Main Event. There is another level and a half to go before players bag their chips for Day 3 on Monday.
Sunny Gandham has carried his lead over to the final two tables with 2,140,000 chips.
Here is a look at the final 18 players:
Seat 1: Brett Bader - 371,000
Seat 2: Bruce Kramer - 500,000
Seat 3: Jack Duong - 495,000
Seat 4: Steve Buell - 260,000
Seat 5: Melanie Banfield - 860,000
Seat 6: Fernando Galvan - 1,250,000
Seat 7: Neil Scott - 1,120,000
Seat 8: Sunny Gandha - 2,140,000
Seat 9: Eric Coffman - 1,560,000
Seat 1: Roger Franco - 350,000
Seat 2: Corey Hochman - 260,000
Seat 3: Ali Almedin Imsirovic - 2,100,000
Seat 4: Danny Elmore - 750,000
Seat 5: Marcin Milde - 2,000,000
Seat 6: Chris Tham - 1,150,000
Seat 7: Mark Ioli - 1,450,000
Seat 8: Jonathan Hanner - 250,000
Seat 9: Bryan Devonshire - 300,000
11/19/17 11:05:54 PM PST (about 10 hours and 13 minutes ago)
Ankush Mandavia Eliminated in 19th Place ($10,571)
There is an open from the hijack and Ankush Mandavia shoves for 498,000 from the cutoff. Marcin Milde is on the button and re-shoves.
The board runs out and Milde seals it on the turn with a flush to send Mandavia to the rail.
Marcin Milde - 2,000,000 (100 bb)
Ankush Mandavia - Eliminated
11/19/17 11:00:44 PM PST (about 10 hours and 18 minutes ago)
Jonathan Dimmig Eliminated in 20th Place ($10,571)
Jonathan Dimmig (pictured) opens with a raise in middle position, and Almedin Imsirovic calls next to act.
The flop is . Dimmig continues for 50,000, and Imsirovic raises to what looks like 200,000. Dimmig shoves for about 950,000 total, and Imsirovic calls to put him at risk. It also puts the largest pot of the tournament up for grabs.
Imsirovic is two cards from a huge win, and the turn ends the sweat one card early. Dimmig is already drawing dead to the river, and he's eliminated in 20th place at the hands of the start-of-day chip leader.
Almedin Imsirovic - 2,125,000 (106 bb)
Jonathan Dimmig - Eliminated
11/19/17 10:57:20 PM PST (about 10 hours and 22 minutes ago)
Joe Reddick Eliminated in 21st Place ($10,571)
Joe Reddick (pictured) lost three consecutive pots, and the last of them sent him to the cashier in 21st place.
In the first hand, Reddick opens the button to 44,000, and Eric Coffman three-bets to 115,000 in the small blind. Reddick calls. The flop is , and Coffman continues for 80,000. Reddick calls again, and they both check through the turn. The river is the , and Coffman bets 145,000. Reddick calls. Coffman shows for a pair of aces, and his kicker makes it count. Reddick flashes the as he mucks.
The next hand, Stephen Buell open-shoves for 123,000 under the gun with , and Reddick puts him at risk with in the cutoff. The board runs out , and Buell rivers a straight to double up.
That leaves Reddick with just 119,000 chips after paying the ante on the next hand, and he three-bet shoves for that amount behind a Jack Duong open to 50,000. Duong calls the remainder, putting Reddick at risk.
Once again, it's jack-nine that takes Reddick's chips. The board runs out , and Duong knocks him out with jacks up.
Eric Coffman - 1,100,000 (55 bb)
Jack Duong - 485,000 (24 bb)
Stephen Buell - 297,000 (15 bb)
Joe Reddick - Eliminated
11/19/17 10:55:37 PM PST (about 10 hours and 23 minutes ago)
Ryan Olisar Eliminated in 22nd Place ($8,911)
Fernando Galvan raises to 50,000 from early position and Jonathan Dimmig calls from middle position. Ryan Olisar is in the big blind moves all-in for 400,000. Galvan moves all-in over top and Dimmig pauses for a moment before deciding to fold.
The flop comes pairing both of their aces, but Galvan holds the better kicker. The turn is the and the river is the to send Olisar to the rail.
Fernando Galvan - 1,150,000 (57 bb)
Ryan Olisar - Eliminated
11/19/17 10:43:00 PM PST (about 11 hours and 36 minutes ago)
Genki Nakano Eliminated in 23rd Place ($8,911)
Genki Nakano opens to 50,000 from early position and Mark Ioli three-bets to 125,000 from middle position. Nakano shoves for about 300,000 and Ioli calls.
Nakano tables , well ahead of Ioli's .
The flop comes and Nakano is still ahead but Ioli flops a gut-shot straight draw to go with his over card.
The turn is the and the river is the to pair Ioli's ace and send Nakano to the rail.
Mark Ioli - 1,550,000 (77 bb)
Genki Nakano - Eliminated
11/19/17 10:40:09 PM PST (about 11 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Neil Scott Shoves the Flop
Neil Scott opens to 50,000 from middle position and Chris Tham puts in a three-bet to 225,000 from the big blind. Scott tank-calls.
The flop comes and Tham leads out for 180,000. Scott wastes no time and shoves all-in, putting Tham to the test for his remaining stack. He eventually folds.
Scott now sits on 1.7 million chips, good for one of the top stacks.
Neil Scott - 1,700,000 (85 bb)
Chris Tam - 620,000 (31 bb)
11/19/17 10:34:24 PM PST (about 11 hours and 45 minutes ago)
Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 24th Place ($8,911)
Chip leader Harjinder Gandham limps under the gun, and Eric Baldwin raises to 60,000 next to act. A couple seats over, Joe Reddick four-bet shoves for his last 354,000. Gandham tanks and calls, and Baldwin re-shoves for what looks like 890,000 total. Gandham shrugs and calls again, putting both opponents at risk.
Baldwin is better than a coin flip against the two copy hands, but he can not stave off elimination. The board runs out , and his two opponents chop up the main pot with the same hand, eights full of kings.
Gandham wins the side pot, as well, earning a big profit and sending Baldwin to the exit in 24th place.
Harjinder Gandham - 2,595,000 (130 bb)
Joe Reddick - 558,000
Eric Baldwin - Eliminated
11/19/17 10:20:06 PM PST (about 11 hours and 59 minutes ago)
Level 24 Started
|Level:||24 ||Blinds:||10,000/20,000 ||Ante:||3,000||