Baltimore, MD (6 May 2018) - There were 101 players to begin the day in the Main Event and by the end of play on Day 2, only 11 remained. Players started play 47 spots away from the money, but many dropped quickly from the field before the bubble burst including the likes of Jonathan Hilton, Joe McKeehen, Brett Apter, Ryan Jones, Justin Liberto, Kindah Sakkal, Christian Harder, DJ MacKinnon and Nitis Udornpim to name some.
Jane Hitchcock was the unfortunate stone bubble of the tournament. Hitchcock moved all in for 14,500 over an opening raise from Ryan Tamanini to 12,000. Tamanini called it off holding jack-six while Hitchcock was well ahead with pocket queens. Unfortunately for her Tamanini flopped a six and rivered a jack and that sent her to the rail as the last player not to collect a single dollar. After Hitchcock's elimination, the remaining 54 players were all guaranteed at least $2,955.
After Hitchcocks elimination, players seemed to fall even faster with the likes of Allen Kessler, Michael Marder, Kevin Kwak, Peter Eichhardt, Steve Karp and Timothy Miles all dropping. Chris Harris also fell after the money bubble. The Day 1 chip leader had a roller coaster of a day, at one point being up to over 700,000 and then quickly back down to 250,000 after taking a few successive hits. Eventually he got in the rest of his chips with jack-seven suited against Keith Morrow's pocket jacks and he failed to improve.
A few other's to make it deep in the Main Event were Ryan Phan, Henry Meacham, and Blake Whittington, each of whom make it to the final three tables, but not much further. Loni Harwood was perhaps the biggest name left of the final 18 and she also succumbed before the end of the night. She got her chips in with ace-deuce against the ace-king of the Day 1B chip leader, James St. Hilaire. She did not approve and hit the rail in 13th place, collecting $10,127 for her run in the event as well as some much needed Circuit Leaderboard points.
Only 11 remain heading into Day 3 and leading the pack is Jeremy Stein who bagged up 2,090,000 chips. Stein earned a huge chunk of chips on the last hand of the night when he turned a flush against Orod Ashegh and check called on both the flop and river for a big pot. Stein is looking for his second World Series of Poker Circuit ring after winning one way back in 2012 at the WSOPC stop at Harrah's Atlantic City in a no-limit hold'em event.
Also still alive are Chris Conrad, Chris Caruso, Kyle Adams and the Day 1B chip leader James St. Hilaire. Currently, the remaining 11 players are locked up for at least $12,381 for their finish. As a reminder, the eventual winner of this event will collect $165,438, a World Series of Poker Circuit ring and a seat in the Global Casino Championship. Action is set to resume at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 7 to play down to a winner. WSOP.com will have updates from throughout the day so make sure to stay tuned in for all the action.
For a list of current chip counts from the event, click here.