With a seventh place or better finish Jared Hemingway secures Casino Champion


Durant, Ok. (11 November 2018)  From a starting field of 893 entries, just 12 players remain as Day 2 comes to a close.

Thanks to a huge pot during the last level of the night, Jared Hemingway (pictured) will bring the big stack into the event's final day. Hemingway, who finished fourth in this event last year bagged up 5,835,000, giving him more than 97 big blinds at the Day 3 starting level.

Bracelet winner Jean Gaspard comes into Day 3 towards the bottom of the list, and four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Maxwell Young is near the top. 

Here's how the final twelve stack up:

1. Jared Hemingway - 5,835,000
2. Rolando Lozano - 4,420,000
3. Jonathan Bloyen - 3,525,000 
4. Maxwell Young - 2,320,000
5. Robert DeLeon - 2,105,000
6.  Terry Presley - 2,100,000
7. Wayne Lovell - 1,435,000 
8. Charles Johnson - 1,415,000 
9. Nivedan Nasina - 1,370,000
10. Jean Gaspard - 1,000,000
11. Todd Rebello - 875,000
12. Jeb Hutton - 425,000

The day began with Jared Hemingway sitting atop the counts. Michael Sanders Jr. who won a major event here at Choctaw Casino & Resort in 2013 had the second biggest stack. Wayne Lovell who bagged the chip lead on Day 1A is still in the hunt. Todd Rebello, who bagged the sixth largest stack is still alive as well as Terry Presley who bagged the eight largest stack at the start of day.

Other familiar faces near the top were Jeff Banghart, Harry Arutyunayan, and Norm Sutch. Robert DeLeon Jr. and Rolando Lozano both bagged a top 15 stack and are still in the chase for glory. 

The list of those who fell during Day 2 is a long one littered with, ring winners, and other tournament poker standouts.

The bubble arrived during the fourth level of the day, with twentieth place finisher Mina Greco doing the dirty work to burst the bubble when her pocket jacks held against Amir Kaikah's ace king. During round-for-round play two other players, Matt Bond and Norm Sutch were also eliminated. The three of them chopped up 90th place. Their departures left the 89 remaining players in the money.

Some of those who cashed but did not last the night include Ray Qartomy, Daniel Jones, Jeff Banghart, Chris Staats, Stephen Nussrallah, and bracelet winner Blair Hinkle. 

The twelve players who did survive the long day will return to action on Monday to play down to a winner. Blinds will be 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante when play resumes.


As far as Casino Champion goes, Bart Bogard is currently in the lead. That will change however if chip leader Jared Hemingway can outlast five more opponents. Hemingway needs 7th place or better to secure his spot in Global Casino Championship

Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $20,199 but there's much more to play for than that. The winner will collect the series' most desirable ring and the top payout of $263,815. On top of that, the tournament’s winner earns a berth in the prestigious Global Casino Championship where they’ll compete for a WSOP bracelet.

Day 3 begins at 12 PM local time with updates here throughout.