Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:52 PM Local Time
The board is and Asher Conniff is in the big blind against Russ Head in middle position. Conniff checks and Head bets 11,000. Conniff calls and it's off to the turn.
Both players check the .
The river is the and Conniff checks a third time. Head reaches into his stack and pulls out a bet of 23,000. After some deliberation, Conniff folds. With that, Head, who held a stack of around 30,000 for the first few levels today, now claims 180,000 chips.
Russ Head - 180,000 (45 bb)
Asher Conniff - 270,000 (67 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:41 PM Local Time
DJ MacKinnon is heads up on a flop against Tom Markides. MacKinnon has checked from the big blind, and it's on Markides, who bets 10,000.
MacKinnon calls and the falls on the turn. MacKinnon leads out for 23,500, and after a moment, Markides calls. The river is the and MacKinnon bets 36,500. Markides snap-calls and MacKinnon flips for trip fours.
Markides says he knew MacKinnon had a four as he flips and the dealer pushes the pot toward MacKinnon.
DJ MacKinnon - 485,000 (121 bb)
Tom Markides - 142,000 (35 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:25 PM Local Time
Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:24 PM Local Time
A late position player shoves and Dan Gilmer calls from the cutoff. The button and blinds fold. The late-position player is at risk and behind versus Gilmer.
The runout is and the late-position busts at the hands of Gilmer.
Dan Gilmer - 271,000 (67 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 3:13 PM Local Time
Ken Taffaro limps from middle position as does the player seated to his direct left. It folds to Chris Csik in the small blind and he calls. The big blind checks and they're four handed to the flop.
The board comes . Csik and the big blind check. Taffaro does as well and it's on the player to his left. He bets 4,000. Csik and the big blind fold. Taffaro calls and they're heads up to the turn.
Both players check the .
The falls on the river. Taffaro leads for 11,000. His opponent thinks for a few seconds, then mucks. As he's about to rake the pot, Taffaro shows [aj,jh] for the nuts.
Ken Taffaro - 270,000 (90 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:58 PM Local Time
Defending Baltimore Main Event champion Chris Csik is in late position in a heads-up pot against the big blind. After a round of betting on an flop, both players check the turn.
The river brings the and the big blind leads for 13,000. Csik quickly calls and the big blind surrenders the pot. Csik tables to make it official. With that, the defending champion is now among the chip leaders.
Chris Csik - 358,000 (119 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:56 PM Local Time
According to players at the table, Tom Markides opens to 8,000 from middle position. The action folds around to Michael Loukas in the small blind, and he moves all in for 47,000.
The big blind folds, and it's back to Markides, who only takes a second before he calls. Markides holds and has Loukas' dominated. The board runs clean for Markides and he'll scoop the pot while eliminating Loukas.
Tom Markides - 340,000 (113 bb)
Michael Loukas - Eliminated
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:45 PM Local Time
Action folds to Thai Ha in the small blind and he shoves. Ken Taffaro calls with little hesitation and the hands are tabled.
The flop comes pairing Taffaro's king. Ha begins to gather his things.
The turn and river seal Ha's fate and he hits the rail at the hands of Taffaro.
Ken Taffaro - 275,000 (91 bb)
Thai Ha - Eliminated
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:37 PM Local Time
According to players at the table, John Stockton opens to 7,000 from middle position. Adam Cirnigliaro calls from the cutoff and DJ MacKinnon calls from the small blind, sending three players to the flop.
MacKinnon checks the flop and Stockton continues for 17,000. Cirnigliaro folds and it's back to MacKinnon who check-raises to 37,500. Stockton asks for count of MacKinnon's stack before announcing he is all in for around 100,000. MacKinnon, who has Stockton covered, snap-calls and shows for a pair of tens and the nut flush draw. Stockton flips over and is looking for help.
The turn and river keep MacKinnon out in front to scoop the pot and send Stockton to the rail.
DJ MacKinnon - 290,000 (96 bb)
John Stockton - Eliminated
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:36 PM Local Time
Daniel Gilmer opens the button to 6,000, and Karim Baruque three-bet shoves for 64,000 in the small blind. In the big, Sara Hall calls all in for 43,000, and Gilmer tank-folds. Hall is at risk, but she's well in front.
The flop gives Hall a set of eights, but it actually doubles Baruque's available outs. He's drawing to a five now, but the turn and river secure Hall's double-up.
After being down under 10,000 chips early in the day, Hall has rebounded close to six figures, and she's now back to the chip average and at her tournament high point in chips.
Sara Hall - 96,000 (32 bb)
Karim Baruque - 21,000 (7 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:24 PM Local Time
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:10 PM Local Time
Players are now on their first 15-minute break of the day. When they return, all remaining levels will be 60-minutes in length.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:03 PM Local Time
Nicholas Verderamo raises to 6,000 form late position and Thu Le calls from the button. Action is on Flight A chip leader Ting Xiao. He three bets making it 25,000 to go. The blinds fold and it's back to Verderamo. He folds as does Xiao and Le crosses the 300,000-mark with no resistance.
Ting Xiao - 311,000 (129 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:01 PM Local Time
Asher Conniff is heads up on a board and the big blind has checked.
On the button, Conniff bets 10,700 and the big blind calls. The dealer burns and turns the on the river, and once again, the big blind checks. Conniff bets 19,500, and after a moment, the big blind calls. Conniff tables for two pair, tens and eights. The big blind tosses his cards into the muck and Conniff will scoop the pot.
After starting the day with 67,600, Conniff is now among the chip leaders with 266,000.
Asher Conniff - 266,000 (110 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:49 PM Local Time
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:47 PM Local Time
Harold Mahaffey shoves for his last 9,700 from late position. Chip leader Dan Gilmer, who's seated right next to Mahaffey, flats. The remaining players fold and Mahaffey is at risk against the hottest player in the tournament.
The flop comes clean for Gilmer when it falls [jg,7h,3s].
A turn pairs Mahaffey giving him an unlikely lead in the hand.
The river officially earns Mahaffey the pot and he doubles through the chip leader. For Gilmer, the small loss marks his first speed bump on Day 2.
Harold Mahaffey - 25,000 (10 bb)
Dan Gilmer - 290,000 (120 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:39 PM Local Time
First in from the button, Dan Gilmer opens to 5,000. The small blind calls, as does Karim Baruque in the big, and it's three-handed to the flop.
It comes , and it checks to the raiser. Gilmer continues for 7,000, and both opponents call. The turn is the , and Gilmer bets 11,500. Both opponents call again. The river is the , and it checks around.
Gilmer tables , winning the pot with two pair. He's now crossed the 300,000-chip mark, sitting with the overall chip lead with about 100 players remaining.
Dan Gilmer - 305,000 (127 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:28 PM Local Time
After starting the day with 39,200, Chris Csik, the defending champion of the Baltimore Main Event, is sitting with nearly 250,000 following an early double up and a couple of knockouts.
According to Cisk, he doubled up early with pocket jacks against ace-queen. Later, Csik opened from under-the-gun with and one player called. On a board, Csik led out and was called. Csik hit a straight on the turn and his opponent moved all in with . Cisk snap-called and his straight held up to send one player to the rail.
A few hands later, Csik gets it all in preflop against Trevor Deeter. Csik holds pocket jacks again versus Deeter's ace-queen. Csik hits a set of jacks on the flop and that holds up for him to scoop Deeter's stack of about 85,000.
Chris Csik - 246,000 (103 bb)
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:26 PM Local Time
Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:25 PM Local Time
Stepan Gusak is in late position. He raises to 4,500 and it folds around to the button. He three bets, making it 11,500 to go. The blinds fold and action is back on Gusak. He calls and it's off to the flop.
The board comes and Gusak checks. The button bets 10,000. Gusak calls. They head to fourth street.
Both players check the .
The river completes the board with the . Gusak leads for 18,000. Following a couple minutes in the tank, the button calls. Gusak flips over for top pair, top kicker. The button folds and Gusak takes the pot.
Stepan Gusak - 117,000 (58 bb)