Monday, January 17, 2022 3:24 AM Local Time
Jessica Vierling Leads Final 16 Players
Day 2 of the Choctaw Casino Resorts $1,700 Main Event saw 246 players come into the day with their hopes of making it to the final table of and after 13 hours of play, 16 players remain. Leading the way is Jessica Vierling who bagged 8,735,000 at the end of the night.
Vierling caught steam in the middle of the day when she turned a set of tens to crack Jason Daly's pocket kings to take a sizeable chip lead over the field and continued to build from there eliminating multiple players throughout the day.
Quan Tran entered Day 2 having a top ten stack and never lost momentum as he bagged (7,205,000) which was good enough to take second in chips heading into Day 3.
Tran caught a huge break in a hand against Matt Bond that catapulted him past the six-milly mark. Tran flopped trip threes with jack-three of hearts while Bond turned the nut flush with ace-deuce of diamonds. Tran needed help and found it after the board paired on the river to improve his hand to a full house.
Bagging third-place chips was Raul Garza who got off to a slow start but then gained traction nearing the end of the night (5,355,000) while Nate Steuer (3,605,000), and Dan Tomlinson (2,220,000) round out the top five stacks.
Many other well-known players found a bag outside the top five which included three-time circuit ring winner Abraham Araya (1,765,000), WSOP bracelet winner Rick Alvardo (1,330,000), Matthew Wantman (1,180,000), and WSOP bracelet winner Brian Green (720,000).
With 212 slated to get paid, roughly 30 some players needed to exit before racing the money. The action was loaded across the two Day 1 flight and was kicked up a notch today as the money bubble burst shortly before the first break of the day.
Some notable players to make the money include Yoann Gimenez (31st - $8,180), six-time circuit ring winner Max Young (39th - $6,142), three-time WSOP bracelet winner David "The Dragon" Pham (40th - $6,142), three-time circuit ring winner Nick Pupillo (51st - $5,395), seven-time circuit ring winner Vincent Moscati (65th - $4,277), and WSOP bracelet winner Craig Varnell (120th - $3,006).
Shane Vanloon was the final elimination of the night meaning 16 players will be returning tomorrow for the final day and each of them has secured $19,516, but all eyes will be on the $336,412 first-place prize that the eventual champion will be taking home, along with a shiny new ring.
Day 3 will resume Monday, January 17th, with a local start time of 2:00 p.m. Play will pick up at level 28 where blinds will be 40,000/80,000/80,000. Each level will be 60-minutes long and players will receive a 15-minute break after every two levels.
Make sure to tune in tomorrow and follow along with the WSOP.com live reporting team to find out who will be crowned the new Choctaw Main Event Champion!
Monday, January 17, 2022 2:01 AM Local Time
Shane Vanloon was all in after a flop from the button and was called by Quan Tran from the big blind.
Both players flopped an ace but Vanloon had kicker issues and neither the turn nor the river changed a thing as he made his exit in 17th place for $19,516.
Quan Tran - 7,300,000
Shane Vanloon - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 1:41 AM Local Time
Jonathan Bennett raised from late position and then called the 910,000 three-bet jam David Shaw made from the cutoff.
It was a classic race with Shaw in the lead with his made hand of eights but had a sweat after the flop gave Bennett the nut flush draw.
The turn wasn't a pretty sight for Shaw as the fell pairing Bennett ace and the river ended Shaw's tournament in 18th place for $19,516.
Jonathan Bennett - 2,300,000
David Shaw - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 1:17 AM Local Time
Monday, January 17, 2022 1:13 AM Local Time
Main Event players are on their last 15-minute break of the night.
Level 27 follows the break and will be the last level before bagging.
Monday, January 17, 2022 1:12 AM Local Time
Seat 1: Jonathan Bennett - 1,500,000
Seat 2: Richard Bennett - 1,350,000
Seat 3: David Shaw - 875,000
Seat 4: Rick Alvarado - 2,000,000
Seat 5: Raul Garza - 5,850,000
Seat 6: Matt Wantman - 1,730,000
Seat 7: Justin Coliny - 525,000
Seat 8: Hayden Fortini - 1,460,000
Seat 9: Brian Green - 710,000
Seat 1: Abraham Araya - 1,300,000
Seat 2: Walter Rodriguez - 1,300,000
Seat 3: Chase Reagan - 3,300,000
Seat 4: Nate Steuer - 1,300,000
Seat 5: Dan Tomlinson - 1,600,000
Seat 6: Shane Vanloon - 1,800,000
Seat 7: Jessica Vierling - 7,000,000
Seat 8: Quan Tran - 6,600,000
Seat 9: Daniel Hughes - 1,100,000
Monday, January 17, 2022 1:00 AM Local Time
William Leffingwell raised all in for 600,000 from the hijack and Quan Tran called from the button.
Leffingwell was ahead and nothing changed after the flop hit the felt.
The turn was of no consequence to Leffingwell as he was looking good to score a double-up until the peeled off on the river, pairing Tran and ending Leffingwell's tournament in 19th place for $16,120.
Quan Tran - 6,700,000
William Leffingwell - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 12:38 AM Local Time
Philip Chow raised all in for 600,000 from middle position and Raul Garza called from the small blind.
Chow was dominated and didn't like when he saw an ace appear in the window on the flop.
The turn left Chow needing a lucky lady on the river, but the completed the board instead and ended his tournament in 20th place for $16,120.
Raul Garza - 4,100,000
Philip Chow - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 12:29 AM Local Time
Jeffrey McKenzie raised all in for 455,000 from the button and Dan Tomlinson looked him up from the big blind.
McKenzie was behind holding live cards and connected with the flop to take the lead.
The turn did give McKenzie a little sweat as it gave Tomlinson more outs with a gutshot straight draw and unfortunately for him, the dealer dropped the on the river giving Tomlinson Broadway, ending McKenzie's tournament in 21st place for $16,120.
Dan Tomlinson - 1,900,000
Jeffrey McKenzie - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 12:22 AM Local Time
Action on the table folded around to Vincent Villarreal who raised all in for 465,000 from under the gun and Raul Garza called from the cutoff.
Villarreal was ahead with his made hand of sevens until a jack appeared in the window on the flop.
The turn left Villarreal needing a lucky seven on the river but the came instead and ended his tournament in 22nd place for $13,430.
Raul Garza - 3,000,000
Vincent Villarreal - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 12:18 AM Local Time
Dien Le open-jammed under the gun for 400,000 and Quan Tran called from the button.
Le had Tran dominated until the flop hit the felt pairing Tran's four.
The turn was no help to Le as he needed a king to stay alive but the completed the board on the river and ended his tournament in 23rd place for $13,430.
Quan Tran - 6,100,000
Dien Le - Eliminated
Monday, January 17, 2022 12:13 AM Local Time
Nicholas Evdos opened to 125,000 from middle position. Jessica Vierling, in the cutoff, gather some T-100,000 chips and put in a three-bet of 375,000. Action folded back to Evdos who called.
The flop came . Evdos checked. Vierling continued for 250,000. Evdos called.
The turn was the . Evdos checked again. Vierling fired a second barrell, sliding out 550,000. Evdos gripped a small stack of chips and announced "all in" as he set them in the middle.
Vierling called the shove of nearly 1,000,000. She turned up for top pair. Evdos tabled , drawing to a multitude of outs.
However, the river was the . Evdos did not hit and he is sent to the payout desk while Vierling soars to an even higher chip lead.
Jessica Vierling - 8,400,000
Nicholas Evdos - Eliminated
Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:56 PM Local Time
Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:48 PM Local Time
Raul Garza raised to 125,000 from the hijack and then called the 860,000 three-bet jam Matt Bond made from the small blind.
Bond was behind holding two over cards but didn't like when a nine appeared in the window on the flop.
The turn wasn't a card Bond wanted to see as it gave Garza a full house leaving him drawing dead the river which ended his tournament in 25th place for $11,285.
Raul Garza - 2,800,000
Matt Bond - Eliminated
Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:37 PM Local Time
There was heads-up action between Walter Rodriguez from middle position and Roy Hall from the big blind with a board showing.
With over 250,000 already in the middle, Hall moved all-in for 485,000 and after some careful consideration, Rodriguez called.
Rodriguez made the correct call and the river ended Hall's tournament in 26th place for $11,285.
Walter Rodriguez - 2,000,000
Roy Hall - Eliminated
Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:25 PM Local Time
Vincent Villarreal raised all in for 495,000 from middle position and Isai Coello called off holding the exact same amount directly to his left.
Both players woke-up with premium hands but Villarreal's was better and the runout ended Coello's tournament in 27th place for $11,285.
Vincent Villarreal - 1,000,000
Isai Coello - Eliminated
Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:54 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Richard Bennett - 975,000
Seat 2: Nate Steuer - 1,500,000
Seat 3: Matt Wantman - 1,730,000
Seat 4: Roy Hall - 425,000
Seat 5: Jeff McKenzie - 980,000
Seat 6: Rick Alvarado - 2,600,000
Seat 7: Walter Rodriguez - 1,720,000
Seat 8: Dan Tomlinson - 600,000
Seat 9: Jonathan Bennett - 1,300,000
Seat 1: Chase Reagan - 2,250,000
Seat 2: Jessica Vierling - 4,500,000
Seat 3: Dien Le - 300,000
Seat 4: Shane Vanloon - 2,100,000
Seat 5: William Leffingwell - 700,000
Seat 6: David Shaw - 1,700,000
Seat 7: Philip Chow - 800,000
Seat 8: Nicholas Evdos - 1,400,000
Seat 9: Quan Tran - 5,200,000
Seat 1: Raul Garza - 830,000
Seat 2: Hayden Fortini - 1,600,000
Seat 3: Justin Coliny - 1,500,000
Seat 4: Matt Bond - 425,000
Seat 5: Vincent Villarreal - 450,000
Seat 6: Isai Coelco - 630,000
Seat 7: Brian Green - 1,200,000
Seat 8: Abraham Araya - 1,400,000
Seat 9: Daniel Hughes - 1,500,000
Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:49 PM Local Time
Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:35 PM Local Time
The remaining 30 players are on a 15-minute break
Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:28 PM Local Time
Jessica Vierling raised from the cutoff and then called the 200,000 three-bet jam Matthew Bray made from the button.
Vierling had Bray dominated and the flop paired her six.
The turn did give Bray some hope with a wheel draw but the river ended his tournament.
Jessica Vierling - 5,100,000
Matthew Bray - Eliminated