Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:52 PM Local Time
Jerry Yang - Chip Leader at end of day 2
Day 2 of the WSOPC Thunder Valley Main Event has reached it's conclusion after a little more than 12 hours of play. The starting field of 118 was whittled all the way down to the final table of 9.
Leading the final table is a name familiar to poker fans everywhere, Jerry Yang. Yang is of course most well known for his memorable WSOP Main Event victory in 2007 that was viewed by millions on ESPN during the glory days of poker in which became the last Main Event final table of the pre-November Nine period.
Yang now owns a Japanese restaurant in Fresno and plays poker on occasion and has spun it up here in Thunder Valley as he bagged the chip lead with 4,700,000 after a day of huge hands.
Second in chips at the end of the day was Feiyue Wu with 3,180,000. Victor Paredes of Modesto,CA finished in third with 2,700,000.
Garrett Anaya (1,865,000) is in fourth, WSOPC ring winner Lian Liu bagged fifth place with 1,660,000, while Meng Dong has sixth place to himself as the last player with over a million having 1,120,000.
Vishnu Chada (985,000), Salas Alam (925,000) and Brian Foley (270,000), who held on as the shorty for most of the day, make up the short stacks.
Final Table Seat Draw
1: Lian Liu - 1,660,000
2: Visnhu Chada - 985,000
3: Dong Meng - 1,120,000
4: Garrett Anaya - 1,865,000
5: Feiyue Wu - 3,180,000
6: Salas Alam - 925,000
7: Victor Paredes - 2,700,000
8: Jerry Yang - 4,700,000
9: Brian Foley - 270,000
Action of the Day
Day 2 began with 118 players and it took about two hours to reach the money bubble at 89 left. Once the money was reached players began to drop steadily including well known players, Brett Murray (89th), Jacqueline Burkhart (80th), start of day chip leader Ricardo Eyzaguirre (56th), Lexy Gavin (53rd), Andreas Kniep (38th) and Roland Israelashvili (32nd).
As the field reached the final three tables, several dramatic hands unfolded including none more so than the back-to-back elimination of Jessica Vierling in 13th place after her bluff was picked off by Dong Meng, and Viincent Moscati in 12th place after he lost a huge preflop flip to Jerry Yang which would become the main driver of Yang's rise to the chip lead.
Day 3 will start at 11 a.m local time with action at Level 26 with blinds at 20,000/40,000/40,000, where the remaining nine will play down to the WSOPC ring winner and the grand prize of $169,294.
Complete Chip Counts
Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
The final table has been reached! Full chip counts and recap to come within the hour.
Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:22 PM Local Time
Dean Freedlander - Eliminated in 10th place.
Dean Freedlander moved all in preflop and was called by Victor Paredes.
Freedlander was in a world of hurt as he had the vs the of Paredes.
The board ran out clean for Paredes as it came and Freedlander became the final table bubble boy.
Dean Freedlander - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:16 PM Local Time
Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:04 PM Local Time
Action was picked up on the river in a blind on blind battle. The board read . The pot was about 125,000 and Garrett Anaya made a big over-bet of 500,000 from the small blind.
Jerry Yang went into the tank and stood up. He considered his options for a while before calling.
Anaya tabled the for a flopped set and Yang mucked his cards as a portion of his stack went across the table.
Jerry Yang - 4,630,000
Garrett Anaya - 1,800,000
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:44 PM Local Time
Russell Okuba got his remaining stack in the middle and got called by Dean Freedlander, putting Okuba at risk.
Okuba turned over and realized that he needed help after looking over at Freedlander's .
The flop was the . The turn was the and Okuba stood up from his seat waiting for the last nail in the coffin that was the .Okuba eliminated with thirty minutes to go of Day 2.
Dean Freedlander - 2,100,000
Russell Okuba - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:29 PM Local Time
Jerry Yang raised on the button, Vincent Moscati three-bet from the small blind, when it was back on Yang he four-bet jammed all in. Moscati immediately stood up and looked torn as it was a huge shove for his entire healthy stack, a confrontation between two of the larger stacks left. "I don't mess around" said Yang as Moscati thought.
As the big decision on the table adjacent with Jessica Vierling and Dong Meng unfolded, Moscati waited and thought longer. After Vierling's elimination was confirmed he made the call.
It was a huge flip as Moscati had the vs the of Yang.
The flop sent Yang into the lead as it came . "I told you I don't mess around" said Yang again. The turn was the and the river came the to whiff Moscati and send him out the door, while giving Yang the huge chip lead.
The tournament director determined that because it was the same hand, Vierling and Moscati would split the difference of 13th place and 12th place money.
Jerry Yang - 5,450,000
Vincent Moscati - 0
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:23 PM Local Time
Jessica Vierling - Eliminated
Jessica Vierling raised under the gun to 60,000. Feiyue Wu three-bet to 180,000 from the button, Victor Paredes called, as did Vierling.
All three players saw the flop come . It checked around. The turn was the . Vierling bet 250,000, Wu called while Paredes folded.
The river came the . Vierling jammed all in for 570,000. Wu went deep into the tank as some drama was brewing at the other table as well. He thought for a long time before eventually landing on the call button.
Vierling tapped the table and said good call and showed the for a missed flush draw while Wu tabled the winner with the and just like that Vierling was gone in 13th place.
Feuyue Wu - 3,340,000
Jessica Vierling - 0
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:04 PM Local Time
Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:00 PM Local Time
Scott Young - Eliminated in 14th place.
Scott Young moved all in over a raise preflop and was called by Vincent Moscati.
It was the classic flip for Young's tournament life as he held against the of Moscati.
The flop came . The turn was the and the river came the to finish off Young in 14th place.
Vincent Moscati - 2,450,000
Scott Young - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:41 PM Local Time
Action was picked up on the turn as the board read . From under the gun, Jerry Yang bet 275,000 and Garrett Anaya called in the small blind.
The river came the . Anaya led out with a bet of 400,000, Yang snap called.
Anaya rolled over nothing with the and Yang tabled the winner with the
Jerry Yang - 2,400,000
Garrett Anaya - 1,320,000
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:39 PM Local Time
Scott Stewart - Eliminated in 15th
Scott Stewart moved his short stack forward preflop for the all in and was called by Jerry Yang.
Stewart had while Yang had .
The board ran out and Stewart was eliminated.
Jerry Yang - 1,330,000
Scott Stewart - 0
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:32 PM Local Time
Sheldon Miller - Eliminated
Sheldon Miller jammed his stack of 580,000 and got called by Victor Paredes, putting Miller's tournament life at risk.
Miller tabled and looked over at Paredes's .
Miller was still ahead after the flop that read , but the turn was the , pairing Miller's jack for a pair. The river was a blank and Sheldon Miller busted in 16th place.
Victor Paredes - 1,700,000.
Sheldon Miller - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:22 PM Local Time
Neng Lee - Eliminated
Neng Lee moved all in on the flop that read . He was called by Garrett Anaya. Lee had top pair with the while Anaya had the overpair with the .
The turn was the and the river came the to end the run for Lee and zoom Anaya towards the chip lead.
Garrett Anaya - 2,500,000
Neng Lee - 0
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:13 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Salas Alam - 640,000
Seat 2: Lian Liu - 780,000
Seat 3: Scott Young - 1,080,000
Seat 4: Garrett Anaya - 1,800,000
Seat 5: Russell Okuba - 750,000
Seat 6: Scott Stewart - 375,000
Seat 7: Jerry Yang - 920,000
Seat 8: Neng Lee - 700,000
Seat 9: Cole Miller - 350,000
Seat 1: Dean Freedlander - 1,620,000
Seat 2: Feiyue Wu - 935,000
Seat 3: Vishnu Chada - 1,220,000
Seat 4: Dong Meng - 1,1250,000
Seat 5: Vincent Moscati - 1,715,000
Seat 6: Sheldon Miller - 550,000
Seat 7: Jessica Vierling - 1,530,000
Seat 8: Victor Paredes - 1,108,000
Seat 9: Brian Foley - 250,000
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:06 PM Local Time
Robert Angeleri - Eliminated in 19th place
Robert Angeleri went all in preflop for 305,000 and was called by Vincent Moscati.
Angeleri had ace-jack and ran into the ace-king of Moscati. The board ran our quickly and gave no help to Angeleri who was eliminated to bring the field down to two tables.
Vincent Moscati - 1,715,000
Robert Angeleri - 0
Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:01 PM Local Time
Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:41 PM Local Time
Action got picked up with Ryan Raymond at risk holding , up against Dong Meng and his .
The board ran out and Raymond hit the rail in 20th place for a $7,291 payday.
Dong Meng - 800,000
Ryan Raymond - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:31 PM Local Time
Adam Saven - Eliminated
Adam Saven moved all in preflop and was called by Vincent Moscati.
Saven was in deep trouble as his was dominated by the of Moscati.
The board ran out to end the night for Saven.
Vincent Moscati - 1,480,000
Adam Saven - Eliminated
Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:29 PM Local Time
The board read . Garrett Anaya moved all in and was called by Robert Angeleri. Anaya had the flopped set with the , which was crushing the of Angeleri.
The turn was the and the river the to give Anaya a huge pot and leave Angeleri short, but he would double up the next hand to get a bit of breathing space.
Garrett Anaya - 1,510,000
Robert Angeleri - 140,000