Monday, March 20, 2023 1:17 AM Local Time
Day 2 of the Tulsa Main Event began with 58 players and ended with only five after over 12 hours of play after rapid eliminations and big action made for a dramatic day in Tulsa.
Ending the night as chip leader was Tulsa local Eric Bunch who ended with 5,320,000. Bunch was the chip leader after Day 1a and remained among the big stacks throughout the day. When the final table of nine was reached he took the chip lead in dramatic fashion when he came out on top of a double knockout which put him on the pedestal that he would not relinquish.
Richard Gebhart began Day 2 as the second largest stack and he would stay on fire throughout the day as he was almost always stacking chips each time he was spotted in action. He ended the day as the second largest stack with 3,500,000
Brandon Elmore had a charmed life late in the day as he was knocked down to as low as a couple of big blinds but won several all ins as a short stack to remain alive and end the day as the third largest stack (2,240,000)
Kasey Mills survived the day and ended as the fourth largest stack with 1,700,000 after having a solid day that saw her have a slight chip lead as the final table began.
John Lopez would be the short stack of the remaining five with 1,475,000 after starting the day as overall chip leader, meaning that three of the top five stacks to start the day ended up as three of the five remaining players.
The day began with flaming action as the field was cut all the way down in half from 58 to 29 before the first break. Some of the well known players to be eliminated from that point on were; Cedrric Trevino (25th Place ), Daniel Lowery (17th Place) and the father/son duo of Todd and Trey Bartlett would bow out in 15th and 11th respectively.
The final table was reached just before the dinner break where action would be slow for the first hour before exploding when Bunch took out Jeffrey Roberson and Harold Kruger in the aforementioned same hand to cut the field to seven.
Tulsa Ladies Event winner Ashley Frank would be the next to hit the rail in seventh place after she had a great early part of the day to move to one of the bigger stacks before hitting rougher sledding at the final table.
Six-Handed play would be a double-up war as the short stack won multiple all ins in a row before local crusher Will Berry was finally sent away in sixth place to make for the final five that would advance to Day 3.
Day 3 will begin at 12 noon local time with action on Level 27, blinds at 40,000/80,000/80,000.
WSOP.com will provide all the updates starting from then as the players will battle for the $145,876 grand prize.
Monday, March 20, 2023 12:36 AM Local Time
Day 2 has come to an end with five players remaining. Chip counts and recap to follow shortly.
Monday, March 20, 2023 12:15 AM Local Time
Will Berry jammed under the gun, Kasey Mills called in the big blind.
Berry was at risk with the while Mills had the .
The flop came to give Mills the boat. The turn was the and river the to finally crack the six-handed roadblock and end the streak of shorter stacks winning all ins.
Will Berry - Eliminated
Kasey Mills - 1,200,000
Monday, March 20, 2023 12:07 AM Local Time
Action was on the flop in a blind on blind battle as it read . Richard Gebhart bet 100,000 from the big blind and Brandon Elmore called in the small blind.
The turn was the . Elmore bet 200,000. Gebhart called.
The river came the Gebhart jammed all in and Elmore quickly called and tabled the for a pair of queens which was good for the double as Gebhart had the and lost a portion of his stack.
Richard Gebhart - 4,600,000
Brandon Elmore - 1,725,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:57 PM Local Time
Brandon Elmore moved all in over a raise from Will Berry who called to make for another preflop all in.
Elmore was at risk but had the lead this time with the , Berry had the .
The flop came , the turn was the to make things interesting but the river came the to hold the lead for Elmore as he once again doubled.
Brandon Elmore - 1,280,000
Will Berry - 770,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:52 PM Local Time
Another preflop all in was in progress as John Lopez had the while Eric Bunch had the .
The flop came . The turn was the and the river the to give yet another pot to the at risk player.
John Lopez - 2,430,000
Eric Bunch - 3,470,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:49 PM Local Time
Will Berry moved all in for 635,000 from the button. John Lopez re-jammed from the small blind and the big blind folded.
Berry was behind with the against the of Lopez.
The flop came , the turn hit Berry as the came down and the river was the to give Berry the double.
Will Berry - 1,270,000
John Lopez - 1,210,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:42 PM Local Time
Brandon Elmore was all in for his micro stack form the small blind with the vs Richard Gebhart's .
The board ran out to pair the ten and keep Elmore alive.
The next hand Will Berry jammed from the hijack, Elmore called on the button.
Elmore was in big trouble with the vs the of Berry. The flop came and the turn was another seven the to send Elmore into the lead. The river was the and he once again stayed alive.
Brandon Elmore - 675,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:34 PM Local Time
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:30 PM Local Time
Brandon Elmore raised to 110,000 under the gun. Kasey Mills jammed all in from the button and Elmore called.
Mills was behind and at risk with the while Elmore had the .
Mills stood up to get ready to leave, "Ten coming" said recently eliminated Ashley Frank who was now rooting for Mills.
The flop came and sure enough the came off on the turn. The river was the to confirm her double up as Elmore was left short
Brandon Elmore - 410,000
Kasey Mills - 1,075,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:23 PM Local Time
Will Berry jammed all in from the cutoff for 675,000 over the raise from Kasey Mills in the hijack who called.
The flop came . The turn was the to give her more outs. The river came the and Berry gathered the double.
Will Berry - 1,350,000
Kasey Mills - 745,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:04 PM Local Time
Ashley Frank jammed her stack of about 1,000,000 and was called by Richard Gebhart.
Frank held the while Gebhart had the .
The flop came with two diamonds. The turn was the and the river was the card that did Frank in as the came off to bust her with an ace on the river.
Ashley Frank - Eliminated
Richard Gebhart - 4,550,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:55 PM Local Time
Action was picked up on the turn as the board read . John Lopez bet 230,000 from the cutoff and Richrd Gebhart called in the big blind.
The river came the . Gebhart led for 700,000. Lopez thought for a few moments before he folded.
"You dodged a big one there" said Gebhart as he turned over the for quads. "I folded kings-full" joked Lopez as his chips went over to Gebhart.
Richard Gebhart - 3,900,000
John Lopez - 1,820,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:34 PM Local Time
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:26 PM Local Time
The remaining 7 players are now on their final break of the night.
Richard Gebhart - 2,575,000
Eric Bunch - 3,875,000
Kasey Mills - 1,650,000
Will Berry - 1,450,000
John Lopez - 2,070,000
Brandon Elmore - 1,320,000
Ashley Frank - 1,125,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:18 PM Local Time
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:17 PM Local Time
Action went check-check on a flop showing to the turn which came the . Kasey Mills bet 150,000 from early position and Brandon Elmore called on the button.
The river was the . Mills fired out 400,000 and Elmore laid down his hand.
Brandon Elmore - 900,000
Kasey Mills - 1,930,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:06 PM Local Time
Action was picked up on the flop with the board reading . All three players committed 125,000 to the middle.
The turn was the . Jeffrey Roberson jammed all in from early position, Harold Kruger called on his direct left. Eric Bunch was in the big blind and he jammed his larger stack and Kruger called.
Bunch had the chance for a double knockout as he had the straight. The river was the and indeed the double knockout was confirmed to bring the field from 9 down to 7 just like that.
Eric Bunch - 3,800,000
Harold Kruger - Eliminated
Jeffrey Roberson - Eliminated
Sunday, March 19, 2023 9:51 PM Local Time
Three players went to a flop of . From middle position, Ashley Frank bet 100,000. Eric Bunch called the hijack and Kasey Mills folded in the cutoff.
The turn was the . Frank led for 400,000 which was enough to get the fold from Bunch.
Eric Bunch - 1,450,000
Kasey Mills - 1,850,000
Ashley Frank - 1,530,000
Sunday, March 19, 2023 9:38 PM Local Time
Four players saw a flop of . John Lopez bet 170,000 from the button. Ashley Frank folded the big blind and Harold Kruger folded form the hijack. Will Berry called in the cutoff.
The turn was the . Action went check-check to the river which was the . Lopez bet 225,000 and Berry Folded.
Will Berry - 1,675,000
John Lopez - 2,220,000