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2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 02, 2016 to Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Event #2: The COLOSSUS II - $565 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $565
  • Prizepool: $10,806,500
  • Entries: 21,613
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 6, 2016 2:00 AM Local Time

Day 2 Chip Leader Ben Lindemulder

Ben Lindemulder is getting used to being the big stack. After bagged the biggest stack on Day 1C,he had a similar experience on Day 2 and finishes atop the chip counts with 5,325,000. Lindemulder steadily grew his stack throughout the day and ended with a sizable chip lead--almost 2 million more than the next biggest stack.

The massive field of 21,613 was down to just 846 when Day 2 kicked off at 2 p.m. Everybody remaining was in the money and guaranteed a payday of at least $2,200. They played eight, one-hour levels and 78 players survived the day to advance to Day 3.

Joining Lindemulder at the top of the leaderboard heading into Day 3 are Richard Carr (3,550,000), five-time Circuit ring winner Vincent Moscati (3,300,000), and Farhad Davoudzadeh (2,845,000). 

Other notables still in contention on Day 3 include two-time Circuit ring winner Jeff Fielder (2,105,000), along with bracelet winners Amir Lehavot (1,545,000), David "ODB" Baker (890,000), Marco Johnson (815,000), and Ylon Schwartz (860,000).

Not everyone was fortunate enough to survive the day. Those who busted today include Nam Le, Allen Cunningham, Kane Kallas, bracelet winner Alex Bolotin, Joseph Cheong, Matt Stout, Taylor Paur, Robert Cheung, Joe Elpayaa, Kelly Minkin, Asher Conniff, Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen, Max Silver, Bryan Piccioli

All remaining players are guaranteed at least $10,289 for their efforts, with the first place finisher earning $1 million. Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m., and they will play down to the final table. 

Monday, June 6, 2016 1:10 AM Local Time
Play has concluded and the players have bagged up their chips for the night. A complete recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.
Monday, June 6, 2016 12:45 AM Local Time
The players will play five more hands and then the remaining players will bag up their chips for the day.
Monday, June 6, 2016 12:35 AM Local Time

There is less than half an hour before the end of Day 2 in the 2016 Colossus, and Robert Cote doesn't have many chips.

An early position player raises to 80,000. Cotes calls the 80,000, but has only 20,000 behind.

Action folds back to the the raising player, and he prematurely flips over his cards to show   . Cote says "I'm not all in," and the other player scoops up his cards, turns them back over, and puts out a stack of chips as a blind bet fbefore the flop. Cote calls in the dark with his last chips

Cote has    and he's behind until the     flop. He keeps the lead through the   turn and a river  .

Just the blinds and antes are worth more than 100,000 chips. With the matching chips for his stack, Cote effectively triples up.

Friends on the rail cheer him on and he runs over to talk to them during the next hand, then heads back to shove all in. He wins another hand and another 100,000.

Robert Cote - 400,000

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:35 AM Local Time

Marek Ohnisko raises to 80,000, and Jeff Fielder reraises to 220,000.  Ohnisko pauses for a moment before announcing that he is all-in, having Fielder's remaining 775,000 or so covered.  Fielder quickly calls. 


The board runs out      , awarding Fielder a double from one of the biggest stacks in the room. 

Jeff Fielder - 2,150,000
Marek Ohnisko - 2,400,000

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:32 AM Local Time

David "ODB" Baker raises from under the gun and Xiu-Xian Deng moves all in for 650,000 from the cutoff. Baker calls and the cards are tabled.

Baker shows    and is dominated by Deng's   . The board runs out       and Deng's cowboys hold up to double up just before the end of the day.

Xiu-Xian Deng - 1,350,000
David "ODB" Baker - 1,450,000

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:31 AM Local Time

According to players at the table, Antoune Nasr limped in middle position, the small blind completeded, and Darrel Dier went all-in from the big blind for about 600,000. Nasr called and the small blind folded. 

Darrel Dier:   
Antoune Nasr:   

Darrel Dier didn't find help from the board and he was eliminated.

Antoune Nasr - 1,350,000
Darrel Dier - Eliminated

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:18 AM Local Time


Nam Le moves all in from the hijack for 130,000 and Edward Blount calls out of the big blind calls. Le tables    and is in the lead against Blount's   .

The flop is     and Blount flops a flush draw to give him more outs. The turn is the  , giving Blount a pair of threes and the lead. The river is the   and Le hits the rail.

Edward Blount - 650,000
Nam Le - Eliminated

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:06 AM Local Time

Norman Michalek moves all in from under the gun and action folds around to the player in the big blind, who takes over a minute in the tank before calling. Michalek shows    and is dominated by his opponent's   

The board runs out       and the big blind's pocket tens hold up to take the pot and eliminate the start of day chip leader in the last level of the day.

Norman Michalek - Eliminated

Monday, June 6, 2016 12:06 AM Local Time

A player in early position calls the big blind of 40,000 and the button limps as well. Austin Buchanan raises to 240,000 from the big blind. The player from early position goes into the tank and is clearly struggling with his decision. "That's such a big raise," Buchanan's opponent says, then shakes his head. After two minutes, he folds his hand and says "Alright sir, nice bet," the button also folds and Buchanan claims the pot.

Austin Buchanan - 1,300,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:57 PM Local Time

With a board reading    , a player in early position bets 100,000, and Eric Aasa raises to 205,000.  His opponent calls. 

Both players check the   turn.

The river comes the  , and the first player bets 100,000.  Aasa quickly calls.

"I flopped two pair, but didn't bet the turn because I wasn't sure what I would do if I got check-raised," Aasa says as he turns over   .

His opponent raises his eyebrows and slowly moves his cards forward into the muck. 

Eric Aasa - 1,300,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:56 PM Local Time

A player under the gun goes all in for 160,000. Jiri Horak is in early position and calls.

Action folds to Eric Aasa on the button and he shoves his entire stack into the middle. The blinds fold, the player under the gun is already all in, and Horak jokingly asks for a count, though Aasa obviously has him covered.

It takes a short amount of time for Horak to fold, but he does, then Aasa shows his    which is up against the under-the-gun player's   .

Aasa's ace-king stays out front and even improves to a pair of aces on the river of a       board and he takes the pot.

Shortly after that, and with their table about to break, Horak takes in some chips by shoving his stack to take the blinds and antes, though he still has a deficit to make up.

Eric Aasa - 1,200,000
Jiri Horak - 475,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:45 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 5,000
Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:38 PM Local Time

Nam Le goes all in under the gun for 125,000 gets a call from the big blind. 

Nam Le:   
Big Blind:   

Nam Le has his opponent dominated and that doesn't change as the board runs out      

Both players make a pair of nines with fives and Le wins the pot with the best kicker.

Nam Le - 320,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:36 PM Local Time

The player on the button shoves all in, and David Gutfreund calls all-in for around 480,000 from the big blind. 


The flop comes    , giving Gutfreund a pair of kings, but also giving his opponent a gutshot-straight draw. Luckily for Gutfreund the   turn and   river are safe, and he will double up.  

David Gutfreund - 1,015,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:24 PM Local Time

Ryan Hoberg

Doug Lee raises to 85,000 from middle position. Ryan Hoberg, who is sitting next to Lee, reraises to 160,000. The blinds fold their hands and the decision is up to Lee, who spends long enough talking at Hoberg that the button player calls out: "I thought we established 'no dating at the table!'"

Lee tosses his hand into the muck and says "queens" to Hoberg, taking a guess at what he thinks his opponent. Hoberg turns up just that, queens, and takes the pot.

Ryan Hoberg - 1,800,000
Doug Lee - 800,000
Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:21 PM Local Time

The player under the gun raises to 65,000 and Kyle Wheeler raises to 180,000 in late position. Both blinds fold and the initial raiser calls. 

They go heads up to a flop of    . Wheeler's opponent checks, Wheeler bets 150,000, and his opponent calls. 

The turn is the   and the first player checks. Wheeler bets 300,000 and his opponent sits back, takes a drink of red bull, and finally folds. 

Kyle Wheeler - 1,430,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:16 PM Local Time

Vincent Moscati opens to 60,000 from the hijack, the small blind raises and Ben Lindemulder pauses briefly before reaching into his huge stack for a raise to 330,000. Moscati folds and the small blind moves all in for around 750,000. Lindemulder looks quickly at how much it is before nodding and announcing his call. His opponent is at-risk and the players reveal their hands.

Ben Lindemulder:   

It's a classic flip as the players watch the board run out:      .

Lindemulder pairs his king on the turn. His opponent can't find a queen on the river and Lindemulder will take the pot and add to his already massive chip stack.

Ben Lindemulder - 4.300,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 11:01 PM Local Time

The player under the gun shoves all in for around 260,000.  Ryan Hoberg is next to act, and calls the 260,000.  All remaining players fold. 


The board runs out      , awarding Hoberg the pot, sending his opponent to the rail. 

Ryan Hoberg - 1,500,000

Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:57 PM Local Time

Jesse McVicker shoves all in for just under 200,000, and Jeff Fielder pauses in the big blind before calling the shove. 


The flop comes    , leaving McVicker in the lead, but giving Fielder a gutshot straight draw causing a table mate to say, "flops the gutter." 

The   turn gives Fielder a pair of aces, and unfortunately for McVicker the river is the  , eliminating him from play. 

Jeff Fielder - 820,000
Jesse McVicker - Eliminated