Monday, May 8, 2017 12:24 AM Local Time
Mike Cordell opened Day 2 as one of the shorter stacks in the field with only 43,500, but at the end of the day it was Cordell who built accumulated a stack of more than 4.5 million — more than half of the chips in play — to lead the final six players into Day 3.
Cordell, a WSOP bracelet winner and owner of two Circuit Rings, started the final table as chip leader and only increased his chip lead from there, including a late elimination of Richie Smith, which really put distance between him and the rest of the field as play wound down.
Cordell (4,515,000) will be joined by Jeremy Stein (1,495,000), Rob Garrett (1,260,000), Van Truong (660,000), Alex Queen (590,000), and Joshua Vizcarra (480,000). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $28,671, but when Day 3 begins at noon Monday, they will all chasing the top prize of $148,171, which comes with a WSOP Circuit Ring and an entry into the WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Truong is in the midst of a second deep run in as many Circuit main events. Just two weeks ago, Truong won the Main Event at Harrah's Cherokee for $318,646.
With only 81 players returning for Day 2, the top 45 finishers would earn at least a min-cash of $3,044. The chips were flying and there was no shortage of action throughout the day, with the money bubble burstin midway through the third level of the day when Rob Garrett eliminated Lara Eisenberg.
Once the players were in the money, the action continued move quickly with players hitting the rail at a frantic pace. After six levels of play, the original 81 players were trimmed down to the final 16, who took a one-hour dinner break.
Players who made the money include Dennis Phillips (42nd), Daniel Pearlman (38th), Justin Liberto (29th), Henry Meacham (28th), Andrew Brokos (22nd), and David Aker (12th).
There were several notable pros who failed to last long enough to secure a cash. A.J. Kelsall, Rex Clinkscales, Allen Kessler, Bob Beck, Pete Lawson, and five-time ring winner Kurt Jewell were among the casualties of Sunday's action that went home empty-handed.
When the final table was reached, much of the hype was surrounding all-time ring leader Maurice Hawkins, who was near the top of the counts and in the hunt for his record-extending 11th Circuit ring. Unfortunately for Hawkins, things didn't go his way as the night progressed and was eliminated the all-time WSOP Circuit Ring leader with 10, was eliminated on the very last hand of play.
When play resumes on Monday, blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante. A complete list of results can be found in the "Results" tab above.
Here is a look at the seat draw for tomorrow's action:
Seat 1: Alex Queen - 590,000
Seat 2: Josh Vizcarra - 480,000
Seat 3: Jeremy Stein - 1,495,000
Seat 4: Van Truong - 660,000
Seat 5: Robert Garrett - 1,260,000
Seat 6: Mike Cordell - 4,515,000
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:20 AM Local Time
Jeremy Stein opens to 57,000 under the gun, Maurice Hawkins (pictured) calls in the hijack, Rob Garrett calls in the cutoff, and Mike Cordell calls on the button to create four-way action.
The flop is . Stein bets 95,000, Hawkins calls all in for what looks like 32,000 total, and the other two fold out of the way to leave Hawkins heads-up for his tournament life.
"Give me a four," Hawkins tries. The turn is the blank , though, and the river is another miss with the , and Stein wins the pot with a pair of queens. Hawkins, the Circuit's all-time winningest player, is eliminated in seventh place on the final hand of Day 2.
The final six players are now bagging up their chips for the night. The chip counts will be published alongside a recap of the day's action shortly.
Jeremy Stein - 1,495,000 (62 bb)
Maurice Hawkins - Eliminated
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:15 AM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins limps in the cutoff, Mike Cordell calls in the small blind, and Alex Queen checks his option in the big blind.
The flop is . Cordell checks, Queen bets 40,000, Hawkins folds, and Cordell calls. Heads-up now, the turn is the . Cordell checks, Queen bets 95,000, and Cordell calls again. Both players check through river.
Cordell shows , winning the pot with a pair of tens.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:12 AM Local Time
Jeremy Stein raises from the hijack, winning the blinds and antes.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:10 AM Local Time
Alex Queen opens to 55,000 in middle position, winning the blinds and antes.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:10 AM Local Time
Jeremy Stein opens the button to 52,000, and Maurice Hawkins defends his big blind.
The flop is , and both players check. The turn is the . Hawkins checks again, Stein bets 65,000, and Hawkins calls. The river is the , and Hawkins leads out for 30,000. Stein calls.
Hawkins announces a ten and shows . It's no good, though; Stein tables to win the pot with a pair of kings.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:06 AM Local Time
Josh Vizcarra opens the button to 50,000, and Van Truong defends her big blind.
The flop is . Truong checks, Vizcarra contiues for 30,000, and Truong check-raises to 100,000. Vizcarra folds, and Truong wins the pot.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:05 AM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins moves all in for 117,000 in middle position, and Rob Garrett calls to put him at risk.
The board runs , and Hawkins wins the pot with nines up to double-up.
Maurice Hawkins - 298,000 (12 bb)
Rob Garrett - 1,310,000 (55 bb)
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:03 AM Local Time
Jeremy Stein opens to 57,000 under the gun, and Rob Garrett three-bets to 155,000 in the cutoff. Stein spends long enough in the tank that the clock is called on him, and he folds quickly thereafter. Garrett wins the pot.
Monday, May 8, 2017 12:00 AM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins raises to 49,000 from the cutoff and Alex Queen moves all in for 349,000 out of the big blind. Hawkins calls and the cards are tabled.
Queen shows and is in the lead with his against Hawkins' .
The board runs out and even thought the board runs out a straight, Queen wins the pot with a flush.
Alex Queen - 710,000 (29 bb)
Maurice Hawkins - 125,000 (5 bb)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:58 PM Local Time
Josh Vizcarra raises to 50,000 from early position and Mike Cordell defends his big blind. The flop is and Cordell checks. Vizcarra bets 28,000 and Cordell calls.
The turn is the and Cordell checks. Vizcarra bets 60,000 and Cordell calls. The river is the . Cordell checks for a third time Vizcarra checks behind.
Cordel announces "six-high" and nobody shows their hand. Cordel shows and wins the pot against Vizcarra's .
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:55 PM Local Time
Mike Cordell opens to 52,000 under the gun, and Maurice Hawkins calls in the small blind. The board runs out , with the two men checking it all the way down.
Cordell shows , out-kicking Hawkins' to earn the pot.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:53 PM Local Time
Alex Queen opens to 50,000 in the hijack, winning the blinds and antes.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:52 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins raises to 61,000 from under the gun and Jeremy Stein moves all in out of the small blind for 520,000. Stein shows and is in the lead against Hawkins' .
The baord runs out and Stein doubles through the 10-time ring winner.
Jeremy Stein - 1,090,000 (45 bb)
Maurice Hawkins - 470,000 (19 bb)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:50 PM Local Time
Josh Vizcarra raises to 50,000 out of the small blind and Jeremy Stein calls from the big blind. The flop is and Vizcarra checks.
Stein bets 50,000 and Vizcarra check-raises to 178,000. Stein folds and Vizcarra wins the pot.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:47 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins raises to 55,000 from the hijack and Rob Garrett calls from the cutoff. Josh Vizcarra three-bets to 210,000 out of the big blind and everybody folds.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:46 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins raises to 54,000 from the cutoff and is called by Rob Garrett on the button , Mike Cordell out of the small blind and Alex Queen defends his big blind.
The flop is and Cordell checks. Queen checks as well and Hawkins bets 42,000 and Garrett quickly folds. Cordell asks for a count from the dealer and calls. Queen quickly folds and they are heads-up to the turn.
Both players check and the comes on the river. Cordell leads out for 210,000 and Hawkins folds. Cordell flashes after the hand.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:43 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins raises to 52,000 on the button and Rob Garrett three-bets to 187,000 out of the small blind. Hawkins folds and shows
and Garrett flashes
as he takes the pot.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:41 PM Local Time
Jeremy Stein raises to 56,000 fro the cutoff and wins the blinds and antes.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:39 PM Local Time
Maurice Hawkins gets a walk in the big blind.