After ten levels of serious and intense poker, the initial 258 players that started Day 2 have dwindled down to the last 66 left standing. That is three eliminations short of the money.
The action started at noon with the blinds at 15K / 30K + 30K, and an average stack at approximately 2.02 million chips. Sandy Lam, who had bagged the most in Day 1A, was the overall chip leader with 6,840,000 chips. Right behind her was German Manig Loeser, with a stack of 6,620,000, and Day 1B top bagger William Givens IV, from Colorado, with 6,285,000 chips.
Givens quickly gained momentum and reinforced his stack to 10,500,000 chips by the first break, taking the lead. Loeser had also added a few chips to his count, but had dropped to fourth place on the leaderboard. Sneaking in between Loeser and Givens, Austrian Armin Rezaei had nabbed the third slot.
After four levels of play, Rezaei was now chip leader whereas Loeser and Givens had dropped to 3rd and 8th place on the second break leaderboard. Midway through the flight, more than 135 players had been eliminated, and the action was unrelenting, especially on the shorter stacks. Every increase in the blinds added some extra pressure, and the players were feeling it.
At the dinner break, Givens was still on a great streak and was now up to over 13 million chips. Chicago’s Kevin Rabichow and Loeser were right behind him. With only two levels left to play, Austrian Dietrich Fast and Canadian Josue Sauvageau made their first appearances in the top slots of the leaderboard, followed by Rezaei who was having an amazing day of poker.
The Action Clocks and time cards were introduced at the last level of the night, as the players were approaching the bubble. There were a few eliminations but not enough to reach the bubble. With a few minutes left on the clocks, hand-per-hand action started, allowing for three last hands of the evening to run simultaneously on every table. One elimination ensued from that period, but it ended three bust-outs short of the money.
When all was said and done, Kevin Rabichow was the top bagger of the day with a whopping 30,105,000 stack. Armin Rezaei, almost ten million chips behind Rabichow, threw 21,030,000 chips in his bag. The action will resume tomorrow at 12:00pm for Day 3, which promises to yet again be an amazing day of poker.
Here are the remaining days for the conclusion of this event:
- Day 3: Friday May 24 at 12:00pm
- Day 4: Saturday May 25 at 12:00pm
- Day 5: Sunday May 26 at 12:00pm
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