Level 17 (paused at 62:00): Blinds 3,000/6,000/6,000 BB Ante
Total Entries: 1,415
Players Remaining: 177
Average Stack: 319,774
To reach bagging and find out the two are neck and neck took quite a long time, as the bubble extended from 11:45 PM to about 1:20 AM.
Already running long, half way through the bubble play, David Farber gave a rude birthday gift to Chris Tryba, making work against Tryba’s pocket aces on .
Then, two at once, but neither covering stack can knock out even one player, with two to go.
Eric Siegel fades his all in happy to have up against , with not much of a sweat being dealt out.
Then, interesting bubble play between Altman and Gruneberg, second pair versus second pair. Gruneberg, a big stack all night, takes the small pot and no one is all in.
The next hand, progress, as cools off a short stack’s . He’s out.
Several missed spots, then a cooler against Paul Volpe, who loses 420,000 of his stack to A.J. Kelsall, against .
The bubble stretches even longer, but finally it’s back to Tryba, who lost with the aces earlier. This time he loses to Dylan Gang’s . Bubble and bad birthday luck for Chris.
Day 3 players should gather today, the 30th at noon.
In addition to the two big stacks, a few stories we covered:
Gary Wong bagged 712,000, losing a bit off his peak at a stacked table. Adam Hendrix, on Gary’s right, took 735,000.
Volpe after the cooler finished with 216,000 while AJ with the Aces took a hefty 895,000.
Nick Schwarmann, a big stack all day, bagged 919,000.
Phil Hellmuth, deep in the corner of the Event Center and underneath a palm, took 519,000.
Dylan Gang, who knocked out the bubble Tryba, has 872,000 for Day 3.
Official counts and seating will be posted when available.
Good luck to all those who survived a long day of poker!