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Day 2 of Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em has come to a close here in the Amazon Room. The day began with 60 players returning to the felt, all vying to be part of the top 16 and make the money. At the end of the day, it was Al Decarolis who finished with the largest stack among that elite group, bagging up 1.261 million in chips.
Decarolis, a restaurant owner from Los Angeles who spends most of his time in Costa Rica, had no live tournament cashes to his name prior to today. Now, this restaurateur leads the final 16 players in the third-largest buy-in event of the 2014 WSOP. On his path to the top, Decarolis scored a key double up early in the day against start-of-day chip leader Vanessa Selbst. In that hand, Decarolis flopped a set of tens against Selbst's top two pair and held for a double up. Decarolis was able to springboard his early success into domination later in the day as he sent 2013 WSOP ONE DROP High Roller champion Tony Gregg to the rail.
While Decarolis holds the top position coming into Day 3, several notable names are hot on his heels. JC Tran, who finished in fifth place in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, bagged up the second largest stack of the day with 1.251 million. Rounding out the top three is none other than Selbst, who rode her start-of-day chip lead to finish with 1.224 million.
The returning field was positively stacked with notable names and faces. Unfortunately for most of those players, their run at the second bracelet of the 2014 WSOP would come to an end by the bag and tag. Players like Tim West, Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Lichtenberger, Mark Radoja, Jason Mercier, David Benefield, Sam Trickett, Phil Hellmuth and Eugene Katchalov all fell before the day came to a close.
Phil Ivey was on the hunt for his tenth bracelet today but ended up falling just short of the money. In a late-day confrontation with Tran, Ivey flopped a Broadway straight against Tran's flopped flush. Tran held up as the board finished and Ivey was eliminated in 18th place. Soon after Ivey's elimination, John Juanda became the official bubble boy when he fell at the hands of Robert Tepper.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. local time in the Amazon Room where the players will take their seats for four-handed action. Play will continue four-handed until the final four players are reached. From there, heads up matches will occur to determine the winner. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide all of the latest from the tournament felt! Goodnight!
John Juanda moved all in for 185,000 out of the small blind, Robert Tepper called in the big blind and the hands were opened.
Tepper had Juanda crushed and improved to Broadway as the board came out .
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The remaining 16 players are all guaranteed a minimum of $54,945 and are bagging and tagging for the evening.
JC Tran raised to 27,000 on the button, Calvin Anderson defended his big blind and the flop came . Both players checked.
The turn was the , Anderson led out for 32,000 and Tran called.
The river was a repeat king - the - and Anderson fired out another 104,000. Tran tank-called, then mucked when Anderson showed for aces and kings.
Kevin Song opened to 27,000 and action folded around to Robert Tepper on the button who moved all in for his last 132,000. The blinds folded and Song instantly announced a call.
Song's cowboys were out in the lead heading to the flop. The dealer fanned on the felt and Song retained his lead. Fourth street brought the and caused Tepper to stand up from his seat. Just like that, however, the struck the felt on the river and Tepper was able to finish with the best hand. He now has about 280,000 on the bubble while Song has fallen to 225,000.
Ryan Fee raised to 25,000 from the hijack, Vanessa Selbst reraised to 73,000 from the cutoff, and Fee called.
The flop fell , Fee checked, Selbst continued for 72,000, and Fee folded.
Phil Ivey and JC Tran were heads up on a flop of and Tran led out for 37,000. Ivey raised to 120,000, Tran moved all in for effectively 500,000 or so and Ivey called.
Ivey flopped Broadway, but he was drawing semi-dead against Tran's flush. The turn was the , giving both players an open-ended straight flush draw and even Ivey was amused.
"Straight flush draw," Ivey said.
The river was the , eliminating Ivey and Tran is our new chip leader with over 1.3 million.
Darren Elias raised to 25,000 from the button only to have Kevin Song three-bet to 72,000 from the big blind. Elias thought for about 30 seconds before moving forward a call.
The flop came and Song continued out for 51,000. Elias raised all in for 230,000 and Song released his cards. Elias raked in the pot and now has about 440,000.