2019 World Series of Poker

Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Jours 2
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
50,000 / 100,000

Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Jour 2 terminé

Li Retains the Lead After Day 2 of Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Baitai Li
Baitai Li

A full day of poker has come to an end on Day 2 of Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em with just 26 players moving on to the penultimate day of play. The final three tables were reached in the last few hands of the night and a full redraw was done as players bagged their chips.

While there were plenty of movers and shakers throughout the day, one thing remained constant on the leaderboard and that was the stack of Baitai Li. After bagging the Day 1 chip lead, Li bagged the Day 2 lead as well with a stack of 1,686,000 in search of his first World Series of Poker hardware.

Things got off to a bit of a rough start for Li when he doubled up Ryan Olisar in the opening levels. Li flopped a set of queens but Olisar turned a straight and all of the chips got in the middle on the river. Olisar took over the chip lead for a short time but it didn't take long for Li to rise to the top again. At one point in the day, Li had his tablemates baffled by how many pots he was winning. "He wins with the nuts and he wins when he's bluffing," one player said.

It seems fitting that Olisar also bagged one of the top stacks of the day. Olisar finished the day with 1,396,000, good enough for third on the leaderboard. Olisar brought an end to Bryan Piccioli's tournament in the last few hands of the night when Piccioli three-bet shoved ace-ten into Olisar's pocket aces. The other player with a stack in the seven-figure mark is Michael Finstein who bagged up 1,411,000 chips.

Ryan Olisar
Ryan Olisar

A few more notables to make it through to Day 3 include Ari Engel (815,000), Barny Boatman (722,000), David "Bakes" Baker (688,000), Kenny Hallaert (526,000), and Kristen Bicknell (385,000). When they return to the felt, each of them will be guaranteed to walk away with $12,244 while the winner will walk away with $427,399.

When the action kicked off at 1 p.m. local time, there were 201 players that returned to the felt. With only 150 players reaching the money, it wouldn't take long to get down to the money bubble. In the first hand on the bubble, Imari Love three-bet all in with pocket kings and was called by Carlos Padila's ace-queen. An ace on the river would send Love to the rail and the remaining players were all guaranteed at least $3,746.

From there, the short stacks were quick to bust and the field was narrowed down in a hurry. Some of the big names to fall early included Michael Soyza, Marvin Rettenmaier, Michael Addamo, Tony Dunst, Thomas Boivin, and Alex Lynskey. By the time the dinner break came around, only 53 players still remained.

A lot of people had their eyes on 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson who built up a healthy stack to start the day. Unfortunately for him, his tournament came to an end in 38th place. Jacobson shoved his 10 big blind stack with king-queen but was called by the pocket tens of Gal Yifrach. Jacobson couldn't find any help on the board and was sent to the payout desk.

Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

As the tournament was winding down on Day 2, it was a sweat to see if there would be a final three-table redraw. As the tournament clock hit 10 minutes remaining, Piccioli was eliminated in 28th place. There were four more hands played at each table and Josip Simunic found himself heading to the payout desk as well. That left just 26 players to return for Day 3 tomorrow.

The action will resume at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Amazon gold section with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 16,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every two levels. The schedule indicates that play will stop when the final six players are reached, but that could still be up for discussion based on the pace of play.

Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team to see who will reach the final table and have a shot at a WSOP gold bracelet.

Tags: Alex LynskeyAri EngelBaitai LiBarny BoatmanGal YifrachImari LoveJosip SimunicKenny HallaertKristen BicknellMartin JacobsonMarvin RettenmaierMichael AddamoMichael FinsteinMichael SoyzaRyan OlisarThomas BoivinTony Dunst

Seat Draw Day 3 Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4012Josh AriehUnited States954,00060
Amazon4013James CarrollUnited States162,00010
Amazon4014Ben KeelineUnited States203,00013
Amazon4015Ryan OlisarUnited States1,396,00087
Amazon4016Kenny HallaertBelgium526,00033
Amazon4017Kristen BicknellCanada385,00024
Amazon4018Gal YifrachUnited States237,00015
Amazon4019Barny BoatmanUnited Kingdom722,00045
Amazon4021Robert HeidornUnited Kingdom431,00027
Amazon4022Ian SteinmanUnited States463,00029
Amazon4023Tuan PhanUnited States347,00022
Amazon4024Anatoly FilatovUnited States145,0009
Amazon4025Ari EngelUnited States815,00051
Amazon4026Jose BritoPortugal493,00031
Amazon4027Pedro MarquesPortugal546,00034
Amazon4028Pablo MelognoUruguay978,00061
Amazon4029Mark RadojaCanada327,00020
Amazon4031Wilbern HoffmanUnited States191,00012
Amazon4032Hon Cheong LeeChina290,00018
Amazon4033James HughesUnited States377,00024
Amazon4034David "Bakes" BakerUnited States688,00043
Amazon4035Michael FinsteinUnited States1,411,00088
Amazon4036Michael StephensonUnited Kingdom202,00013
Amazon4037Harald SammerAustria448,00028
Amazon4038Truyen NguyenUnited States500,00031
Amazon4039Baitai LiUnited States1,686,000105

End of Day Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Joueur Jetons Progression
Baitai Li us
Baitai Li
1,686,000 -74,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Michael Finstein us
Michael Finstein
1,411,000 -239,000
Ryan Olisar us
Ryan Olisar
1,396,000 476,000
Pablo Melogno uy
Pablo Melogno
978,000 148,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
954,000 49,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
815,000 275,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Barny Boatman gb
Barny Boatman
722,000 -48,000
WSOP 2X Winner
David "Bakes" Baker us
David "Bakes" Baker
688,000 78,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
546,000 101,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
526,000 76,000
Truyen Nguyen us
Truyen Nguyen
500,000 -22,000
Jose Brito pt
Jose Brito
Ian Steinman us
Ian Steinman
463,000 -97,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Harald Sammer at
Harald Sammer
448,000 -22,000
Robert Heidorn de
Robert Heidorn
431,000 56,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
385,000 155,000
WSOP 4X Winner
James Hughes us
James Hughes
377,000 -53,000
Tuan Phan us
Tuan Phan
347,000 69,000
Mark Radoja ca
Mark Radoja
327,000 57,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Hon Cheong Lee hk
Hon Cheong Lee
290,000 -10,000
Gal Yifrach us
Gal Yifrach
237,000 1,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ben Keeline us
Ben Keeline
203,000 51,000
Michael Stephenson gb
Michael Stephenson
202,000 -148,000
Wilbern Hoffman us
Wilbern Hoffman
191,000 -219,000
James Carroll us
James Carroll
162,000 12,000

Lire Plus

Last Four Hands of the Night

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

The tournament clock reached 10 minutes left in the last level of the night before the final 27 players were reached. Therefore, there will be four more hands at each table before the players bag and tag for Day 3. A full redraw will be conducted at the end of the night followed by chip counts and a recap of the day's action.

Piccioli Shoves Into Aces

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Ryan Olisar opened to 27,000 in early position and was called by Michael Stephenson on his left and Baitai Li on the button. Bryan Piccioli was in the small blind and shipped all in for 210,000. Olisar asked for a count and then made the call while the other two players folded.

Ryan Olisar: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Bryan Piccioli: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The flop came {j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Piccioli was nearly drawing dead. He was unable to find any help on the turn or river and was eliminated in the last few hands of the night.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Ryan Olisar us
Ryan Olisar
920,000 442,000
Bryan Piccioli us
Bryan Piccioli
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Baitai LiBryan PiccioliMichael StephensonRyan Olisar

Tortured Fold for Marques as Level Ticks Down

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Pedro Marques
Pedro Marques

A pot of 250,000 had been built between long-time table rivals Pedro Marques and Pablo Melogno, when the action, slowly, took place on the river of a {7-Spades}{k-Spades}{2-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades} board. Melogno checked, Marques bet 55,000. Back to Melogno, for whom the term "clock-raise" must now be coined. He raised to 450,000 (with 50,000 behind). Marques now took his time deep in the tank, shaking his head, covering his face with his hands and then sitting back with his arms crossed. Finally he made the fold.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Pablo Melogno uy
Pablo Melogno
830,000 280,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
445,000 -305,000

Tags: Pablo MelognoPedro Marques

Hallaert's Turn to Double

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Kenny Hallaert slid out a raise to 180,000, leaving himself with just 33,000 behind. Baitai Li re-raised on his left and the action folded back to Hallaert. He thought for a minute and looked around to see if there were any other all-ins before sticking the last of his chips in the middle.

Kenny Hallaert: {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Baitai Li: {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Hallaert spiked a set of fives to take the lead. The {2-Clubs} and {6-Spades} runout secured a double up for Hallaert.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Baitai Li us
Baitai Li
1,760,000 -220,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
450,000 230,000

Tags: Baitai LiKenny Hallaert

Phan Scores a Double Up

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Josh Arieh opened to 32,000 from the cutoff and Tuan Phan shipped all in for 130,000 in the small blind. Arieh asked for a count and then reluctantly called it off.

Tuan Phan: {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Josh Arieh: {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Phan was in a great spot to double up and the flop of {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{2-Spades} favored him even more. The {2-Diamonds} on the turn left Arieh drawing dead to the river and Phan doubled up.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
905,000 -95,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Tuan Phan us
Tuan Phan
278,000 138,000

Tags: Josh AriehTuan Phan

Arieh Cracks Parker's Aces to Send Him to the Rail

Niveau 20 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Brock Parker, whose stack has not been among the tallest through Day 2 but who nevertheless has been solidly pursuing Day 3, has been eliminated in 29th place.

He raised in mid position to 24,000 called by the button and both blinds. On a flop of {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}, Parker bet 40,000 when it was checked to him, called only by small blind Josh Arieh. The turn paired the three ({3-Diamonds}). Arieh checked again, and Parker moved all in for around 150,000, finding himself snap-called and drawing to two outs.

Parker: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Arieh: {k-Spades}{3-Spades}

The {2-Hearts} brick on the river crushed Parker's hopes of a fourth WSOP bracelet in this tournament, but kept Arieh's hope for a third very much alive.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
1,000,000 200,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Brock Parker us
Brock Parker

Tags: Brock ParkerJosh Arieh