Canadian player Demosthenes Kiriopoulos takes the lead into the final day of Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed with only 21 players left in contention for the $393,273 first prize and the prestigious WSOP bracelet. Kiriopoulos dominated Day 2, eventually bagging a giant stack of 1,450,000. He will have more than 120 big blinds when play resumes.
One of Kiriopoulos's numerous victims was six-time WSOP bracelet winner Layne Flack who was knocked out by "D. K." in the second-last hand of the day, leaving the tournament in 23rd place.
Anthony Marquez climbed up into second place after winning a huge pot with quads on the last hand of the day. He is just shy of one million in chips, with 998,000 in his bag. Shivan Abdine (970,000) rounds out the top three.
There were 263 players coming back for Day 2 of the $1,500 6-Handed tournament, all guaranteed a min-cash as they survived the bubble in the 1,748-entry field. Today's first two levels brought a ton of eliminations as the room was full of short stacks who were trying to spin their way back up to contention.
Matt Berkey, Justin Bonomo and Aditya Agarwal were all looming around the pole position at the early stages of the day. Agarwal went from the top all the way to zero within an hour and Bonomo's run was halted in 41st place.
Berkey's stack was diminished when his top pair couldn't hold when he was all in on the turn against James Mackey's huge draw. But Berkey healed his wounds and rebuilt his stack. He'll be back for the final day with 796,000, good for fifth place on the leaderboard.
Those who were eliminated during Day 2 included former WSOP Main Event finalists Jeremy Ausmus (37th for $8,187), Dan Sindelar (40th for $8,187), Sylvain Loosli (47th for $6,750), Bruno Politano (53rd for $5,648) and JC Tran (96th for $3,222).
Day 2 came to a close midway through Level 21 (6,000/12,000, ante 2,000) and play will resume Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Brasilia Room. The PokerNews team will be present to monitor all the action all the way through to the final hand. Tune in for the live coverage to see the new champion arise.
Seat Assignments for Day 3
|Room||Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Brasilia||1||1||Anthony Marquez||United States||998,000||83|
|Brasilia||1||3||Brett Murray||United States||297,000||25|
|Brasilia||1||4||Daniel Weinman||United States||484,000||40|
|Brasilia||1||5||Arash Behnam||United States||566,000||47|
|Brasilia||1||6||Royce Matheson||United States||619,000||52|
|Brasilia||2||1||John Cynn||United States||313,000||26|
|Brasilia||2||2||Steven Jair Cabas||United States||495,000||41|
|Brasilia||2||5||Bradley Lubetkin||United States||684,000||57|
|Brasilia||3||1||Matt Stout||United States||583,000||49|
|Brasilia||3||2||Jeffrey Tugwell||United States||356,000||30|
|Brasilia||3||4||Matt Berkey||United States||796,000||66|
|Brasilia||3||6||Andy Spears||United States||305,000||25|
|Brasilia||4||1||Steven Buckner||United States||759,000||63|
|Brasilia||4||2||Alexander Condon||United States||510,000||43|
|Brasilia||4||3||Matthew Zarcadoolas||United States||457,000||38|
|Brasilia||4||5||James Mackey||United States||662,000||55|