Day 2 Ends with Seth Berger Leading and Ryan Olisar Looking For Back To Back Final Tables
Last year in Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry, Ashkan Razavi took home the bracelet and $781,398. Today we saw three of the final tablists from that event make a run at the final table for the second year in a row. Ashkan Razavi and Amanda Musumeci both finished today in the top 200 players and netted a small payday, but in the end it was another one of the final tablists, Ryan Olisar, who lasted the longest and finished with 815,000 chips. Seth Berger managed to bag up the most chips with 994,000. Berger and Olisar were closely trailed by Charle Sylvestre who finished in third with 787,000 chips.
The day began with 543 players of the original 3,164 field. On top were Thiago Nishijima, who failed to make the money, and Jerry Payne who finished in 215th place, grabbing him a $2,335 payday. Early in the day, the money bubble was burst but as soon as hand for hand play was over the players began dropping like flies. Also busting today were pros such as Adam Levy, Burt Boutin, Amanda Baker, Ryan Laplante, Leo Wolpert, and Eric Baldwin, each of whom netted a small payday.
Ryan Olisar spent most of the day up and down, hovering around the chip average, but in the second to last level of the night, Olisar finally found a spot to pick up speed. In the hand one player was all in for about 70,000 with , another for about 100,000 with , and Olisar had them both in bad shape with . The board ran out a harmless , vaulting Olisar into the chip lead at the time.
Right on Olisar's tail was Charles Sylvestre who was in the chip lead for most of the day. We saw him pick up a huge pot late in the night that pushed him into the chip lead before Olisar took it over. In the huge hand A.J. Thompson opened for 8,000 and received calls from the small blind and Charles Sylvestre, who was in the big. Two checks on the flop saw Thompson bet 17,500, the small blind fold and Sylvestre wake up with a check-raise to 50,000. Thompson responded with a three-bet to 125,000, Sylvestre moved all in with what turned out to be the and Thompson called off his stack holding the .
Neither the turn nor river helped Thompson and he was eliminated from the tournament while Sylvestre raked in a pot of approximately 600,000.
But it was Seth Berger who finished up top. He went on a real heater in the last few levels of the night culminating with his elimination of Kenny Nguyen with against Nguyen's .
Tomorrow Berger will return as the chip leader heading the final 38 players. They will return at 1:00 P.M. and attempt to play to a winner. We will begin at level 19 with the blinds at 4000/8000 and a 1000 chip ante. Make sure you tune in to PokerNews.com for up to the minute updates as we pave our way to a champion.