After nearly 11 hours of play - Level 17 was repeated because it took place on the bubble - Day 2 of Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) has finally come to a close. With the elimination of Brandon Meyers on the stone bubble, 18 players have guaranteed themselves a minimum of $53,781, and the chip leader is German Max Lehmanski. Lehmanski entered Day 2 with the most chips, and although he didn't go wire-to-wire, he ended the day in the same exact spot, bagging 1,982,000 chips.
The only other players to bag seven figures were Stephen Chidwick, Phil Galfond, Dani Stern, and Steve Sung. Sung was one card away from being the bubble boy himself when he got more than a half a million chips in the middle preflop with ace-king off-suit against the aces of Igor Kurganov. Sung made a four flush when the turn and river went diamond-diamond, doubling to over 1.1 million chips. Sung seemingly ran hot the entire day, busting Kyle Julius with ace-five against ace-jack prior to the bubble, and calling all-in with just ace-high on a seven-high flop only to chop when the turn and river put a straight on the board.
Also making Day 3 are notables Kevin Eyster, Todd Terry, Shannon Shorr, Ogjen Sekularac, David "Bakes" Baker, Marvin Rettenmaier, Fabian Quoss, and Christian Harder. Sekularac, despite one of the other shortest stacks in the room, was the one to bust Meyers. Sekularac won a race with two tens against Meyers' ace-jack to burst the bubble and end the day.
Joining Meyers on the rail today were a host of other notables, including Byron Kaverman, Rachid Ben Cherif, Zachary Clark, Max Steinberg, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, JP Kelly, Tobias Reinkemeier, Niklas Heinecker, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and the winner of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller, Tony Gregg.
The second Gregg was done with his interviews and photos, he hustled over to the Tan Section of the Amazon Room, but ran an unsuccessful bluff to bust.
Play will resume on Sunday at 2 p.m. PDT. The action is sure to be fast and furious at the start of the day with so many short stacks, so be sure to get back here early for coverage of this and every bracelet event at the 44th annual World Series of Poker.