Marcel Vonk Leads Last 11 Into Final Day of Event #37
A total of 113 players returned for the second day of play in Event #37: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2014 World Series of Poker after the money bubble had burst late on Day 1. All players were guaranteed at least $2,480 for their efforts, and Brandon Paster was leading the field with a slight advantage over Fabrice Soulier coming in.
Soulier skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard through the early levels and peaked at 380,000 in chips after knocking out Adam Bilzerian before going from hero to zero in about 90 minutes. Galen Hall doubled through him in a massive pot and the Frenchman never recovered, eventually bowing out in 42nd place.
Erick Lindgren experienced a very similar roller coaster and jumped into the lead before getting involved into the biggest pot of the day due to a massive three-way clash. Likewise, Lindgren could not get much going after that and hit the rail in 13th place in the penultimate level.
Once the full 10 levels were done and dusted, only 11 players remained.
The late stage of Day 2 was dominated by the duel between Kevin Saul and aforementioned Hall, however it would ultimately be Marcel Vonk who claimed the most chips and bagged up 604,000 for the overnight lead. The top five are rounded out by start-of-day chip leader Paster (588,000), Hall (553,000), Matthew Humphrey (549,000), and Saul (506,000).
Gabriel Nassif, who finished eighth in the Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and then jumped into this tournament, is still on track to reach his second WSOP final table in a row with 206,000 in chips.
Other familiar names were less fortunate. Humberto Brenes recorded his eighth finish in the money at the 2014 WSOP with a 102nd-place result, Mike Watson scored 81st, Layne Flack got 64th, Taylor Paur finished in 56th, and Martins Adeniya took 16th, but would have to try to win gold in the next event they play.
We'll be back Thursday with more PokerNews Live Reporting beginning at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time, and the plan is to play down to a winner with the blinds starting at 6,000/12,000.