That's all she wrote from Day 2 of Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix! A grand total of 85 players returned for Day 2 action and by the end of the day just 9 remained. Leading the final nine and the closest to earning the $153,220 and gold bracelet for first place is Jan Suchanek who bagged up 494,000.
Suchanek bloomed toward the end of the night and shot his stack to the top of the chip counts during the final two levels. Suchanek holds a substantial lead over the rest of the competition, having right around 200,000 more than his nearest competitor. That competitor happens to be none other than start-of-day chip leader Bryn Kenney. Kenney began the day at the top of the chip counts and never wavered from the top spots as the day progressed. Kenney is searching for his first gold WSOP bracelet and has a strong chance to ride the momentum that he's built in this tournament all of the way to the gold.
Randy Ohel sports another familiar face returning for Day 3 play. Ohel is a WSOP bracelet winner who has racked up his second cash of the summer with this event. Ohel's other cash saw him finish just shy of a second bracelet, adding a runner-up spot to his resumé in Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship. Ohel has a shot at redemption, returning fourth in chips of the remaining nine with 212,500. Finally, Andrey Zaichenko bagged up 259,000 to end the night which was good for third overall in chips. Zaichenko has scored two other cashes during this summer and looks for a big score before heading into the Main Event.
The top 48 players made the money and were guaranteed a payday of at least $2,703. Some of the players to find elimination in the money include Jeremy Ausmus (47th), Scott Clements (46th), Phil Laak (44th), Chris Klodnicki (40th), Sergey Rybachenko (33rd), Justin Bonomo (24th), Victor Ramdin (23rd), Marcel Luske (19th), Tom Koral (16th), Roland Israelashvili (14th), Allen Cunningham (13th), and Stuart Rutter (10th).
Also cashing in this event was Brandon Shack-Harris who was ultimately eliminated in 21st place. This cash allowed Shack-Harris to edge out George Danzer for the current lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Play resumes at 2 p.m. on Friday where the field will play down to the 63rd bracelet winner of the summer. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide coverage of all of the big pots, bad beats, and bust outs!
Action folded around to David Blatte on the button and he moved forward a raise. Andrey Zaichenko folded his small blind and a short-stacked Stuart Rutter moved all in from the big blind. Blatte called and the hands were turned over.
The board fell down , giving Blatte Broadway with his ace-queen. Rutter was eliminated from play and Blatte increased his stack to about 120,000.
After a series of what looked to be four bets on third, Allen Cunningham and Haresh Thaker saw their fourth street cards. Thaker continued out with a bet and Cunningham called. Thaker paired eights on fifth and led one more time. Cunningham raised exactly 100 more and Thaker called, promptly rolling over for tens and eights. Cunningham showed in the hole for a pair of nines.
Cunningham pulled a second trey on sixth, but his two pair was still the second best hand. He received a to finish the hand and was eliminated in 13th place. Thaker completed his hand with the and then scooped the pot. He now sits around 230,000 in chips.
We picked up with the action on a flop of to see Bruno Fitoussi fire out a bet. Brandon Shack-Harris came over the top with a raise and Fitoussi called for his last 5,200.
Fitoussi had a pair of eights but was behind Shack-Harris' pair of tens. Shack-Harris made two pair on the turn with the and filled up on the river. Fitoussi made his leave from the tournament area and Shack-Harris took down the pot.
Victor Ramdin opened his button with a raise and Dutch Boyd called out of the big blind. Both players took one new card at the draw and Boyd came out swinging. Ramdin called and they both took one new card once more. Boyd fired for a second time and Ramdin stuck around.
Both players stood pat at the final draw and Boyd bet. Ramdin called for his last 1,000 and Boyd fanned . It was no good, however, as Ramdin showed for number two to scoop the pot. Ramdin now sits around 13,200 while Boyd has dropped to 6,400.