It took less than an hour for the bubble to burst on Day 2 of the $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 54) which saw an incredible 4,576 buy-ins chase a first prize of $648,880 and one of the last WSOP bracelets before the Main Event. From that initial huge entry, only 655 players started Day 2 and, in a day notable for the accuracy with which players shot themselves in the foot, only 45 will recommence battle tonight in what is scheduled to be a four day event.
Being a Chip Leader is a Bad Omen
Paul Volpe started the day as massive chip leader, but an early setback occurred when he lost a set v set call. His plight worsened when his K♦ Q♦ shove met no friends on the board and he lost 114,500 chips against 6♠ 6♥. Vincent Jacques was left with a commanding lead at this stage but within minutes lost 710,000 chip (more than three quarters of his stack) against Russian Stanislav Alekhin, and then blew his poker tournament life a few hands later with a shove while holding Q♠ J♠ and running into a player with K♥ K♠.
“Dormir Bien” Andres
Alekhin´s chip advantage lasted just 10 minutes, as Argentinean Anibol Andres won a huge pot when his A♣ K♥ found an ace on the flop, and it will be Andres who has the sleepless night tonight – wondering how fast his chips are going to disappear when Day 3 starts. Day 3 is scheduled to play down to the final table and after today´s events it could be a very brief session!
Andres (799,000 chips) and Alekhin (786,000 chips) are joined at the top of the leaderboard by US player Terrance Eischens (709,000 chips) with a big gap then back to fourth place Matthew Leecy (550,000 chips). Uk poker player Warren Wooldridge is in the chasing pack with 153,000 chips, and with blinds only at 4,000/8,000 has plenty of time to watch the leaders fall in his own quest for the final table.
Lucky for Some!
It was a happy “Independence Day” for the 13 UK poker players that have already cashed in this event – amongst them Praz Bansi, Ross Boatman and PKR qualifier Eleanor ‘Elz442’ Gudger. Hopefully they will all be investing their winnings in the Main Event Mega Satellites which are currently taking place at the Rio and we see a strong British entry in the climax of the WSOP.
Top 10 after the end of day 2 of the WSOP 2011 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event:
1. Anibol Andres (Argentina) – 799,000
2. Stanislav Alekhin (Russia) – 786,000
3. Terrance Eischens (USA) – 709,000
4. Christopher Chatman (USA) – 524,000
5. Matthew LaGarde (USA) – 517,000
6. Jeffrey Manza (USA) – 503,000
7. Nahabedian Raffi (Canada) – 477,000
8. Jason Bigelow (Canada) – 476,000
9. Mario Doria (USA) – 454,000
10. Aaron Overton (USA) – 453,000