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Day 2c completed

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6

Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Day 2c completed

Michael Hack with Biggest Stack as Day 2c Concludes

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michael Hack
Michael Hack

The Main Event marches on! Today saw the 2,300 survivors from Day 1c reconvene for five more two-hour levels' worth of poker, all hoping to last to tomorrow's Day 3 and join the players who won their way through during yesterday's Day 2a/2b.

When the dust settled, about 900 of those who began Day 2c survived, with Michael Hack appearing to possess the biggest stack around with 457,000, followed closely by Marco Bognanni with 452,100. In other words, no one today reached the heights achieved by Gaelle Baumann from Day 2a/2b to equal the 505,800 she bagged at night's end yesterday.

Randy Haddox began today with the biggest starting stack, and he and fellow big stack Eric Hellman spent the afternoon continuing their upward climb, soon to be joined by Sam Soverel, Ziv Bachar, Justin Ouimette, and Jeremy Allen in the race to 400,000.

Meanwhile the short stacks were busting at a rapid clip, with Scott Clements, Matt Savage, Jennifer Tilly, Ted Forrest, Kirk Morrison, Noah Schwartz, David "Doc" Sands among the early eliminations.

Phil Ivey would see his remarkable 2012 WSOP come to an abrupt end early on Day 2c as well after losing the last of his short stack to Nick DiVella, thus ending his pursuit of a sixth final table and first bracelet this summer. Others running out of chips before dinner included Jeff Madsen, Prahlad Friedman, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Harman, Michael Mizrachi, and former WSOP Main Event champions, Jamie Gold (2006), Joe Cada (2009), and Tom McEvoy (1983).

By the final break of the night, Randy Haddox remained at the top of the Day 2c leaderboard, topping 450,000 for a while before slipping back. Luke Brereton and David Kluchman had pushed up onto the front page of the counts as well, with Jake Cody also edging toward the 300,000-chip mark. Meanwhile, Jennifer Leigh, Perry Friedman, Tom Marchese, Steve Billirakis, and Jason Alexander and his mustache and sideburns had all left us.

Also hitting the rail as the night wore down to its conclusion was the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson. Brunson had mentioned earlier that he might skip this year's ME, but ultimately changed his mind because "it's such a great event!" Brunson made it through Day 1c with above average chips and lasted well into today's Day 2c, but ultimately was knocked out, with the announcement of his elimination greeted with applause from other players recognizing his significant achievements and contributions to poker.

Other late bustouts tonight included Gus Hansen, Tim West, Ludovic Lacay, and Matt Affleck. And after an up-and-down day, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom also hit the rail during the last half-hour of play.

Meanwhile, chip leaders Hack and Bognanni emerged, with Jonathan Fountain, Randy Haddox, and John Leathart also ending the day with 400,000-plus chips. Other notables making it through the day who will return to healthy stacks tomorrow include Burt Boutin, Sam Holden, Jake Cody, Joseph Cheong, Ravi Raghavan, Ronnie Bardah, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari, and Johnny Chan. You can see some of those players in tonight's update with Lynn Gilmartin:

Thanks for following our coverage today and be sure to return to PokerNews tomorrow at noon Vegas time for Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Main Event when the entire field of about 1,760 finally merges to continue the long journey toward finding this year's final table.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Michael Hack 457,000
Marco Bognanni 452,100
Jonathan Fountain 435,400
Randy Haddox 407,300 219,025 pos
John Leathart 404,900
Erik Hellman 397,900
David Kluchman 383,000
Jim Burns 381,600
Luke Brereton 372,000
Thanh dat Tran 369,300
Jeremy Allen 364,200
Burt Boutin 363,800
Jesse Sylvia 355,100 2,000 pos
Wayne Peterson 352,700
Sam Holden GB GB 352,600
Ryan Batchelor 340,100
Karim Jomeen 328,600 328,272 pos
Jake Cody 322,000
Justin Ouimette 317,400 5,000 pos
Philip Macdonald 316,900
Joseph Cheong 313,400
Kevin Song 305,800
Sergii Baranov 303,000 -60,000 neg
Daniel Eichhorn 302,700
Fabrizio Gonzalez 299,600

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End of Day Counts

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Michael Hack 457,000 17,000 pos
Marco Bognanni 452,100 -10,900 neg
Jonathan Fountain 435,400 30,400 pos
John Leathart 404,900 53,900 pos
Erik Hellman 397,900 83,900 pos
David Kluchman 383,000 8,000 pos
Jim Burns 381,600 1,600 pos
Fransois Tosques 372,200
Luke Brereton 372,000 -8,000 neg
Jeremy Allen 364,200 42,200 pos
Burt Boutin 363,800 23,800 pos
Sergii Baranov 363,000
Jesse Sylvia 353,100 41,100 pos
Wayne Peterson 352,700 -17,300 neg
Sam Holden GB GB 352,600 25,600 pos
Jake Cody 322,000 7,000 pos
Joseph Cheong 313,400 68,400 pos
Justin Ouimette 312,400 20,400 pos
Daniel Eichhorn 302,700 63,700 pos
Neil Ryder 283,000
Jerry Randolph 281,500
Ronnie Bardah 274,400 163,400 pos
Tristan Clemencon 271,800 21,800 pos
Ben Lamb 271,000 -19,000 neg
Antoine Guyetant 267,000 23,000 pos

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Kessler Is Done

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6

It appears Allen Kessler won't be joining everyone on day 3.

Chip Counts
Allen Kessler Busted

More for Kluchman

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6

On a board of {8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, Sam Holden checked, Barry Wiedemann fired 5,200, Freddy Deeb folded, and David Kluchman raised to 14,000. Holden and Wiedemann both released, and Kluchman added to his monster stack.

Chip Counts
David Kluchman 375,000 3,000 pos
Sam Holden GB GB 327,000 119,000 pos
Barry Wiedemann 122,000 -19,000 neg
Freddy Deeb 120,000 -22,000 neg

Five More

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The tournament clock has been paused and the call for five more hands has been made. Stay tuned for some notable end-of-day chip counts and a recap of all the action.

Andy Frankenbusted

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6
Andy Frankenberger
Andy Frankenberger

The flop read {10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}, and action was on Andy Frankenberger who bet out, Johnny Chan was the only other person in the hand and he opted to raise. Frankenberger countered by moving all in and Chan made the call. As is the custom cards were flipped over and both players saw where they were standing, and it was Frankenberger on top.

Frankenberger: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}
Chan: {9-}{9-}

The {j-Spades} fell on the turn, solidifying Frankenberger's double up even more, but the {9-Spades} on the river put the hand in Chan's favor and Frankenberger was sent home.

Chip Counts
Johnny Chan 220,000 86,000 pos
Andy Frankenberger Busted

No More Soul

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6

We missed the details of the hand but can report that World Series of Poker bracelet owner Fabrice Soulier has been eliminated from the tournament.

Chip Counts
Fabrice Soulier Busted

Luske Snags a Sneaky One

Posted 2012-07-12 GMT-6

The flop read {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and Marcel Luske was first to act and he opted to check. His later positioned opponent did the same and both players were allowed to see the turn.

The {7-Spades} then rolled off the deck and Luske bet out 4,000 and his opponent called. The dealer then landed the {a-Clubs} on the river and Luske checked. The later position player then bet out 7,200. Luske's response was to raise to 17,200. After a minute or so of thinking Luske's opponent made the call and Luske flipped over {8-Spades}{5-Spades} for three of a kind fives. Luske's opponent mucked and Luske raked in the pot.

Chip Counts
Marcel Luske 155,000 84,000 pos
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Winner Greg Merson
Winning Hand ♦K♦5
Prize 8,531,853

Level Info

Level 10
Blinds 600 / 1,200
Ante 200

Players Info

Prize Pool 62,021,200