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Break Time

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6 • Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The players are on the final twenty-minute break of the day

Day 2 completed

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Event 54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Will Jaffe Takes a Big Lead Into the Final Day of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6 • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
The gold
The gold

Day 2 of Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em has been passed to the poker historians and the man whose name is inscribed in the space reserved for the chip leader is Will Jaffe. Jaffe will be returning for the final day with 1,947,000 chips. It was a fast and furious Day 2 that started with two hundred and sixty-five players, of which fifteen reserved their spaces in the final day. Here are the milestones of a great day of poker.

When the festivities began the dealers were doing most of the work (or more accurately their voices). Screams of "all-in" and "call" filled the air that was once occupied by the carnival smoke emanating from the One Drop area. We lost multiple World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Huck Seed and legendary WSOP casher Tom McCormick. At the same time Benjamin Volpe became our early chip leader.

Two-time WSOP final tablist, John Eames, spun 5,000 into 50,000 and the dangerous German, Martin Finger, found pocket queens too strong for his pocket fours. Finger left, Eames moved up and down like a ship in the North Sea and Jonas Mackoff eliminated Matt Stout.

Will Jaffe was one of the bigger stacks that ended Day 1 and it wasn't long before he started to push his weight around on Day 2. Two-time WSOP bracelet holder Dutch Boyd was the first player to get in Jaffe's way when the unfortunate Boyd lost {Q-} {Q-} v {J-Hearts} {J-Clubs} after the {J-Diamonds} hit the turn. Jaffe moved into the chip lead and it was a lead that he would maintain for several levels of play.

The ladies were well represented as we moved into the pre dinner break level. Katherine Dozier, Sofia Lovgren and Wendy Freeman all creating healthy enough stacks to help them wade through the treacle that $1k events can often create.

When we came back after the dinner break, we still had a host of WSOP bracelet holders who were in the hunt for more gold. David 'Bakes' Baker started to really get a run of form going and as Eames was doubling through Jaffe, Bakes was taking advantage by replacing him at the top. Then we lost two bracelet winners in quick succession when Ray Foley and Alex Kravchenko were eliminated as we moved into the final 2-levels of the day; Kravchenko eliminated by another WSOP bracelet holder David Singontiko.

Into the final levels and Bakes stepped on the gas winning a big pot from Jeff Fielder before eliminating Wendy Freedman to move over the one million chip mark. Ken Fishman and Will Jaffe left David Singontiko's hopes of a second gold bracelet hanging by a thread and we lost all of the ladies when Kathy Dozier and Sofia Lovgren both bowed out gracefully.

Jason Tomkins took out Brett Shaffer, Ryan Pringle and eventually the last thread of Singontiko, and he moved into the top three, nestled just behind the new chip leader Ken Fishman and second placed David Baker. Then in the final thirty-minutes Jaffee won a 1.3 million flip against Gianluca Rullo and then won a crucial pot against Baker to cement his place as the number one going into Day 3.

At 1:00 PM we will recommence our mission to slip a WSOP gold bracelet onto the wrist of one lucky man. Please make sure you join us at PokerNews as we bring you all of the action.

Final Counts of the Night

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6
Chip Counts
Will Jaffe 1,947,000 597,000 pos
Ken Fishman 1,400,000 350,000 pos
Jason Tompkins 907,000 -43,000 neg
Carl Le 870,000 470,000 pos
Benjamin Grise 698,000 198,000 pos
David 'Bakes' Baker 574,000 434,000 pos
Muhamet Perati 542,000 307,000 pos
Nghi Van Tran 531,000 81,000 pos
Benjamin Volpe 476,000 136,000 pos
Joseph Kuether 426,000 -34,000 neg
Luis Campelo 274,000 -216,000 neg
Ian Chan 229,000 -206,000 neg
Jeff Fielder 226,000 -207,000 neg
Clayton Fletcher 224,000 -318,000 neg

Baker Takes Huge Dive

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

We don't know how the action went preflop, but with a board reading {Q-Spades}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{j-Clubs} Will Jaffe bet out 33,000. David Baker then raised it to 83,000. Jaffe made the call and both players were allowed to see the river.

The {7-Diamonds} on the river brought a check from Jaffe, and a bet of 156,000 from Baker. Jaffe then raised and mandated 365,000 as the bet. Baker made the call and was in for some bad news.

Jaffe had {J-}{J-} for a set of jacks, while Baker held a weaker {J-}{Q-} for two pair. This hand allows for Jaffe to become quite the chip leader with a substantial amount more than anyone else left in the field.

Chip Counts
David 'Bakes' Baker 140,000 -860,000 neg

David Smart Eliminated in 17th Place ($17,915)

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

David Smart has just been eliminated after getting all of his chips in holding {A-}{K-} unfortionately for him the player who called the bet was Will Jaffe and he sat with {K-}{k-}.

The board came {2-}{8-}{2-}{9-}{5-} and Smart was gone.

Chip Counts
David Smart Busted

John Eames Eliminated in 18th Place ($17,915)

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

John Eames has had to play a very patient game in the past few levels. In the end he moved 140,000 into the middle, in early position, leaving him 12-15k behind. Ken Fishman called on his left shoulder and everyone else folded.

Flop: {Q-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} {8-Hearts}

Eames put his last few chips into the middle and Fishman made the call. It was {7-Clubs} {7-Spades} for Fishman and {A-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} for Eames. The turn {4-Spades} and river {8-Clubs} not handing Eames the help he required and he was out.

Chip Counts
Ken Fishman 1,050,000 -150,000 neg
John Eames Busted

Final Two Tables

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6 • Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Table 362

Seat 1 Ian Chan  
Seat 2 Jason Tompkins  
Seat 3 Benjamin Volpe  
Seat 4 Muhamet Perati  
Seat 5 Will Jaffe  
Seat 6 Benjamin Grise  
Seat 7 David Baker  
Seat 8 Joseph Kuether  
Seat 9 David Smart  

Table 356

Seat 1 Luis Campelo  
Seat 2 Carl Le  
Seat 3 John Eames  
Seat 4 Ken Fishman  
Seat 5 Nghi Van Tran  
Seat 6 Robert Brown  
Seat 7 Jeff Fielder  
Seat 8 Clayton Fletcher  
Seat 9 Brett Schwertley  

Will Jaffe Eliminates Gianluca Rullo

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Will Jaffe has just taken the chip lead in a 1.3 million flip against the Italian Gianluca Rullo.

Jaffe opened to 25,000 on the button, Rullo three-bet to 80,000 from the big blind, Jaffe four-bet to 145,000, Rullo pushed 340,000 across the line, Jaffe moved all-in and Rullo called.

It was {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} for Rullo and {A-Clubs} {K-Clubs} for Jaffe. The {K-Spades} {10-Hearts} {7-Hearts} flop throwing Jaffe into the lead and the {4-Hearts} and {7-Clubs} confirming the result. It was a close count but Jaffe just about had Rullo covered and he was out in twentieth place.

Chip Counts
Will Jaffe 1,350,000 600,000 pos
Gianluca Rullo Busted

Castaneda Cast Away

Posted 2012-07-03 GMT-6

Fernando Castaneda has just been sent packing after getting all in holding {2-}{2-}, his opponent Nghi Van Tran possessed {Q-}{Q-}. The board came {10-}{4-}{8-}{5-}{7-} and with that Castaneda was sent home.

Chip Counts
Nghi Van Tran 450,000 180,000 pos
Fernando Castaneda Busted
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Winner Will Jaffe
Winning Hand ♣A♠2
Prize 500,075

Level Info

Level 21
Blinds 6,000 / 12,000
Ante 2,000

Players Info

Prize Pool 2,898,900