From a starting field of 870 entries, just 10 players remain as Day 2 comes to a close at the $1,675 Main Event at Planet Hollywood.
Thanks to a huge pot during the last level of the night, Scott Powrie (pictured) will bring the big stack into the event’s final day. Powrie bagged up 3,295,000, giving him more than 109 big blinds at the Day 3 starting level.
Bracelet winners Ben Zamani and Barry Hutter made the final table as well as ring winners Ben Palmer, Jesse Yaginuma, Joe Cheong, Dylan Wilkerson, two-time ring winner Stephen Nussrahllah.
Here’s the final table lineup:
Seat 1: Ben Palmer – 1,000,000 (33 bb)
Seat 2: Scott Powrie – 3,925,000 (110 bb)
Seat 3: Barry Hutter – 1,735,000 (58 bb)
Seat 4: Jesse Yaginuma – 430,000 (14 bb)
Seat 5: Joe Cheong – 1,190,000 (40 bb)
Seat 6: Dylan Wilkerson – 785,000 (26 bb)
Seat 7: Ben Zamani – 1,500,000 (50 bb)
Seat 8: Stephen Nussrallah – 1,150,000 (38 bb)
Seat 9: Aaron McEvoy – 375,000 (13 bb)
Seat 10: Hank Mlekoday – 635,000 (21 bb)
The day began with the Circuit’s all-time co-leader in wins, Valentin Vornicu sitting atop the counts. Vornicu parlayed his big stack into a 34th place finish worth $3,971. Vornicu was eliminated when his queen high flush draw couldn’t improve against Barry Hutter’s set of fours.
The list of those who fell during Day 2 is a long one littered with bracelet winners, ring winners, and other tournament poker standouts.
Bracelet winners that failed to advance to the elusive Day 3 are Anthony Marquez, Jared Jaffee, Ankush Mandavia, Eric Baldwin, Mohsin Charania, Cliff Goldkind, and Nipun Java.
The bubble arrived during the third level of the day, with Steve Miller earning the unfortunate title of Bubble Boy. Miller lost the flip against final tablist Hank Mlekoday when his ace king failed to improve against Miller’s pocket tens. His departure left the 63 remaining players in the money.
Some of those who cashed but did not last the night include Tim & Ness Reilly, Darren Rabinowitz, Eddy Sabat, Satish Surapaneni, Nghia Le, and past champion Sean Yu.
Yu held a healthy stack throughout the day and ran deep into the night before falling in 14th place, just shy of the final tables.
The ten players who did survive the long day will return to action on Monday to play down to a winner. Blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante when play resumes, putting the average stack at a lofty 41 big blinds.
Everyone left is guaranteed to earn at least $14,347, but there’s much more to play for than that. The winner will collect the series’ most desirable ring and the top payout of $192,152. On top of that, the tournament’s winner earns a berth in the prestigious Global Casino Championship where they’ll compete for a WSOP bracelet.