Day 2 started with a bang whereby there were shouts of "All-in and a call" coming from all of the three remaining tables at the same time.
Vanessa Rousso bumped off Michael Katz when her A♥ K♦ proved too much for Katz' A♠ J♥. Katz was short-stacked and shoved for $50,000 so it was a relatively easy call for Rousso. Nothing came on the board and The Lady Maverick picked up some ammunition while eliminating an opponent.
Lee Watkinson was also on the offensive in the early going and managed to double up with J-J versus his opponent's 9-9. Nothing came on the board and it was Watkinson's turn to pick up some chips.
2007 WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em runner-up Theo Tran has had a particularly tough tournament and Day 2 did not see his fortunes change. Tran held K♦ Q♦ on a Q♣ 8♣ 3♦ flop and he decided to shove. David Peters made the call and flipped over A♣ 6♣.
Tran must have felt uneasy knowing that he'd already been beaten by Rousso's flush draw on Day 1. It turned out he was right to be nervous because the board finished with 5♠ and then 10♣, completing the flush. Tran stood up and headed for the exit without a word.
Kyle William Orvis busted from the tournament in a way that will probably leave a bad taste in your mouth. Orvis managed to get all-in with K♦ K♣ against Edwart Sabat's A♦ 8♥. Of course Sabat hit an ace on the flop and Orvis couldn't recover, so he was eliminated 20th.
After Orvis' elimination play went round-for-round. Yes, you read that correctly: it was round-for-round, not hand-for-hand.
If you've ever played in a poker tournament (or even covered one) you know that when one more elimination is needed play usually goes hand-for-hand to ensure that no one is stalling and that each table plays the same amount of hands.
In Rincon the decision was made to go round-for-round instead which meant if any two players were eliminated in the same round they would split the prize money for 18th.
We here at PL.com found the ruling very unusual and being afraid of new things as we are, we were of course suspicious.
At any rate it didn't prove to be an issue because Tom West busted when his 8♥ 8♦ ran into Evan Schwartz' A♠ A♦. No one else busted in the entire round so things worked out OK. Still a bit odd in our opinion but we'll let it go this time.
The bubble bursting was particularly meaningful for both Rousso and Watkinson, who both cashed in the 2008 Borgata Poker Classic, which means they each have two consecutive cashes. In case you were wondering, Rousso finished 37th for $17,213 at Borgata, while Watkinson actually made the final table and finished fifth for $282,779. Those two are definitely hot.
Speaking of Watkinson, just after the bubble burst he managed to double up with T-T versus A-K. Watkinson's T-T held up and he took the pot.
Rousso was not so lucky and after being short-stacked for a period of time she decided to take a shot at a pot with J-7 off-suit. Unfortunately Scott Reese looked her up with A-Q and the board gave nothing to Rousso. She finished 16th and yet again Rousso was the last female still standing to be eliminated from the tournament.
Kenny Bedoya entered the day as the massive chip leader with $438,400 and unlike some recent meltdown-prone players we've seen on the poker circuit, he managed to play a solid game throughout the day. It was only toward the end of the day that he started to be seriously challenged by upstart Edward Sabat, who began to amass a chip stack that rivaled Bedoya's thanks to Sabat's aggressive play.
Gavin Smith never had a giant stack but also managed to play solid poker throughout the day to survive to the final table. Smith was all-in for his tournament life several times but always seemed to come out OK.
By the end of the day Edward Sabat had taken over the chip lead with $854,000 while Bedoya is right behind him with $701,500. It's a pretty decent final table with both Smith and Watkinson still in the hunt. Both players have fairly average stacks, with Smith holding $197,508 while Watkinson has $337,000.
This makes back-to-back final tables for Watkinson, although in two different poker tours - the WPT and WSOPC. Watkinson is playing so well that it's no surprise he's pretty much entering whatever he can at this point.
Join us tomorrow as PokerListings.com brings you the exciting conclusion of the 2008 WSOPC Rincon. The action kicks off at 2 p.m. Pac Time so be sure to get your Internet browser all warmed up and your favorite snacks within reaching distance. You don't want to miss a second of our much-heralded final-table coverage.