All said, it was a low-key day with just a handful of players - 28 to be precise - converging in the hopes of being one of the last nine entrants in the field. But first, there was money to be made. Ten eliminations separated the remaining players from cashing in this event, as 18th place was the first to pay.
Someone had to go home empty-handed and Day 1 chip leader Steve Hyvonen was more than happy to send a couple players packing in the first few hands of play. He dropped the hammer on Frank Kassela, the day's first bustee, and sent Giovanni Marcacci home early as well. Amidst the flurry of bust-outs, Nani Dollison also hopped off the riverboat early. After the three-time gold bracelet winner and leader on the Michael Spegal, a gold bracelet winner at the 2007 WSOP, who got knocked out by Shannon Shorr.
Though Shorr seemed to be on the path to a final table - he picked up some good pots and steadily increased his stack throughout Day 2 - it wasn't much later that he busted out in 15th place.
Tangling with Brian Rutland just prior to the 5 p.m. supper break, Shorr sees Rutland limp and raises to $9,000. The flop is T♦ 5♥ 5♦, which prompts Rutland to check but entices Shorr to bet out $12,500. Rutland calls and the pair consider the 2♦ on the river. They like it: Rutland shoves and Shorr calls - he's turned a flush with K♦ 9♦ but Rutland's pocket twos have turned him a full house.
In a personal blog post entitled "Die Poker. Out in 15th" Shorr led off his recap of the tournament with "I really do hate this f*cking game." No worries, Shannon - there's always Borgata!
Samuel Chun fell moments later with 4-9 off-suit, finishing in 14th thanks to a flopped flush from Terry Hawkins.
With that, the eliminations came in a rush: James Lindsay headed back to North Carolina in 13th after being eliminated by Jerry Saucier. Pat Atchison was taken out by Terry Hawkins' aces for a 12th-place finish and Tony Burton's pocket sevens weren't so lucky when Mark Garner's A-J paired on the flop to knock him out in 11th.
Day 2's final elimination involved one Jerry Matlock. Whodunnit? Well, after folding multiple hands in a row, Matlock moved all-in pre-flop with queens and Steve Hyvonen called with A♥ J♦. The flop was A♦ T♠ J♣ to give Hyvonen the top two pair. The turn mixed things up a bit, however, offering the K♠ Matlock needed to make a broadway straight. But it was advantage: Hyvonen after fifth street brough the J♥ to make him a full house.
Matlock has returned home to investigate how he finished 10th in this tournament.
Nine players are left going into the third and final day of this Circuit event. Terry Hawkins is tomorrow's big stack with $245,800 but Brian Rutland isn't far behind with his $234,700. With just $36,700 to his name, Gil George is going to need some help at the final table but, as we all know, in poker anything is possible.
See you tomorrow for the conclusion of the three-day party that is the WSOPC Tunica!