Ivey Does It Again, Kihara Runs Wild on WSOP Day 24

Phil Ivey
The legend of Ivey grows.

Thousands more poker players hit the floor of the Rio yesterday but as is becoming habit at the 2012 WSOP, Phil Ivey again stole the show.

Ivey made his fifth final table in less than two weeks yesterday in Event 35, $2,500 Mixed Hold’em.

He'll have some work to do to get near the bracelet zone again as he'll come into the day seventh in chips, but as everyone has seen in 2012 a motivated Ivey doesn’t need much behind to be a threat.

While all eyes will be on Ivey, several more events will play down towards a winner with Davidi Kitai, Kevin MacPhee, Jean-Robert Bellande and Dan Kelly among the names in position to make a run for gold.

Ivey Makes Fifth Final Table But Dutchman In Front

Eighty-seven players returned for Day 2 of Event 35, $2,500 Mixed Hold’em, but one player was all anyone wanted to talk about.

And that player was Joep van den Bijgaart.

We kid. But van den Bijgaart should be on people’s minds, as he will return for the final table as the chip leader with 605,000.

Ivey, as mentioned, will also return, but with 169,000 in chips he’ll have an uphill battle to catch van den Bijgaart.

Joep van den Bigjaart

He'll also have to leapfrog several strong players to get there as pros Erik Cajelais, Chris Tryba and Salman Behbehani all sit above him in the chip counts.

Also well stacked and a threat to Ivey’s chances is Belgian Michael Gathy, who, unlike Ivey, already has a 2012 WSOP bracelet to his credit.

Play will pick up again at 2 pm at the Rio and we’ll have our reporters trained on Ivey to bring you all the action here.

The top 10 and chip counts:

1. Joep van den Bijgaart 605,000
2. Samuel Golbuff 526,000
3. Michael Gathy 418,000
4. Erik Cajelais 368,000
5. Chris Tryba 347,000
6. Salman Behbehani 253,000
7. Phil Ivey 169,000
8. Brent Wheeler 158,000
9. Michael Foti 105,000

Naoya Kihara Brings the Noise in $5k PLO

One of the marquee events on the WSOP schedule, the $5k Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed event brought out an A-list of poker pros but it’s a relative unknown in command with 11 players left.

Japan’s Naoya Kihara ran up his stack to an impressive 1,548,000 - about ¼ of the chips in play - to take a decent lead into the final day today.

As it is six-handed PLO, things could change on a dime though and there are several tough pros laying in wait for Kihara’s stack.

Naoya Kihara
Kihara: Crushing.

Tommy Le, an experienced pro with 13 previous WSOP cashes, sits just under 1 million in chips in second.

Belgian Davidi Kitai, already a WSOP bracelet and Triple Crown winner, will start the day third in chips with 789,000 while the runner-up in this event last year, Hans Winzeler, is fourth with 613,000.

Pros Chris De Maci, Dimitar Danchev, Jason DeWitt, Scott Bohlman, Daniel Hindin, Kevin MacPhee and Joseph Cheong round out a very tough final 11.

Action resumes at 1 pm and will play down to a winner with live coverage right here on PokerListings.com.

The winner will claim $512,029.

The final 11 and chip counts:

1. Naoya Kihara 1,548,000
2. Tommy Le 965,000
3. Davidi Kitai 789,000
4. Hans Winzeler 613,000
5. Chris De Maci 515,000
6. Dimitar Danchev 469,000
7. Jason DeWitt 465,000
8. Scott Bohlmann 397,000
9. Daniel Hindin 211,000
10. Kevin MacPhee 174,000
11. Joseph Cheong 125,000

Bellande, Kelly Advance in Shootout, Kelly Leads Mixed Game

Jean Robert Bellande
Bobby Bottleservice on to Day 2.

Two more events made their way towards a final table yesterday with, as usual, dozens of notable pros in contention.

In Event 36, the $3k No-Limit Hold’em Shootout, 60 players advanced to Day 2 and guaranteed themselves a min-cash of $9,086.

Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Koon, Ryan D’Angelo, James Akenhead, Joe Tehan, Kyle Julius, Matt Jarvis, Justin Bonomo and Christian Harder were just a few of the big names to win their tables and move on yesterday.

Play will pick up with 10 six-handed tables today starting at 1 pm and a final table of 10 streamed live when the table winners have been decided.

Meanwhile in Event 38, $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, over half of the 477-player starting field was axed on Day 1 with 209 returning for Day 2 today.

Leading them all is Dan “djk123” Kelly, fresh off his $10k HORSE final table, with 56,800.

Also making the cut for Day 2 were Freddy Deeb, Jeff Madsen, Ylon Schwartz, Gavin Griffin, Sorel Mizzi, Greg Raymer and Barry Greenstein.

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