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Madsen still going strong in San Jose
Jeff Madsen is the chip leader with $706,000 after Day 2 of the Bay 101 Shooting Star in San Jose. On his way to taking the lead in the World Poker Tour (WPT) tournament, Madsen knocked out the defending champion Nam Le.
Nam Le was desperately short-stacked and got called by three opponents, including Jeff Madsen, when he moved all-in pre-flop. The flop showed Ac-Ad-6s, and Madsen scared the other two players away with a sizeable bet.
Of course, it wasn't a bluff. Madsen flipped over As-4c, and Nam Le found himself drawing dead with Qc-4h in his hand. Madsen had eliminated the defending champ and got $5,000 and an "I busted Nam Le" t-shirt as a reward.
Otherwise Joe Sebok, who is in second place behind Madsen, made the most spectacular play of the day. Just after the bubble burst, Sebok eliminated two players in one hand when his pocket kings held up against A-3 and J-J.
Isabelle Mercier took the worst beat of the day when her pocket aces were cracked by David Ong's ace-king. Ong, who has earned himself the nickname "Bounty Killa," caught a runner-runner straight to make Mercier his third "Shooting Star" casualty of the event.
The 36 remaining players will return to the Bay 101 Casino at noon (PDT). The action will be six-handed, and you can read all about it at PokerListings.com in our Live Tournaments Section.