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Pope Crushing $5k 8-Max, Cada Contending in Six-Max
Trevor Pope has half the chips for the 8-Max final table and Joe Cada is eyeing bracelet #2 as a busy day at the Rio wrapped late last night.
Pope, who finished sixth in last year's WPT Championship for his biggest career score, has one of the most dominating chip advantages to start a final table ever in Event #2, $5k No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max.
With 3,420,000, Pope literally has just under 50% of the chips in play with no one else over 629,000.
He'll have to contend with a bunch of tested poker vets tomorrow, however, with EPT London winner David Vamplew, Dan "djk123" Kelly, David Peters and Daryll Fish also among the final eight, but Pope is the heavy favorite to win his first bracelet.
The official final table and chip counts:
- 1. Trevor Pope 3,420,000
- 2. Jared Hamby 629,000
- 3. David Vamplew 629,000
- 4. Dan Kelly 625,000
- 5. Brandon Meyers 595,000
- 6. Jamie Armstrong 451,000
- 7. David Peters 435,000
- 8. Darryll Fish 432,000
Day 2 chip leader Rafal Michalowski was the unfortunate final-table bubble boy. Tom "Kingsofcards" Marchese (10th - $37,391), Brian Rast (14th - $23,624), Griffin Benger (16th - $19,193) and Joe Serock (17th - $15,824) also fell just short.
For a full recap of the action, check our "follow the chips" coverage from the Rio in our WSOP live updates. Players will be back at 2 pm to play down to the bracelet and you can follow along live on PokerListings.
Berger Leading Event #3, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
The first massive $1,000 tournament of the 2013 WSOP has wound its way down to the final 38 players with Seth Berger out front to end Day 2.
Berger bagged up just under 1 million in chips to put himself in solid position for a run at his first bracelet.
PKR pro Vladimir Geshkenbein and longtime pro Nam Le are in the top 10 while Scott Seiver is hanging on near the bottom of the pack.
The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Seth Berger 994,000
- 2. Ryan Olisar 815,000
- 3. Charles Sylvestre 787,000
- 4. Ping Liu 475,000
- 5. Vladimir Geshkenbein 400,000
- 6. James Matteucci 383,000
- 7. Nam Le 361,000
- 8. Travis Wiedower 354,000
- 9. Jia Liu 351,000
- 10. Garrick Lau 346,000
Cada Charging, Ashton Leads Omaha 8
Elsewhere at the Rio, a familiar name in former Main Event champ Joe Cada is making his presence felt in Event #4, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max.
Cada will be wielding one of the big stacks when they hit Day 2 play today after he bagged up 127,000. He trails just chip leader Greg Hobson with 160,500.
Play is just off the money with 117 players left. The top 10 in chips:
- 1. Greg Hobson 160,500
- 2. Joe Cada 127,000
- 3. Keven Stammen 112,800
- 4. Stewart Newman 101,500
- 5. Evan Michelson 100,700
- 6. Sean Stevens 99,100
- 7. Jesse Yaginuma 98,100
- 8. Matt Silva 90,700
- 9. Ami Allibay 88,000
- 10. Ty Akbasli 78,100
Jonathan Duhamel, Shannon Shorr, Calvin Anderson and Yevgeniy Timoshenko will also return for Day 2 with solid stacks.
In the first mixed-game event of the 2013 WSOP grinder Matt Ashton leads an elite field of 150 remaining players in Event $5, $2,500 Omaha 8/Seven-Card Stud.
Ashton bagged up 57,200 while Eli Elezra, Max Pescatori, Matt Glantz, Jeremy Ausmus, Men Nguyen and Scott Clements also bagged big stacks.
Tune in at 11 am tomorrow for all of our live coverage from the 44th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas including the debut of the first-ever Millionaire Maker.