Stout takes over in Tunica

Matt Stout
Matt Stout pwned all comers to take a huge chip lead after two days of play in Tunica.

When all was said and done, blogger Matt Stout had emerged as the chip leader and clear favorite.

Stout entered Day 2 action second in chips and ran hot throughout the day's 2.5 levels, becoming the tournament's first million-dollar man and ending the day with around $1.006 million of the $3.08 million chips in play.

Full chip counts and final-table seating assignments are available here.

Meanwhile, fellow Full Tilt Poker pro Gavin Smith barely missed the final table, busting in 10th place for a $14,718 payday after seeing his pocket eights cracked by Kai Landry's pocket threes.

Also among the 19 players to cash in this event were Kathy Liebert and FTOPS X Main Event winner Va Shon Watkins, who chopped 18th-place money after being eliminated on the bubble during round-for-round action. Both players earned $5,518 for their time.

The day began at 2 p.m. Central Time with three full tables remaining of the 154-player starting field, and after an hour of play nearly one-third of their number had been sent to the rail.

Paula Halata, who bubbled the bubble of the recent World Poker Tour event in Biloxi, Miss., bubbled this bubble as well, finishing in 27th place.

"It's been fun," Halata told her table as she packed up her belongings and headed to the exit. "I take that back. It hasn't been fun, but I was happy to be here."

"Captain" Tom Franklin and Jordan Morgan would join the ranks of the departed just shy of the money before Liebert and Watkins hit the road.

Then Stout shifted into high gear, taking down a massive pot against Jeremiah Vinsant after a preflop all-in that saw Vinsant commit his stack with pocket tens against Stout's jacks. The jacks held and Vinsant was eliminated while "Allinat420" had built his stack to just under the seven-figure mark.

"I think I'm pretty assured of making the final table now," Stout said as he stacked Vinsant's chips. "This would be a monumental blow-up if I didn't."

No blow-ups were forthcoming and Stout held out, bolstering his stack at Quentin Battle's expense before Smith burst the final-table bubble with his octos/crabs debacle.

Final-table action kicks off at 2 p.m. local time from the entertainment complex at Harrah's in Tunica and will continue until a champion is crowned. Check out all the action in the Live Tournaments section or on the new PokerListings Twitter account.


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