Californian Brian Rast ruled Day 2 of the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry event #9 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), easily topping the leaderboard.
The Las Vegas-based pro bagged up 1,498,000 chips to hold a very healthy lead over fellow Americans Ryan Olisar (second on 1,080,000) and Scott Seiver (third on 1,031,000) as the only players to break through the million mark.
Day 2 started with 514 survivors from the two opening streams – totaling 3,404 entries – as all chased the top prize of $781,398 from a prize pool of $4,595,400. But the first goal was to make the money, with Frenchman Abderrahmane Lhassani the first to cash in 342nd place for $2,895.
Day 3 Will Play Down to Final Table
Thereafter, it was about maximising profits as just 33 players survived to return for Day 3, when those remaining will aim to make the nine-handed final table. But they will all be chasing Rast, who held the chip lead for the majority of Day 2 as he dominated the tables.
Certainly, Englishman James Akenhead will testify to Rast’s good fortune – as well as skill – after seeing his aces lose to the American’s nines when a jack arrived on the river to complete a straight that sent the Londoner to the rail in 56th place for $10,201.
Akenhead – who finished in ninth spot at the 2009 main event – could hardly believe he had lost such a massive pot, but that is how hot Rast is running right now.
Jonathan Duhamel Still Challenging
There are some other big-name pros still in contention for the title, though, with the likes of Jonathan Duhamel (fifth on 840,000), Greg Mueller (ninth on 615,000), Ari Engel (13th on 475,000), Paul Wasicka (20th on 283,000), Amanda Musumeci (23rd on 254,000) and Daniel Idema (28th on 199,000) all holding enough chips to mount a challenge.
Day 2 also saw some well respected pros make the money, including John Juanda (52nd for $12,315), Kevin MacPhee (53rd for $12,315), David Benyamine (69th for $8,547), Liv Boeree (84th for $6,157), David Vamplew (103rd for $4,595), Scott Fischman (107th for $4,595), Martins Adeniya (119th for $4,595), Tony Dunst (146th for $4,043), Barry Shulman (166th for $4,043), Tom Marchese (173rd for $4,043), Jason Koon (185th for $4,043), Kathy Liebert (212th for $3,584), Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow (223rd for $3,584), Toby Lewis (225th for $3,584), Tristan Clemencon (226th for $3,584), 2010 PokerStars Caribbean (PCA) champion William Reynolds (231st for $3,584), Men Nguyen (257th for $3,216), Terrence Chan (285th for $3,216), Mickey Petersen (292nd for $2,895), Isaac Haxton (299th for $2,895), Andrew Teng (300th for $2,895), Angel Guillen (312th for $2,895), Alexander Kuzmin (324th for $2,895), Sam Barnhart (326th for $2,895), Antonio Esfandiari (329th for $2,895) and Kyle Cartwright (330th for $2,895).
Jason Mercier In a Hurry
Jason Mercier, meanwhile, hit the rail in 260th for $3,216 and immediately left for the $5,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event #10 – not even stopping to collect his payout ticket!
Numerous well-known pros failed to make the money last night, including Andrew ‘LuckyChewy’ Lichtenberger, WSOP bracelet winner and high-stakes cash game specialist Eli Elezra and Chris Bjorin – who finished second in the $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo event – as well as Steve Zolotow.
Opening Days See Big Names Fall
Meanwhile, Day 1b saw numerous big-name exits, including Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Freddy Deeb, Mario Ho, Dwyte Pilgrim, Andy Frankenberger, Steve O’Dwyer, Gavin Smith and Eric Froelich, while Team PokerStars Pro also lost a significant number of their side with Andre Akkari, George Lind, Vanessa Rousso, Randy Lew, Shane Schleger, Martin Staszko and Vanessa Selbst crashing out.
Day 1a also witnessed the exit of Phil Ivey, Erik Cajelais, Jason Somerville, Jennifer Leigh, Selbst, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Staszko, Bryan Devonshire, Vitaly Lunkin, Leibert, Justin Bonomo and Dan Smith.
2012 WSOP Event #9 Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
1. Brian Rast (USA) – 1,498,000
2. Ryan Olisar (USA) – 1,080,000
3. Scott Seiver (USA) – 1,031,000
4. Aviraham Lovton (USA) – 872,000
5. Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) – 840,000
6. Derrick Huang (USA) – 682,000
7. Duy Ho (USA) – 675,000
8. Barry Hutter (USA) – 647,000
9. Greg Mueller (Canada) – 615,000
10. Ashkan Razavi (Canada) – 614,000