The second day at the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) saw New York State’s Thomas Miller emerge as the chip leader in Las Vegas.
American Thomas Miller is way out in front on 1,500,065 to be more than 500,000 ahead of second-placed Russian Mikhail Lakhitov (981,000) and Alexis Bouchiouane, of France (846,000), in third.
The original 1,734-strong field, which meant a prize pool of $3,944,850 was produced, has now been cut back to just 39 as all the surviving competitors eye up the $749,610 on offer for the winner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Only 291 players returned yesterday, but it was Manorville’s Miller who made the biggest plays throughout the 10 levels to also be joined by the likes of Tom Marchese, Marvin Rettenmaier, Nam Le, David Pham, Dwyte Pilgrim, Tim Phan and Eddy Sabat for day three.
The money bubble arrived during the day’s third level, when Bradley Augsburger and Jack Jacovou busted out in hand-to-hand play to each make $103.50 in profit for their troubles when the $5,207 prize money was split.
Nevada’s Eric Baldwin was in fact the bubble boy, though, when he exited in 173rd place.
He joined other notable names at the rail, including Dani Stern, Tomer Berda, Anthony Yeh, JC Tran, Chance Kornuth, Stephen O’Dwyer, Bryn Kenney, Jimmy Tran, Terrence Chan, Martins Adeniya, Tommy Vedes, Leo Wolpert, David Diaz, Dan O’Brien, Kunimaro Kojo, Gavin Smith and Randal Flowers.
Miller was involved in a monster pot late in the day, when facing Dutch online specialist Franciscus ‘Branco’ Dekkers.
Dekkers put 60,000 into the pot on a flop that showed 2c-Qd-4c, only for chip leader Miller to go all-in. Dekkers could have folded to still be left with approximately 400,000 in chips, but – after quite some time deliberating his next move – the Netherlands player put his tournament life at stake with a call when holding Qh-10h.
That was a bad decision as Miller showed Kc-Ks to still hold the over pair in what had now become an enormous pot.
The turn came 4s and the 4h river then arrived to give Miller an elimination and a large chip lead, which he then added to in the very next hand when knocking out his table’s short stack.
Day three should see a winner announced tonight in the Amazon Room, although 10 levels may not be enough to eliminate 38 players to leave us with just one. A fourth day could be on the cards.
Top 10 chip leaders after day two of the WSOP 2011 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event:
1. Thomas Miller (USA) – 1,500,065
2. Mikhail Lakhitov (Russia) – 981,000
3. Alexis Bouchiouane (France) – 846,000
4. Ed Sabat (USA) – 613,000
5. Yun Fan (USA) – 524,000
6. Edgar Delatorre (USA) – 450,000
7. James Dylan (USA) – 446,000
8. Steven Watts (UK) – 428,000
9. Kevin Eyster Lafayette (USA) – 403,000
10. Alessio Fratti (Italy) – 402,000