When the full field of 1,021 runners took their seats yesterday to compete in Event #22, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, the assumption was that ten levels would decide who had earned the right to play for the cash on Day 2. Instead, only 117 players managed to bag and tag by the end of the night, meaning we broke the money bubble on the last bustout of the night.
Brandon Crawford begins Day 2 as the chip leader, after amassing a stack of 125,400 despite failing to eliminate Tom Cipriano in a memorable bubble hand. His lead is only a slim 1,500 chips, however, as Alan Keating will begin today with 123,900 at his disposal.
Joseph Cheong, who shot to poker stardom as a member of the 2010 "November Nine," will also enter Day 2 with momentum on his side, after notching a key knockout during the end of Day 1, when he bricked on a flush draw but found a runner-runner straight to move his stack into a comfortable position entering bubble play. Holding a stack of 52,400 when we get underway this afternoon, Cheong has put himself in position to make yet another deep run here in a WSOP event.
After an interesting Day 1, in which his stack went missing for over an hour, online super-stakes legend Ben Tollerene will start the day with only 5,300, needing to score a few quick doubles if he hopes to gain any traction.
Among the other notable names who have played their way to a shot at this WSOP bracelet in PLO are Keven Stammen (100,200), Paul Volpe (67,200), Tommy Le (67,000), Leif Force (40,000), Hoyt Corkins (36,200), Lee Watkinson (26,100), and Barry Johnston (20,300).
Keep it with PokerNews throughout the day as we bring you continuous live coverage of Day 2, here at Event #22 of the 2013 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.
For now, we'll leave you with Lynn Gilmartin who has the highlights from all corners of the 2013 World Series of Poker today: