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WSOP Event #5 $2,500 Mixed: Gorodinsky the Chip Leader

 wsop tablesThis morning saw the $2,500 Mixed Event crash through 48 players leaving just 19 from 67. Mike Gorodinsky has been given hope as he finished in the chip lead with 330,500 chips and is now challenging for what could be his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Eli Elezra was shockingly nowhere to be seen in Day 2, and hit the rails after coming into the Day with 38,700 chips, the third highest stack. He was out in 83rd place in what was a series of crash and burn hands, from a player who was expected to make it to the final table after confirming his challenge for his 2nd WSOP title in Day 1, but he wasn’t even close today.

Daniel Negreanu made a steady climb up the chip leader board throughout the day, and in the end he came from 56th to take 14th place by the days end, finishing on 106,500 chips giving him plenty to work with. British player, Mathew Ashton surrendered his chip lead, but he is still in contention with 147,000 chips in front of him for the final day of the tournament. He can’t grumble about his day with a 90,000 climb in chips. With some more solid play from the man from Liverpool, we could see him challenge for a final table appearance.

It’s hard to make a prediction on the winner. However, with Negreanu still on the list, it could be his day to pick up WSOP gold bracelet number 6. He is still quite far behind, but with his progress today, he is looking very comfortable. Mike Matusow may have written himself off, as he looks in bad shape with 57,500 chips left in front of him. Even so, he is an experienced player and if he can beat the levels quick rising blinds, completions, brings and antes, he could surprise us, but for now he looks out of the game.

The story of the tournament is second place Christian Tong, who is in his element going into Day 3 with the 2nd highest chip stack. It is worth noting this is his first ever WSOP cash, and so maybe there is still a story to be written yet in this event.

Tong is predominantly a Los Angles small game player, and despite this, he has shown some real discipline while raising a few eye brows. His biggest cash ever has been for $1,730 after he came 100th in the $350 NLH “The Guaranteed Million Dollar Tournament” in Las Vegas. With only 19 players left, he has already beaten his best career cash with 17th to 24th place pay-outs at $6,551, an amount that almost cracks his total career earnings of $8,781. What a story it would be if he can keep his cool and ride his chips to the finish line.

The Top 8 Chip Stacks

1st – Mike Gorodinsky – 330,500 Chips

2nd – Kristopher Tong – 319,500 Chips

3rd – Dustin Leary – 254,000 Chips

4th – Alexander Lakhov – 218,000 Chips

5th – George Danzer – 187,500 Chips

6th – Roman Verenko – 158,500 Chips

7th – Mack Lee – 150,000 Chips

8th – Andrew Kelsall – 147,500 Chips



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