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WSOP Event #52: Max Lehmanski holds his ground in

Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em175 players bought in for Event 52 and 90% of them were eliminated throughout the first two days of the competition. 18 will return tomorrow and half of them will be sent to the rail before the official final table begins and German Max Lehmanski is once again in control. He was the chip leader at the end of Day 1 and although he lost the lead for a few hands, at the end of the day he returned to the same spot.

He is in select company right now, with several poker professionals still standing and some of them are well-positioned to launch the decisive attack when the games resume tomorrow at 2 PM PST. Perhaps the most dangerous opponent in terms of both experience and chips is Phil Galfond who has the third-largest stack and brings in loads of experience. The professional poker player was very active on Twitter today and just as energetic at the poker tables, doubling up frequently and causing many eliminations:

Max Lehmanski is inching closer to the psychological threshold of 2 million chips, with Stephen Chidwick, Dani Stern and Steve Sung being the other three with more than 1 million to their names. Stephen and Dani increased their stacks one step at a time, while Steve Sung made giant leaps forward, just when everyone expected him to go bust. It looks like the poker Pro got lucky at the best possible time and caused consecutive bad beats to some of his peers.

He hit a runner-runner flush to beat pocket aces, right after splitting a major pot thanks to a straight made on the turn and river. Among his victims are Igor Kurganov and Kyle Julius, so it is only fair to assume that these two players wouldn’t be too upset if Steve’s luck will eventually run out at the final table. There are a few other professional poker players who are still in the race, but some of them are struggling at the bottom end of the chip counts.

Christian harder has just 15 big blinds, while David Baker and Marvin Rettenmaier have a few more blinds and all of them need to double up before the final table begins. Among the professionals eliminated today are Jason Mercier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Tobias Reinkemeier and Tony Gregg who won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller. Check out the top of the list featuring the five players with stacks larger than 1 million chips:

  1. Max Lehmanski – 1,982,000
  2. Stephen Chidwick – 1,782,000
  3. Phil Galfond – 1,479,000
  4. Dani Stern  – 1,469,000
  5. Steve Sung – 1,227,000

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