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WSOP Event #57 Day 2- Seth Berger In Front

WSOP Employees' EventIt was a great day for Seth Berger as he climbed up the chip leader board all the way into pole position as he closed in on a 1 million chip count before the day ended.

Seth is well in with a shot for the final table, but yesterday’s chip leader Mark Darner didn’t take advantage of his massive chip lead and ended up crashing out in 35th place late in the day. He struggled to make anything of his chip lead, and so he will be watching from rails as Seth takes Darner’s Day 1 finishing spot at the end of Day 2.

Sam Trickett started the day in 6th place with 116,000, but he couldn’t capitalise on his strong position with a quiet day from the Englishman. He did make a small increase in chips, but relative to the blinds it wasn’t enough for him to make any kind of serious challenge for the top spots as he ended the day in trouble and as one of the short stacks holding just 153,000, which is just over 15 big blinds to make his Day 3 challenge with.

Antonius Esfandiari made little of his 97,000 Day 2 starting stack as he crashed out way back in 188th place early on in the day. However, one player did manage to keep his head clear and that was none other than Phillip Gruissem. He’s already won a WSOP tournament earlier this year in the A$50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Rebuy event in Australia. He is also an EPT champ, but still yet to win a WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas.

Gruissem is most certainly a massive threat when he has chips, and he is well known for being a tournament expert especially in the high rollers. This could be his tournament and as we all know as soon as he has a chip stack in front of him he’s hard to push around the poker table. It looks like Gruissem has almost definitely booked his place on the final table even with 31 players still left in the tournament making it 22 more eliminations until we get there sometime tomorrow.

The bubble did officially crack here in Day 2 at place number 81 giving away $9,175 to 73rd to 81st places and as the day drew to a close, Ariel Celestino was the last man to crash out in 32nd place with $20,450 to take home.

Tomorrow the blinds will start on level 21 moving up to 5,000/10,000 with the antes at 1,000 per hand. The short stacks will be feeling the blind increase and even a double up for those under the 200,000 chip mark will not be enough to save their tournament.

Top 9 Places on the Chip Leader Board

1st Seth Berger – 986,000

2nd Philipp Gruissem – 743,000

3rd Antonio Buonanno – 732,000

4th Christian Rudolph – 668,000

5th Arthur Pro – 656,000

6th Dan Martin – 630,000

7th Matt Perrins – 619,000

8th Ravi Raghavan – 598,000

9th Joe Serock – 574,000




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