Dia 2a Terminado
Dia 2a Terminado
The first of two Day 2s have come to an end at the partypoker MILLIONS North America $5,300 Main Event in Montreal, Canada. It was an eventful day that saw a total of 501 players take their seat at the felt and only 132 managed to survive. Brian Yoon started to run away the chip lead mid-way through the day and never looked back.
Yoon bagged himself an impressive 24,910,000 chips, and he surprisingly held roughly that many chips when the dinner break arrived. The California native has claimed over $4.5 million in career tournament earnings with his largest cash coming last summer at the 2017 WSOP. Yoon captured his third gold bracelet when he won the $1,500 Monster Stack for a whopping $1,094,349. It seems as though he has a special skill set to work his way through large-tournament fields.
A couple other big stacks to find success throughout the day were Michael Gathy (19,270,000) and Hagop Ketendjian (17,200,000), who have both had plenty of success in their poker career. Josh Trott (16,100,000) and Brian Morgan (15,545,000) round out the top five chip counts.
There were many familiar names at each and every table that made for quite the eventful day of poker. Unfortunately for some, they were unable to run up a stack and busted both bullets before late registration closed. There were plenty of others that fell by the wayside as the last few levels winded down. Some of those names include Martin Jacobson, Chance Kornuth, Ari Engel, Darren Elias, Alex Foxen, and Mohsin Charania.
The day ended with a total of 132 players moving on to Day 3 when the tournament director decided to cut the day short by one level. The eliminations were coming at such a rapid pace, they chose to stop play after eight levels to ensure the money bubble would not be reached. Among those moving on to Day 3 include partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton (2,290,000), partypoker Sponsored Pros Kristen Bicknell (7,790,000), Roberto Romanello (8,100,000), and Richard Dubini (6,480,000), Paul Michaelis (13,155,000), Ema Zajmovic (11,700,000), and defending champion Jean-Pascal Savard (3,890,000).
For those that are looking for another shot at the $10,000,000 guaranteed prizepool, Day 2B will be running on Sunday beginning at 12:00 PM EST. Late registration will remain open until the end of level 12 at which point it will officially be closed for good. Players will be allowed one re-entry on the day in order to run up their biggest possible stack.
The PokerNews live reporting team be on site to bring you all of the live updates throughout the tournament.
The tournament clock has been paused and the players will now play their last five hands of the night before the bagging and tagging process begins.
The action folded around to Ema Zajmovic on the button who raised it up to 250,000. The small blind counted his chips and then ripped all in for 3,580,000. With the action back on Zajmovic, she quickly made the call and the two players were racing.
Zajmovic turned over and was up against her opponent's . The flop came and Zajmovic took the lead with two pair. The turn was the and the river was the as Zajmovic improved to a full house and eliminated her opponent.
Karim Chatur raised to 250,000 from middle position and Jean-Pascal Savard called from the big blind. The flop fell and Savard check-called a bet of 280,000 from Chatur.
The paired the board on the turn and both players checked to the on the river. Savard led out for 770,000 and Chatur quickly mucked his cards. Savard comes into the event as the defending champion, having won over $1,000,000 in the 2017 partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event.
With players continuing to be eliminated at a rapid pace today, the tournament director has decided to stop play after this level. It is unsure as to whether the players bagging chips at the end of the day will be in the money or not, depending on how many new entries there are for Day 2B tomorrow.
Jonathan Duhamel was sitting with a stack slightly above starting and got all of it in the middle holding . Unfortunately, he ran into the of his opponent.
The dealer fanned the flop of and not only did Duhamel pair his ace, he picked up the nut flush draw as well. The turn was the and the river landed the . Duhamel found a way to double up but still remains well under the average stack.
On a flop reading with over 1,000,000 in the pot already, Seth Davies led out from the small blind for 350,000. Kristen Bicknell called from middle position and the landed on the turn.
Davies fired another 950,000 and Bicknell still called to see the on the river. Davies thought for a moment before shoving all in, putting Bicknell to the test for her last 1,370,000 chips. Bicknell thought, and she thought, and she thought some more. She was in the tank for well over five minutes until the clock was eventually called. Once the floorman arrived at the table, Bicknell made the call. Davies flipped over while Bicknell tabled to drag in the pot.
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