Six players entered the Rio, only three players were left standing at the end of the day. And two of them were left standing in the shadows of a monstrous tower of chips.
On Day 2 of the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table, the remaining six November Niners did not wait to rumble. For a second day in the row, the second hand spelled doom for a November Niner. Yesterday, short-stacked Patrick Chan failed to double up on the second hand of the final table and he was sent packing in ninth place. Today, the second hand was also disastrous.
ACES WHACKED; THOMAS CANNULI OUT IN SIXTH PLACE
Short-stacked Thomas Cannuli began the hand with approximately 10M or fifth overall in chips, and he got it all in with A-A against Max Steinberg's pocket tens. A ten on the flop appeared to whack Cannuli's Aces. Although Cannuli picked up a glimmer of hope on the turn with a Broadway straight draw, it was futile. Steinberg faded the straight on the river and his set of tens held up to win the pot. Cannuli was unable to achieve any river justice.
Thomas Cannuli, the pride of Cape May, New Jersey, earned a sixth-place pay day worth $1,426,283.
ISRAEL'S OFER ZVI STERN OUT IN FIFTH PLACE
Zvi Stern took a ton of heat for his methodically slow play on Day 1. One of the TV execs must've given him a talking to or someone slipped Adderall into his vape pen. Whatever the reason, Stern played at a speedier pace.
Stern was not able to get much momentum going on Day 2. When he picked a spot looking for a double up, his A-J lost to Neil Blumenfield's A-K. Stern's fifth-place pay day was worth $1,911,423.
MAX STEINBERG BUSTO IN FOURTH PLACE
Max Steinberg was treading water ever since Stern's elimination in fifth. Steinberg picked a spot but failed to double up with A-J against Joe McKeehen's A-Q. Steinberg turned a gutshot draw and had a chance for potential river chop, but he couldn't get there. Steinberg's cut was $2,615,361. Not too shabby considered he won his Main Event seat through a $27 daily fantasy sports satellite on DraftKings (it was NBA too).
McKeehen busted another player and his stack swelled to over 128M. With four to go, Joe McKeehen held less than 50% of the chips in play. By the time it was three-handed, he held over 2/3 of all the chips.
Only two players stand in Joe McKeehen's way from the Main Event championship and $7.6M. Beckley and Blumenfield have a lot of work ahead of them if they expect to make a run at first place.
2015 NOVEMBER NINE PAYOUTS
4. Max Steinberg (Fairfield, Iowa) $2,614,558
5. Ofer Zvi Stern (Israel) $1,910,971
6. Thomas Cannuli (Cape May, NJ) $1,426,072
7. Pierre Neuville (Belgium) $1,203,193
8. Federico Butteroni (Italy) $1,097,009
9. Patrick Chan (Brooklyn) $1,001,020
2015 NOVEMBER NINE CHIP COUNTS
The conclusion of the November Nine will be televised on ESPN starting Tuesday night at 9:30pm ET or 6:30pm PT. It will be broadcast with hole cards, but on a 30-minute delay. If you live outside of the USA, here's the overseas viewing information for international coverage of the November Nine.