The final table is set at Ameristar Vicksburg. See below for a recap from PokerNews' Brandon Temple. Head to PokerNews.com for more information.
A whirlwind Day 2 here at the HPT Ameristar Vicksburg $1,100 Main Event saw a starting field of twenty-one players, from the original 146 entrants that began the tournament, zip down to the final table of nine in just under three hours time. Yousef Saleh will return for tomorrow's Day 3 as the chip leader, bagging up 1,020,000. Saleh, who started the day fifth in chips, started his day off by busting inaugural HPT Ameristar Vicksburg champ Jay Bishop by winning a flip.
The pot that helped catapult him to the top of the counts came when he flopped a jack-high flush on Jimbo Hughes, who had flopped an eight-flush of his own. Hughes couldn't escape, and Saleh took over as chip leader from that point all the way through the end of the day.
Second in chips is Jaron Bailey (806,000), who managed to hit quads twice in a three-hour period to help propel him up the counts in a hurry. Start of Day 2 chip leader Sley Sanchez (604,000) held steady through the day to secure third-place going into the final table.
Joining them at the final table are CT Hoffecker (546,000), Kip Jones (322,000), Shomari Williams (309,000), Judge Leo Boothe (281,000), and JW Carter (255,000), while defending champ BJ McBrayer (234,000) also managed to make it to the final day, but he'll have his work cut out for him as he starts the day as the short stack.
Three players were unfortunate enough to walk away short of a cash after making it to Day 2, and Chad Chisolm, Joseph Imarata, and bubble boy Doug Segers were the trio to leave without a payday. Once the bubble burst, a flurry of eliminations followed, including Sam Ho (10th - $3,280), Nolan Burton (11th - $3,280), Wyatt Boothe (12th - $3,280), Hannah Guthrie (13th - $2,579), Jimbo Hughes (14th - $2,579), Morgan McBrayer (15th - $2,597), Jason Riesenberg(16th - $2,187), Corey Harrison (17th - $2,187), and Jay Bishop (18th - $2,187).
Play will resume Monday at Noon local time upstairs with 28:00 remaining in Level 19 (5,000/10,000/10,000) and the final table will be live-streamed and televised. Come back to PokerNews for live updates and be sure to visit HPT’s Twitch channel to watch all the action unfold in real-time as a champion is crowned and presented with the HPT trophy along with a first-place prize of $36,895 and a $3,500 Championship package.
Here's a look at where the final nine stand headed into tomorrow's final table:
Kip Jones - 322,000
Shomari Williams - 309,000
BJ McBrayer - 234,000
Jaron Bailey - 806,000
Yousef Saleh - 1,020,000
CT Hoffecker - 546,000
Judge Leo Boothe - 281,000
Sley Sanchez - 604,000
JW Carter - 255,000