Dominik Nitsche Ends Day 2 of 2013 WSOPE Main Event as Chipleader

Dominik Nitsche won a massive pot on the penultimate hand of Day 2, which gave him the overnight chiplead. (Thomas Keeling photo)

Dominik Nitsche won a massive pot on the penultimate hand of Day 2, which gave him the overnight chiplead. (Thomas Keeling photo)

For most players, making a massive river call with pocket queens on a scary-looking ace-high board with two hands to go in the day would be nearly impossible. Dominik Nitsche simply operates on a different level.

After making that big call, the 23-year-old German crossed the half-century mark, bagging 504,800 to take the chiplead into Day 3. That pot was the only thing that kept Ludovic Lacay from bagging the top stack for the second straight night, though his 406,200 will still give him the second-best stack when play resumes on Tuesday afternoon.

Benny Spindler (345,700), Ariel Celestino (325,000), Fabrice Soulier (314,000) and Guillaume Marrucho (301,800) each finished with more than 150 big blinds in their stacks. November Niner Jay Farber (293,700) had a tremendous session after starting Day 2 with just 16,000 chips. As the money bubble approaches, his chances at making an unlikely late run at WSOP Player of the Year increase with every elimination.

Speaking of POY, Daniel Negreanu made it through the day as well, with a top seven finish being his target. Anything better than that, barring results from other players, will push him past Matt Ashton and into the overall lead. Scott Clements, Shawn Buchanan, Jeremy Ausmus, Ravi Raghvan, Sam Holden, Mark Newhouse, Faraz Jaka and James Dempsey each survived to fight another day, too, part of a group of 70 players who move on to Day 3.

With registration closed at the start of Day 2, the 2013 WSOPE Main Event field was set at 375 players. That’s down from the 420 players who entered in 2012, when Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th career bracelet. There’ll be 40 players getting paid, with a min-cash worth €20,250. A final table appearance will be worth at least €77,500 for the final eight players, with a top prize of €1,000,000 ($1,367,600) and the gold bracelet awaiting the champion.

The full final table payouts are as follows:

1. €1,000,000
2. €610,000
3. €400,000
4. €251,000
5. €176,000
6. €126,000
7. €101,000
8. €77,500

Hellmuth won’t be claiming a €1 million payday for the second consecutive year, as his Main Event run came to end at the hands of Fabrice Soulier. Loni Harwood, who initiated the action on Hellmuth’s bustout, went out shortly thereafter and with that elimination her hopes of being WSOP POY went as well. Harwood was also the last woman standing in the field.

It was a pretty rough day for a few November Niners as well, with JC Tran, David Benefield and Ryan Riess hitting the rail. They were joined on the sidelines by Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Bertrand Grospellier, Ole Schemion, Eugene Katchalov, Mike Watson, Philipp Gruissem, Russel Thomas, Andy Frankenberger, Matt Salsberg, Liv Boeree, Jonathan Duhamel, Barry Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari, among a great may other Day 2 casualties.

Play will resume at noon local time Tuesday and the plan is to play to either 24 or 16 on Day 3, a final table on Day 4 and take a day off on Thursday as the High Roller final table plays out.

2013 WSOP Europe Main Event Chip Counts – Top 10 – End of Day 2

  1. Dominik Nitsche – 504,800
  2. Ludovic Lacay – 406,200
  3. Benny Spindler – 345,700
  4. Ariel Celestino – 325,000
  5. Fabrice Soulier – 314,000
  6. Guillaume Marrucho – 301,800
  7. Jay Farber – 293,700
  8. Adrien Allain – 289,200
  9. Flavien Guenin – 286,200
  10. Dario Sammartino – 283,800
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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