Michael Rocco & Jonathan Jaffe Top WPT World Championship Day 2

Jonathan Jaffe sits second in chips heading into Day 3 of the WPT World Championship. (Photo by Paul Oresteen)

Jonathan Jaffe sits second in chips heading into Day 3 of the WPT World Championship. (Photo by Paul Oresteen)

After another six levels on the felt Michael Rocco tops the chip counts in the World Poker Tour $15,000 World Championship. Day 2 began with 171 players and 68 players advanced to Day 3.

Rocco bagged up 439,500 but declined to comment on his day. Tablemate Jonathan Jaffe bagged up the second-largest stack and said. “It was a good day for me – a few more preflop all ins for me than I’m used to, but I won them whether I was ahead or behind.”

“Tomorrow we’ll see what the cards give me and what my table draw looks like,” Jaffe continued. “I think it’s best in a tournament to come in with no plan and adjust as things go.”

Jake Schindler, David Tuthill, Keven Stammen, Matt Glantz and Tony Dunst all return with above average stacks for Day 3. Jason Mercier, Steve Gross, Esther Taylor-Brady and Brock Parker survived the day, but will have some cut out for them will as some of the shorter stacks.

Darren Elias, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Mohsin Charania, Ryan Riess, Greg Merson, Loni Harwood, Aaron Massey and Jake Bazeley are just a handful of those that did not make it through the day.

Registration closed with 239 entrants, who built a prizepool of $3,462,050. The final three tables cash in the event, a trip to the TV final table locks up $173,873 and the World Champ earns $973,683.

Stammen, the defending champ, padded his stack in the last level of the night through Thomas Marchese. Stammen called a shove holding Q T and Marchese held A T. Marchese hit a pair on the flop of T 7 3 but Stammen hit a queen on the turn and Marchese was eliminated.

Tuthill won a key hand after the dinner break, earning a full double up and top ten stack. He five-bet shoved holding pocket aces, Jason Mercier was coolered holding pocket kings after the board ran all rags and Tuthill crossed the 250,000-chip mark.

Taylor-Brady earned the title of Last Woman Standing after Harwood was eliminated early in the day. A short stacked Taylor-Brady doubled up at the end of the night holding pocket queens to Orson Young’s A T.

Currently, Jose Montes is contending for the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year and this season’s Heartland Poker Tour POY titles but met with an unfortunate end holding A K. Jaffe called Montes’ shove holding K Q, spiked a queen and ended Montes’ day.

Elias entered the event tied with Anthony Zinno for Season XIII WPT Player of the Year. Elias  was eliminated early in the day and Zinno won the title.

Day 3 kicks off Monday at noon will play down to the final 27 players, regardless of how long it takes.

WPT World Championship Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Michael Rocco – 439,500
  2. Jonathan Jaffe – 428,000
  3. Corey Hochman – 398,000
  4. Brain Murphy – 380,500
  5. Simon Lam – 337,500
  6. Konstantinos Navos – 326,000
  7. Brian Yoon – 309,500
  8. Sang Kim – 304,500
  9. Keven Stammen – 303,000
  10. Jake Schindler – 292,500
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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