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2018 WSOP: Stavrakis, Salem Lead Heading to Final Tables of Events #26, #27

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The 2018 World Series of Poker chugged along on Wednesday, with two tournaments wrapping up their Day 2 action to set the stage for the decisive Day 3 play on Thursday.

Event #26 - $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha

A 986-player field has been whittled down to the final 14 players in Event #26, with Filippos Stavrakis leading that final contingent heading to Day 3.

One hundred players came back on Wednesday as more cash was handed out from the $887,400 prize pool that was created. Many players, sitting on their short stacks, were in “double up or go home” (or perhaps on to the next event) mode, with several notables capturing a min-cash for their efforts in the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Such names as Joe Cada, Christian Harder, Martin Finger, Shannon Shorr and Day 2 chip leader Ryan Goindoo failed to make it out of the carnage of the day, but the final 14 players do have some familiar names among them.

Within striking distance of Stavrakis’ 903,000 chip stack is Felipe Ramos. The Brazilian superstar was a force through the day’s play, ending it by bagging 450,000 in chips for third place on the leaderboard. Another top pro lurking down the board is Thayer Rasmussen who, despite winning over $1.5 million and 35 cashes at the WSOP, is still looking for his first major tournament championship. Rasmussen will sit in sixth place with 300,000 in chips as the cards hit the air on Thursday.

The players will come back together this afternoon at 2 p.m. Pacific time to determine the champion, who will walk off with the WSOP bracelet and a $169,842 payday.

2018 WSOP EVENT #26 – FINAL 14
Filippos Stavrakis903,000
Pascal Damois632,000
Felipe Ramos450,000
Jordan Siegel438,000
Arthur Morris329,000
Thayer Rasmussen300,000
Clinton Monfort292,000
Ruslan Dykshteyn262,000
David Caruthers242,000
Peter Klein206,000
Georgios Karavokyris115,000
Floyd Bangerter108,000
Robert Cowen95,000
Joshua Larson55,000

Event #27 - $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

On Tuesday, 166 players came out for the start of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship tournament – better than the 150 who cracked the deck for action in 2017 – and, by the end of Wednesday’s Day 2 action, only 16 remained in the event. Laith Salem will lead those survivors to the felt on Thursday looking to fend off a challenge from a fleet of poker pros.

Shaun Deeb started Day 2 on Wednesday as the chip leader of the 72 players who remained and, after such names as Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Stephen Chidwick and Brian Rast jumped in before the close of registration, the final field was set. With only 25 players from the 166-player field getting a payday from the tournament, many of these latecomers were facing an uphill climb to simply making the money.

In fact, from those late arrivals on Wednesday, none was around for the bursting of the money bubble. They had plenty of company, however, as Daniel Negreanu, Cliff Josephy, Jeff Lisandro, John Monnette, Jason Mercier and Deeb all hit the rail before any money was doled out. After Scott Cole’s tournament was ended by Robert Campbell in 26th place ($0), everyone was assured of a $15,229 payday.

Salem seemed to never make a mistake on the day, cutting chips from Iraj Parvizi and Jake Schwartz as he marched by the one million chip mark. In fact, by the end of the day only Salem and Albert Daher were above the million-chip point as the remainder of the field struggled to keep pace.

2018 WSOP EVENT #27 – FINAL 16
Laith Salem1.456 million
Albert Daher1.3 million
John Hennigan687,000
Iraj Parvizi620,000
Randy Ohel571,000
Carol Fuchs562,000
David “Bakes” Baker559,000
Daniel Zack546,000
Jean “Prince” Gaspard405,000
Jake Schwartz357,000
Michael Noori343,000
Anthony Zinno237,000
Robert Campbell210,000
Katherine Fleck186,000
Illya Trincher159,000
Robert Mizrachi111,000