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Qui Nguyen Leads Gordon Vayo, Cliff Josephy In World Series of Poker Main Event

Nguyen Holds 58 Percent Of Chips In Play Going Into Final Day

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Just five players returned for day 2 of the 2016 World Series of Poker main event final table, hoping to chip up and stay in contention for the bracelet, the title and the $8 million first-place prize.

Here’s a look at the chip counts entering the day.

Qui NguyenQui Nguyen — 128,625,000
Cliff Josephy — 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka — 62,250,000
Gordon Vayo — 58,200,000
Michael Ruane — 23,700,000

Day 1 may have started out with a cautious approach from the players, but it didn’t take long for the first alteraction on the second night of play. On just the fourth hand, Qui Nguyen raised on the button and was met with a three-bet shove from short-stacked Michael Ruane. Nguyen made the call with pocket sixes and failed to catch up against’ Ruane’s pocket eights.

Gordon VayoSuddenly, there were no short stacks at the table, but that didn’t slow down the pace of play. A few hands after Ruane’s double up, Gordon Vayo raised on the button. Vojtech Ruzicka three-bet from the small blind and Vayo called.

The flop came down QClub Suit8Diamond Suit3Club Suit and Ruzicka bet 6,150,000. Vayo called and the turn was the 7Heart Suit. Ruzicka bet 11,400,000 and Vayo made the call once again. The river was the 5Spade Suit and Ruzicka moved all in.

Vayo quickly called with pocket eights for a set and Ruzicka could only sheepishly reveal his ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit for ace high. After the stacks were counted down, Ruzicka was left with less than one big blind.

It all went in on the very next hand when his ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit was bested by Nguyen’s AHeart SuitQHeart Suit. For his fifth-place finish, the Prague-based poker pro earned $1,935,288.

It took almost 50 more hands before another player hit the rail. Ruane had mounted a comeback to start the day, but was down just his last 13 big blinds when he shoved over Nguyen’s under-the-gun raise. Nguyen made the call with AHeart SuitJSpade Suit and Ruane was was please to see he was drawing live with KHeart SuitQHeart Suit.

Cliff JosephyThe board ran out 9Heart Suit9Spade Suit2Spade SuitJClub Suit8Diamond Suit and Ruane was eliminated in fourth place, taking home $2,576,003. The pot was enough to give Nguyen more than half of the chips in play, which he held onto once play was paused for the evening 11 hands later.

Here’s a look at the chip counts going into the finale.

Qui Nguyen — 197,600,000
Gordon Vayo — 89,000,000
Cliff Josephy — 50,000,000

Play will resume Tuesday at 5 pm PT with coverage on ESPN following a 30-minute delay.


For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with full results, news, player interviews and event recaps.