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WSOP: Kenney Ends Day 2 of $25,000 NLHE Six Handed on Top

Kassela Takes Lead in POY Race


KenneyDay 2 of event No. 52 ($25,000 no-limit hold’em six-Handed) saw many top poker players hit the rail, while others battled their way to the final 18 and into the money.

Bryn Kenney will be the chip leader going into day 3. He has 2.4 million in chips, nearly a million more than the man in second place, Brian Hodhod.

Also still fighting for the $1,315,518 first-place prize are Daniel Negreanu, Abe Mosseri, Dan Kelly, Issac Haxton, Justin Bonomo, Shawn Buchanan, and the only remaining woman Heather Sue Mercer.

Not surviving the day were dangerous pros like Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Freddy Deeb and more.

The two players who were tied for first place in the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race were able to make it deep into the day, but in one hand John Juanda was both eliminated as the bubble boy and relinquished the lead in the POY race to Frank Kassela, who will take 978,000 in chips to day 3.

JuandaJuanda Pops The Bubble

On that hand, an already crippled Juanda got all in for 40,000 by calling Brian Hodhod’s 52,000 raise along with Martins Adeniya.

The flop came AClub Suit KClub Suit 10Club Suit and Adeniya and Hodhod checked. They again checked the 7Diamond Suit turn, but when Adeniya checked the 3Heart Suit river Hodhod bet 44,000. Adeniya folded and Juanda saw the bad news. Their hands:

Hodhod: ADiamond Suit JClub Suit
Juanda: KDiamond Suit JHeart Suit

Juanda was eliminated one spot short of the money and in the process Frank Kassela took the lead in the Player of the Year race.

With that, all remaining players are guaranteed a payday of at least $58,699.

Who will take down event No. 52? Stay tuned to for hourly updates throughout day 3, which begins at 3 p.m.

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