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Money bubble bursts, WSOP Colossus down to 506 players

1 Jun 2015

By Aaron Todd
LAS VEGAS — The bustouts were fast and furious on Day 2 of the $565 Colossus at the World Series of Poker. In fact, the tournament staff could barely keep up, and it appeared for a few moments as if WSOP officials might have actually missed the money bubble.

With 10 minutes remaining in the second level of the day, tournament director Jack Effel told the players to take a break a little early so they could figure out exactly how many players were left in the field. Twenty minutes later, players returned to their seats to learn that only 2,246 of the 3,447 players who started Day 2 remained, and they were just four eliminations away from finishing in the money.

Susie Isaacs busted in 1,252nd on Sunday for $2,517.

Susie Isaacs busted in 1,252nd on Sunday for $2,517. (photo by Aaron Todd)

Nine players were eliminated the very next hand, meaning that all nine would split four min-cash spots, earning back $487, or most of their original buy-in.

The bustouts came even more quickly after the bubble burst as a sea of players left the Pavilion and stood in a line that stretched the length of a football field to wait for their payouts.

In the end, after eight levels of play, just 506 players survived to advance to Day 3. Valentin Vornicu is the chip leader with more than 1.2 million, while Shahen Martirosian is second with 799,000.

Other notable players still in the field include: Yuval Bronshtein (380,000), Dan O'Brien (371,000), Matt Matros (332,000), Eric Baldwin (276,000), Jeff Gross (266,000), Jeremy Ausmus (233,000) and Dash Dudley (222,000). Play will resume at 2 p.m. PT on Monday in the Amazon Room at the Rio.
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