Level 12 has come and gone and tournament staff sent the ~288 remaining Championship players on their first break of the day. There is still a lot of work to do to reach the money with the average stack at 137,000 (55 big blinds)
In a battle between two SHRP regulars, AJ Kelsall and Howard Mash were heads up with the board reading and 19,000 in the pot.
Kelsall checked, Mash bet 16,000 and Kelsall check\raised all in for 119,000. Mash thought for a few minutes before mucking and Kelsall showed for the nut flush/wheel draw.
Mash began the day third in chips but dipped under 300,000 while Kelsall is up to 159,000.
AJ Kelsall – 159,000 (80 bb)
Howard Mash – 293,500 (147 bb)
Recent eliminations include Bryce McVay, Neil Blumenfield, and Jacquelyn Scott.
Any cash in the WPT RRPO Championship will be a good return-on-investment for Jason Young. His buy-in total was $0 into the headliner with two bullets in his pocket and he’s comfortable with 140,000 on Day 2.
His first shot at the Championship came courtesy of winning the first-ever tournament in the new poker room. Young picked up some cash along with a seat into the RRPO Championship. That entry did not pan out the way he expected but luckily he had a good run to start 2019.
Young won the Seminole Hard Rock Player of the Year award after winning the WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Main Event in January and a finishing third in the WSOPC Coco Main Event. The POY honors came with an entry into every Seminole Hard Rock Poker Main Event/Championship for an entire year, including this one.
The RRPO Championship is the third qualifying tournament for the next Player of the Year. David Nathaniel Jr is the frontrunner after two events; he won the Tampa Pinktober Main Event after finishing 10th in the WSOPC Coco Main Event.
After this tournament, there are still seven more chances to run up the SHR Player of the Year leaderboard.
John Spadavecchia Jr opened to 4,000 from under the gun and Will Failla three-bet to 9,000. Patricia Conrad called in middle position, and Spadaveccia Jr moved all in for 80,000. Conrad folded and Failla showed a monster.
Spadaveccia Jr was in deep trouble and he found no love on the board to exit the Championship.
Will Failla – 280,000 (187 bb)
John Spadavecchia Jr – Eliminated
Mark Dube and Tomas Soderstrom were heads up to a flop, Dube bet 4,000 and Soderstrom raised to 11,000 from the cutoff. Dube called, the turn was and both players checked.
The river was , Dube moved all in for 15,500 and Soderstrom called.
Dube flopped top pair but Soderstrom turned the second nut flush to send him out.
Other early Day 2 eliminations included Asher Conniff and Luke Vrabel.
Tomas Soderstrom – 47,000 (31 bb)
Mark Dube – Eliminated