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Day 2 Ends w/68; Eric Afriat Leads w/1,003,000

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Eric Afriat 3 Day 2 has come to a close at the WPT World Championship, sponsored by partypoker, and 68 players have survived from the 200 that started the day. They will return tomorrow to play down into the money when 36 players remain.

The chip leader at the end of play tonight is Eric Afriat (pictured above) with 1,003,000 and he is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Other top stacks were baged up by Anthony Gregg (567,000), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (542,500), Scott Seiver (539,500), and Ryan D'Angelo (519,500), Poker Hall of Fame member Phil Hellmuth has advanced with 54,000 and NFL wide receiver Miles Austin made it through with 74,500.

Also advancing to Day 3 are a pair of online qualifiers. ClubWPT.com's David Daggett has a stack of 368,500 putting him well above the chip average. Jonathan Tamayo won his seat on DraftKings.com, and he finished even stronger with 411,000 -- good for a spot in the overnight Top 10.

» Day 2 Results
» Day 3 Seat Draw

Shaun Suller was one of the many notables to bust today, and his elimination means Mukul Pahuja has locked up WPT Season XII Player of the Year honors. Pahuja cashed five times this season, including three final tables, and won a total of more than $1.4 million. His POY point total of 3,450 is also the record for most in a season.

Day 3 will begin on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET. The plan is for the field to play down to the final 27 players but that could be adjusted depending on the pace of play. Whatever the case, the WPT Live Updates team will have all of the action for you in live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from New Jersey.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship, Season XI, Mazagan Casino, WPT Mazagan
11:50 PM, 04/23/14

Jason Koon and NFL Wide Receiver Miles Austin

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

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At the end of the night, Jason Koon (left) finished fifth on the leaderboard with 500,500 in chips, while NFL Wide Receiver Miles Austin finished much further back with just 74,500.

It looks like Austin wants to switch chip bags with Koon.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jason Koon, Miles Austin, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
11:37 PM, 04/23/14

Phil Hellmuth Doubles Thru Maurice Hawkins

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Maurice Hawkins raises to 8,500 from the cutoff, Phil Hellmuth min-reraises to 13,000 from the small blind, and Hawkins calls.

The flop falls Aclub7heart5diamond and Hellmuth check-calls all in for 5,000 with Aheart6heart, leading Hawkins' QspadeJspade. The 2diamond turn and Qdiamond river lock up the pot for Hellmuth, who wins the following two hands to up his stack to about 60,000.

Phil Hellmith - 60,000 (15 bb)
Maurice Hawkins - 360,000 (90 bb)

Sorted In: Phil Hellmuth, Maurice Hawkins, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
11:23 PM, 04/23/14

Four More Hands

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The players were just informed that they will play four more hands before the end of the night. Stay tuned for chip counts and the final hands of the night.

Sorted In: Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
11:22 PM, 04/23/14

Blake Bohn Busts a Player

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

A short-stacked player moves all in under the gun for 30,500, and Blake Bohn calls from the cutoff with 9club9spade. His opponent turns over Aspade8diamond, needing to improve to stay alive.

The board comes JheartJspade7diamond8spade10spade, and Bohn wins the pot with a jack-high straight to eliminate the short stack from the tournament.

Blake Bohn  -  365,000  (91 bb)

Sorted In: Blake Bohn, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
11:08 PM, 04/23/14

Christina Lindley Eliminated by Matt Stout

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Sorted In: Christina Lindley, Matt Stout, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
10:58 PM, 04/23/14

Loni Harwood vs. Eric Afriat

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Ones To Watch Loni Harwood opens to 9,000 in the hijack and Champions Club member Eric Afriat three-bets to 23,000 on the button. Harwood calls and the flop falls 7club4club4diamond

Harwood check-calls 14,000 to see the 3diamond turn and then check-calls 25,000 from Afriat, landing the Tclub river where Harwood checks for a third time. Afriat bets 75,000 and Harwood calls.

Afriat tables Aheart4spade for trip fours, Harwood mucks, and Afriat collects the pot.

Eric Afriat - 1,105,000 (276 bb)
Loni Harwood - 190,000 (47 bb)

Sorted In: Eric Afriat, Loni Harwood, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
10:56 PM, 04/23/14

Jared Jaffee Eliminated

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Sorted In: Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
10:36 PM, 04/23/14

Ryan D'Angelo vs. Roland Israelashvili

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

After the UTG+2 player raises to 11,000, Ryan D'Angelo three-bets to 25,000 from the hijack. Abe Korotki calls from the cutoff and Roland Israelashvili four-bets to 72,000 from the small blind. The original raiser folds, D'Angelo five-bets all in, and Korotki folds. Israelashvili tanks for a bit before he folds as well.

Ryan D'Angelo - 500,000 (125 bb)
Roland Israelashvili - 200,000 (50 bb)

Sorted In: Roland Israelashvili, Ryan DAngelo, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
10:35 PM, 04/23/14

Matt Glantz and Bryn Kenney Eliminated by Scott Seiver

Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Scott Seiver min-raises from the button to 8,000, Matt Glantz moves all in from the small blind for about 50,000, and Bryn Kenney moves all in over the top from the big blind for about 75,000. Seiver calls, covering both of them.

Here are their cards in descending order of chip counts:

Scott Seiver:  JdiamondJspade
Bryn Kenney:  Adiamond10diamond
Matt Glantz:  3diamond3heart

The board comes 10spade7diamond5heart6spade8heart, and the pocket jacks hold up for Seiver to win the pot, eliminating both players from the tournament.

Sorted In: Scott Seiver, Bryn Kenney, Matt Glantz, Season XII, Borgata, WPT World Championship
10:34 PM, 04/23/14
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