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Day 2: Skrill Last-Longer Update

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Champion Ryan Van Sanford
WPT sponsor Skrill, a digital wallet payment processor, is hosting a free last-longer bonus prize for players in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

In order to participate, players needed to stop by the Skrill table outside the tournament area on Day 1 to sign up for a Skrill account (or verify their existing account) and pick up a patch to wear during the tournament.

The last remaining player in the tournament who has worn their Skrill patch the entire time will receive their buy-in back — $3,500.

There were 39 Skrill-patched players who survived to Day 2, and here were their official chip counts to start the day:

Mike Wang  -  207,900
Patrick Eskandar  -  204,200
Shawn Nguyen  -  145,400
Nancy Birnbaum  -  139,500
Cornel Cimpan  -  135,500
Andrew Batkin  -  132,000
Bruce Kramer  -  116,900
Robert Butcher  -  112,700
Hunter Cichy  -  101,500
Ray Qartomy  -  100,000
Raymond Ruszkowski  -  100,000
Damien Simon  -  96,700
Jimmy Arora  -  92,500
Scott Efron  -  86,600
Harry Arutyunyan  -  86,100
John Dermody  -  84,600
Maury Barrett  -  77,100
Travis Northrope  -  74,800
Aaron Mermelstein  -  74,500
Ryan Van Sanford  -  64,000
Tim Shane  -  62,500
Ronit Chamani  -  59,300
Justin Zaki  -  55,200
Trevor Deeter  -  54,600
Ebony Kenney  -  52,300
Dan Dizenzo  -  50,400
Ian O’Hara  -  46,300
Vinny Pahuja  -  41,300
James Sutherland  -  36,500
Jeremy Halaska  -  35,000
William Andree  -  34,800
Hank Sitton  -  33,900
Brayden Fritzshall  -  32,600
Travell Thomas  -  30,900
Mike Eskandari  -  29,800
Mike Dentale  -  20,300
Michael Noor  -  20,000
Faisal Khan  -  17,600
Ivan Schertzer  -  14,600

Two Skrill-patched players have gone on to win the entire WPT event -- Ryan Van Sanford (pictured), and Aaron Mermelstein. (Perhaps not coincidentally, both players are still in the hunt for this title as well.)

Who will be next?

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Skrill, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:29 PM, 04/19/15

Phillip Hui Eliminated

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Sorted In: Phillip Hui, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:29 PM, 04/19/15

Recent Eliminations

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Austin Buchanan, Tim Finne, Isaac Baron, Champions Club member Steve Brecher, and defending champion Eric Afriat are among those who have recently been eliminated.

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:23 PM, 04/19/15

David Paredes Eliminated

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

A player in middle position opens to 3,200 and David Paredes three-bets all in for about 20,000 from the hijack. Action folds back to the original raisier who calls with AdiamondAheart, leading Paredes' Kheart10heart.

The board runs out 7heart6diamond4club9spade2diamond, no help to Paredes, ending his tournament.

David Paredes - Eliminated

Sorted In: David Paredes, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:21 PM, 04/19/15

Ki Joon Nam Doubles Thru Harrison Gimbel

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

In a battle of the blinds, Ki Joon Nam is all in from the small blind for about 55,000 with AdiamondJclub against Harrison Gimbel's QdiamondQheart in the big blind.

The board runs out Aclub10heart8spade2clubKdiamond, giving Nam a pair of aces to double through Gimbel.

Ki Joon Nam - 114,000 (71 bb)
Harrison Gimbel - 66,000 (41 bb)

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:19 PM, 04/19/15

Level 12 Begins (513 Players Left)

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Level 11 comes to an end, and Level 12 begins with increased blinds of 800-1,600 and a 200 ante. Play continues without a break.

With 513 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 86,300 (53 big blinds).

There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (about 6:30 pm), and action will continue tonight until the end of Level 20 (about 12:15 am).

Sorted In: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:04 PM, 04/19/15

Eli Levy Knocks Out 2 Players to Reach 442K

Level 12: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Eli Levy
After some preflop raises and reraises, a player moves all in for about 50,000, then Eli Levy (pictured) moves all in over the top, and then a third player calls all in for about 170,000 with A-A.

Here are their cards in descending order of chip counts:

Eli Levy:  K-K
Player X:  A-A
Player Y:  J-J

There was a king in the window as the board came K-Q-x-Q-x to give Levy a full house, kings full of queens, to knock out both players and catapult into the chip lead.

Eli Levy  -  442,000  (368 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Eli Levy, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:02 PM, 04/19/15

Ravi Raghavan Doubles Thru Michael Wang

Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Michael Wang raises to 2,700 from middle position and Ravi Raghavan three-bets to 6,500 directly on his left from the hijack. Wang takes a few moments and then pushes forward a stack that covers Raghavan's stack and Raghavan quickly calls. 

Raghavan is in the lead with his QdiamondQheart against Wang's AheartQspade. The board runs out Jspade7club4spadeKheart8heart and Raghavan doubles up. The dealer verifies that Raghavan is all in for his last 52,800.

Ravi Raghavan - 109,200
Michael Wang - 115,500

Sorted In: Ravi Raghavan, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
01:00 PM, 04/19/15

Allen Kessler Eliminated

Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Sorted In: Allen Kessler, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:51 PM, 04/19/15

Tristan Wade Eliminated

Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Sorted In: Tristan Wade, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Season XIII, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
12:47 PM, 04/19/15
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