We were in the process of documenting the seat draw when we noticed some action on table #443. It folded around to Andrey Pateychuk on the button who moved all in for his final 115,000. Sergey Lebedev, in the small blind, woke up with a hand and called.
The flop found a little something for everyone when it came but it kept Pateychuk in the lead. The turn gave Pateychuk a reason to groan and someone said "it's never easy". And easy it wasn't, as the came on the river to give Lebedev a better full house and eliminating Pateychuk in 27th place.
After 10 levels of play, Day 2 has come to an end for Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. OJ Ojiri holds the chip lead with 1,510,000 followed by Rahul Raju Byrraju with 1,190,000. A few other notables still in the field are Nicolas Levi (762,000), Josh Arieh (517,000) and Jonathan Tamayo (100,000).
The day began with 243 players all vying for a spot in the top 198, because that was the magic number to secure a payday. It took about one hour into the day before the money was reached. Following that milestone, a flurry of bustouts ensued including such notables as Lee Childs (190th), Erik Seidel (170th), Dan Smith (161th), David Peters (114th), Pius Heinz (112th), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (64th), Matt Stout (52nd), Jesse Sylvia (35th) and Matt Marafioti (30th).
Tomorrow the final 23 players return to the Blue Section of the Amazon Room with their eyes on the first-place prize of $730,756 and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Stay with PokerNews as we continue to bring live reports from the tournament floor and hand-for-hand coverage of the final table. See you tomorrow.