Michael Stashin Takes the Chip Lead after 2017 WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event Day 2

A lot happened during Day 2 of the WPT Choctaw Main Event, which was played on Sunday, August 6, at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. Last things first, Michael Stashin was the player to bag the largest chip stack at the end of the day.

Stashin had accumulated a total of 5.585 million in chips by the time all 12 levels that were scheduled for the day were completed. Thus, he will lead the 24 remaining hopefuls into Day 3 of action.

Day 2 of the tournament began with 278 players, of whom 256 had survived from Days 1A and 1B and 22 took advantage of the late registration option. That brought the overall field to 924 entries and swelled the initial $2-million guaranteed prize pool all the way up to $3,121,980.

Day 2 also saw the promised introduction of the Action Clock. The WPT announced earlier this summer that it would bring an extra tinge of action by implementing the clock. It gives each player 30 seconds to consider their next moves. Participants are able to extend that limit but only to a limited extent.

And it was during Day 2 when the money bubble burst. Of all 924 Main Event entries, only the top 99 are set to leave with a payout. Lauren Bunch was the first player to be eliminated into the money. And Dylan Wilkerson, a former WPT champion, and Gary Snyder were the unfortunate bubble boys.

Several notables busted during the tournament’s second official day of play, with some of those being two-time WPT Main Tour Main Event champion Aaron Mermelstein, three-time WPT title winner Darren Elias, and David Peters.

Elias, who barely escaped elimination during Day 1A but survived with pocket fours, went out on Day 2, yet again with pocket fours. The player was vying for a record WPT title number four, but it was not meant to be. Elias is one of only five players to have taken down three WPT Main Tour Main Event titles over the course of their careers, the other four being Gus Hansen, David Rheem, Anthony Zinno, and Carlos Mortensen.

Defending champion James Mackey and Jason Brin, who had, too, won the WPT Choctaw Main Event once, were both eliminated during Day 2 of the tournament.

The remaining 24 survivors will return at Choctaw Casino today at noon local time to play down to the official six-handed final table. Led by Stashin, each of the players will leave with no less than $21,729. Needless to say, they are all eyeing the first-place prize and the tournament trophy. As usual, the champion will also see their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup, which contains the names of each and every Main Event winner.

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