WPT Sanya Day 2 Recap: American WPT champs out, Chen still in, 74 remain

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Sanya Main Event field has been whittled down to 74 as Day 2 came to a close with the money bubble being burst, the two American WPT titlists eliminated and lots of incredible poker action going down here at the MGM Grand Hotel in Hainan, China.

The first news maker of the day was the premature exit of Daniel Weinman, the WPT Tournament of Champions king who is making his first swing to Asia.

Daniel Weinman
Daniel Weinman

Weinman re-raised all-in from the SB after his opponent opened from UTG and before his foe called, uttered: “I spite call you coz you’re white,” and showed Qx9x.

The flop showed: KxJx4x, giving Weinman’s adversary a gut shot straight draw. The turn yielded a Tx having Weinman drawing dead.

“I was in the (hotel) room before the river came,” Weinman joked and now must wait for next week when he plunges back into action in the inaugural WPT Japan.

Sam Panzica—who last March took down the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event for well over $1M in prize money—lasted until just before the dinner break when his KxKx went up against AxAx (whom he covered) and AxQx (who covered him). The case Ax came out on the river ousting Panzica from contention.

Bubble Time

The Bubble Boy

By Level 16, the tournament went hand-for-hand and eventually there were three all-ins with calls that had to be dealt with. After the first two tables resulted in double-ups for the shorter stacks, Table 6 was dealt with Zhao Lien tabling AsKd versus an opponent whom he dominated with AcQc.

The flop came: 5c5h4s, the Turn had a 2s (now with chop possibilities) but much to the disappointment of Zhao, a Qs came out on the river and the bad beat waylaid Zhao at 112th place as the remaining 111 aspirants celebrated being In The Money (ITM).

Not long after, 2014 WPT Sanya champion Eddy Liang busted out while Japanese accountant/poker enthusiast Gen Nose (whose dream is to help propagate poker in his home nation) followed soon after.

Chen Hao still in contention

Chen hao
Chen Hao

Reigning champion Chen Hao is still in contention and has the stack to make it deep; fortifying his bid to become the event’s first back-to-back winner.

Also still in the running for the title are Hong Kong’s iconic card shark Vincent Li, who is seeking his nineteenth cash and second title this year, Chinese lady sharks Jin Tian of Team J88 Poker and Lu Di—who just last week pocketed RMB1,000,000 for taking third place in the China Poker Carnival also held here in Sanya.

On the international end, Noah Friedenberg of the United States and Russian Vasili Milashevskiy join the final 74 as the competition reconvenes tomorrow (November 19th) at 12:00NN and will be playing until Tournament Director Justin Hammer deems that the action should cease.

The remaining players are now vying for the biggest chunk of the $1,345,455 prize pool with the eventual winner taking home $242,555. Everyone returning is now guaranteed $3,600.

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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