Josh Arieh took a big chip lead into Day 2 at the World Series of Poker Circuit New Orleans Main Event, and after a short day that saw the field of 50 dwindle to the final table, he took a big chip lead out of it. Arieh led a Day 2 field that included bracelet winners Brandon Cantu and Ciaran O’Leary, as well as 2006 WSOP-C New Orleans champ Louie Esposito, and saw the field shrink quickly.
Cantu and O’Leary were among the early exits, as the field thinned rapidly at Harrah’s New Orleans. The bubble burst before dinner as David Kopacz went out with against Leonard Puzansky’s . Kopacz was in with a coin flip, but lost to the rivered heart flush as the board came down . Kopacz picked up nothing but the gratitude of his peers for his 19th-place finish. It took less than 90 minutes of play for the final nine eliminations to occur, setting the final table in the first level after the dinner break. Three of the competitors didn’t even make the last few minutes to dinner, as Chris Stull (18th), Rodney Shows (17th) and Tim Debenport (16th) busted almost as soon as the bubble burst. They all picked up $9,180 for their work.
Larry Satterwaite had elimination with his after-dinner mint, shoving all his chips in the middle with on a 3-3-2 flop. Ted McCollom called with K-9 and hit a 9 on the river to send Satterwaite packing. Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla went to the rail next when he raised all in over the top of Josh Arieh’s turn bet on a board of Q-J-9-J. Arieh quickly called with , and Failla’s Q-10 was no good. Failla and Satterwaite received $10,710 for their tournament.
It didn’t take Josh Arieh long to claim another victim, busting Kenny Milam in 13th when his pocket Kings held up against Milam’s A-k. Joel Fox pushed all in preflop with K-10 and found a caller in Dave Fox. Fox’s A-Q was good on a board of J-6-5-7-Q and Font was busted in 12th place.
Ted and Clinton J. McCollom made a great story of the WSOP-C New Orleans as the father-son duo both made it deep into the tourney. They fell short of both arriving at the final table when Clinton McCollom was eliminated in 11th place by Dave Fox. Carl Johnson was the final table bubble as he ran a flopped full house into a bigger turned full house by Leonard Pruzansky. Johnson was eliminated in 10th place, and the final table was set.
The chip counts looked like this as the final nine players left Day 2, with eight of them thinking about how to catch Josh Arieh and his mountain of chips.
Josh Arieh – 510,000
David Fox – 324,000
Ted McCollom – 252,500
Leonard Pruzansky – 174,000
Bruce MacGregor – 123,500
Philip Sparta – 85,500
Nic Gellepis – 65,000
Andy Philachack – 35,000
Lou Esposito – 20,500