Doc Sands, BrynKenney, Greg Merson Make Final 20 of WSOP $5K NLHE

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It should be an entertaining finish to Event #2 ($5,000 NLHE) of the 2015 World Series of Poker. On Saturday, the field will play down to a winner. Twenty runners remain on Friday out of the starting grid of 422, including several PocketFivers and one former Main Event champion. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge.

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The tournament resumes on Friday at 2:00pm PT and its final table on Saturday will be streamed on WSOP.com on a 30-minute delay. Among those you’ll see on Friday is David Doc SandsSands (pictured above), who sent Brian Altman to the rails in 23rd place after his A-K withstood A-Q. Sands moved up to 825,000 in chips, or 82 big blinds, and ended the day in fourth place with 704,000.

Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee doubled up late on Thursday to make Day 3, although he’s short on chips at 178,000. MacPhee won a race with K-Q against 3-3 after spiking a king on the river to survive. He’s in search of his third career WSOP final table.

Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured), who led the field during a break on Thursday, was bumped in 29th place after running pocket fours into pocket aces. No help came for Hastings, who was extremely active on Twitter leading up to Wednesday’s kickoff of the WSOP and won a bracelet in 2012.

Here’s how the field of 20 looks entering Friday’s restart. The chip leader, Carl Westcott, is one of the founders of 1800Flowers:

1. Carl Westcott – 1,066,000
2. Artur Koren – 1,062,000
3. Greg gregy20723 Merson – 800,000
4. David Doc Sands Sands – 704,000
5. Jason jdpc27 Wheeler – 683,000
6. Long Nguyen – 659,000
7. Michael Wang – 653,000
8. Barry Hutter – 609,000
9. Bryn BrynKenney Kenney – 596,000
10. Corrie Wunstel – 526,000
11. Rong Li – 477,000
12. Amir Lehavot – 473,000
13. Byron Kaverman – 372,000
14. Steve SteveyBallGame Merrifield – 337,000
15. Michael Brenden – 327,000
16. Jack Schanbacher – 318,000
17. Joe ender555 Ebanks – 301,000
18. Alex Bolotin – 271,000
19. Kevin ImaLuckSacMacPhee – 178,000
20. Nam Le – 155,000

Speaking of Friday, the Colossusbegins at 10:00am PT with Flight A. Flight B will kick off at 7:00pm PT. The will call line, according to various reports, was over two hours long at times on Thursday as players who pre-registered checked into the tournament (pictured). However, no wait times were reported around 7:00am PT on Friday. The moral: always procrastinate.

There were 14,000 pre-registrations for the Colossus, which has a $565 buy-in and $5 million guaranteed prize pool, although it’s unknown how many of those registrations are unique since players can register for more than one flight.

Tables for the Colossus were being set up throughout the Rio, including in the Poker Kitchen. Play is scheduled to begin 10-handed and get down to nine-handed as quickly as possible.

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