In 2005 actress and poker player Jennifer Tilly won her first bracelet at the World Series of Poker. Now 10 years later, she is in contention for her second gold bracelet in Event #32: $5,000 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em.
Day 2 of the event saw 190 players return to the Amazon Room to take their seats in a field that must be considered one of the toughest so far with players like Faraz Jaka, Felix Stephensen, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Somerville, Jorryt van Hoof, Jason Mercier, Mike Leah and Chris Moorman still in the mix. Besides Tilly, Taiwanese pro Kitty Kuo and Californian player Kristina Holst also advanced to Day 2. Unfortunately both Kuo and Holst were eliminated outside the money and before the real fun began.
Jennifer Tilly entered the day with at healthy stack of 195,400 and in 5th place, and she came out firing right away. The first victim was Adam Bilzerian, who was sent to the rail when his AQ failed to improve vs. Tilly’s pair of kings. The pot propelled Tilly to the top spot of the chip count, where she would stay for a large part of the day.
Tilly extended her chip lead when she eliminated Cornel Chipman in a hand where she had picked up aces vs Chipman’s K7. The pot saw Tilly’s stack swell to 525,000, and after dinner break she moved over the 600,000 chip mark.
In level 17 and with the remaining players in the money, Tilly lost a large pot to Maxx Colman. After leading out with a bet of 140,000 on a flop, Tilly mucked her hand faced with a 3-bet all in from Colman to 350,000. Tilly was now sitting with 400,000 in chips.
After 12 long hours at the felt, play concluded with 20 players advancing to the third and final day. Tilly ended the day in 9th place with 715,000 in chips, while James Obst claimed the top spot with nearly 2 million. Notables like Jason Mercier, Mike Gorodinsky, Nacho Barbero, Pierre Milan, Simon Deadman and Tuan Le also survived the day. All players are guaranteed $20k at this point with $633,357 reserved for the winner.
When we spoke with Jennifer Tilly before the WSOP kicked off, she predicted that two women would win bracelets this year. Let’s hope she is right – and that one of the bracelet winners will indeed be Jennifer Tilly herself. Good luck on the final day!