Shaun Deeb and Vanessa Selbst continued their good starts from day 1, powering their way to the top end of the leader board by the end of day 2a/b in the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
Deeb managed to rack up a very impressive stack of 460,900 chips, whilst Selbst also increased her chip count to 350,400. However they are both still looking up at Gaelle Baumann who was the first player to break the 500k mark.
A Different Format At The WSOP
For the first time in history the WSOP Main Event scheduled both Day 2a and Day 2b to play at the same time and under the same roof. This is due to the sheer capacity the WSOP has at the Rio, so the tournament organizers simply decided to play day 2a inside the Amazon room, whilst day2b was seated in the duel rooms of Brasilia and Pavilion.
That meant a grand total of 2,044 players sat down to play, however by the end of play that number was more than halved to 900.
The Player Watch – Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu had been in some of the poorest form of his life prior to this tournament, and has hardly hit the headlines in this WSOP so far too. He may have had 60k cashes so far, but he has put in a lot more than that with his buy-ins, including the $1 million BIG ONE buy-in.
However, in the main event he is sitting quite comfortably after a good day 2 with 277,200 chips. He could certainly do with a good deep run in this event, especially as there is $8.3 million up for grabs for the winner.
The Rookie Watch – NHL Goalie Robert Luongo
His day job is protecting his net; however he is doing pretty well at protecting his chips too. The Vancouver Canucks stopper Roberto Luongo is starting to surprise many in this 2012 Main Event, for in his first ever WSOP Main Event he has made it through to day 3.
He has played exceptionally well for a rookie, going on a real big rush right near the end of day 2 to push his chips up to 142,000. He will know very well that he is getting mighty close to a payout; if he can reach the final 666 players he will at least get the minimum payout of $19,277.
Of the big name players to hit the rail were Erik Siedel, Justin Bonomo, Tony Dunst and Darvin Moon, though players such as Maria Ho, Jason Somerville, Brian Hastings and current WSOP Main Event champion Pius Heinz all made it through to day 3.
This 2012 WSOP Main Event is certainly starting to get everybody licking their lips with anticipation; it is getting down to the juicy stage. Who will win? Who knows, one thing is for sure though, we will be here to tell you about it!