The WSOP Main Event rolls on…leaving some of the players with their dreams intact whilst others have been shattered. Yesterday saw all of the remaining survivors from day 1c emerge once again to battle it out over another 10 hours split into 5 levels.
Whoever was strong enough or lucky enough to end the day still sitting down, would be going into today’s day 3 with the rest of the survivors from day2a and day 2b.
In total 2,300 players took their seats all aspiring to make that golden final table on Sunday, however as the session ended only 900 managed to progress. 1,400 players going home empty handed on this occasion.
The biggest chip holder at the end of play in day c was Michael Hack, he will be extremely happy to be right near the top of the overall leader board with 457,000 going into day 3. He was closely followed by Marco Bognanni who had 452,100.
They both trail the overall leader going into day 3, a certain Gaelle Baumann, the French woman leading the field with 505,800.
It was Randy Haddox that started the day with the biggest stack in day 2c, he and many of the other big stacks such as Eric Hellman, Sam Soverel and Jeremy Allen were all increasing their stacks and were almost in a race to hit that 400k mark.
Whilst Some Advanced, Others Fell!
Whilst the big stacks were increasing their chip counts, the short stacks that made it into day 2c had no choice but to take risks. Many of the gambles and moves out of desperation were not working though and this lead to most of them going bust…and quick.
Some of the more noticeable names that went home early were Scott Clements, Noah Schwartz, Jennifer Tilley and Kirk Morrison to name just a few.
The biggest name to fall foul of the day 2 blues was current number one ranked poker player Phil Ivey; he too came into day 2 with a short stack and would have been hoping to make significant improvements. Unfortunately, he couldn’t ultimately find a way of coming back and lost his final chips to Nick Divella. This ended his dreams of a sixth final table appearance and first WSOP bracelet this year.
Ivey was in good company though; another of the legends of poker went with him. The godfather of poker Doyle Brunson too didn’t have enough to make day 3, he recently admitted that he was thinking of taking a year out from the Main Event, but this is not an easy one to forgo no matter how will powered you are, her eventually changed his mind stating that he couldn’t miss the greatest event in poker.
Other poker stars who hit the rail were Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom, Tim West and Matt Affleck. With so many of the bigger names in poker already gone, it is starting to look like it’s going to be a new name that is added to the historical WSOP winners list.