The first of two Day 2 flights of the WSOP Main Event is in the books and the second flight is underway. The action yesterday was fast and furious, so much so that some were joking that the day would play down to the winner.
It did not reach the winner, of course, but the field has dwindled down to 822 players from the 1,933 who started the day. Well over a thousand players were shown to the rail before the last card of the night hit the felt.
The surviving players will join those who retain chips after tonight’s play to compete together tomorrow and for the very first time this year, all the Main Event participants will be playing at the same time. Day 1C started with 2,571 players and if yesterday’s trend continues, a great number of them will not live to fight another day.
Seven previous Main Event winners were in the field last night and four of them will be taking seats tomorrow. Greg Merson, Tom McEvoy and Dan Harrington were sent to the rail and will have to wait until another year for a new chance to claim the WSOP Main Event Poker Champion of the World title. Defending champ Ryan Riess made his way through, together with Chris Moneymaker, Huck Seed and Johnny Chan.
Martin Jacobsen started the day as the chip leader with 200,100 and continued his good run by ending the day with a stack just shy of 343,000. Although Jacobsen will start Day 3 in great shape, he couldn’t maintain the lead. That honor goes to Tim Stansifer, who bagged 481,500 at the end of the last level. He is followed by Thomas Cannuli (407,800) and Tony Ruberto (402,700).
Other players making it to Day 3 include Antonio Esfandiari, Ole Schemion, ‘Mad’ Marvin Rettenmaier and Matthew Ashton. On the other side, those less fortunate included Liv Boeree, Annette Obrestad, Mike Matusow, Brandon Shack-Harris, and George Danzer. The latter two players are first and second in the WSOP POY race, while Matusow proclaimed his elimination as marking the end of a horrible summer.
After five levels are completed in tonight’s Day 2B, we will have the final number of players returning for Day 3 and some 2,000 players will continue their walk toward the biggest final table of the year, keeping their eyes on the huge first place prize of $10,000,000.