WSOP Main Event Day 2a
July 12, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
After four long gruelling days the WSOP main event field was whittled down to a mere 4521 poker hopefuls. Day 2a saw roughly half of those come back to the aircraft hangar-esque Amazon Room at the Rio in an attempt to check bet and raise their way safely through to day 3. It's not until day 3 that players will have their sights set on the money spots - This is the day that finally everyone can play on the same day in the same room
And so to the players:
For most of this year's WSOP people have been talking about Phil Hellmuth and today was no different; the PokerBrat apparently hadn't realised that his day 2 was actually today. The main event is renowned for having a slow structure, but it wasn't that slow. Thankfully with the help of hotel security staff and his good friend Mike Matusow, Hellmuth was woken from his slumber to race down to the Rio and find a paltry 7500 chips waiting for him. Incredibly this setback didn't phase him as he grinded like he'd never grinded before to bag and tag 64,900 chips come the end of play!
Some big names safely negotiated their way through the day's play, including Daniel Negreanu who sits handily placed with 114,100 chips. Online superstars Shaun Deeb and Sami Kelopuro sit right near the top of the leaderboard, with 294,700 and 241,800 respectively.
A few notable Brits well placed after day 2 include online tournament wiz Matt Frankland (289,900), bracelet winner Darren Woods (236,000) and Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly (99,400).
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander showed his poker mettle and bagged a very healthy 167,000 chips to end the day. There will be more laughs from the funnyman when he returns on Thursday.
As for The Pokerfarm boys, only 4 of the remaining 14 contenders played day 2a. Sadly we lost Matthew Wood and Josh Green but Greg Ronaldson hung in and finished up with a tidy 90,000 stack. Story of the day for the Pokerfarm was undoubtedly Wes Pantling who carried on his great day 1 to finish on a juicy 220,000 chips. We have a strong showing tomorrow with the likes of Trickett, Bord, Kramer, Cody, Lisandro and more taking part so make sure to check back on their progress tomorrow.
One interesting table draw that's just been noticed is Sam Trickett's - He sits longside Pokerfarm's Stan Topol. There's a familiar couple of faces at the other end where Patirk Antonius and Marvin Rettenmaier will be sat. This should make for some fireworks so we'll keep an eye on that one!
In the meantime please enjoy the latest instalment in out Poolside series. Episode 4 features some more non-sensical ramblings from Jesse, Rury and the lovely Cindy Flashflood, oh and Kara’s back singing again…
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