When Day 2A in the World Series of Poker Main Event heats started (see previous InfoPowa reports) there were 1 251 survivors from the Day 1A and 1B action taking their seats at the tables at the Rio in Las Vegas…by days end only 466 have made it through to Day 3.
A special education teacher from Cleveland, Brian Schaedlich ended the day as chip leader with just over 800 000, comfortably ahead of his nearest rival, Hunter Frey who was on 397 000. Harvard PhD student and Full Tilt Poker player Brandon Adams, who had started the day second in chip counts, was still among the top ten chip leaders with 353 600.
Day 2A survivors included Robert Mizrachi, Darrel Dickens, Kido Pham, Matt Glantz, Mark Vos, Chau Giang, Erik Seidel, Hoyt Corkins, Tony Hachem, Jason Young, David Colclough, Raul Paez, Chris Bjorin, Magnus Petersson, Dale Pinchot, Maya Geller-Antonius, Hasan Habib, Ben Sarnoff, Mickey Appleman, Thomas Fougeron, Noah Boeken, John Duthie, and Patrik Antonius and his spouse Maya Geller-Antonius. Lower down the chip counts but still in the event are John Duthie, Barney Boatman and Alex Kravchenko.
Former international cricket star, now Pacific Poker's ambassador Shane Warne survived the day, too.
Not so fortunate were two former Main Event champions, Scotty Nguyen and Robert Varkonyi, who were both eliminated, leaving seven former Main Event champs still in action: Jerry Yang, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Brad Daugherty, Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem.
Day 2B is in progress with a starter field of 2 378 players from the Day 1C and 1D heats seated at 240 tables, all facing the prospect of five tough levels of play ahead.
Familiar names in the entry field include Jeff Madsen, David Singer, Brad Booth, Evelyn Ng, Nenad Medic, Brian Townsend, Liz Lieu, Rolf Slotboom, Mike Matusow, Minh Nguyen, Bertrand Grospellier, Bill Chen, Matt Graham, Mike Binger, Eric Lynch, Clonie Gowen, Lacey Jones and Mel Judah.
Also registered and raring to go were David Oppenheim, Gus Hansen, Cliff Josephy, Antonio Esfandiari, Brandon Cantu, Nam Le, Steve Billirakis, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Hevad Khan, Allen Cunningham, Men Nguyen, Scott Clements, Van Nguyen, Shannon Elizabeth, Nick Binger, Eric Mizrachi and Johan Storakers.
The attrition rate has been high in the ten hours of play thus far, and as we went to press only a thousand players remained, with the chip lead held by Peter Biebel on $380 000 chased by Mohamad Kowssarie on $340 000. Shannon Elizabeth, Bill Chen, John Juanda, Clonie Gowen, Matt Savage, defending champion Jerry Yang, Eric Herschler and Danny Wong were among those eliminated.
Still in it to win it are Mike Matusow, Cliff Josephy, Carlos Mortensen, David Singer, Johnny Chan, Steve Billirakis, Nenad Medic, Alex Outhred, Brad Booth, Gus Hansen, Victor Ramdin, Hevad Khan, Jeff Madsen, Chip Jett, Chris Moneymaker, Bertrand Grospellier, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Evelyn Ng, Men "The Master" Nguyen and Jennifer Harman.
The end of Day 2B will see the survivors merge with those who made it from Day 2A and move forward to Day 3 play and a further reduction of the Main Event field.