Today (Friday, July 10th) sees the first time that surviving players from the various World Series of Poker Main Event heats come together on Day 3.
Of the 6 494 original main event hopefuls going after a massive prize pool worth over $61 million, only 2 044 remain in the race. The last surviving 648 players will cash for varying amounts, whilst the 9 final table players, who will compete for the $8 million plus main prize later this year, will each earn over a million dollars.
Harrah's Entertainment, organisers of the WSOP, have released official numbers from the Day 2B heat that concluded with 1 437 survivors late Wednesday night after starting with a field of 2 924 players. At the close of play, Amir Lehavot (34) of Weston, Florida was the chip leader on a stack of 610 500.
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His closest rivals were Peter DeBaene (465 000) and Troy Weber (453 200), followed by Dan Bilzerian (439 500) and Franklin Grigsby (424 400)
Day 3 will see the 607 survivors of the Day 2A heat combining with the 1 437 players left in the Day 2B heat in a single field for the first time.
Former World Champions who are still in the Main Event include Bobby Baldwin, Phil Hellmuth, Jim Bechtel, Dan Harrington, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Carlos Mortensen, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and defending champion Peter Eastgate.
Many are watching the play of international online and tournament ace Phil Ivey, who is currently on 346 200 in chips and still very much in contention, having already won two bracelets this year. Other 2009 multi-bracelet winners who have enjoyed an exceptional WSOP this year and remain in the field and include Jeffrey Lisandro, Ville Wahlbeck, Vitaly Lunkin, and Greg Mueller.