WSOP Main Event - Cody and Holden build big stacks
Thursday, 12 July 2012
2,300 players returned to the tables for Day 2C of the 2012 WSOP Main Event overnight and by the close 911 of them were still in the hunt. Leading the way at the close was Michael Hack (457,000) followed by Marco Bognanni (452,000), Jonathan Fountain (435,400) and start of day chip leader Randy Haddox (407,300).
The British challenge for Main Event glory remains strong with last year's November Niner Sam Holden (352,600) and triple crown winner Jake Cody (322,000) both building big stacks. Further down the chip counts are Neil Ryder (283,000), Aussie Millions runner up James Keys (203,000), Chris Moorman (120,000), Jamie Sykes (117,000), JP Kelly (107,400), Sam Grafton (60,000), Luke Schwartz (42,000) and Chris Brammer (40,000).
There are plenty of big names dotted among the field with Joseph Cheong (313,000), Marvin Rettenmaeier (266,000), One Drop Winner Antonio Esfandiari (205,000) and former World Champion Johnny Chan (203,000) accumulating above average stacks. Further back are the likes of John Juanda, Freddy Deeb, Marcel Luske, Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier, Eoghan O'Dea and Dario Minieri.
Phil Ivey's Day 2 was a brief one, busting out before the dinner break. Joining Ivey on the rail were Doyle Brunson, Viktor Blom, Gus Hansen, Michael Mizrachi and former champs Joe Cada and Jamie Gold.
The Day2A/B and 2C fields will merge when play resumes at 8pm tonight UK time with around 1,700 still dreaming of an $8.5m pay day.