World Series of Poker Main Event Day 2b complete; 1,359 survive

World Series of Poker Main Event Day 2b complete; 1,359 survive

Monday, 12 July 2010

God created the Heavens and the Earth and the creatures and plants upon them in six days, on the seventh he rested. The World Series of Poker 2010 Main Event created a prize pool of over $68m and bought more than 7,000 players together across four opening days and a pair of Day 2 flights, on the seventh, the survivors rested.

Yesterday, appropriately Sunday, saw the last day of respite for any player hoping to make it to one of the coveted November Nine spots over the next few days. After four opening days and two second days, the field of 7,033 has finally been whittled down to 2,619 – that’s just about enough to squeeze into the Amazon and Pavilion rooms at the Rio Hotel and Casino so Day 3, commencing tonight UK time, will be the first time all players are competing in one place.

So, what happened on Day 2b? Well, 2,412 players came back from Day 1a and Day 1c and played down until 1,359 remained. A list of eliminations topped the headlines – Doyle Brunson and son Todd Brunson, JC Tran and John Little all hit the rail but were overshadowed by the elimination of Phil Ivey, who despite a bracelet win earlier in the series won’t make it back-to-back Main Event final tables.

Ivey got his chips in with QQ against KK and things looked grim until the Q arrived on the turn to deliver the Great One. Sadly, the Poker Gods were not smiling on him this day and the river was a third king for his opponent, eliminating Ivey.

The most talked-about hand was between Prahlad Freidman and Ted Bort – Friedman, contemplating a call for his tournament life, had the clock called on him by Bort. As the floor staff counted down, Freidman called on “one” but neither the dealer nor floor heard. The table protested, particularly Bort who held the best hand, but Freidman’s hand was killed and he survived. Lucky him!

Still alive in the field and returning for Day 3 are Vanessa Selbst, JJ Liu, Phil Galfond, Dave Sands, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Rousso, Dan Harrington, Barry Greenstein, Patrik Antonius, Johnny Chan and British bracelet-winner Praz Bansi.

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