2017 WSOP Main Event: Day 2c Winners And LosersJuly 13, 2017 11:40 am
The 2017 WSOP Main Event saw 3,300 competitors return to the Rio in Las Vegas on Day 2c, and by the end of the action the field was narrowed significantly with a total of a little over 2,500 players now having made it through Days 2ab and c to a communal field on Day 3. Nevertheless, the field still has to be more than halved before the top 1,084 finishers can receive a minimum payout of $15,000 for their hard-fought efforts.
Ending Day 2c atop of the chip counts was UK player Artan Dedusha on a 680,000 stack, whose big chip ups during the session included his pocket fives hitting a set to crack pocket kings, and making a two pair hand to run over an opponent holding a pair of pocket aces. As he later explained:
“I guess I ran good. I lost a few pots as well, but mainly I ran good,” before adding: “I’m happy, I’m very happy. But I’m not that excited because I’ve seen so many things. I’ve gone up and down, up and down. It doesn’t mean anything right now.”
Also finishing in the top 10 chip counts was Marcin Chmielewski (564,000), Michael Krasienko (561,300), Sonny Franco (546,700), and Ryan Hughes (510,100), as well as Nick Petrangelo (480,300), Natasha Mercier (476,800). Amongst the other notable pros progressing on the day was Dominik Nitsche, Jake Cody, Felipe Ramos, Cate Hall, Fernando Pons,Jason Mercier, Doug Polk (287,500), Mustapha Kanit, Ashton Griffin, Mike Matusow, and Brian Rast.
Former WSOP Main Event champions still in contention include WSOP Scotty Nguyen, Johnny Chan, Joe Cada and Carlos Mortensen.
Day 2c saw a number of high profile pros exit the arena, with none bigger than Daniel Negreanu and Phil Helmuth, who later tweeted:
“I blew it in the @WSOP Main Event, blame myself. Was exhausted, and played poorly, should have napped! Instead of drinking, I’m sugaring.”
Also bowing out the day was prior Main Event winners Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, and Chris Ferguson, as well as Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand Grospellier.