WSOP 2011 Day 2A: Main Event Winners And LosersJuly 12, 2011 5:58 am
Out of 6,865 players entering the 2011 WSOP Main Event, 4,503 competitors survived to make it through to either Day 2a or 2b of the prestigious tournament.
Yesterday, Day 2a saw 2,013 players return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino hoping to book themselves a place through to Day 3. By the day’s end, however, the field had been cut in half to around 800 players with many top names falling along the way.
Amongst the notable pros exiting the competition on Day 2a was the 2010 Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel. The Canadian lost around half his stack during the first four hours of play before then three-betting an opponent all-in (A-2) from the cutoff only to find his opponent held A-K.
Other pros joining Duhamel on the rail included Scotty Nguyen, Dan Harrington, Johnny Chan, Eric Baldwin, Sammy Farha, Daniel “jungleman12” Cates,Tatjana Pasalic, Andy Bloch, Marcel Luske, Andrew Robl, Gavin Smith, Barry Shulman, Allen Kessler, Filippo Candio, Bernard Lee, Bill Chen, Maria Ho, Phil Gordon, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Out of the lucky players making it through to Day 3, Russian Aleksandr Mozhnyakov (480k) progressed as the chip leader, followed close behind by Tuan Vo (430k) and Stephane Albertini (400k).
Other notable players surviving the day included Shaun Deeb (294k), Dan Shak (181k), Eli Elezra (166k), Tom McEvoy (153k), Adam Junglen (150k), Daniel Negreanu (114k), Annette Obrestad (90k), and Vitaly Lunkin (33k).
Also making it through was WSOP legend Phil Hellmuth, who started the day on 11,800 chips and almost didn’t turn up in time as he was fast asleep.
“Never crossed my mind that I played today!! Started $11,800: 1 hr 40 min late + had $6,975, OUCH!!” tweeted Hellmuth.
Amazingly, Hellmuth then managed to chip himself back up to a respectable 64,900 stack and has now put himself very much back in contention.
Day 2b gets underway today with 2,490 players hoping to make it through to a communal single field Day 3. In the meantime, the Main Event and the players will take a day’s break on Wednesday