Isildur1 Leads WSOPE 2010 Main Event After Day 2September 26, 2010 7:50 am
On Day 2 of the 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event, 195 players returned to the Empire Casino hoping to make further progress towards their WSOP dreams. By the end of the day, however, just 66 hopefuls remained.
Only the top 36 players will receive a monetary pay-out and amongst the 129 players who left without cashing on Day 2 were such notable pros as John Juanda, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Laak, Jason Mercier, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, Barry Shulman, Praz Bansi, Kathy Liebert, Jeffrey Lisandro, and Mike Matusow.
On the other side of the coin, leading the field at the end of Day 2 was none other than Swedish online sensation Viktor Blom aka “Isildur1”. Blom (19) managed to propel himself into the chip lead after cracking Chua’s aces holding a set of 7’s and finished the day the chip leader with a massive 443,200 stack.
Also making headlines and currently 6th on the overnight leaderboard is Phil Ivey, who managed to turn his Day 1 starting stack of 94,350 into 289,300 and at one stage was the tournament chip leader himself.
Phil Ivey got off to a great start after making the nut flush holding Ac-8c on a 10d-9c-2c-9d-4c board and getting paid off handsomely by Nicolas Levi. He then shortly after picked up the biggest pot of the competition after hitting a set of 10’s on a K high board with his opponent holding KQ.
Other notable names whose WSOP aspirations remain firmly intact are Daniel Negreanu (150k), Barry Greenstein, Huck Seed, Eli Elezra, JP Kelly, Nick Schulman, Barny Boatman, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Hoyt Corkins.
Also WSOP 2010 finalists John Dolan, Filippo Candio and John Racener are hoping for some extra success ahead of their WSOP Main Event showdown in Vegas come November.
The exciting action will continue today at 12 noon when the bubble will burst and the field is further thinned to just 27 players.