A sense of relief and excitement was the feeling in the room when players bagged at the end of Day 1. For many, it's there first time bagging chips in the Main Event and it is a special moment. Players celebrated by buying rounds of beer for their table and texting their family and friends at home. The excitement still remains as players bag up for Day 2, but every single player in the field has now done it once, and instead of celebrating bagging chips, it's all about focusing on Day 3. Every single player is now one day closer to cashing and potentially having the best run of their lives to earn life-changing money.
Day 2AB is now in the books and will be combining with Day 2C survivors on Thursday. It will be the first time of the tournament that the entire field will be playing simultaneously. The action was the fastest it has been all tournament during today's play. Player's were hitting the rail at a more rapid pace than on Day 1. By the end of the night, less than half of they player's that started the day with chips had been sent packing and only 822 players remained.
The Day 1 headlines included Swedish poker professional Martin Jacobson ending Day 1A with the chip lead and previous Main Event champs having successful starts to this year's Main Event. Both Jacobson and the previous Main Event champs are following up a strong Day 1 with an equally as good Day 2.
Seven previous Main Event champs were in the field today and only three of them busted. 2012 Main Event winner Greg Merson was the first to bust, followed by Tom McEvoy and Dan Harrington. Ryan Riess, Chris Moneymaker, Huck Seed and Johnny Chan all had a strong Day 2 and will be returning for Day 3. Moneymaker and Seed have the biggest stacks of the group with 222,000 chips and 96,500 chips respectively.
As for Jacobson he continues to power ahead adding chips to his stack at a brisk pace. He started the day with as the only player over the 200,000 chip mark in the field and by the end of the day he had 342,700 chips which is good enough to sit 11th in chips.
As well as Jacobson has done, he was unable to keep up with chip leader, Tim Stansifer. Stansifer came into the day with a well above average chip stack from Day 1. He hadn't crept into the top ten counts by the dinner break, but had two big last levels of the night to catapult him into the chip lead by the end of the evening. Stansifer will return for Day 3 with 481,500 chips. Circuit grinder Joe Kuether had the chip lead at the dinner break and lost it in the last level of play, but still finished in the top five counts with 401,200 chips. Other notables to survive the day include Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Madsen, Faraz Jaka, Ole Schemion, Marvin Rettenmaier, Jonathan Little and Matthew Ashton.
Some of the players that failed to make it through the day include Josh Arieh, Dennis Phillips, Mike Matusow, Jason Somerville, George Danzer, Brandon Shack-Harris, Liv Boree and Annette Obrestad. Obrestad had an especially painful exit, as she lost a 100k chip pot with her opponent drawing nearly dead. The 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event champion got all of her chips in the middle after flopping the nut straight, but her opponent hit running cards for a full house and she was sent packing.
Day 2C will be played Wednesday and all of the surviving player's will join this group of survivors to play Day 3 on Thursday here at the Rio in Las Vegas. Here are the top 10 chip counts from Day 2AB:
1. Timothy Stansifer - 481,500
2. Thomas Cannuli - 407,800
3. Tony Ruberto - 402,700
4. Joe Kuether - 401,200
5. Cai Zhen - 367,900
6. John Sacha - 364,400
7. Munir Shahin - 361,900
8. Kyle Keranen - 358,000
9. Timothy Reilly - 354,500
10. Thomas Roupe - 349,600