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Several former Main Event winners still in the hunt (as are a few celebrities)

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The last time I reported during Day 2A, there were still nine former World Series of Poker champions in the hunt. As we start Day 3 on Thursday, six of these are still alive and very much in the thick of things.

Here's a recap of what has happened to the nine since the last report:

1983 - Tom McEvoy: He was eliminated about midway through Day 2A when his {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} ran into "Old School" director Todd Phillips' {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. The door card was the {A-Clubs}, eliminating any drama.

1986 - Berry Johnston: He came into Day 2A with 118,500 and added to his stack early when his J-J held up against 9-9. He stood at about 140,000 at the first break and finished the day with 217,900.

1991 - Brad Daugherty: The first million dollar main event winner finished his Day 1 with 15,200 in chips and couldn't get much going in Day 2B. He was eliminated early and the players at his table got an unpleasant surprise when Gus Hansen was moved to Daugherty's vacated seat. (Hansen finished the day as the tournament leader with 622,300 chips.)

1996 - Huck Seed: He won a large pot late in Day 2A when he pushed all in with {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts} after a flop of {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. An opponent called with {7-Spades}{8-Spades}. Huck hit the {Q-Hearts} on the turn and won a 265,000 chip pot. He finished the day with 280,500.

1998 - Scotty Nguyen: He started Day 2A strong, with 129,000 in chips, and started fast by flopping quads and busting a player, but the rest of the day didn't go particularly well for "The Prince." Nguyen goes into Day 3 with a stack of 107,800.

2000 - Chris Ferguson: He finished his first day at around average with 55,000 in chips and got really lucky early when he cracked {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades} with {A-Spades}{K-Hearts} after moving all in. Ferguson built his stack up early to around 170,000 when he won a nice pot on an ace high flop with A-K, but couldn't build up his chips the rest of the day. The second man to beat T.J. Cloutier heads up in the main event finished Day 2B with 160,900.

2001 - Juan Carlos Mortensen: He had a very strong day on Wednesday. After beginning Day 2B with 86,800 in chips, Mortensen was able to build his stack up to 254,700.

2002 - Robert Varkonyi: He started Day 2B near the average with 56,500 in chips and was able to increase his stack to 182,700 by day's end. Interestingly enough, one of the largest pots he won Wednesday was with Q-10, which served him very well during his 2002 title run - in fact, after using the hand several times that year to win big pots he defeated Julian Gardner heads up with it for the championship.

2003 - Chris Moneymaker: He started Day 2B with 48,900, and was able to build his chips up. He then lost a big pot with A-A when his opponent flopped a full house with 8-7. A few hours later, Moneymaker was eliminated. Hungry for more action, he was seen playing in the no limit hold'em cash games in the Amazon Room Wednesday night.

Some celebrities were also playing in Day 2 and a few survived to see Day 3. Here's a recap of how they have fared:

Salvatore Sully Erna doubled up with A-A vs. his opponent's K-K and was up to 110,000 late in Day 2B. Earlier in the day, the lead singer of rock group Godsmack pulled a miracle runner-runner straight to beat his opponent's set of jacks. He took a hit late in the day, however, and starts Day 3 with only 32,300 in chips.

Jason Alexander doubled up early on Day 2A with set over set when his kings beat jacks. He busted a short time later, however, when he pushed all in with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} and ran into an opponent's {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. The board gave Alexander no help and the former "Seinfeld" star was out of the main event.

I incorrectly reported that Tobey Maguire was eliminated on Day 1. In fact, Spidey is alive and well going into Day 3 with 152,900 in chips. He doubled up just before the end of play on Day 2A when he made set over set, kings over nines.

Film director Todd Phillips had a nice Day 2 after a monster Day 1. He began play Tuesday with 120,000 in chips and was able to build his stack to 275,000 before the end of play.

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