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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2010 | WSOP Tournaments

WSOP Day 2: The Masses Enter the Rio for $1K NLHE Fun

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The second day of official World Series of Poker action was more of what everyone knows the Series to be - masses of people at the tables and wandering the halls, long bathroom lines at breaks, a rush to dinner that requires reservations to get served in the time allotted…the usual. And that was all thanks to the first $1,000 buy-in NLHE event of the summer, the lowest buy-in open event scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

The day started with well over 3,000 players gathering for their noon tournament, and with no late-starting event later in the day, all focus was on the restart of casino employees’ event and the $50K Poker Player’s Championship. In truth, it was the latter that accumulated the serious railbirds again, as poker fans pulled out their phones and pocket cameras to zoom in for pictures of Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, and some of the other biggest names in the game.

Speaking of the $50K tournament, there was a snafu at the end of the day yesterday. When the final report was released by, it listed 105 players remaining and names like Mike Matusow and Alexander Kostritsyn among the eliminated players with no chips. In fact, several of those players did have chips, but instead of showing as did-not-report chip stacks, they were reported as having no chips at all. The real end-of-day number was 110, and only 6 players had been ousted on Day 1. Clearly, there were some glitches to be worked out to coordinate the official reporting and the information given on the website.

With all of that out of the way, Day 2 of the WSOP played itself out with highlights as follows:

Event 1: Day 2, $500 Casino Employees NLHE

The field of 53 was scheduled to play down to the final table and all the way to the winner on Day 2. Look for a separate recap of the Day 2 action as the first winner of the WSOP was determined.

Event 2: Day 2, $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship (8-Game Mixed)

It was only the second event of the 2010 WSOP, but it was already becoming one of the most discussed tournaments. With its $50,000 price to play, the field of the Poker Player’s Championship was designed to be comprised of many of the best players in the world. It wasn’t just anyone who could come up with $50K to play one tournament. The event was also an 8-game mixed event, not the standard no-limit holdem, so that limited the number of people likely to play as well.

When registration was closed and the players were seated, there were 116 of them, making for a $5,568,000 prize pool with the Chip Reese trophy and $1,559,046 set aside for the winner. Only 16 players would cash at all in the five-day tournament, though, which made for a very interesting - and slow - first few days. Only six players were eliminated on the first night of action, which was indicative of how play would go.

Day 2 brought those 110 players back but saw some of them leave early in the day, David Chiu, Tony G, and Gus Hansen among them. Others who followed in the early evening were Daniel Negreanu Ashton Griffin, Todd Brunson, Greg Raymer, Bill Chen, Dario Alioto, and Alexander Kostritsyn. Jennifer Harman, the only woman to play the event, was also eliminated. Later in the evening, Marco Johnson, Carlos Mortensen, and Dario Minieri took leave of the tables, and Brian Hastings, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier, David Benyamine, Ralph Perry, Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius, Huck Seed, and Robert Williamson III.

As the night neared its end, Hoyt Corkins took to the rail, as did Michael Binger, Isaac Haxton, Amnon Filippi and Phil Hellmuth. There were only 54 players left standing to bag their chips, and it was Kirk Morrison with the most, as his stacks equaled 741K. Andy Bloch was second with 716,500, and the rest of the top five included Mikael Thuritz, Nick Schulman, and Erik Sagstrom.

Players return at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 30, to continue play in this five-day event.

Event 3: Day 1A, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

This was the tournament that the players anticipated. It was the $1,000 buy-in NLHE event. Last year, the lowest buy-in in many years was introduced as the “Stimulus Special” due to the recession, but it was so immensely popular that the WSOP decided to bring it back in 2010 and to offer one of them every weekend throughout the Series.

The 2009 event of this buy-in brought a whopping 6,012 players to the tables, which added up to a $5,410,800 prize pool. Steve Sung won the tournament and the $771,106 first place prize.

The 2010 event hoped to come close to or surpass that number, but the numbers on the first of the two starting days were less than stellar. When all of the registrations were calculated, there were 2,601 players on Day 1A. A significant number of players already signed up for Day 1B, but it wasn’t looking like the overall number would near the 6K mark.

Regardless, the 2,601 players started the day, but only 788 of them made it to the dinner break. Casualties during the first half of the day included Brandon Cantu, Liz Lieu, Padraig Parkinson, Shannon Shorr, Alex Jacob, Jimmy Fricke, Joe Cada, and Kara Scott. Others who made their exits later into the evening included Eric Mizrachi, Bernard Lee, Jan von Halle,

At the end of the day’s 10 one-hour levels, only 276 players remained in the field, and it was Terry Fleischer who led the pack with 119,300 chips, followed by Nancy Todd Tyner and 103K chips. Others in the top five included Jerrymee Jose, Drew Crawford, and Anders Taylor.

Day 1B will play out on Sunday, May 30, and all first day survivors will return on Monday at 2:30pm.

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