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

WSOP Main Event Day 2A: Friday Field Halved as Play Continued

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No frills. Sometimes, it’s simply important to get down to business, and the players who returned to the tables for Day 2A wanted nothing more than to go to work. Though action got underway a few minutes later than the noon-scheduled start, the introduction to the day by Tournament Director Jack Effel was relatively short and sweet. There were no stars giving the “shuffle up and deal” command, no guest speakers, and no fluff.

So began Day 2A of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, the $10,000 buy-in no-limit holdem championship event that finally worked its way through the first four starting days and was ready to provide survivors another opportunity to compete. The day was to consist of four levels and wrap before 11:00pm, moving the tournament along at a pace that wouldn’t exhaust everyone but still give them plenty of action.

On Friday, July 9, there were 2,412 players starting Day 2A, most with the hopes of moving on and staying in the running for the cash at the end of the Main Event rainbow. But the all-ins came quickly as short stacks pushed, and the eliminations were aplenty as the day pressed forward. Some of the bigger names who left and completed their WSOP efforts included David Alan Grier, Noah Schwartz, Liz Lieu, Kristy Gazes, Dutch Boyd, Greg Mueller, Mike Sexton, Dennis Phillips, Brock Parker, Lee Markholt, Quinn Do, Dani Stern, Eli Elezra, and Antonio Esfandiari.

When the night came to a close, there were conflicting reports as to how many players remained. One reliable source reported 1,202 players, the official live updating team showed 1,200 players, and the WSOP website displayed 1,195 names. The final number would likely not be available and accurate until the Day 3 list was assembled at the end of the weekend.

Of the chip counts listed, the top ten were:

Boulos Estafanous
340,100
Randy Dorfman 
337,000
Jesper Hougaard
316,200
Rodney Sherry
316,000
Sam Abueid 
313,300
Cole South 
304,200
Martjin Schirp
303,500
Nick Rainey 
292,600
Alexander Wice 
291,100
Johnny Chan 
281,600

All of the Day 2A players were then given the rest of the weekend to relax, as Day 2B competitors would take over the Rio on Saturday, July 10, and all players were set to have a day off on Sunday. Monday would be the day to combine the field into one and play ever closer to the money.

Speaking of money, let’s refresh the tournament and payout information:

Players:  7,319
Prize pool:  $68,798,600

1st
$8,944,138
2nd 
$5,545,855
3rd 
$4,129,979
4th 
$3,092,497
5th 
$2,332,960
6th
$1,772,939
7th
$1,356,708
8th
$1,045,738
9th 
$811,823
10th - 12th
$635,011
13th - 15th
$500,165
16th - 18th 
$396,967
 19th - 27th $317,161
28th - 36th
$255,242
37th - 45th
$206,395
46th - 54th
$168,556
55th - 63rd
$138,285
64th - 72nd
$114,205
73rd - 81st
$94,942
82nd - 90th
$79,806
91st - 99th 
$67,422
100th - 171st 
$57,102
172nd - 243rd 
$48,847
244th - 315th
$41,967
316th - 387th
$36,463
388th - 459th
$31,647
460th - 531st
$27,519
532nd - 603rd
$24,079
604th - 675th 
$21,327
676th - 747th
$19,263

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