The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino saw the 470 players that made it through Day 1a and the 1,154 from Day 1b hit the tables for five two-hour levels. The survivors were playing in different rooms and the action was on as Day 43 of the WSOP saw the heat begin to rise.
Hamid Feiz was the Day 1b chip leader and in the lead with a chip count of 182,675 when the day started with 2015 WSOP bracelet winner William Kakon bringing 152,325 chips into play from the Day 1a chip lead.
The first level of play was a hard one for close to 200 players that hit the rail before it finished — one of them was 2003 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker.
Canadian Charles Sylvestre surged into the lead with over 200,000 and stayed there while close to 200 more players busted in the next level. Well-knowns that left in that level were two more former world champions Johnny Chan and Dan Harrington.
Once the third level finished it was time for dinner break but before that happened the Canadian players were playing tag team for the chip lead. Joe Lu managed to flop a nut straight in a huge four-way pot and that shot him over the 400,000-chip mark.
Amar Anand was the first player to reach half a million in chips after the dinner break and Carlos Mortensen kept the former Main Event winners going broke chain alive. The final level of the night started with 800 but when it was time to bag and tag there were about 650 putting chips up for the night.
Anand said he hit the rail just seven spots off the money last year and this is his fourth run at the WSOP Main Event. He managed to finish the five levels with 603,500 and claim the chip lead.
Anand was born and raised in Shrewbury, Massachusetts, but the 27-year-old University of Michigan computer science and economics grad now calls San Fransisco, California home. He works in Silicon Valley and has been employed by industry leaders Facebook, Twitter and now Airbnb.
"It's actually less stressful having the chip lead," Anand told PokerNews.com. "You can play a little more aggressive without ever having to put all your stack at risk."
Day 2 also had Academy Award nominees Jennifer Tilly and James Woods in the race but both hit the rail before the day played out.
Notables that made it through the day and bagged big heading into Day 3 were two-time 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings, 2014 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker main event winner Fedor Holtz, 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, and George Danzer the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year.
Day 3 will resume on Friday with the close to 650 survivors coming back focused on the championship. The 2,747 survivors from Tuesday's Day 1c will resume play at 12:00 PM local time Thursday.
The unofficial top 10 stacks from Day 2ab:
Top 10 Chip Counts