With the first and second starting flights of day 1 coming together for day 2AB, a total of 1,847 players pulled up chairs to continue their Main Event journey. With most of the notable names still alive in the tournament, there was plenty for fans to get excited about, as they watched players rise up through the standings.
One of the stories of the day was Gaelle Baumann, who was the last woman standing in the 2012 Main Event. She accumulated a 504,600 stack and will be a real threat going forward. She is joined at the upper end of the chip counts by Antonio Esfandiari, who has 327,400, and Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier with 278,200. Other big stacks include Anthony Zinno with 209,300 and Jon Turner with 318,500. The number of survivors is reported as 760, with those hopefuls due to merge with the day 2C survivors to form the day 3 field.
Around 3,000 player began day 2C with their dreams intact. Among them were superstars such as Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, although they were working with fairly small stacks. Despite the watching world willing them onwards, both player fell during level 10, and were accompanied by Fedor Holz on the rail. The German genius has been finding a way to win everything lately, but unfortunately, the Main Event will elude him for another year. The high profile bust outs certainly had plenty of company on the rail, as the day 2C field was chopped down to just 1,416.
2,176 players left standing
This means that of the 6,737 who bought into the Main Event this year, only 2,176 are now left standing. All survivors will now share the same room tomorrow. For those who feel deflated by the loss of Ivey and Negreanu, there are still plenty of stars to cheer on, with Michael Mizrachi sitting 9th in the chip counts and wielding a mammoth stack of 549,400.
Similarly, Flying the flag for German superstars is Ole Schemion, who will be an imposing figure on day 3 with 438,400. Riding the wave of momentum after winning his first ever bracelet this week is Tony Dunst, who also has plenty of ammunition with 388,300. Sorel Mizzi has 369,800 and 2013 Main Event champion Ryan Riess has 349,900. Currently leading the Main Event is Valentin Vornicu with 838,600. Following in 2nd is Gustavo Lopez with 630,700.
Asian hopes going strong
With less than a third of the field remaining, we have seen several big names fall, but there are many well known players from Asia who have been building their stack through the first two days.
In the top 100 chip stacks we have: Aditya Sushant of India with 367,400, Katsuhiro Muto of Japan with 356,000, Pakinai Lisawad of Thailand with 353,500 and Konosuke Sakurada of Japan with 340,200.
Moving further down the order we have: Gan Siong of Macau with 244,900, Yunsheng Sun of China with 240,700, Yosuke Sekiya of Japan with 224,300, Wenlin Wang of China with 189,600, Yueqi Zhu of China with 168,600, Aditya Agarwal of India with 157,100, Raiden Kan of Hong Kong with 154,400, Yuhei Sanada of Japan with 187,400, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn of Thailand with 134,000 and Dhaval Mudgal of India with 88,800.
These are just some of the Asian players still going strong, in what is currently looking like a great year for Asia in the Main Event. We still have a long way to go in this marathon however.
Remaining players after 2AB & 2C: FULL LIST & CHIP COUNT