Official chip counts for Day 2a play have now been released by WSOP officials. 466 of the 1,251 players who started the day were still in the running at night's end, led by Brian Schaedlich at 801,000 in chips. The official Day 2a top ten:
Brian Schaedlich 801,000
Hunter Frey 397,000
Jeremiah Smith 386,000
Patrick Fortin 355,900
Kellen Hunter 354,100
Brandon Adams 353,600
David Rheem 353,000
Ronald Adams 333,550
Farhad Sinae 328,500
Eric Crain 315,000
The chip counts have now been updated for almost all Day 2a players.
And our first Day 2 comes to an end. A refreshing day's play after the Groundhog Day feelings of all those Day 1's. The action was fast from the first moment and continued right through to the end of the day. Even though the average stack was very deep compared to the blinds, the fact that we had so many big stacks meant there was always going to be as many small stacks at the other end under continuous pressure. They kept falling and the big stacks just got bigger and bigger.
One player in particular who couldn't miss a flop and seemed to outdraw anyone who stood in his way was Brian Shaedlich. Starting the day at just over 160,000, he manged to amass a mammoth stack nearing 750,000 by the end of play. Memories of Jamie Gold come to mind, let us see if he can hold on to the lead all the way as Jamie did back in 2006.
As for tomorrow, let's hope it is more of the same. Join us from 12pm to see who will emerge from the masses to make a name for themselves. Good night from all at PokerNews in the Amazon Room.
We caught the action on the flop of where Vanessa Rousso called the 10,000 chip bet from an opponent in the small blind.
The turn brought the and the small blind checked to Rousso who fired out 12,000. Her opponent made the call.
The river was the and the small blind checked and Rousso went into the tank before eventually checking behind. Her opponent flipped as Rousso shrieked in dispair at not betting the river! She'll now only bag up about 28,000 chips to take into Day 3 action.
Tracy Scala's son is a bit obsessed... with rubber duckies. The three-year-old has amassed a collection of over 500 of the buoyant critters and right before his dad left to play in the World Series of Poker, young Mr. Scala offered up a "lucky duck" to serve as his dad's companion at the table.
Scala's duck is a devilish looking one, red in color with tiny black horns and an intimidating glare. And, appropriately enough, 666 players will cash in this tournament.
Bit of a commotion over here at Table #1 in the Green section when Brian Schaedlich sat down in the empty seat, plopping down 300,000-plus chips in front of him.
His tablemates were already murmuring when staff members arrived, along with the ESPN crew. "What's this?" thought those at the table. That's when they saw staff placing extra racks of chips on the table -- Schaedlich has so many he can't carry them all himself.
About 760,000, to be precise. His tablemates have a little under a half an hour left today to deal with their menacing new neighbor.