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After three Main Event Day 1 starting flights and dual second day flights, those still remaining will return to the Rio for Thursday’s Day 3. Wednesday’s action brought 3,300 players from Day 2C and 1,549 survived, which will be combined with the 1,023 from Day 2ab. Plenty of big names were eliminated on 2C including Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu, but many remain including former Main Event champions Scotty Nguyen and Johnny Chan.
When play picks up on the official third day of action, 2,572 total players will be battling it out to reach Day 4. Leading the Day 2C field was British player Artan Dedusha in his first Main Event with 680,000 chips. Dedusha has just over $100,000 in career tournament winnings, mostly in England. Also bagging big stacks were Marcin Chmielewski (564,000), Michael Krasienko (561,300), Sonny Franco (546,700), and POY contender and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes (510,100).
Also bagging chips from this flight include: 888poker Ambassador Dominik Nitsche, Jake Cody, Felipe Ramos, Cate Hall, 2016 November Niner Fernando Pons, Nick Petrangelo (480,300), Joe Serock (423,000), Natasha Mercier (470,000), Justin Liberto (394,500), Cathy Dever (379,500), Ian Johns (327,200), Day 1C chip leader Jerome Brion (326,400), JJ Liu (254,000), Minh Ly (252,200), Brian Rast (212,700), Gavin Smith (208,800), David Pham (182,300), Joseph Cheong (180,300), Jason Koon (175,800), Allen Cunningham (131,000), Kristen Bicknell (116,500), and Jason Mercier (101,000),
Leading the field from Day 2AB were Lawrence Bayley with 618,000 chips and Mickey Craft with 608,100. Other notables remaining from 2AB are Marvin Rettenmaier (359,100), Charlie Carrel (343,000), 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert (331,800), Cherish Andrews (330,700), Melanie Weisner (319,400), Mike Matusow (228,200), Chris Vitch (221,200), Scott Seiver (195,600), 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem (134,700), and 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer (106,400). Reigning champion Qui Nguyen, however, was eliminated.
All those advancing from all the Day 2 flights will restart on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. and it should be an action-packed day the pressure builds as players get closer and closer to making the money. PokerNews will have all the action. Click here to follow along with the live updates team.
The Little One Drop action continued on Wednesday with the second of three starting flights kicking off. The event offers players the chance for a final bracelet of the summer and also a chance for some good will. The One Drop Foundation, which provides fresh water services to third-world countries, will receive $111 of each buy-in.
Three starting flights were scheduled for this event and Thursday (1C) brings the last shot to enter. All those remaining will restart on on Friday for Day 2. This event allowed for unlimited re-entries through the end of registration in each flight, which was after six one-hour levels.
Neng Lee bagged the most chips on Day 1B with 214,700. Hot on his heels is Chunlei Yuan, who wa the only other player above 200,000 with 201,400. Joining those two in the bagging process were three players who are looking for another bracelet this summer. David Bach bagged up 78,700 in his quest for the rare triple bracelet in the same year. Upeshka De Silva (91,400) and Ben Yu (83,800) are also looking to pick up another piece of hardware to end the summer.
After the first day of play, Ken Aldridge led the 117 survivors with 199,000 chips followed by Lawrence Engerman with 183,400 and Mark Jun with 181,200. Other notables moving on to day 2 include recent bracelet winner Tom Koral (22,200) Adam Owen (92,800), Joe Elpayaa (75,600), Ray Henson (58,500), and Brian Hastings (16,800).
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