After eighteen hours of grueling poker over two days, Guillaume Rivet has amassed a 809,000-chip stack and leads the pack heading into Day 3 of Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.
The day started with 164 hopefuls and ended with just 22 survivors. Interestingly, the three players who topped the Day 1 charts are still alive. Fabrizio Gonzalez (147,000), Eric Buchman (76,000) and Guillaume Rivet were all able to successfully navigate their way through this tough field, and make it to Day 3. Conversely, Mikhail Smirnov, Christopher George, Marco Johnson, Allen Bari and James Dempsey were unable to protect their big stacks, and all fell short of the money. Other notables who fell short include PokerStars Team Pro's Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov and Pat Pezzin.
Speaking of money, Jason Mercier was the first to cash, finishing 27th despite only having 11,000 in chips (1.37 bbs) during the money bubble. The title of "Bubble Boy" was instead given to Dan "djk123" Kelly, who was scooped by Freddy Deeb. Deeb made a wheel with on a board, sending the sophomore Kelly home with no money.
Mercier wasn't the only person to cash today - Amnon Filippi, Raymond Dehkargani and Damjan Radanov all exited after the bubble burst.
Day 3 resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. right here in the Amazon Room. Rivet will look to protect his chip lead in pursuit of his first bracelet, while the likes of Buchman, Shaun Deeb, Richard Ashby, Steve Billirakis, Josh Arieh, Michael Chow and Mike Sexton will be biting at his heels looking to add another bracelet to their collection.
Until then, goodnight from the Rio!