Day 2 of Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix is in the books, and after ten levels of play, John Racener is our chip leader with 363,600 chips. After the dinner break, Racener swiftly ascended the ranks, becoming one of the first players to break the 100,000-chip mark.
Racener isn't the only player with a big stack though, Mayu Roca Uribe (327,100), Adam Geyer (278,800), and Adam Kornuth (241,200) are all over 200,000 chips and biting at Racener's heels.
We entered the day with 210 players, and en route to making the money at 48, we lost a ton of great players including Scott Clements, Greg Mueller, Allen Bari, Frank Kassela, Josh Arieh, Bryn Kenney, Victor Ramdin, Noah Boeken and last year's champion in this event; Sigurd Eskeland.
Eleven-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth also fell short of the money. He busted in 75th place after getting the remainder of his short stack in the middle with during a no limit hold'em rotation. Shaun Deeb looked him up with , and held when the board ran .
Deeb barely creeped into the money himself with a 47th place finish. He lost consecutive pots at his table near the bubble, and after it burst he was quickly out the door. Deeb actually helped burst the bubble, eliminating Bruno Benveniste in a four-way Omaha eight or better hand.
Joining Deeb on the rail after the money bubble were Gabriel Nassif, Jimmy Fricke, Eric Baldwin, Dan Kelly, and 2011 bracelet winners Brian Rast and Eugene Katchalov.
John Juanda, another 2011 bracelet winner, is in contention for his second bracelet of the series. He has 187,000 chips, and is a few tables away from his 28th WSOP final table.
The action resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST, right here in the Amazon Room at the Rio All Suites and Casino Resort. We will play down to a champion - unless ten levels passes before that time. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for up-to-the-minute updates from this and every bracelet event at the 2011 WSOP.
Good night from Las Vegas!