WSOP Main Event: Couple days, couple thousand people

wsop2009_thn.gifWe are now nearly through two days at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main event and we've seen in the neighborhood of 2,000 people play so far.

The final numbers on Day 2 have just come in and they are not exactly blockbuster. A total of 873 players showed up today, down a bit from yesterday's 1,116 starting field. That gives 1,989 players who've plunked down their $10,000 so far.

We've been encouraged to not sweat the small field so far, as today is a big holiday here in America and most people likely chose to go out and BBQ with friends and family. The early projections for Sunday and Monday's field are more in the 2,000+ player range.

So, rather than dwell on statistics and such, we'll just look to some of the good news coming out of the last hour.

Craig Hopkins is a familiar face for us. The man from the U.K. placed fifth in the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $450,000. Today, he's looking to make another deep run and he's getting the cards to make it so.

"Everything time I've played," Hopkins told us, "I seemed to hit at least two pair."

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Truth be told, it's been better than two pair at least a couple times. His pocket kings ended up making a nut flush. His pocket queens turned into a full house. It was enough to take the PokerStars qualifier from 52,000 to 119,000 in just one level.

Like yesterday, the field is only playing four levels today. That means we are just one hour from the close of another day of play.

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"Thanks all for lucky wishes. Nothing I could do; there's no hand I would've played differently. It was just comically, efficiently doomed." -- @VickyCoren following her Day 1 exit.


Dealer spraying Axe body spray under his arms in the doorway of the men's room.


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The memories of a starting stack


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