WSOP Main Event: It doesn't get much bigger
It takes nearly ten minutes--literally--to walk from Table 1 to the last table in action. To make the walk, one must navigate the whole of the Amazon Room and the throngs of people in the corridor. You must skip past the Dream Team Poker booth, the Starbucks, the Sao Paulo Cafe, another Starbucks, the entire casino, and the sports book. Once you do that, you can actually see the last table in Day 2B.
This is the final day the 2009 Main Event fields will be playing on lettered flights. Once we get through today's four two-hour levels, the players will all get a day off, and then come back to play Day 3 on Friday when everybody will be in the same room for the first time.
Nearly 3,000 players will be competing in Day 2B. Among the masses will be Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (127,475), Hevad Khan (97,800), Noah Boeken (94,175), Joe Hachem (84,550), J,C. Alvarado (71,600), Chad Brown (67,950), Dennis Phillips (62,325), Andre Akkari (58,475), Ylon Schwartz (53,925), Isabelle Mercier (45,150), Peter Eastgate (44,725), Gavin Griffin (29,525), Johnny Lodden (26,400), Maria Mayrinck (25,125), Humberto Brenes (13,500), Victor Ramdin (8,500), and Vanessa Rousso (6,350).
Other notable names in the Day 2B field: Ben Kang, Thierry van den Berg, Jose "Nacho" Barbero, Johannes Steindl, Darus Suharto, Florian Langmann, Christian De Leon, Sebastian Ruthenberg, amd Bernard Lee.
Play is set to begin in just a couple of minutes. Keep it here for all the action throughout the day.
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STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
First prize of 2009 WSOP Main Event: $8,546,435
First prize of 1999 WSOP Main Event: $1,000,000
First prize of 1989 WSOP Main Event: $755,000
First prize of 1979 WSOP Main Event: $270,000