WSOP Main Event Day 2A: Everybody's workin' on the weekend

wsop2010_thn.jpgWe've been told it's Friday morning. It came as a surprise.

If we'd not been told, it would've been evident by the bigger crowds, bikinis lined up for Ditch Fridays, and the fact we saw our former chip counting monkey shooting craps with Nelly this morning. It certainly looks like a weekend, but it's not going to feel like one for 5,146 players of the 2010 WSOP.

It's that number, 70% of the Main Event starting field, that we will see return for the bifurcated Day 2 festivities. This is, in fact, Day 2A. We will see 2,412 sit down at the tables around the Rio in the search for a seat on Day 3. If they make it happen, their prize is another two days off before Day 3 resumes on Monday.

Among today's starting field are some well-known PokerStars faces. Nearly 300 members of the field will be flying the PokerStars flag. We'll be keeping a very close eye on a few players in particular.

  • David Williams (112,225) 2004 Main Event runner-up, newest member of Team PokerStars Pro.

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  • Chris Moneymaker (107,425) Winner of the 2003 Main Event

  • Pieter De Korver (46,850.) Dutch Team PokerStars Pro and winner of the Season 5
    European Poker Tour Grand Final

  • Marcus Hellner (43,175.) the Swedish Olympic cross country ski champion, winner of two gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

  • Fatima Moreira de Melo (32,450) Team PokerStars SportStar and Dutch Olympic field hockey player

  • Pierre Neuville (29,250) Friend of PokerStars and EPT Qualifier of the Year
  • Players will be fighting for four levels today. With the breaks involved, players will need to make it to 10:15 if they want any chance of winning the World Series.

    The cards are in the air. Let's see about getting this weekend work finished.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker