WSOP 2011: Once more with feeling as main event reaches turning point
While for some Day 2B feels a little like Christmas Eve, or at least the Friday before the weekend, to others it presents another chance to shine in the Amazon Room at the World Series of Poker.
This marks the sixth consecutive day of play at the Rio for organisers trying to process the 6,865 players, each of whom threw down ten grand on their arrival for a shot at immortality. For the players this is only their second day of play, split between several days off to twiddle thumbs, keep their eye in at the cash games, or simply go wild.
For the rest of us though, Groundhog Day has just one more day to run, for tomorrow everyone involved in the Main Event - the players, organisers and the media - gets a welcome day off, with which to twiddle thumbs or write practice posts (we don't do wild). Tonight we get everything right, Andie McDowell finally decides she can't resist us and we live happily ever after as time finally begins to move forward once more.
The Amazon Room will look something like this today
In a more practical sense it means the figure on the screen showing the number of players left in the competition at last begin to drop, progress will begin to be made and from here on we play until just nine remain.
Right now we're some way off that stage, with close to 2,500 players making their way to their seats, including a multitude of Team PokerStars Pros.
Chief among them is Alex Gomes, who returns to a stack of 100,650 today. He's followed by Victor Ramdin on 82,075, Noah Boeken on 78,675, Dario Minieri on 71,400, Vanessa Rousso on 65,375, Max Lykov on 65,300, Martin Hruby on 46,175, Joe Hachem on 45,725, his brother Tony Hachem on 39,825, Eugene Katchalov on 37,925, Leo Fernandez on 32,850, Sandra Naujoks on 30,025, Barry Greenstein on 12,575, Richard Toth on 9,750, Liv Boeree on 8,500 and finally John Duthie on a plucky 5,000.
They may not know it just yet, and may not even care, but the number to chase today is 478,600, the chip count posted by the Day 2A leader Aleksandr Mozhnyakov, from Russia.
As far as Team PokerStars Pros are concerned, Sebastian Ruthenberg finished best on 289,400, followed by Jason Alexander with 167,000, Humberto Brenes on 157,000, Tom McEvoy on 143,600, Fatima Moreira on 116,800, Daniel Negreanu on 114,100, Joe Cada on 111,000, JP Kelly on 99,400, C D M on 60,300, Dennis Phillips on 44,800 and Jason Mercier, who happens to feature in the video below, bagging up 34,400.
It all starts again in just a few minutes. Stay with us for five two-hour levels, a 90 minute dinner break and all that happens in between.