WSOP 2012: The last of the repetition


If you bear with us for one more day, this is the last of the repetition you'll notice in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event. Today is Day 2C, actually the second of the day two flights, bringing back the mass of survivors from what was a record breaking Day 1C (have we said this before?) Tomorrow will simply be known as Day 3, and everyone left will play it, and life will seem a lot simpler.

For now we'll deal with the facts. Some 3,418 players took part in Day 1C, making it the largest field for a single day in World Series history. At the end of five levels just 2,300 of them remained, led by Randy Haddor-Kingwood of Texas, with 188,275 chips.

Naturally the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro and their Team Online cousins were among the survivors, all of whom are listed below:

Joe Cada - 117,375
Viktor Blom - 110,225
Randy Lew - 62,025 (Team Online)
Dario Minieri - 58,925
Juan Manuel Pastor - 49,500
Angel Guillen - 49,450
Christiphe de Meulder - 49,025
Jason Mercier - 17,650
Shane Schleger - 20,340 (Team Online)
Fredy Torres - 34,250 (Team Online)
Arnaud Mattern - 27,300
Marcel Luske - 23,925

Their task will be to last the five levels on the schedule today and to return tomorrow, where they will unite with the 814 survivors of play yesterday.

Viktor Blom (Photo: Joe Giron)

Last night's chip counts revealed several Team PokerStars Pro were racing to the top. Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov and Daniel Negreanu each had strong days. Selbst, who features among the leaders of tournaments with a stark regularity, bagged up 350,400, good for tenth place on the day. Eugene Katchalov too put in a solid performance, closing on 330,900, while Kid Poker Daniel Negreanu, after dropping a little late in the day, returns with 277,200.

Their colleague's counts look like this:

Liv Boeree - 104,300
Salvatore Bonavena - 74,500
Jan Heitmann - 61,000
Alex Kravchenko - 44,100
Pius Heinz - 36,300
Barry Greenstein - 15,400
Vicky Coren - 7,100

For now though it's time for five more levels of carnage, of people taking the long walk back up the corridor and others keeping the dream alive for another day. We promise this will all start to look less chaotic at some point...