WSOP 2013: Last of the letter days
You can almost tell by the number of people in the hallway this morning what type of day this is, the type where any journey along the hallway is going to take twice as long, and the short cut you know through the service corridor becomes valuable information. More than 2,000 individuals are arriving at the Rio today for the day officially known as Day 2C.
I know what you're thinking. What happened to Day 2B? That actually took place yesterday alongside Day 2A. Here are the numbers from those days:
584 players began Day 2A - 238 remain
1,296 players began Day 2B - 562 remain
Today, coming back for complimentary ruffles and five hours of play are the 2,306 survivors from Day 1C, the biggest of the starting flights, whose aim is to join them tomorrow for Day 3, the first day of play without a letter attached. At that point what you see is what you get. No more days off, just poker all the way through to a final "November" nine.
Mark Kroon is the tentative leader this afternoon at the top of the Day 2C pile. He has 246,900. Also close to the top are Michael Mizrachi, former EPT Madrid winner Frederick Jensen, Vivek Rajkumar and Team Online's Isaac Haxton. They are part of a particularly strong field that will fill the three main tournament rooms, as well as the bathrooms, for the rest of the day.
Also returning are the balance of the remaining Team PokerStars Pros, including Vanessa Selbst, Theo Jorgensen, Jake Cody, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Humberto Brenes, Marcel Luske, Bertrand Grospellier, Alex Kravchenko, Jason Mercier, Angel Guillen, Leo Fernandez, Daniel Negreanu and Nacho Barbero.
With Bruce Buffer having delivered the traditional "shuffle up and deal," in his own inimitable style, play is now underway.