WSOP 2014: Nassif, Moneymaker and Huang go through after tough second day
Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Main Event is certainly a lurch forward on the way to the finale, but the scenes at the Rio today were not much different to opening day. Thousands of players, all with one thing on their mind, blurring into one big mass of humanity on their way back to the Rio.
With the survivors of the first two days of play re-engaging, play resumed in three rooms, introduced by defending champion Ryan Reiss.
Day 1A took up the Amazon Room, while the remainder of Day 1B split across the Brasilia and Pavilion. Neither would mingle today - that won't happen until Day 3 - but the vast floor space they covered served as a useful reminder of just how big this event is, and how much is at stake.
At such an early stage talk of chip leaders almost feels irrelevant, like looking at the football league tables after one or two games played. But like fans of those teams who by foul or flare find themselves at the top, speculation is impossible to resist.
There was no fluke when Martin Jacobson worked his way to the top of the counts. The Swede, who has finished runner up twice in EPT events, moved towards a quarter million chips, scrapping with Joe Kuether for pole position, before bagging up around the top ten.
Others would vye for top spot, with a variety of names both familiar and unfamiliar bagging up nearly 400,000. Their official counts being rubber stamped later tonight.
While not at the very top, Team Pros were also in the mix, with Gabe Nassif, Chris Moneymaker and Bryan Huang all through to the third day, albeit with stacks requiring a little work.
While no one can win it at this early stage, they can for certain rule themselves out. The list of the eliminated reached almost as far as the hallways of the Rio convention centre,
Former winner Greg Merson was out shortly after the re-start, while a November-Niner from last year Michiel Brummelhuis was not long in joining him on the rail. Current leader in the Player of the Year race Brandon Shack-Harris was also among the fallers. He'll now watch challenges for that award from a position on the side-lines.
They'll be no further progress for Jan Heitmann either, who was among the Team PokerStars Pros to depart today. His friend and countryman George Danzer also busted on what was otherwise a memorable day for Germany, thanks to a certain World Cup semi-final.
Marcin Horecki and Liv Boeree are also out. Vanessa Selbst, who won a bracelet at the start of the series, brought her winning summer to a close, so too Team Online's Naoya Kihara, who we featured earlier.
The day started with thoughts focused on the money, music wise at least. Then the business of the day began, albeit a business that is sometimes made irrelevant by an altogether different kind of fight.
But that's the first of the Day 2 flights done and dusted. One more will follow tomorrow before the field unites in full on Wednesday. We'll bring you coverage of that starting from noon. In the meantime check out details of an event celebrating the life of Chad Brown, who died last week, to be staged at Binions this coming Sunday.
For now though it's goodnight from Las Vegas.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.