WSOP 2016: Shahade leads clutch of Red Spades deep on Day 2
It is quiet in the Amazon Room as the clock ticks towards Level 10. That will be the last full level of play on Day 2 as the stresses and strains of two days at the felt begin to take their toll.
The only exception to the rule of silence comes from the dealers, who are finding themselves required to shout "Seat open!" with far more regularity than at any previous time.
One dealer had to do that earlier when Fatima Moreira de Melo breathed her last. And shortly after dinner, the same refrain followed Victor Ramdin and he made his trudge to the rail.
So it was that two PokerStars players departed--one from Team Pro and the other a SportStar. But there's a silver lining for some of the other red spades.
Jennifer Shahade is leading the pack. As we found out earlier, Shahade doubled in the first level of the day and has consolidated that big stack. She has around 275,000 with which to play, and will be confident of riding that into Day 3.
Our other closely-pursued player, Aditya Agarwal, has approximately 150,000 at this stage, which is also his high point for the tournament. As stated in our level-by-level reports on the Indian pro's progress, he has largely avoided the fireworks exploding around him. His tournament experience against the toughest competition has allowed him to move steadily in the right direction, and will hope to make it through.
Speaking of tournament experience, Vanessa Selbst also fights the good fight. Without exception, every time I pass her table, she has cards in front of her and chips spilt in front of that. She doesn't always rake them back, but Selbst is still healthy with about 135,000 at this stage. She will continue to play hard until there's no more play in her.
Jason Somerville may have not quite been himself today--at least if you're used to following him on Twitch--but he can still speak for himself. Here's how his day has gone so far:
We're not done yet. Marc-Andre Ladouceur is bobbing along with 110,000, while ElkY may have been on the ropes today but still sits with 89,000. He has the aptitude to make that a lot bigger by the end of the day.
The chip leaders at present are Valentin Vornicu and Alvaro Lopez, who have become the first players through half a million chips. They are neck and neck with slightly more than 500,000 going into the last level.
Tomorrow is Day 2C, which will feature a glut of PokerStars players. They are:
Liv Boeree - 134,800
Chris Moneymaker - 61,700
Barry Greenstein - 51,900
Celina Lin - 48,700
Jake Cody - 41,000
Andre Akkari - 36,800
George Danzer - 29,400
Felipe Ramos - 20,300
Daniel Negreanu - 18,600
WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.