On Sunday afternoon, 268 players returned to their seats in the Orange section of the vast Amazon Room, each hoping to make it into the top 243 finishing places so they would have some prize money to show for their efforts.
Once those fortunate few had reached the money, their goal changed to navigating their way through to Monday’s Day 3 and towards that huge $582,231 first place prize, the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet and a lifetime of bragging rights that come with being a WSOP champion
Over the course of 10 hour-long levels, the 243 players were reduced to a much more manageable field of 17 and these 17 hopefuls know they are only 16 eliminations away from being written into poker’s history books.
Leading those 17 players back into battle at 1:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon is David Jackson who bagged up a tournament leading stack of 1,487,000 by the time the tournament director called time on proceedings.
Also safely through and ready to make a beeline for the final table are players such as Michael Ferrer (1,146,000), Aaron Massey (949,000), former November Nine member Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (795,000) and Timothy West (633,000).
Of course, the very nature of tournament poker meant that a large number of established pros, familiar faces and “big names” fell by the wayside throughout Day 2. Reaching the money, but failing to punch their ticket for Day 3, were players such as John Eames, Alex Kravchenko, Matt Salsberg, Ryan Spittles, Steve Gross, Manig Loeser, Steve Gee, Eric Baldwin, Steve Sung, Todd Terry, Andrea Dato, Barny Boatman and Brandon Cantu.
Play in Event #55 resumes at 1:00p.m. and continues until only one man has each and every one of the 10,782,000 chips in play. Who will the champion be? Return to PokerNews.com on Monday to find out!
Day 3's Seat Draw