The good news for poker fans is that Phil Ivey finished Day 2C of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event with the chip lead. The bad new for the 2,200 or players remaining in the Main Event is that Phil Ivey finished Day 2C with the chip lead.
At the end of the five levels of play on Wednesday Ivey had 505,500 and was the only player over the half million mark. The 10-time bracelet winner came into the day with 187,025 and doubled-up early in what could turn out to be one of the key hands of the tournament. All the money went in on a flop of T 9 6 and Ivey had bottom set, Lazaro Hernandez had the straight and Fabian Scherle had pocket kings. The turn was a 5 but the T river gave Ivey a boat and pushed his stack to nearly 400,000.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I had a pretty big day. This is the most chips I’ve ever had after Day 2,” said Ivey. “I’m trying to win it, but more importantly I want to win the Main Event. It’s been my dream since I first started watching poker. As you get older you and start playing more tournaments, you start thinking about your place in poker history and to win the Main Event would be a big part (of my legacy). Hopefully I get it done this year.”
Ivey’s lead isn’t massive though. Spanish poker pro Raul Mestre finished with the second biggest stack, 477,900. Unlike Ivey, Pestre built his stack without a massive confrontation.
“It’s obviously been an incredibly good day for me. I haven’t won many huge pots, it’s just when I’ve been bluffing, they’ve worked – I’ve been lucky they didn’t have a strong hand,” said Mestre. “I just managed to win almost every medium pot, which is crazy. I understand I’ve been running like a demon here.”
There were four professional athletes in the field at the start of the day but Barcelona FC superstar Gerard Piqué, UFC fighter Martin Kampmann and former Oakland Raider Richard Seymour both busted. Meanwhile Brooklyn Nets star Paul Pierce finished with 48,600.
Daniel Negreanu seemed to be coasting towards another big stack but a near fatal last level left poker’s all-time money earner with just 38,900 heading into Day 3.
There were seven former WSOP Main Event winners who failed to make it through the day. Carlos Mortensen, Berry Johnston, Joe Cada, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Hellmuth were all sent to the rail. Hellmuth took to Twitter after his elimination to put the blame square on his own shoulders.
Phil Hellmuth Tweet
Busted myself in #WSOPMainEvent…Bluffed off too many chips in 1 pot. Bluffing kept me in there, BUT live by the sword, die by the sword
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 10, 2014
The only former champ to make it through was Robert Varkonyi (33,800). Other notable players who saw their Main Event run end short are Gus Hansen, Doug Polk, Tobias Reinkemeier, Eric Baldwin, Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman, former WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, and 2012 November Niner Jake Balsiger.
Action resumes Thursday at Noon and for the first time all players will be in action at the same time.
Top 10 Day 2C Chip Counts
- Phil Ivey – 505,500
- Raul Mestre – 477,900
- Michael Aron – 468,000
- Peter Neff – 389,200
- Isaac Baron – 387,200
- Steve Tripp – 380,400
- Horacio Chaves Cortes – 350,300
- John Hennigan – 342,700
- Jeff Cox – 332,800
- Anders Fellstrom – 328,400
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