Phil Ivey Out in Front of Day 2C of 2014 WSOP Main Event

Phil Ivey sits atop the field at dinner break of Day 2C. (Photo by Thomas Keeling_

Phil Ivey sits atop the field at dinner break of Day 2C. (Photo by Thomas Keeling_

Day 2C of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event returned 2,571 players from the largest Main Event starting day in history (3,768). UFC announcer Bruce Buffer kicked off the action with and fired up the crowd with his explosive “Shuffle Up & Deal!”

After three levels of play the field is down to approximately a bit over 1,600 players with none other than Phil Ivey leading the field with over 400,000.

Four former Main Event champions were seated in the middle of the Amazon room at the secondary feature tables. Joe Cada, Joe Hachem and Robert Varykonyi were ready to play when cards hit the air, but Phil Hellmuth made another late entrance and was seated within the first level of the day. Former champs Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, Jonathan Duhamel and Berry Johnston were also in the field.

Following Ivey, Jaspal Brar and Linglin Zeng are the only two players over 300,000. McLean Karr (206,000), Jonathan Jaffe (197,000), Greg Mueller (178,400), Gavin Griffin (170,000) and Daniel Negreanu (165,800) all hold healthy stacks.

NBA super star Paul Pierce is still in the event with 81,200 and other notables Ali Eslami (148,000), John Hennigan (148,000), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (132,000), Nick Schulman (131,000), David Tuchman (90,000), Daniel Colman (66,000) and Phil Hellmuth (64,000) also remain in the field.

Pierce made national headlines with his participation in the Main Event. Pierce generally shies away from the media when playing poker, but he tweeted throughout the day to his 3 million followers.

2013 November JC Tran won’t make a return trip to the final table after being eliminated early in the days’ action. Duhamel, Cada, Nguyen, Jesse Martin, former NFL lineman Richard Seymour, Gus Hansen, Doug Polk, Eric Baldwin, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna, Matt Stout,  Phillip Hui and Cherish Andrews were all eliminated throughout the day.

Towards the end of the second level Ivey won a huge pot and eliminated two players. All the money went in on the flop of T 9 6, one player flopped a straight holding 8 7, another player held pocket kings and Ivey flopped bottom set with pocket sixes. The board completed 5 T and Ivey’s hand improved to a full house. He chipped up around 400,000 for what appeared to be the chip lead at the time.

The Pavilion room was first in the breaking order and nearly half of the tables had been broken by the first break. Another hour into the second level just one section of tables remained in the Pavilion. At the dinner break the entire Pavilion had been broken and entire tournament was confined to the Brasilia and Amazon rooms.

In other action, BLUFF caught up with Ivey for the first half of his day, the shortest returning stack on Wednesday and a photographic look into the Main Event.

The field was sent on a 90 minute dinner break and will return to play two more levels before bagging up for the night. The entire field will be condensed beginning on Thursday for Day 3.

Top Ten Day 2C Chip Counts

  1. Phil Ivey – 412,000
  2. Jaspal Brar – 306,000
  3. Linglin Zeng – 305,000
  4. Scott Palmer – 294,000
  5. Konstantin Tolokno – 263,000
  6. Raffi Boyadjian – 255,800
  7. Parker Talbot – 254,000
  8. Artem Litvinov – 240,000
  9. Nick Yunis – 237,000
  10. Dmitrii Valouev – 226,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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