Thu, Jul 13, 2:43pm by Staff Writer
Day 2ab of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event has been run and won, and while the 2005 champion – Australia’s Joe Hachem – survived, last year’s winner – Qui Nguyen – wasn’t as lucky.
1,023 players remain from the 2,219 that began on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST), with the biggest stacks so far going to Lawrence Bayley (618,000) and Mickey Craft (608,100).
Bayley, a professional poker player from London, cruised through the final level of play at the Rio Convention Centre, to seize the overall chip lead in the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship.
Hachem’s stack sits at 134,700, just ahead of the man who won the Main Event the year before him, Greg Raymer (106,400) while 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert is head of them both, at 331,800.
There is only one other champion left in the field, 1983 winner, Tom McEvoy (25,200). A win in this event would cap off a remarkable career for the 72-year-old from Michigan, as he’s already been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Nguyen was the biggest casualty of the day, playing at the feature table, he went all in after the turn holding top pair, while opponent James Akenhead held bottom pair and a flush draw. The quest to repeat last year’s heroics was over when a spade landed on the river.
Others who failed to survive the day include both the 2002 and 2010 Main Event champion’s Robert Varkonyi and Jonathan Duhamel respectively. Phil Laak, Ronnie Bardah, Gaelle Baumann and Ole Schemion were also shown the door.
Brian Yoon, who won his third WSOP bracelet in the 47th event of this year, when he blew the field away to finish with over 100,000,000 chips in play, also exited the main event on Day 2ab.
The 1,023 survivors from Day 2ab will return on Thursday at 11am (Friday 4am AEST) when the third day begins.
Day 2a/b Top 10 Chip Counts
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