We just wrapped up yet another wild and wacky day here at the World Series, and with the completion of today’s Day 2b, we are done with the players playing separately. Next time they meet up, everyone will be under the same roof, and the eventual champion will be in the building.
We ended the night with 1,080 players, and amazingly, by the end, we have two big names as our two chip leaders. The first is the incomparable Ben Lamb, who is continuing his uncanny world series, as he bagged 551,600 chips for the night. Not far behind is Kevin Saul, better known as BeLOWaBOVe online, who bag 542,200. Not only are these the two the chip leaders for the night, but they will be the two biggest stacks when Day 3 gets underways. The chip leader from day 2a, Aleksandr Mozhnyakov, is not far behind, with 478,600.
In a pot that perfectly sums up how well Ben Lamb is running this summer, he knocked out two players by hitting your standard three-outer. Lamb raised to 2,400 on the button, and both of the blinds made the call. The flop came out , and the small blind checked. The big blind went all in for about 14,000, and after getting a count, Lamb threw out a stack of orange chips worth about 60,000. It was on the small blind now, who had about 35,000 or so. He announced himself all in, and the cards were flipped up.
Inexplicably, Lamb was actually behind in an all-in, and would need to get lucky to score the double knockout. Of course, this is Ben Lamb we are talking about, so the table was hardly surprised when the hit the turn to fill up Lamb. The river came the , and Lamb collected all the chips, upping his stack to around 415,000.
We still have a slew of big name pros who are moving on to day 3, including Ryan D’Angelo (462,300), Patrik Antonius (361,000), Simpson’s creator Sam Simon (317,900), Team Pokerstars Pro Tony Hachem (245,100), and Jeff Madsen (231,500). Also alive are Victor Ramdin, Dan Kelly, Justin Bonomo, Garry Gates, November Niners Joseph Cheong and John Racener, and Erick Lindgren, who has 170,300, despite starting the day with just 3,700.
There were a ton of players who weren’t able to survive the day. While Tony Hachem survived, his brother Joe was not able to. Also busting today were J.C. Tran, Matt Jarvis, Andy Frankenberger, Paul Wasicka, and David “The Devilfish” Ulliott.
From here, the approximately 1,900 surviving players from both day 2’s will enjoy a much deserved day off tomorrow. They will all return on Thursday at noon to duke it out once again. We here at Pokernews will once again be providing you with all of the up to the minute action. Thanks for reading, and stayed tuned for more later this week!