It was another action packed day in the Rio as the first Day 2 flight, which combined Day 1A and 1B, got underway as the 1933 players that survived the initial 5 levels came back to the World Series of Poker to play 5 more.
The reigning, defending World Champion, Ryan Riess would not only be in action on the felt, but was given the honor of kicking off the action by hopping on the mic and telling the field it was time to “Shuffle Up and Deal!”
In fact, according to WSOP.com, Ryan wasn’t the only guy who had won it all sitting in their seats on this day. There were seven total former Main Event bracelet winners in action and only four of them survived the day. Greg Merson, “Action” Dan Harrington and Tom McEvoy hit the rail while Chris Moneymaker, Huck Seed, Riess and Johnny Chan made moves to keep them in the tournament and on to Day 3.
Guess which #mainevent champ is trying to blend in during Day 2. Hint: he has won this event twice.
In fact, Moneymaker soared in chips, eclipsing the 200K mark, but he wasn’t the only big name pro to wrap up above average stacks. Martin Jacobson, Grayson Ramage, Antonio Esfandiari, Abe “On Bail” Mosseri, Mukul Pahuja, Jeff Madsen, Faraz Jaka, Kevin MacPhee, Maria Mayrinck, Ole Schemion, Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Galfond, David Pham, Allen Cunningham, Layne Flack and Erik Seidel all are looking to make big time moves.
Listen to Chris Moneymaker talk about his rough start with PokerNews' Chad Holloway:
While some soared, others fell as the dream had died for notable names Matt Affleck, Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree, Xuan Liu, George Danzer, Brandon Shack-Harris, Jason Somerville, Amanda Musumeci, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and *Vanessa Selbst who went busto the day before her 30th birthday.
With that Day 2AB came to an end, making way for Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and the returning field from Day 1C to play down starting at 12pm PST.
For more details about Day 2AB check out these great links:
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