Living poker legend Phil Ivey is leading the pack in the star-studded $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the World Series of Poker 2019.
As 38 players bagged their chips at the end of day 2, Phil, already owner of ten World Series of Poker bracelets, had a narrow lead over the field with 1.25 million chips, according to the official chip counts from WSOP/PokerNews.
He sits just ahead of six-times WSOP bracelet winner John Hennigan and seasoned pros Christopher Vitch and David Oppenheim, each who have just over the 1 million chip mark.
The $50k Championship is always something of a who’s whos of the poker world, and a highlight for railbirds around the world who want to watch some of the world’s best online poker pros do battle.
Looking down the list of day 2 survivors, this year is no exception: Still in the field include a mix of live heavyweights, online crushers and old school pros, including David Benyamine, Isaac Haxton, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Luke Schwartz, Talal Shakerchi, Prahlad Friedman, Jason Mercier, Brian Hastings, David “ODB” Baker and Phil Galfond…. the list goes on.
Just missing out on the final day’s action is none-other than fan favorite Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, who snuck in just as the late registration was closing. As he announced on Twitter, its his first WSOP entry for quite some time.
Unfortunately, the last-gen online destroyer-slash-invite-only nosebleed Asian live cash grinder donked out 42nd to miss out on his shot at a deep WSOP run.
The action returns today at 2pm Vegas time where they will play six levels. On Thursday, they’ll be back to play down to six; the final table will then run on Friday.
The format is a classic mixed rotation eight-game, with 100 minute levels so there’s lots of space for everyone to flex. The top 12 get paid, with a min-cash at $72k and a first place prize just over a $1 million.