The first Day 2 has just ended at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event after the Day 1A and 1B survivors combined to form a 2,044-player field. At the bell there were only around 900 of them left and in pole position sat France’s Gaelle Baumann on 505,800 in chips.
Baumann doesn’t have a lot of tournament cashes to her name but the Frenchwoman’s good looks clearly make her stick out from the poker playing crowd. She has already tasted some moderate success at this WSOP after finishing in 15th place in the $1,000 WSOP Ladies Championship for USD $7,716. All up, Baumann has just over USD $37,000 in career winnings so is setting herself up nicely for the richest payday of her career should she continue on form and make a deep Main Event run.
Some of the bigger names to amass a stack worthy of their reputation on this Day 2 included Shaun Deeb (460,900), Vanessa Selbst (350,400), Jason Somerville 332,700, Eugene Katchalov (330,900), Gavin Smith (279,100), Daniel Negreanu (277,200) and Maria Ho (198,500).
As for Asia-Pacific players, Filipino Gerado Lubas is again a star performer. He started the day on 165,825 – which was second in chips from his Day 1A field – and tenaciously stuck with the top of chip counts to finish as the fourth biggest stack in the room on 449,500.
Other healthy stacks from the region include New Zealand’s Phillip Willcock (190,000) who previously finished runner-up in the 2011 APPT Melbourne Main Event; the in-form Aussie girl Jackie Glazier (150,000); and Malaysian businessman Paul Phua, who is normally seen in super high roller events but appears to be taking his USD $10,000 buy-in seriously to finish the day on 145,000.
Those pros whose Main Event came to an unfortunate end on Day 2 were Isaac Haxton, Oliver Speidel, Neil Channing, Galen Hall, JJ Liu, Grant Levy, Andy Black, 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszco, Erik Seidel, Brian Rast, Scott Seiver, Allen Cunningham, Justin Bonomo, Tony Dunst, Mike Sexton, Kevin MacPhee, Sam Razavi and Tatjana Pasalic, among many others.
Top 10 Chip Counts
1. Gaelle Baumann – 505,800
2. Mark Demirdjian – 499,900
3. Shaun Deeb – 460,900
4. Gerardo Lubas – 449,500
5. Kevin Davis – 394,000
6. Jan Kasten – 391,800
7. Taylor Paur – 391,600
8. Ronny Kaiser – 379,600
9. Julio de la Rosa – 350,700
10. Vanessa Selbst – 350,400
Tomorrow will see the last starting day survivors return for Day 2C at 12pm local time.
Read more at WSOP.com.
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