2008 Event 54 World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 2B

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2008 WSOP Event 54
World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 2B

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Event #54 -- World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 2B

  • Number of players Day 1A: 1,297, Remaining 636
  • Number of players Day 1B: 1,158, Remaining 615
  • Number of players Day 1C: 1,928, Remaining 1,026
  • Number of players Day 1D: 2,461, Remaining 1,652
  • Number of players Day 2A: 1,251, Remainder 466
  • Number of players Day 2B: 2,379, Remainder 842
Notes from the WSOP on Day 2B:

The number of players who started Day 2-B was 2,378. This second day field was considerably larger than the proceeding day because far more players chose to play on Days 1-C and 1-D. The combined number of players entered into the 2008 Main Event totaled 6,844.

The day's traditional "Shuffle Up and Deal" honor went to Kim Dean, a Producer who works for ESPN, celebrating her birthday. Dean has now worked five straight years at the WSOP. ESPN has been the official WSOP broadcast partner since 2003.

ESPN designated two "feature" tables. The table on the main stage included 2003 world champion Chris Moneymaker. The secondary feature table was located off to the side and included defending world champion Jerry Yang. Former WSOP Main Event champions who played on Day 2-B included Jerry Yang, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Brad Daugherty, Chris Moneymaker, and Joe Hachem. However, Yang, Daugherty, Mortensen, and Hachem were eliminated. This means there are only three former champions remaining in the field, including Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, and Chris Moneymaker. Jerry Yang was the first former champ to bust out. He was low on chips when the day started, but got his money all-in with the best hand -- holding A-J versus his opponent's A-9. A nine flopped and Yang failed to improve, which put the defending world champion on the rail. Yang's elimination means that a new champion will be crowned at the 2008 WSOP. Winning the Main Event back-to-back has proven to be a near impossibility given the huge size of the fields in recent years. The last time a champion won back-to-back titles was in 1987 and 1988 by Johnny Chan. The closest player to do this recently was Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, who won the Main Event in 2004 and then made it down to the final three tables the following year.

12:00 pm
The field has heard the cry of "Shuffle Up and Deal!", and the short stacks are pushing chips to the middle without a second thought. Today will be a long day as there are almost twice the number of players there were on Day 2A. But look forward to lots of action. In the field today will be Chris Moneymaker, Evelyn Ng, Jeff Madsen, Mike Matusow, Joe Hachem, Clonie Gowan and others. We will have more updates as this round progresses.

The 2B field will play through five levels today. Here are the antes and blinds for these levels:
  • Level 6 $250/$500 blinds and $50 ante
  • Level 7 $300/$600 blinds and $75 ante
  • Level 8 $400/$800 blinds and $100 ante
  • Level 9 $500/$1,000 blinds and $100 ante
  • Level 10 $600/$1,200 blinds and $200 ante
2:00 pm
Sully Erna from the band Godsmack was on the short stack and busted out a few minutes ago. He went all-in with pocket 5's from the middle position and was called by a player holding A Q. Another Queen card came on the flop and that was it for Sully. John Juanda also busted out after his J 10 lost to an Ace high hand. Joe Awada also busted after his all-in with A 3 was outkicked by another player who called holding A 9. Clonie Gowan also left the building after her pocket 8's were outdone by another player holding pocket 10's. She will be okay though after winning a Bellagio tournament last night in which she pocketed over $437,000 for first place.

Phil Hellmuth was bluffed well by Bobby Law who raised until Phil folded. Before doing so Phil put Bobby on A K which he said he knew was too strong for his hand. After the fold Bobby flashed J 5 which naturally had Phil simmering. Phil said he would focus on taking Bobby out after that one.

Hevad Khan just pulled in a huge pot after turning his pocket Q's into a set. He is now up to 96,000 chips and going strong.

2:55 pm
In an "ouch" type of scenario, Amnon Filipi was in a 3 way pot with A K. The second player had A K and Ryan Hughes had pocket 9's. After the board produced two more 8's, Ryan had busted two players at the same time with two pair, Amnon was just one of them. Following him were 2007 Main Event champion Jerry Yang, Danny Wong, Beth Shak, and Alex Jacob. Yang was at the ESPN featured table when he lost with A J going against A 9. A 9 card came on the flop with no other cards resulting in the elimination of Yang.

But Gus Hansen is on the move! At last look he was up to 120,000 chips after making a set of 10's on the turn of his last hand. Unfortunately Shannon Elizabeth is not as she busted out less than 7 minutes ago. Her all-in with A 8 was outkicked by A J which meant she can try again next year.

3:48 pm
Tournament director Matt Savage saw his own exit from the Main Event after his pocket K's ran into the pocket A's of another player. Behind him was Ben Fineman who took the last of his chips and went in with A 7 suited and met up with pocket 5's. With no cards to help him, Ben lost and went to the sidelines.

5:25 pm
Eric Hershler with A K was taken out with the pocket Q's after his opponent made a King high flush. By the river Eric paired his King card, but that King allowed the flush to be made. And the oldest player in the Main Event Jack Ury at 95 years old had his quest for the bracelet ended today. Jack went in with pocket 10's, but met pocket J's which sent him on the path back home. Jack stated that he will be back next year...if he is still alive. We look forward to hearing from you Jack.

6:06 pm
Archie "The Greek" Karas who became famous for making and losing a fortune in Las Vegas is will have to wait until next year for a chance at the big money. After a flop of Q 7 3, Archie went all-in and was called. Archie had Q 3 and his opponent had Q 7, and with no other cards to help Archie had to leave the table.

7:00 pm
All remaining players are on dinner break for the next 90 min.

8:45 pm
Earlier, Steve Billakris turned A J into quad J's and pulled in a huge pot. He now has over 180,000 in his stack. The top 5 players with chip counts are Terry Lade 380,000, Peter Biebel 350,000, Darryl Boconi 280,000, Henning Grandstad/Alexander Kostritsyn tied for 4th with 270,000 and Diren Yildiz 245,000.

9:59 pm
The list of the fallen increases with Poker Hall of Famer player Barbera Enright, Sorel Mizzi, WPT Event champion Antonio Esfandiari, Lee Childs, Isabelle Mercier, Erik Cajelais, Tony Bloom and Bernard Lee.

10:43 pm
One fact that everyone knows is that the Main Event is stressful. It can even take a toll on the great ones like Phil Hellmuth. During recent hands he has been looking at the felt and talking to himself, discussing the pros and cons of potential hands. In one instance he did this so long that a player called a clock on him. Starting to become upset, (nothing new here), he asked how long was he taking. The other player stated four minutes had gone by. Then he went all-in and lost the hand to a set of 10's, doubling up the other player. Angry, he left the table and went to talk with his wife. Then he just kept going all-in every hand. By the time he calmed down he had over 140K in chips. But if he should cash this event, he should put aside part of the money for a therapy session.

11:37 pm
David Sklansky was eliminated by an Ace kicker to end his time in the Main Event. Aaron Kanter is also gone after running into a pair of pocket K's. Joe Hachem, the 2005 Main Event champion has been sent to the rail after taking his flush draw with J 6 of clubs and meeting the pocket Q's of another player which turned into a full house by the river (Q's/2's).

12:57 am
Drawing down to a close, additional players that will not move on to Day 3 are David Oppenheim, Brad Booth, John Racener, Teddy Monroe, Anjela Brunson, Phil Laak, Padraig Parkinson and Carlos Mortensen. At this time the top 5 players are Alex Outhred 480,000, Peter Biebel 380,000, Raja Kattamuri 375,000, Victor Ramdin 360,000 and Reagan Silber with 340,000. There are approximately 930 players left in Day 2B.

1:28 am
Tournament officials have declared Day 2B closed and have congratulated everyone at the tables for making the cut. Day 3 will begin tomorrow combining both fields from Day 2A and 2B. Additional stats will be available as soon as the WSOP releases them. Here are the top 9 players for Day 2B with chip counts:
  1. Peter Biebel -- 531,000
  2. Alex Outhred -- 486,800
  3. Baja Kattamuri -- 411,100
  4. Steven Goosen Vancouver -- 362,100
  5. Reagan Silber -- 355,500
  6. Paul Snead -- 335,500
  7. Rafael Caiaffa -- 334,500
  8. Cornel Pazai -- 328,100
  9. Matthew Calhoun -- 325,800
Tournament officials have the Day 2B finishing player count at 842.

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