Phil Ivey Leads Going Into Day 3 Of 2014 WSOP Main Event

Chip leader
Second place on day 2c Raul Mestre

2,571 players returned to the Rio on Wednesday to play day 1c of the main event, with Phil Ivey returning to the second biggest bag of chips. By the end of the day he was bagging up the biggest stack after becoming the only player in the tournament to exceed half a million chips, and he is looking very dangerous going into day 3.

After a quiet opening level, things really started to take off for Ivey when he took a flop of {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades} with two other players and made bottom set with {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Both his opponents wanted to get it all in, one with {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} and the other with {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for the nut straight to create a huge pot. Needing to improve, Ivey did just that on the river by hitting the {10-Clubs} to win a pot that propelled him into the chip lead.

From there he just kept on adding chips, ending the day with 505,500 (421 BBs) which tops Tim Stansifer’s total from day 2ab. The day wasn’t entirely all about Phil Ivey though and several other notable players had good days on Wednesday as well. Selected stacks from day 2c:

Phil Ivey                 505,500

Raul Mestre          477,900

Isaac Baron          387,200

John Hennigan    342,700

Griffin Benger       305,500

For many others, day 2c brought the end of the line though and Gus Hansen, Doug Polk, Phil Hellmuth, JC Tran and Joe Cada all found out that it would not be another bracelet win for them on this occasion.

So going into day 3 of the world’s highest profile tournament we have the world’s best player as chip leader and few will fancy clashing with him on Thursday. We’ll have more updates from the main event tomorrow when the field should be whittled down to a number that is getting close to the bubble.



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