Phil Ivey is once again in a great position to add to his World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet collection after ending Day 2 of event #24 as chip leader.
The eight-time champion – who has already made two final tables at this series – will aim to better his runner-up spot in event #17 the other day by taking down the $5,000 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better tournament after the field was reduced to 27 from the original 256.
Day 2 started out with 187 survivors in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s Amazon Room aiming to collect the $294,777 top prize – as well as gold bracelet, of course – but only those lining up today will be paid after the money bubble was burst when Englishman James ‘Flushy’ Dempsey hit the rail in 28th place.
James Dempsey Gets Unlucky
One-time bracelet winner Dempsey certainly crashed out in glorious fashion when committing all his chips on a 2♣ 2♦ 2♠ board. Unfortunately, California’s Bart Hanson had the 2♥ in his hand, so sending Dempsey to the rail and guaranteeing all today’s players of at least $10,348 from the $1,203,200 prize pool.
Ivey, meanwhile, kept a steady pace as he built up his stack to end the second day on 446,500 chips – a massive 149,500 ahead of second placed Dan Kelly (297,000).
Of course, numerous big-name pros hit the rail on Day 2 without cashing, including Phil Hellmuth, Rob and Michael Mizrachi, Mike Sexton, Todd Brunson, Carlos Mortensen, Justin ‘Boosted J’ Smith, David Bach, Jason Mercier, John Racener, Allen Bari, Shannon Shorr, Yuval Bronshtein and Jean-Robert Bellande.
Day 1 also saw the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Eli Elezra, Perry Friedman, Nick Schulman, Dan Shak, Justin Bonomo, Brett Richey, Men Nguyen, Andrey Zaichenko, Barry Levy and David Paredes hit the rail.
WSOP 2012 Event #24 Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
1. Phil Ivey (USA) – 446,500
2. Dan Kelly (USA) – 297,000
3. Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow (USA) – 290,000
4. Meng La (USA) – 276,500
5. Brendan Taylor (USA) – 270,500
6. Brian Hastings (USA) – 251,000
7. Bart Hanson (USA) – 231,500
8. Scotty Nguyen (USA) – 212,500
9. Joe Cassidy (USA) – 166,500
10. Michael Wattel (USA) – 143,500