The 2018 WSOP Main Event inched a step closer to a champion. Still at least 10 days away from a champion, but they gutted a majority of the field. The first of two Day 2s commenced with survivors from flights 1A and 1B slugging it out in different parts of the Rio Convention Center. Only 659 players returned from Day 1A, while 1,801 1B players were in the mix for Day 2A/B.
Day 2A/B consisted of 5 levels (2 hours each). When the dust settled, half the field was elimination. Approximately 1,235 players from 2A/2B advanced to Day 3.
A number of previous Main Event champions are still left in the hunt. The "Champs" who survived Day 2A/B and advanced to Day 3 included Scotty Nguyen, Johnny Chan, Greg Merson, and Jesus Ferguson.
Event #64 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 2A/2B Results
This year's Main Event is the second largest field ever... or the largest field in the post-boom/post-Black Friday era. A total of 7.874 hopefuls took a shot this year. The prize pool is over $74M. You can do the easy quick math and figure out how much the WSOP banked on this party. At least $4 million in juice.
How much is that in poker dollars? Well, let's just say that First place in the Main Event pays out $8.8 million, the runner up earns $5 million, and the WSOP will rake in more than third-place money of $3.75 million.
The first batch of opening round Main Event survivors returned to the Rio on Thursday. Players from Flights 1A and 1B slugged it out for five levels of play, or 10 hours of tedious work. During that span, more than half of the returning players were eliminated. Those left standing at the end of action on Thursday would move onto Day 3, when the entire field will be condensed into one.
Day 1A was the smallest of the three opening flights for the 2018 WSOP Main Event. Only 659 players survived the first cut. Those 659 went onto play for Day 2A.
Meanwhile, Day 1B was the second largest (or second smallest) of the three Day 1s. Day 1B included 1,801 survivors who battled on Day 2B.
Each of the Day 2A/2B fields played in separate rooms. Approximately 1,235 players (combined from both 2A/2B) bagged up chips at the end of Thursday evening. Those lucky souls will return to the Rio on Saturday for Day 3.
Shawn Daniels bagged up the chip lead with 532,500. Day 1B leader Smain Mamouni advanced to Day 3 and he bagged up somewhere in the Top 10 overall. Day 1A leader Timothy Lau is also still alive, and he's among the Top 15 overall.
Among those who advanced to Day 3 included... Allen Cunningham, Melanie Weissner, Jason Koon, Barny Boatman, Frank Kassela, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Bjorin, The Grinder, David Bach, Marvin Rettenmaier, Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell, Lacey Jones, Kelly Minkin, Ben Yu, Kevin MacPhee, Johnny Chan, Jesus Ferguson, Greg Merson, Jason Mercier, Tom McEvoy, Jeff Banghart, Griffin Paul, Bart Lybaert, Darren Elias, Mustapha Kanit, Barry Hutter, Jason Strasser, Kyle Julius, Shaun Deeb, Will the Thrill, Ema Zajmovic, Anatoly Filatov, Park Yu Cheung, Porter Lambert, Anthony Zinno, Matt Berkey, Lucky Chewy, Ray Wu, Clayton Maguire, Andrew Brokos, Happy Shulman, Jason Lester, Dan Ott, Darryll Fish, Andy Bloch, Russ Fox, Scott Clements, Paul Sexton, Alexi Fluer, E-Fro, JC Tran, Hout Corkins, and Scotty Nguyen.
2018 WSOP - Event #64 $10,000 Main Event
Prize Pool: $74,015,600
Main Event Eliminations
More than 50% of the returning field for Day 2A/2B busted.
Among those who met an early demise on Day 2A/B... Dan Smith, Jameson Painter, Jeff Madsen, Farah Galfond, Ryan Reiss, James Dempsy, Justin Bonomo, Joey Ingram, Art Papazyan, Danielle Andersen, Dara O'Kearney, Carol Fuchs, Faraz Jaka, John Hesp, Perry Friedman, Kalidou Sow, Joe McKeehen, Amnon Filippi, Lee Watkinson, Pierre Calamusa, Bruno Fitoussi, John Monnette, Jean Montury, Adrien Allain, Gaelle Baumann, Sam Cohen, Mark Gregorich, Erik Seidel, Joe Hachem, Cal Anderson, Mike Sexton, Scott Seiver, Andre Akkari, Tony Dunst, Antoine Saout, Suzy Greenberg, and Owen Crowe.