Sunday July 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

The 2019 WSOP Main Event hit its second day of action and thus far the total is 8,225 runners and counting. Late registration is still open until Day 2C. The combined Day 1A and Day 1B flights competed into Day 2AB and when the dust settled, only 1,100 or so players remained. Tim Sui bagged the lead with 791K and counting. Of course, Day 2AB was rather boring compared to Day 1C, which was punctuated with a 7.1 earthquake that sent players scattering for cover and a naked guy that went viral.

Just when you thought the WSOP Main Event lost its edge and would be a little dull this year, a couple players were disqualified on Friday including one guy who exposed his crank during one of the truly weirder moments at the WSOP. Of course, all the hijinks were secondary to the real life earthquake that rattled the Rio around 8pm on Friday evening. That marked the second quake in two days including a 6.4M and 7.1M in Death Valley. The quake was so strong people felt it all the way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

But despite the impending gloom and doom about natural disasters, poker players were still focused on winning the 2019 WSOP Main Event. This year's field is the largest since the poker boom and second biggest since Jamie Gold's run in 2006 when the WSOP Main event attracted a whopping 8,773 runners with a significant amount of players earning their seats via online poker satellites. Ah, I miss the glorious days of the poker boom when money rained from the sky and total morons walked away with unfathomable riches.

Event #73 $10,000 Main Event Championship - Day 2AB Results

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Qui Nguyen and Jimmy Kebe playing on Day 2AB at the Rio. (Pic courtesy of Winamax)

The two opening flights, Day 1A and Day 1B, combined into one flight for Day 2AB. A total of 3,248 runners returned for Day 2 with 100 or so additional straggles buying into the Main Event on Day 2AB. Only 1,100 or so advanced to the next day and will be combined with Day 2C field for Day 3 action on Monday.

At the end of the night Tim Sui bagged the lead with 791. He's one of five players with 700K stacks or more including Tony Blanchadin, Anton Morgenstern, Florian Duta, and Galen Hall.

Rounding out the top 10 were Gerry Claunch, Rachid Amamou, Bryan Buonocore, Tony Spinella, and Brian Yoon.

Qui Nguyen, the 2016 Main Event Champ, is in the Top 15 with 602K. Adam Owen in the Top 25 with 511K. Also in the Top 50 for Day 2AB are Andrea Akkari, Asi Moshe, Gordon Vayo, Jeff Lisandro, Barny Boatman, Kelly Minkin, and Shaun Deeb.

Allen Kessler bagged 407K and Chainsaw is in the top 10% chips overall.

2017 Main Event Champ Scott Blumstein is alive with 230K. Chris Moneymaker is barely alive but he bagged 56K and lives to fight another day.

Also surviving the cut... Rob Paddock, Jackie Burkhart, Neil Blumfield, Shaniac, Adam Levy, Alexandre Reard, Joe Weissman, Tom Vogelsang, Tyler Patterson, Ihor Kurganov, Connor Drinan, Todd Wittles, Todd Brunson, Mike Wattel, Alan Goehring, Brian Hastings, Dan Hachem, Kenny Hallaert, Barry Hutter, Jean-Robert Bellande, Clayton Maguire, Andy Black, David Bach, Dong Le, Jameson Painter, Aaron Been, Conor Beresford, Olivier Busquet, Martin De Knijff, Gary Benson, Brent Evans, Paul Volpe, Jason Lester, Chase Bianchi, Allen Cunningham, Matt Brady, Faraz Jaka, Raomain Lewis, Jon Turner, Matt Glantz, Dan O'Brien, Jon Little, Sdrien Allain, Dong Guo, Per Hildebrand, Brett Richey, Dylan Linde, Nick Binger, Alex Fitzgerald, Steve Z, James Calderaro, Lisa Pickell, Jan Eric Schwippert, Simon Deadman, Scott Davies, Dan Strelitz, Stefan Jedlicka, Kevin MacPhee, Alex Foxen, Sarah Bilney, Jack Sinclair, Prahlad Friedman, Chrostoph Vofelsang, Hoyt Corkins, Andy Bloch, Matt Stout, Jared Hamby, Ben Yu, and Jimmy Guerro.

Among the notable bustouts on Day 2AB... Jesus Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Nick Maimone, Andrew Neeme, Paul Sexton, John Duthie, Sam Cohen, James Van Alstyne, Pierre Calamusa, Leo Margets, Ryan Riess, Lauren Robert, Phil Galfond, Pat Leonard, Jared Grenier, Ross Santos, Russ Fox, Seth Davies, Phil Hui, Chris Grigoian, Tom Koral, Ari Engel, Anthansios Polychronopoulos, Jeremy Ausmus, Stevie Chidwick, Lee Markholt, Mike Watson, James James, Owen Crowe, Aron Dermer, Thomas Cazayous, Thayer Rasmussen, Isabelle Mercier, Eric Brenes, Michel Abecassis, Chris DeMaci, Jason Gooch, Adam Geyer, Farzad Bonyadi, Anson Tsang, Becky Wooten, Chong Wang, Paul Bong, Greg Merson, Stefan Schillhabel, Robert Bickley, Zach Smiley, Kevin Eyster, Jean Montury, Allyn Shulman, Dennis Phillips, Freddy Deeb, Peter Jetten, Antoine Saout, Tristian Wade, Darryll Fish, Scott Seiver, Parker Talbot, Maria Ho, Dennis Either, Alec Troelli, Billy Baxter, Justin Young, Gaelle Baumann, Keith Gipson, Tony Boom, Chris Bjorin, Alex Keating, Alex Bolotin, Scott Montgomery, and Toby Lewis.

Action resumes on Sunday with Day 2C and 3,664 runners returning plus any late stragglers. The Main Event reg will finally be closed on Sunday so we can figure out how many players will get paid and how much the champ will win. Expecting at least $9 million this year to the champ? Maybe 10M?

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Thursday July 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm
Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim inducted into 2019 Poker Hall of Fame

The 2019 World Series of Poker announced the newest class of inductees into the Hall of Fame. Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim got nods this year. They were the only two recognized on a ballot of ten possible candidates that also included Antonio Esfandiari, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Jesus Ferguson, Ted Forrest, and Mike Matusow.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 9:18 am
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Germany's Hossein Ensan wins 2019 WSOP Main Event and $10 million

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship concluded at the Rio Casino when Germany's Hossein Ensan defeated Italy's Dario Sammartino heads up to win $10,000,000 and the coveted Main Event bracelet. Three players began Day 10 with Ensan holding a sizable lead. Canada's Alex Livingston busted in third place for a $4 million score. After 101 hands of heads-up action, Sammartino banked $6 million for a runner-up consolation prize. Ensan, 55, became the oldest Main Event Champ since Noel Furlong in 1999.

Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 6:55 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads final three with 326M

The 2019 WSOP Main Event continued with Day 9 action that saw the returning five players play down to the final three. Germany's Hossein Ensan began the day with the big stack and by the end of Day 9, he retained the lead with 375M. On Day 9, Chicago Cubs superfan Kevin Maahs busted in fifth place and Garry Gates got picked off in fourth place. Alex Livingston is second in chips, while Italian pro Dario Sammartino is the short stack. They return on Tuesday to play down to a champion.

Monday July 15, 2019 at 6:07 am
2019 WSOP Main Event: Hossein Ensan leads with 5 to go

The 2019 WSOP Main Event final table played down from nine to five players on the first of three days of action. Two players busted in the first 11 hands and four players were eliminated overall including Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Tim Su, and Milos Skrbic. At the end of Day 8, Hossein Ensan continued to hold the lead with 207.7 million, while Garry Gates was not far behind with 171.7 million.

Sunday July 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
2019 WSOP: Keith Tiltson wins 100K High Roller; Negreanu 2nd

Daniel Negreanu cashed in his 15th event this summer and advanced to his fourth final table, but he fell short in his quest for bracelet #7 when Keith Tiltson defeated him heads up to win 2019 WSOP Event #83 $100,000 High Roller for a sensational score worth $2,792,406. Tiltson made a pair of final tables in the final week of the 2019 WSOP with a sixth place finish a couple days earlier in the FINAL FIFTY. Meanwhile, Negreanu launched a late assault on the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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2019 WSOP: Germany's Hossein Ensan leads final table with 9 remaining

After a lengthy Day 7, the final table for the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship is set. Only 35 players began Day 7 and when it ended, nine players were still alive and in the hunt for $10 million. Germany's Hossein Ensan bagged up the lead with 177M. Also advancing to the final table are... Garry Gates, Zhen Cai, Kevin Maahs, Alex Livingston, Dario Sammartino, Milos Skrbic, Timothy Su, and Nick Marchington. Action resumes on Sunday.

Friday July 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
2019 WSOP Main Event: Nicholas Marchington leads final 35 on Day 6

On Day 6 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event Championship, they played down from 106 to 35 players. When play ended, Nicholas Marchington bagged up the lead with 39.8 million. Rounding out the top five are Tim Su, Milos Skrbic, Henry Lu, and Garry Gates. Among the notables who busted on Day 6 were Same Greenwood, Chris Hunichen, Lars Bonding, Alex Winter, Romain Lewis, Jake Schindler, Dan Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jeff Madsen.

Thursday July 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm
2019 WSOP: Main Event down to 106, Tim Su leader at end Day 5

The 2019 WSOP Main Event played down to 106 entrants on Day 5. Tim Su bagged the chip lead with 19.2 million. Also still alive are Sam Greenwood, Antonio Esfandiari, Romain Lewis, Chad Power, and Chris Hunichen. Among the notables to bust on Day 5 were Andrew Brokos, Chainsaw Kessler, Danielle Anderson, former NFL player Richard Seymour, Chance Kornuth, Adam Friedman, Galen Hall, Todd Brunson and Todd Wittles.

Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm
2019 WSOP: Money bubble bursts, Defending champ Cynn busto

The 2019 WSOP Main Event continued with the first time the entire field condensed into one. Day 3 commenced with 2,880 remaining and fewer than 1,300 getting paid. The money bubble snuck into play late last night and actually burst. Only 1,286 players remain. Everyone who returns for Day 4 locked up a min-cash worth $15,000. Norway's Preben Stokkan bagged and tagged the big stack with 2.18 million even though he was down to chip and a chair at one point. Andrew Brokos chipped up to 1.9M.

Monday July 8, 2019 at 4:32 pm
2019 WSOP: $10M to Main Event champ and 2,880 remain in second-biggest field ever

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event allowed late registration up to the start of Day 2 (ABC) and 444 runners took advantage of the extended time. A total of 8,569 are in this year's field, which marks the second highest of all time. The 2019 champion will bank $10 million with all final table players winning at least $1 million. Only 2,880 players advanced to Day 3 with Julian Milliard sitting on the big stack with 948K.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm
2019 WSOP: Chainsaw Kessler with a big stack after Main Event Day 1B

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event continued with Day 1B action on the Fourth of July holiday. A total of 1,915 runners took part in the second of three opening flights. At the end of the night, only 1,417 players survived Day 1B and live on to fight in Day 2. British pro Adam Owen bagged up the big stack with nearly 352K. Chainsaw Kessler bagged up 301,800, which was good for fifth overall. John Hesp, one of the more popular players from last year's Main Event final table, busted on Day 1B.

Friday July 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm
2019 WSOP: Juha Helppi wins 10K Limit bracelet, Joao Vieira wins 5K NL bling

Another blast from the past won a bracelet at the 2019 WSOP in Las Vegas. This time, Finnish pro Juha Helppi emerged victorious after outlasting a field of 118 runners in Event #72 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship. He banked $306,622 for the win. Meanwhile, Joao Vieria from Portugal won Event #70 $5,000 NL 6-max and outlasted 815 players for his first bracelet and a sick payout worth $758,011.

Thursday July 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm
 2019 WSOP: Big Day 1A at Main Event, Jeremy Saderne wins Mini Main

The 2019 World Series of Poker continued with the start of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship. This year's Day 1A is one of the biggest in recent memory with an 44% uptick from last year with 1,336 entries. 2013 bracelet winner Bryan Campanello bagged up the Day 1A chip lead with 417,500. Meanwhile, Frenchman Jeremy Saderne won his first bracelet with a victory in WSOP Event #69 $1,000 Mini Main Event. Saderne banked $628,654.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm
2019 WSOP: Robert Campbell wins 10K Stud 8, First double-bracelet winner this summer

Australian pro Robert Campbell won his second bracelet at the 2019 World Series of Poker to become the first and only player with multiple bracelet victories in 2019. Campbell moved into first place in the WSOP POY Race ahead of Dan Zack with a victory in Event #67 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship. He outlasted a small field of 151 runners to bank $385,763.

Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 1:41 am
2019 WSOP: David 'ODB' Baker wins second bracelet with LHE score

David 'ODB' Baker outlasted a field of 541 runners to win 2019 WSOP Event #64 $1,500 Limit Hold'em. His final table included Greg FBT Mueller and Jesus Ferguson. ODB banked $161,139 and moved over $3M in career WSOP earnings. Also, over in Event #68, Nicky 'Illari' Baris won the bracelet in the $1,000 NL ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP and a first-place prize worth $303,738.75. He also prevented Jesus Ferguson from winning a bracelet and denied David 'Bakes' Baker another title.

Saturday June 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm
2019 WSOP: Philip Hui wins $50K Poker Players Championship, Anthony Zinno wins PLO8 bling

Philip Hui faded a field of 74 runners to win the 2019 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship after he outlasted a tough final table and defeated Josh Arieh heads-up for the victory. Hui banked $1,099,311 for first place and he earned his second career bracelet. Meanwhile, Anthony Zinno won his second bracelet with a victory in Event #60 $1,500 PLO8 for a score worth $279,920.

Friday June 28, 2019 at 5:58 am
2019 WSOP: Josh Arieh Leads $50K Poker Players Championship final table

And then there were six remaining in the 2019 WSOP Poker Players Championship. Phil Ivey was the big stack at the end of Day 2 and Day 3 in the 50K PPC. However, on Day 4 Ivey met his fate in 8th place. David Oppenheim bubbled the final table that includes big stack Josh Arieh, Bryce Yockey, Phil Hui, John Esposito, Shaun Deeb, and Dan Cates. First place pays out $1.1 million on Friday.

Thursday June 27, 2019 at 3:16 pm
2019 WSOP: Kainalu McCue-Unciano wins MONSTER Stack for $1M, Ivey Leads 50K PPC with 12 to go

The 2019 50K Players Championship is down to 12 players and Phil Ivey is the chi pleader. He held the big stack at the end of Day 2 and he's got the big stack at the end of Day 3. Over in 2019 WSOP Event #50 $1,5000 MONSTER STACK, Kainalu McCue-Unciano outlasted a massive field of 6,035 runners to win a cool million and his first bracelet.

Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 3:32 pm
2019 WSOP: Dash Dudley, Kevin Gerhart, and Santiago Soriano win first bracelets

Three more first-time winners won bracelets at the 2019 WSOP. Dash Dudley took down Event #52 $10,000 PLO 8-Handed for his first bracelet and $1,086,967. Spain's Santiago Soriano won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #53 $800 NL Deepstack. Over in the Razz craziness, Kevin Gerhart was the last player standing in Event #54 $1,500 Razz to win his first bling.

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