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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