On Saturday, July 6, Day 2ab of the 2019 WSOP $10,000 Main Event kicked off at 11am local time. Day 2ab is composed of all the survivors of Days 1a and 1b in a combined field.
2019 WSOP: Event #73: $10,000 NLHE MAIN EVENT
- Schedule: July 3 to July 16, 2019
- Venue: Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
- Buy-in: $10,000
Day 2ab saw Timothy Su as the chip leader with 791,900 chips in his bag, followed by Tony Blanchandin (744,500), Anton Morgenstern (735,000), Florian Duta (731,500), and Galen Hall (705,900).
Other notable players who survived Day 2ab include Adam Owen (511,800), Gordon Vayo (451,800), Kelly Minkin (444,500), Shaun Deeb (428,200), Allen Kessler (407,200), Igor Kurganov (330,000) and Todd Brunson (284,200).
One notable highlight of this flight was that a former Main Event champ managed to put as many chips as he can in his bag and he was on a roll from start to finish, even beginning the day with a small speech on the mic before the first card was dealt. Qui Nguyen, who won a whopping $8 million at the 2016 WSOP Main Event after a lengthy battle in the history of WSOP Main Event heads-up plays (imagine going through 182 hands over 8 hours of head-up play), got to the stage early to announce the shuffle and deal.
Nguyen already had a solid stack of 180,500 upon start of the day and he managed to double that in the first level of play. Soon he reached the 400,000 mark and just continued to add more until his stack reached to 602,400 by midnight.
He said he had to stray from his original style, developed from his fearless game play that made him the top winner in 2016, "I played my normal game at first, people know that I am aggressive and that's how I was able to chip up. I did have to change my style, though. I know it's still a long way to go. So, I just want to make the money first."
Even the Brightest Poker Stars get Knocked Out Too
In the poker world, even the biggest and most winningest poker pros can get knocked down too. Some of the brightest stars in poker who went bust during the course of Day 2ab gameplay include the likes of Chris Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Phil Galfond, Ryan Riess, and Stephen Chidwick.
Below is the list of End-of-Day Chip Counts, showing the top 20 spots for Day 2ab:
The initial field count for Day 2ab reached to 3,248 plus around 100 start-of-day entries. At the end of the day, only 1,087 players shall be advancing to the next stage, which is Day 3.
As Day 2ab is now in the books, Day 2c is next, which is scheduled to start on July 7, Sunday at 11am local time.
Those who will make it through the Day 2ab and Day 2c flights shall then return for Day 3 on July 8, Monday at noon local time.