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World Series of Poker -- $50,000 Player's Championship Day 2

Ben Lamb Jumps to the Top on Day 2 with 74 Players Remaining

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Ben LambDay 2 of the $50,000 Player’s Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker has come to a close and of the original 128 players who entered there are 74 who remain in the hunt for the top prize worth $1,720,328 and a spot on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Recent gold-bracelet winner Ben Lamb is the overnight chip leader with 704,000. He booked his first bracelet by winning the $10,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event a few days ago and he could make it a very successful summer with a deep run in this event. Gus Hansen is close on his heels with 688,700. Sebastian Ruthenberg (669,600) and David Oppenheim (608,000) are the only other players to hold more than 600,000.

Other notable chip counts include former champion David Bach, who holds 377,800. Phil Hellmuth is still in the mix with 271,200. Former final tablists in the event making another run include Erick Lindgren (341,000) and David Singer (216,700).

The day began with 123 players and the bustouts were not brisk, but they were consistent. The notable eliminations included Doyle Brunson, Huck Seed, David Chiu, Mike Sexton, Joe Cassidy, Mike Matusow, Isaac Haxton, Chau Giang, Justin Bonomo, Steve Zolotow, Allen Kessler, Tom Dwan, John Juanda, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Patrik Antonius, defending champion Michael Mizrachi, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu.

Hand of the Day:

Defending Champion Michael Mizrachi Eliminated:

Michael Mizrachi moved all in under the gun for 7,900 preflop and David Benyamine made the call in the small blind. Their cards:

Mizrachi: KSpade Suit 8Spade Suit
Benyamine: AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit

Board: KClub Suit 6Club Suit 4Spade Suit 9Spade Suit 9Club Suit

Mizrachi was eliminated on the hand and his title defense came to a close on the second day of the tournament. It will now be up to his brother Robert Mizrachi (205,200) to take home the title.

Check back in tomorrow night for another recap of events as the players get closer to the money in the event. The money bubble will burst when the final 16 remain, and that may or may not happen during the five levels that will be played tomorrow.

Here is a look at the seating chart and chip counts for day 3, which begins on Monday at 3 p.m.:

Table Seat Player Chips
275 1 Jon Turner 88,800
275 2 Alexandre Luneau 468,200
275 4 Bill Chen 278,900
275 5 Marco Johnson 160,500
275 6 Barry Greenstein 237,900
275 7 Brian Rast 184,400
275 8 Michael Binger 166,000
276 1 Abe Mosseri 371,000
276 2 Eugene Katchalov 124,000
276 3 Daniel Alaei 74,000
276 4 Sorel Mizzi 193,300
276 5 Erick Lindgren 341,000
276 6 John Racener 51,500
276 7 Nick Schulman 106,000
276 8 Doug Booth 287,300
282 1 Justin Smith 388,600
282 2 Minh Ly 82,400
282 3 David Bakes Baker 86,900
282 4 Steve Sung 253,200
282 5 Josh Arieh 433,800
282 7 Jesse Martin 160,400
282 8 Tristan Clemencon 36,500
284 1 Fabrice Soulier 252,200
284 2 Jim McCrink 114,000
284 3 Brian Hastings 364,000
284 4 Vladimir Shchemelev 302,600
284 5 Greg Mueller 320,200
284 6 Matt Hawrilenko 138,500
284 7 Carlos Mortensen 196,900
286 1 Phil Galfond 196,700
286 2 Roman Yitzhaki 361,400
286 3 Hoi Cheung 303,800
286 4 Matthew Ashton 223,300
286 5 David Baker 482,700
286 6 Sebastian Ruthenberg 669,600
286 7 Shaun Deeb 247,900
286 8 Jeffrey Lisandro 147,700
287 1 Yan Chen 405,200
287 2 David Benyamine 353,200
287 3 Alexey Makarov 165,900
287 4 Gus Hansen 688,700
287 5 Ashton Griffin 328,600
287 6 Robert Williamson III 332,200
287 7 David Singer 216,700
287 8 Chad Brown 205,000
291 1 Brett Richey 358,400
291 2 David Bach 377,800
291 3 Scott Seiver 375,000
291 4 Robert Mizrachi 205,200
291 5 Bertrand Grospellier 43,700
291 6 Guillaume Rivet 238,600
291 7 Sebastien Sabic 193,300
291 8 Ronny Kaiser 167,700
294 1 Jennifer Harman 255,000
294 2 Steve Billirakis 409,000
294 3 Dario Alioto 210,500
294 4 Lamar Wilkinson 14,200
294 5 Jason Lester 105,500
294 7 Jared Bleznick 181,500
294 8 Leonard Martin 127,600
296 1 Scott Clements 213,000
296 2 Andrey Zaichenko 291,000
296 3 George Lind 398,500
296 5 John Hennigan 204,300
296 6 Phil Hellmuth 271,200
296 7 David Oppenheim 608,000
296 8 Benjamin Lamb 704,500
298 1 Owais Ahmed 129,500
298 2 Rami Boukai 408,600
298 3 Shawn Buchanan 132,700
298 4 Tom McCormick 238,900
298 6 Raymond Dehkarghani 75,000
298 7 George Danzer 192,700
298 8 Matt Glantz 471,100