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World Series of Poker Main Event -- Recap of Day 2C

Big Names Thrive, Commentator David Tuchman Proves He Can Play

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2011 Main Event 3rd place finisher Ben Lamb in contention againDay 2C of the 2012 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event has come to a close, with the 911 survivors set to combine with the 842 who made it through day 2AB on Thursday for day 3, marking the first time the remaining 1,753 competitors will play together.

A number of notable players survived and thrived on day 2C, including Burt Boutin (363,800), 2011 main event final tablist Sam Holden (352,600), Jake Cody (322,000), 2010 main event third place finisher Joseph Cheong (313,400), Ravi Raghavan (280,000), Ronnie Bardah (274,400), Ben Lamb (271,000), Vivek Rajkumar (230,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (230,000) and Antonio Esfandiari (205,300).

Notable eliminations on day 2C included Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Viktor Blom, Michael Mizrachi, Joe Cada, David Sands, Gus Hansen and Tom Marchese.

One player of note who survived to day 3 with a solid stack of 225,900 is the voice of the WSOP livestream, commentator David Tuchman. The Los Angeles resident has been watching poker for endless hours each day over the duration of the 2012 WSOP, calling the final table action and taking part in strategy discussions with the game’s brightest minds.

WSOP livestream commentator David Tuchman“I’ve got a good stack and everything, but this is like a marathon," said Tuchman just after play ended. "I am just thrilled to be playing, and playing okay.”

Tuchman has had numerous gigs as a host and analyst on poker shows, as well as covering NASCAR and the NFL for SKY Sports. In addition to commentating, Tuchman has also made his living playing in deep-stacked cash games, which has developed skills which have helped him early in this event when the blinds are relatively low.

“I think that a tournament structure like this really benefits guys who play deep cash. I am used to playing 200 to 300 big blinds deep, and I haven’t been under 100 big blinds really so far,” said Tuchman.

The current average stack heading into day 3 is around 113,000 in chips, meaning that with starting blinds of 800-1,600 with a 200 ante, players will have an average of roughly 70 big blinds. With stacks still relatively deep, day 3 should be within Tuchman’s comfort zone.

“That said, I think that the tournament specialists are going to have an edge if I make it to day 5 or day 6, when I’m like 40 or 50 big blinds deep," admitted Tuchman. "It will test my note taking skills, because I’ve been working with Jason Somerville, Max Steinberg, Brian Rast and a slew of other players. So that will be the real test for me.”

Play will resume for day 3 on Thursday at noon PST.

Here is a look at the top 20 chip counts at the end of day 2C:

Rank Player Chip Counts
1 Michael Hack 457,000
2 Marco Bognanni 452,100
3 Jonathan Fountain 435,400
4 Randy Haddox 407,300
5 John Leathart 404,900
6 Erik Hellman 397,900
7 David Kluchman 383,000
8 Jim Burns 381,600
9 Luke Brereton 372,000
10 Thanh dat Tran 369,300
11 Jeremy Allen 364,200
12 Burt Boutin 363,800
13 Jesse Sylvia 355,100
14 Wayne Peterson 352,700
15 Sam Holden 352,600
16 Ryan Batchelor 340,100
17 Karim Jomeen 328,600
18 Jake Cody 322,000
19 Justin Ouimette 317,400
20 Philip Macdonald 316,900