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2015 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 2AB Sees Nearly 1,000 Players Eliminated

Amar Anand Leads, Brian Hastings In Top 10


Brian Hastings

Two of the three starting fields in the 2015 World Series of Poker main event resumed play at the Rio on Wednesday, but the field did not yet combine. That will occur on Friday when all three starting flights begin day 3.

Instead, the 470 surviving players from day 1A took their seats in the Amazon room while the 1,154 remaining players from day 1B played it out in the Pavilion and Brasilia rooms. By the end of level 10, only 654 players were left with chips.

Amar AnandLeading the way is Amar Anand from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, who bagged up 603,500. He holds a sizable advantage over the next largest stack, which is the 500,700 from Brooklyn, New York’s Calvin Lee.

While Anand has more than enough breathing room heading into day 3, the rest of the poker world is looking squarely at 2015 double bracelet winner Brian Hastings, who finished the day with the 10th biggest stack in the building with 367,300.

Hastings is hoping to put a cherry on top of what has already been an incredible summer. He cashed six times at the summer series for a total of $742,331, including wins in the $10,000 stud and $1,500 ten-game mix events.

Other notables in the top 50 include Will Molson (370,300), Daniel Fuhs (368,800), Jake Cody (340,100), Fedor Holz (303,900), Marko Neumann (270,100), Vivek Rajkumar (267,000) and legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne (247,000).

Of course, the day wasn’t too kind to everyone. Card Player’s own Barry Shulman was forced to the rail early in the day when his 9Heart Suit8Heart Suit got it in against Talal Sharkerchi’s 8Club Suit8Diamond Suit on a flop of 10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit7Spade Suit. It looked like Shulman was essentially freerolling his opponent, but board ran out 8Spade Suit4Diamond Suit to end his 2015 WSOP.

Not even the celebrities were immune to bad beats. Hollywood actor James Woods got it in good with pocket aces during the last level of the night, only to see his hand cracked by the pocket queens of Dash Dhawan. Woods had a great summer, having final tabled the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event, but he’ll have to wait until next year to make a run in the main event.

Other players who were eliminated during the day included Chris Moneymaker, David Peters, Jeremy Ausmus, Tom Marchese, Jeff Lisandro, Mustapha Kanit, Andy Black, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Jennifer Tilly, Amit Makhija and Matt Salsberg.

The action resumes Thursday with day 2C, which will feature 2,747 players.

Here is a look at the top 10 stacks from day 2AB.

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Amar Anand 603,500
2 Calvin Lee 500,700
3 Luther Tran 479,700
4 Charles Chattha 423,300
5 Alan Mastic 400,000
6 Sotrios Koutoupas 393,000
7 Joe Lu 387,400
8 Will Molson 370,300
9 Daniel Fuhs 368,800
10 Brian Hastings 367,300

A complete listing of the Day 1C survivors and their chip counts can be found here.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.