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Bracelet Winners Bag Huge Stacks In Day 2AB Of World Series Of Poker Main Event

About 1,100 Players Advance From The First Of Two Day 2 Fields


The 2,383 survivors of the first two flights of the 2019 World Series of Poker main event plus another 98 players who entered before the start of Day 2 played another five, two-hour levels of poker Saturday for Day 2AB.

Those 98 players brought the total field size to 8,225 and when cards get in the air at 11 a.m. on Sunday for Day 2C, registration will close, which will finalize the field size and prize pool.

At the end of the day, only roughly 1,100 players survived the day with Timothy Su leading the pack with 791,000, but there are a trio of bracelet winners in the top 10. Galen Hall (705,900), Anthony Spinella (643,700) and three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon (643,400) are Su’s biggest threats to overtake him when the field combines on Day 3 on Monday. German pro Anton Morgenstern finished second in chips with 735,000.

Three-time bracelet winner Asi Moshe (464,100), 2016 champion Qui Nguyen (602,400), Andre Akkari (467,400), Day 1A chip leader Bryan Campanello (460,400) and Kelly Minkin (445,000) finished outside the top 10 stacks, but still have healthy stacks.

2016 main event champ Qui Nguyen“I played my normal game at first, people know that I am aggressive and that’s how I was able to chip up,” said Nguyen to reporters after bagging up for the day. “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.”

After bagging a huge stack on Day 1A, Campanello was happy just to finish the day with slightly more than the 417,500 chips he started the day with.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had a big stack early in this thing, so I expected there to be bumps in the road after,” Campanello told WSOP reporters. “So, I just wanted to stay patient. Normally, you bag chips and are like ‘Alright Day 2, I need to make an advancement. In this tournament, I bagged so massive on Day 1, if I bagged 300 [thousand] on Day 2 that would be insane still.”

Dan Colpoys looked to be in control late in the day and had a great chance to finish with the chip lead, but Morgenstern flopped a flush against Colpoys’ top pair and the nut flush draw. Morgenstern got all his chips in the middle with a check-raise all in on the river. Colpoys bagged 392,800.

Chris Ferguson, Andrew Neeme, Jake Schwartz, EPT Founder John Duthie, Tom Koral, Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel, Mark Radoja, Ryan Riess, Jeremy Ausmus, Lee Markholt, Phil Galfond, Brian Rast, Chris Vitch and Justin Bonomo were among the players that busted on Saturday.

Day 2C kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday with 3,664 players returning, along with anybody who registers before the start of play. The survivors of Day 2C will join the today’s survivors at noon on Monday for Day 3.

When cards get in the air for Day 3, blinds will be 1,200/2,400 with a 2,400 big blind ante. At that level, if Su were to keep the chip lead, the biggest stack would be the equivalent of 329 big blinds.

The WSOP staff will compile the complete chip counts overnight and post them here.