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WSOP: Main Event Day 2B

A Very Large Day 2B Field Finds Alex Outhred on Top at the End of the Night with Victor Ramdin Not Too Far Behind

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A massive field of 2,378 players tested the physical limits of the Rio and the mental limits of every poker player in the field today in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em world championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker. At the end of the night, far less than half of the original field remained (842), and they are set to take their seats tomorrow on day 3 with the final 469 players who survived day 2A.

Once again, the story revolved around those who were eliminated today just as much as it did around those who remained by the end of play, due to the sheer number of eliminations. Here is a list of the notable players who fell during day 2B:

Defending World Champion Jerry Yang, Brian Townsend, Eric Lynch, John Juanda, Danny Wong, Matt Savage, Clonie Gowen,Carlos Mortensen Shannon Elizabeth, Jordan Rich, Brad Booth, Bill Chen, Howard Lederer, Michael and Nick Binger, Mel Judah, Erik Cajelais, Isabelle Mercier, Steve Wong, Lee Childs, Irv Gotti, Sorel Mizzi, Antonio Esfandiari, Bernard Lee, Andrew Robl, John Racener, Dan and Beth Shak, Phil Laak, 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, Ryan Hughes, David Sklansky, David Oppenheim, David Daneshgar, Padraig Parkinson, Mark Teltscher, David Singer, Burt Boutin, Amir Vahedi, and Jeff Shulman.

One of the most cruel eliminations of the day was saved for another one of the former world champions who busted. Carlos Mortensen, the 2001 world champion, met an untimely end in a classic hold'em cooler. Here it the hand from CardPlayer.com's live coverage:

Carlos Mortensen Eliminated

On a flop of Q 10 2, Carlos Mortensen got it all in with 2 2 against Grant Hillman's Q Q. Both players flopped a set, and Mortensen is reduced to either catching the case deuce or going runner-runner for a heart flush. The turn and river failed to bring any help for Mortensen, who was eliminated late on day 2B.

A number of players made noise throughtout day 2B, but none louder or more in his own unique way than Phil Hellmuth. He finished the day with 200,000, and he picked up a lot of those chips during a sequence that was eaten up by the ESPN cameras.

Here is the sequence from CardPlayer.com's live coverage:

Phil HellmuthLights, Camera, Hellmuth!


"Come on, boys, let's play a pot." Phil Hellmuth said as he limped into a hand. The button reached to put in a raise and Hellmuth told him, "I'll call you." True to his word, the button raised to 5,000, and only Hellmuth called. The flop came 9 7 4, and Hellmuth checked. He then told the button player, "I'll call you on the flop. You can bluff me on the turn." The button bet 10,000, and Hellmuth made the call and checked dark, all the while still talking and saying things like, "Your turn to bluff me." The 5 fell on the turn, and while Hellmuth kept talking, the button checked, as well. Before the river was dealt, Hellmuth called out for a "deuce!" He got his wish, and the 2 hit the felt on the river. Hellmuth got quiet and put in a small bet of 5,000. Then the talking started back up. "You got me. Pop it up a little! You can value-bet anything!" The button reached for his chips as if he was going to listen, then mucked his hand and accepted his defeat. "It's a pair of threes," Hellmuth said as he showed his hand -- 3 3.

His opponent said the threes beat him. "I had him beat," Hellmuth added. "Fair and square." With the hand finally over, his opponent started talking, saying things like, "You're just a donkey" and "Did you misread your hand? 10,000 with threes? Is that in your book?" Of course, Hellmuth had an answer: "That's not in the book. You can't even describe that play."

Later, the player in seat 5 raised to 3,000 from the cutoff and action folded to Hellmuth in the big blind. He grabbed a huge stack of orange 5,000 chips and put his opponent all in. Seat 5 made the call and showed down A 10. Hellmuth showed A K and was in great position to knock his opponent out. The flop changed that as it ran out Q Q 10. Surprisingly, Hellmuth showed no reaction. Maybe it was because he knew the K would hit on the turn, as it did. The river was the A, and Hellmuth knocked out another pretender. He was up to 195,000 after the hand.

The final countdown for the night led right up to 1 a.m., and at that time some exhausted players bagged up their chips. There was no runaway chip leader at the end of day 2B to the level of day 2A leader Brian Scheadlich, but there were a number of players who made a strong showing. Among the notables at the top of the leader board were day 2B chip leader Alex Outhred (486,800), Victor Ramdin (358,000), and Nenad Medic (294,000).

Day 3 will begin tomorrow as both the remaining day 2A and 2B fields combine as one. The overall chip leader will be the day 2A leader, Schaedlich, who holds 801,000 and paces the remaining field of 1,308.