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WSOP -- Day 2A of the Main Event

648 Players Survive, and Now They’re Off Until Friday

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The second day of play for the survivors from days 1A and 1B in the 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event began at noon today in the Amazon Room at the Rio. There were 1,476 of them at the start of play, but by the end of the night, just 648 remained. Those survivors will return for day 3 action on Friday, July 10, when they will be joined by the survivors of day 2B.

Many big-name professionals were among the fallen, including Gus Hansen, Sandra Naujoks, Johnny Chan, Brian Townsend, Katja Thater, Mike Caro, Phil Laak, John Hennigan, Jennifer Tilly, Jason Mercier, Shaun Deeb, Hoyt Corkins, Will Failla, Ted Lawson, Bruno Fitoussi, Alex Kravchenko, Todd Brunson, Gavin Smith, Amarillo Slim Preston, Berry Johnston, Eli Elezra, Brad Garrett, and Barry Shulman.

Some familiar faces survived in the mayhem, as well, many of them pacing the field throughout the day. Fabrice Soulier (145,800) was among the chip leaders throughout the day, and Tom Schneider (123,700) found his stack on top of the mountain despite playing at one of the toughest tables assembled so far during the 2009 main event (Shane Warne, Ludovic Lacay, Luca Pagano, Isaac Baron, and Grant Levy were his opponents). Double-bracelet-winner Greg Mueller also rose to the top, becoming one of the first players of the day to hold 300,000 in chips and ending the night with 287,300.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of play:

1. Andrew Gaw — 386,800
2. Eric Cloutier — 383,500
3. Ed Perry — 370,000
4. Brandon Demes — 369,800
5. Miika Puumalainen — 361,200
6. Jamie Brown — 360,400
7. Jerry Wong — 348,100
8. Samer Rahman — 334,700
9. Brian Hansen — 333,500
10. Kyle Wilson — 306,000

Day 2B will begin tomorrow at noon PDT, when the survivors from days 1C and 1D take their seats to do battle for four levels of poker. Be sure to follow all of the action from the Rio in Las Vegas. Here is a look at the highlights from the action on day 2A, as featured in CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

Gus HansenGus Hansen Eliminated

Gus Hansen entered the day with over 38,000 in chips but he was sent to the rail early on day 2A.

After the flop came down KClub Suit QSpade Suit 3Diamond Suit, Hansen called a bet from Norman Gautron. The turn brought the 10Diamond Suit and Gautron bet again. Hansen raised and was promptly reraised all in. Hansen called and showed AClub Suit JSpade Suit for a Broadway straight. Gautron tabled pocket threes for a set. Hansen was in good shape but the KDiamond Suit on the river filled up Gautron, and Hansen was out.

The Orient Express Derailed

Johnny Chan moved all in for 6,000 from the big blind. Matthew Woodward had limped in earlier and made the call. Chan tabled AHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit, while Woodward was in better shape with 9Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit.

The board ran out KHeart Suit 8Heart Suit QSpade Suit 10Club Suit QClub Suit, and Chan was eliminated from the 2009 main event.

CAPTIONTom Schneider Folds To Rockets

The player in seat 5 raised to 1,200, and Tom Schneider made the call from the button. The big blind also came along, and they all saw a flop of 10Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit 4Heart Suit. The big blind checked, and seat 5 bet 2,500. Schneider called, and the big blind mucked. The turn was the QHeart Suit, and seat 5 led out with 6,000. Schneider called again, just in time for the ESPN cameras to arrive.

The river was the 2Club Suit, and seat 5 fired 11,000. Schneider thought about it and then mucked his hand. “Come on, show the bluff,” Pamela Brunson said. “The cameras are all here to see it,” Schneider added. Seat 5 obliged to showing his hand, but it was no bluff, as he turned over ADiamond Suit ASpade Suit. Schneider was at 125,000.

Robin Hood Sent Packing

Barry Greenstein moved in for his last 10,000 preflop and Eric Tomberlin made the call. Greenstein showed down JClub Suit JHeart Suit, but was dominated by Tomberlin’s KHeart Suit KSpade Suit.

The board ran out 10Spade Suit 6Spade Suit 4Club Suit 10Heart Suit QSpade Suit and Greenstein was shown the door.

Greg Mueller

Greg Mueller Building a Huge Stack

After the two-time bracelet winner from this summer made it 2,200 preflop, a player on the button moved all in for 10,200. The small blind smooth-called, and Mueller elected to call, as well. Three players saw a flop of KHeart Suit 5Spade Suit 4Spade Suit. The small blind checked to Mueller, who wasn’t content with just checking it down. Mueller threw out a bet of 10,000, and the small blind folded. Mueller exposed the 9Spade Suit 8Club Suit for 9 high, while the all-in player exposed the ADiamond Suit 10Heart Suit for ace high and the lead. The JDiamond Suit hit the turn, as Mueller still remained live to hit one of his cards. The pair got there as the 9Club Suit fell on the river. Mueller knocked out his opponent and was up to 275,000 in chips.

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett Eliminated

On a board of QSpade Suit 4Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit AClub Suit 9Diamond Suit, the cutoff bet 20,200, and Brad Garrett went into the tank in middle position. He went back and forth on his decision for a few minutes while a wall of people surrounded the table to watch his antics. He eventually made the all-in call and flipped over QDiamond Suit JHeart Suit. His opponent turned up QClub Suit 9Club Suit and Garrett was eliminated from the tournament.

Before he fell Garrett, was making quite an impression during the evening’s play. The ESPN cameras were eating it up, and Garrett was able to produce a consistent line of chuckles from the players who were along for the ride with him at his table, including former world champion Berry Johnston. At one point, Garrett exclaimed, “Change the rhythm, everybody stand,” and his table played a hand standing up just to mix things up. His table is much quieter now, and the ESPN cameras are no longer around after his absence.