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WSOP -- Day 2B of the Main Event

1,436 Players Survive a Full Day of Play at the Rio


The second day of play for the survivors from days 1C and 1D in the 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event began today at noon in the Amazon Room at the Rio. There were 2,924 of them at the start of play, which maxed out the physical capacity of the Rio thanks to 293 poker tables being in the mix, but by the end of the night, just 1,436 remained. Those survivors will return for day-3 action on Friday, July 10, when they will be joined by the survivors of day 2A.

The play was fast during day 2A, and many big-name professionals had their main-event dreams crushed along the way, but perhaps no one left more crushed than Marlon Wayans. Playing very patiently and reserved throughout the day, Wayans got it all in with pocket kings against an opponent’s pocket queens. Wayans even turned the nut-flush draw, further reducing his opponent to a single card in the deck. Incredibly, Wayans couldn’t fade the case queen on the river and was eliminated in a dramatic fashion.

Other notable eliminations included Erick Lindgren, Andrew Robl, Sebastrian Ruthenberg, Paul Darden, Victor Ramdin, Shannon Shorr, Bill Chen, Steve Wong, Vanessa Rousso, Jonathan Little, Scotty Nguyen, Kathy Liebert, Michal Mizrachi, Howard Lederer, Noah Schwartz, Gavin Griffin, Bernard Lee, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Nenad Medic, Cyndy Violette, and Vivek Rajkumar.

Some professionals were able to set themselves up for a deep run in the 2009 main event with a strong performance on day 2B. They included Phil Ivey (325,000), J.C. Tran (254,600), Kenny Tran (249,000), Kevin Saul (246,000), Josh Arieh (225,000), Jeff Shulman (220,000), Bertrand Grospellier (200,000), David Benyamine (199,000), and Justin Bonomo (190,000).

Amir Levahot ended the night on top with 610,500, but it is defending champion Peter Eastgate who gets credit for the day’s most impressive finish after managing to run his short stack (eight big blinds) all the way into six-figure territory during the last level of play. Eastgate ended the night with 98,000 in chips.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts:

1. Amir Lehavot — 610,500
2. Troy Weber — 453,200
3. Dan Bilzerian — 439,500
4. Gabe Walls — 417,900
5. Franlin Grigsby — 369,000
6. John Hammer — 363,000
7. Phil Ivey — 325,000
8. Adam Latimer — 322,000
9. Andreas Altmeyer — 318,000
10. Mike Lesle — 305,000

Day 3 will begin on Friday, July 10, at noon PDT. The 2,044 players who remain will have tomorrow, Thursday, July 9, off to rest and relax. Tune back in on Friday to keep up with all of the action in our live coverage. Here is a look at the highlights from the action on day 2B, as featured in’s live updates:

Erick LindgrenLadies Aren’t Lucky for Lindgren

After a middle-position limper, Erick Lindgren raised to 2,500 from late position and was called by Craig Ivey in the big blind and the limper. The flop was 9Club Suit 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit, and Ivey led out for 6,000. The limper folded, and Lindgren moved the rest of his chips in, totaling 17,500.

Ivey made the call and showed JDiamond Suit JClub Suit, and Lindgren showed QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit. The turn was the 7Club Suit, but the river was the JHeart Suit, giving Ivey his two-outer and sending Lindgren home early on day 2B.

Wahlbeck Doubles Again, This Time With The Best Hand

Ville Wahlbeck got his second double-up in the last hour, but this time he didn’t need to draw out on the river. Wahlbeck raised from the cutoff and was three-bet by the big blind. Wahlbeck put in another raise, and the blind made the call.

The flop came 8Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit, and Wahlbeck moved all in after a check from the small blind. The small blind called and showed QClub Suit QDiamond Suit, but Wahlbeck had KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit. The turn and river were safe for Wahlbeck, and he now has just over 90,000 in chips.

Bryan MiconRoller-Coaster Beginning for Micon

Bryan Micon called a 1,700 bet preflop and saw a flop heads-up against his opponent. The flop was JHeart Suit 3Heart Suit 4Heart Suit, and both players checked. The turn was the 7Spade Suit, and after his opponent checked, Micon bet 2,200, which was called. The river was the JDiamond Suit, and Micon bet 2,625 after his opponent checked again. Micon’s bet was called, he showed ASpade Suit JClub Suit, and his opponent mucked.

A few hands later, Micon lost a little of that back when he held AHeart Suit AClub Suit and got it all in preflop against a shorter stack’s KClub Suit KSpade Suit. A king fell on the flop to dent Micon’s stack. He is still sitting on 42,000.

Phil IveyIvey Makes a Big Bet, Gets a Set to Fold

On the turn, Phil Ivey called 15,000 with the board reading JSpade Suit 9Heart Suit 4Heart Suit 7Club Suit. The 8Spade Suit fell on the river, and Ivey’s opponent checked.

With four cards to a straight already on the board, Ivey bet 45,000 and sent his opponent into the tank. After thinking for a while, Ivey’s opponent decided to lay down 9Club Suit 9Diamond Suit face up on the table. Ivey did not show his hand, but increased his stack to 148,000.

Gavin Griffin EliminatedGavin Griffin

Gavin Griffin got it all in preflop for 12,000 and was called in one spot.

Griffin: KClub Suit JSpade Suit
Opponent: AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit 2Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 5Spade Suit

Griffin was dominated with a weaker king and the board failed to improve his hand. Gavin Griffin was eliminated from the main event.

Marlon Wayans Eliminated; Gets One-Outed

Marlon Wayans gets it all in before the flop and is called in one spot. Wayans has pocket kings, his opponent has pocket queens. The flop comes rags with two hearts. The turn is the AHeart Suit, and because Wayans holds the KHeart Suit, he only has one card to fade to double up and stay alive. The river is the QSpade Suit, and unbelievably, his opponent gets there. Marlon Wayans is eliminated from the main event.

Peter EastgateEastgate Makes A Strong Late-Night Run

Peter Eastgate was down to just eight big blinds at one point this level, and now sits in six-figure territory thanks to a late-night fun for the defending champion.

Peter Eastgate gets it all in with 6Club Suit 5Club Suiton a board of 10Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit 6Heart Suit and is called by JSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit. The 6Spade Suit hits the river, and Eastgate doubles up here with a full house.

A few hands later and Eastgate covers an all-in player with ASpade Suit KHeart Suit against his opponent’s KSpade Suit QSpade Suit. The board comes AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit, giving Eastgate top pair on the flop and a flush on the turn.

Eastgate is up now to 100,000 in chips after this late-night run.