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WSOP -- Day 2 of the $50,000 Players Championship

Only 54 Players Remain, 16 Will Get Paid

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Kirk MorrisonYou can’t win a five-day tournament on day 2, but you sure can lose. The finish line was nowhere in sight for the competitors in the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship, but many were guilty of playing themselves right out of the tournament despite the relatively deep stacks in front of them.

Day 1 saw slow, methodical and patient play which resulted in only six casualties, but many returned on day 2 with the itch to gamble. After another full day of play, a total of 56 players were eliminated, leaving just 54 to battle it out.

Notables who hit the rail included Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Carlos Mortensen, Jason Mercier, Patrik Antonius, Freddy Deeb, Mike Matusow, Hoyt Corkins, David Benyamine, Phil Galfond, Greg Raymer and Phil Hellmuth, just to name a few.

Of the 116 players who entered, only one was female. Jennifer Harman came into the day with a decent stack, but failed to get anything going before busting in an Omaha eight-or-better hand. Harman held a set of queens, but Cole South sent her from the Amazon room with the wheel, scooping both the high and the low.

Andy BlochThe room grew quiet as the night wore on, but a sudden outburst from Robert Williamson III woke everyone up. Williamson found himself in a preflop raising war with Andy Bloch in a hand of pot-limit Omaha and both players turned over aces.

It’s those other two cards that provided the drama, however, as Bloch went on to make a club flush to cripple Williamson to just a few chips. He was eliminated shortly afterwards and Bloch ended the day with 716,500, good for second place and just behind Kirk Morrision and his 741,000.

Other notables with big stacks entering day 3 include Mikael Thuritz, Robert Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, Daniel Alaei, Erik Sagstrom, Brett Richey and Alexander Kostritsyn.

Play will resume at 3 p.m. on Sunday and Card Player will continue to bring you updates live from the tournament floor.

Here’s a look at the chip counts.

1 Kirk Morrison 741000
2 Andy Bloch 716500
3 Mikael Thuritz 697500
4 Nick Schulman 683000
5 Erik Sagstrom 656000
6 Robert Mizrachi 625500
7 Daniel Alaei 605500
8 Brett Richey 578000
9 Alexander Kostritsyn 525000
10 Ilya Bulychev 490500
11 Vladimir Schmelev 451500
12 Noah Boeken 439000
13 Michael Mizrachi 439000
14 Scott Clements 438000
15 Chris Ferguson 430500
16 John Cernuto 430000
17 James Van Alstyne 422500
18 John Juanda 396000
19 David Oppenheim 395500
20 Steve Zolotow 395000
21 Cole South 394500
22 David Singer 369000
23 Matt Glantz 368500
24 Scott Seiver 365500
25 Doyle Brunson 350000
26 Abe Mosseri 345500
27 Phil Ivey 324500
28 Jeffrey Lisandro 314500
29 Joe Cassidy 311500
30 Josh Arieh 282000
31 Edwin Ting 267500
32 Lyle Berman 265000
33 Allen Bari 255500
34 Joseph Serock 250000
35 David Baker 226000
36 Tuan Le 187000
37 Erik Seidel 183000
38 Hasan Habib 179500
39 Josef Monro 168500
40 Eugene Katchalov 165500
41 David Steicke 154000
42 Tom Chambers 151500
43 Justin Bonomo 151000
44 Rafe Furst 147000
45 David Bach 122000
46 Justin Smith 101000
47 Mike Gorodinsky 90000
48 Steve Billirakis 78500
49 George Lind 68500
50 Scotty Nguyen 55500
51 Eli Elezra 44000
52 Sorel Mizzi 36000
53 Barry Greenstein 32600
54 Nikolay Evdakov 20000