2010 WSOP Main Event Day 2b Recap - Selbst Soars as Assouline Takes Chip Lead
Day 2b of the 2010 WSOP Main Event kicked off Saturday with over 2,000 players looking to battle their way to Day 3 and take a step closer to the money.
The field was littered with big names looking to make a move.
Phil Ivey, Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunson, Hevad Khan, Shannon Elizabeth, Cyndy Violette, Darvin Moon, Bryan Micon, Matt Stout, Barbara Enright, Barry Greenstein, Humberto Brenes, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, J.J. Liu, Vanessa Selbst and Archie Karas were all among those in the field.
This was moving day for many players. They either moved up in chips, or they moved out the door.
Some of those that moved out of the door were both Todd and Doyle Brunson. Doyle hung around the longest of the two, but was never able to get anything going.
As is customary, he received a standing ovation when he was eliminated. Phil Ivey will not be making the November Nine for a second straight year as he was also eliminated in Day 2b action.
Prahlad Friedman was involved in controversy during Day 2b action. Friedman was facing a bet after the river that would put him at risk for his tournament life.
Eventually the clock was called and as the floor man reached one, Friedman apparently said "I call" but the floor man did not hear him and declared the hand dead when the time ran out.
Several railbirds heard him say that he called, but Friedman said nothing. Finally, several floor men discussed the situation and ruled that the hand was dead.
It looks as if Friedman might have been busted had the floor man ruled in favor Ted Bort, who was the opponent. As a result of the ruling, Friedman stayed alive and was able to survive to Day 3.
Several women made moves during Day 2b. Vanessa Rousso ended the day with 140,000 while J.J. Liu skyrocketed to 240,000 in chips.
The first woman to ever make a WSOP final table is also still in the event as Barbara Enright finished the day with 41,000 in chips. While that is below average, it only takes one big pot to put her solidly back in contention.
The lady with the biggest stack from the Day 2b crowd was Vanessa Selbst. She finished the day as the top lady at 265,000, which happened to be the 8th-largest stack for the end of Day 2b.
David Assouline finished the day as not just the Day 2b chip leader, but the overall chip leader going into Day 3 action. He finished with 387,800 in chips. Sasha Rosewood is also in the top ten of chips with 279,500. Archie Karas is not far behind the chip leaders as he enters Day 3 with 240,000.
Day 3 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event plays out on Monday as around 2,560 players return to continue their trek to the money. Stay tuned to pokerjunkie.com as we bring you recap from the remainder of the 2010 World Series of Poker.