2010 WSOPE Main Event Day 2 - Viktor Blom Leads and Ivey Looms
Day 2 of the WSOP Europe Main Event saw 195 players return to try and work their way through the field and take their shot at both the money and the championship bracelet.
James Mitchell started the day as chip leader, but by the end of the day, it was an internet sensation that would lead the event.
Today was moving day as we lost half of the field in the event. Chris Bjorin was among the early casualties, after being knocked out by JC Tran. Faraz Jaka was crippled when John Eames' A-K outflopped his pocket nines. Jaka was knocked out the next hand. Chris Ferguson ran A-10 into pocket aces and failed to pull out a miracle.
All eyes on this day were on two players. Phil Ivey was near the top of the leaderboard early on when he went on a heater and moved up to over 317,000 in chip, nearly 100,000 chip than the next closest player, who happened just to be Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. Blom eliminated Jason Gray after a set-over-set confrontation to move up to 220,000 in chips.
The tide would turn into Blom's favor later as Ivey was not able to significantly grow his stack and Blom moved up to 350,000 in chips. He knocked out Charles Chua when his pocket sevens spiked a seven on the turn against Chua's pocket aces.
We will definitely have a new champion in this event as defending champion Barry Shulman was eliminated on Day 2. He was under 25k in chips when he shoved with Ad-5d. Guy Groelik held pocket eights and made the call. Shulman picked up a flush draw on the turn, but the river fell the Kc to eliminate Shulman.
Another big story in this year's WSOP-E Main Event is Daniel Negreanu's quest to make his third straight WSOP-E Main Event final table. Last year, Negreanu finished runner-up to Barry Shulman and at the end of Day 2, Negreanu sits with 142,800 in chips.
Viktor Blom finished the day as the chip leader with 443,200. Phil Ivey finished 6th in chips with 289,300 and Nicolas Levi 8th with 272,300, Other players still in contention include Dan Shak, David Baker, Barry Greenstein, Hoyt Corkins, Huck Seed, Eli Elezra and Freddy Deeb. Matt Stout also made Day 3 of the event, but is one of the shorter stack and needs to make a move early to have any shot at cashing.
69 players are left in this event with only 36 players making the money. Players will return Sunday to play down to the final 27. Stay tuned to pokerjunkie.com as we bring you recaps from the remainder of the 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event.