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2011 WSOP Main Event Day 2b - Antonius, Gold, and Racener Among Big Names Strong in Chips

13 July 2011, By: compncards
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Ben Lamb 2011 WSOP 430x241

Day 2b of the 2011 WSOP Main Event is currently in its sixth hour and it looks like Ben Lamb is keeping his pace ahead of the rest of the field.

At present, he is sitting around 284k, which is good for 2nd. Kevin Saul is the chip leader at the moment with 324,000.

There are several big names right now over 100k. They are as follows:

Patrik Antonius 220k

Ashley Mason 195k

Claudia Crawford 175k

Sam Simon 170k

Justin Bonomo 165k

David Chiu 147k

Jeff Madsen 143k

Dan Kelly 135k

Victor Ramdin 130k

Jamie Gold 130k

Phil Laak 126k

Robert Varkonyi 118k

Todd Brunson 115k

David Williams 115k

John Racener 108k

Matt Matros 106k

Ok, I know some of you will say "Robert Varkonyi is a big name?"

Well, he is a WSOP Main Event Champion, so for the sake of this event he qualifies as a big name.

I am going to assume Ashley Mason is a woman.  I have her and Claudia Crawford on my list of big names as I'm doing my best to follow the top females in the event this year due to my prediction.

I'm also torn whether Jamie Gold doing well in this event would be a good thing or a bad thing for poker.

He isn't exactly the hottest commodity in the history of the Main Event. Granted, another strong run in the Main Event may benefit charity as he has done a lot in connection with several charities since winning the Main Event.

I also wonder if Jeff Madsen has any legitimate shot in this thing.

Anyone that follows @AsianSpa knows that Madsen has lifetime "Bad Juju" and Spa is laying it on thick tonight:

AsianSpa Truth Speaker RT @JeffMadsenobv 125k yo *** #BadJuJu is still on like donkey kong Mr. Piss Ant, keep building the stack for someone worthy of cashing ***

Part of me is rooting for fellow Limit Hold'em lover Matt Matros and Phil Laak would also make for great television.

Of course, if Todd Brunson made the November Nine, he would be in the shadow of Doyle.

Tomorrow is an off day for the WSOP. The remaining players from today will come back on Thursday to create Day 3.

Day 3 will also be the first time you will be able to watch the Main Event "semi-live" on ESPN 3 and ESPN2.

Stay tuned folks. Things should now start getting interesting.

For daily recaps of all the action at the 2011 World Series of Poker, check our WSOP news section.

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  • Joaquim 27/06/2012 10:25pm (6 years ago)

    Its a tough one. Anyone could have a queen or the nut flush. Ivey got lucky. Scared them. But I guess Ivey figured if I am going to win this pot I have to bet it and it wkeord for him.