Lamb Leads, Antonius Lingers
Can Ben Lamb's epic run at the 2011 WSOP possibly get any better?
Lamb continued his blessed run on Day 2b of the 2011 WSOP Main Event, starting the day as chip leader and finishing the day as chip leader for the remaining field heading into Day 3 play.
Several internet superstars, however, including Kevin Saul, Ryan D'Angelo and Patrik Antonius lay in wait.
Year of the Lamb
Ben Lamb, after a summer that has already included one bracelet, three fianl tables and $1.3 million in earnings, started the day with 188,925 and the chip lead for Day 2b.
For the first few hours, he built his stack slowly but it wasn't until the final couple of levels that he started to contend for the overall lead again.
He first chipped up to about 365k when he knocked out an opponent with pocket sixes vs. A-Q. He later knocked out two opponents after filling up on the turn.
After those knockouts, he sat at 415k and from there he moved up over 135,000 to finish the day with the chip lead and 551,600.
Saul, D'Angelo Right on Lamb's Heels
Online poker icon Kevin "BeL0WaB0Ve" Saul is right behind Lamb.
He started the day at about 130k and quickly chipped up to 495,000. This was good enough to give him the chip lead for a while, but he took a couple of hits and Lamb jumped back in front.
A couple of key pots at the end of the day moved Saul over the 500k mark and he finished the day with 542,200.
Fellow online poker guru Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo also had a strong day in the Main Event.
After battling Jean-Robert Bellande for a good portion of the day, he finally found a few hands to grow his stack with.
The biggest was a three-way pot with an all-in player and Bellande with Angelo holding A-10.
At the river, the board was 10s-5c-4c-Kh-3d and Bellande showed pocket nines. The all-in player showed Jc-10c.
D'Angelo's ace played and he took down a massive 180k pot.
The strength of this pot allowed him to finish the day with 462,300, good enough for third place on the day.
Antonius Looms Large
Patrik Antonius was nearly overshadowed by Lamb, Saul and D'Angelo, but the all around poker legend lurks ominously behind all three and in position to make a big move on Day 3.
After starting the day around 89,000 in chips, he steadily grew that stack over the course of the day to finish in 7th place on the day with 361k.
2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong also had a solid day and finished with 229,100.
Other players doing well on Day 2b were Jeff Madsen, Paul Volpe, Justin Bonomo and David Oppenheim. They all finished with over 200k in chips.
Just 1,866 players now remain in the Main Event.
With Wednesday being a scheduled day off, players will return on Thursday and begin their journey towards the money bubble.
Only 693 players will receive a payday, so it may be Day 4 before the money bubble is burst.
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