by Joseph Smith Sr.
Players that survived Day 1A and Day 1B representing approximately half the remaining field came together on Tuesday for Day 2A/B. At the stroke of noon the cards flew and the second day of play began for the 1933 players returning from their Day 1 with chips.
The schedule format remains the same with players sitting through 5 two hour levels with a twenty minute break after each level and a ninety minute dinner break after three levels have been completed. Players from Day 1A played in one of the WSOP poker rooms while players from Day 1B played in separate rooms. The entire field will not be united as one until Day 3.
Chip leaders from this first of two Day 2s are approaching the half million mark. Atop the chip leader board is Tim Stansifer whom enjoyed a late rush to push his stacks to 481,500. He is closely followed by Tom Cannuli with 407,800, Tony Roberto at 402,700, Joe Ruberto with 402,700 and Zhen Cai holding 367,900 in play money rounds out the top five.
Some of the notables sent to the rail on Day 2A/B includes Josh Arieh, Mike Sexton, Tuan Le, Dennis Phillips, Lauren Kling, Vanessa Selbst, Annette Obrestad and David Slansky. Television star Ray Romano was hanging on to 15,100 in chips for a return to Day 3.
Wednesday will see the players that escaped Day 1C with chips return to the Rio for Five levels of 2 hours each. In this group will ne poker royalty including Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey. Ivey is listed as second in chips with 187,025 while the chip leader is Eric Tracy holding 206,175.