by Joseph Smith Sr.
Phil Ivey leads the pack with 505,500 in play money going into Day 3 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. With ten WSOP bracelets including one picked up earlier this year in WSOP Event #50 $1,500 Eight Game Mix, Ivey would pull within 2 bracelets of record holder Phil Hellmuth. He would also have a win in the world's most prestigious poker tournament, The WSOP Main Event, to bolster the claim of world's greatest poker player. Word around the Amazon Room at the Rio Resort is saying Ivey is now an even money bet to make the November Nine final table.
Following closely to Ivey is Raul Mestre with 477,900 and Michael Aron holding 468,000. Peter Neff has 389,200 and Isaac Baron completes the top five with 387,200.
Day 2C saw a number of former WSOP Main Event champions head for the exit including the Poker Brat himself, Phil Hellmuth. Other Main Event winners following Hellmuth to the parking lot included Berry Johnston, Joseph Hachem, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen and Joe Cadawho left when his pocket Kings were trumped by an opponent's pocket Aces.
More well known players to head for the door were Hendon mobster Victor Ramdin, JC Tran, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Marcel Luske and Paul Wasicka. There are a number of pros remaining in the hunt for WSOP gold. Mark Seif, Mickey Appleman, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu and Dewey Tomko return on Day 3 with chips along with close to fourteen hundred more players..
High Noon Thursday will mark the first time all of the 2014 WSOP Main Event players are in the same room without regard to their starting flight. Another five two hour levels will be played and logged into the big book of WSOP history. The money line is not expected to be crossed until Day 4 on Friday when the field is expected to hit the 693 players with chips, All of whom will receive prize money.