On Wednesday, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event saw 2,571 players from Day 1c return to play Day 2c. When five two-hour levels had passed, Phil Ivey was sitting on top of the world with 505,000 chips, ahead of Tim Stansifer with 481,500 from Day 2a/b. The 10-time bracelet winner will head to Day 3 with the biggest stack.
Day 3 is the first day that combines all of the starting fields. When the remaining players take their seats on Thursday, there will be 1,864 vying for one of the 693 payout spots. Though, clearly, they all have dreams of that $10 million top prize and the special WSOP bracelet designed by Jason of Beverly Hills to mark the pinnacle of poker achievement.
The largest stack representing Canada from Day 2c was Steve Tripp with 380,400 chips, which was good for sixth place on the end-of-day leaderboard. Tripp has found some success at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), the European Poker Tour and UK and Ireland Poker Tour, the WSOP, as well as some local events in Ontario. His biggest cash came from a runner-up finish at a PCA side event worth $86,820 in 2012. He has never cashed the WSOP Main Event, or any event with this expensive of a buy-in, but he’s on course to do so this year.
These are the top 10 Canadian stacks from Day 2c:
Besides Tripp up top, keep your eyes on Griffin Benger who already has four WSOP cashes this summer. He also consistently dominates online games under the name “Flush_Entity” and has been ranked #1 online player in the world several times, the most recently being just this past May. The former professional Counter-Strike player has over $5 million in online poker tournament cashes and over $1.2 million in live tournaments.
Lucas Greenwood joins his twin brother Sam Greenwood for Day 3 who also was in the top 10 of Canadian stacks from Day 2a/b. The third Greenwood brother, Max, wasn’t able to make it out of Day 1.
Some of the other notable Canadians who bagged chips at the end of play on Day 2c include Greg Mueller (109,200), Elliot Smith (105,100), Owen Crowe (87,000), Guillaume Rivet (83,700), Paul Klann (41,000), Daniel Negreanu (38,900), Timothy Adams (22,500), and Gavin Smith (19,000), though some of the latter players will need some help soon with the average stack sitting at 107,559 for the start of Day 3 and blinds going to 800/1,600 with a 200 ante.
All of the following players complete the Canadian contingent coming out of Day 2c:
|Samrane Siharath||Stephen Katz||Anh Van Nguyen||Jeffrey Rothney||Mark Hughes|
|Michael Smith||Tony Hoang||Yuri Siniak||Josh Mammon||Emmanuel Desmarais|
|Derek Lerner||Bradley Tuck||Robin Bergren||Jean-Nicolas Fortin||Kimberly Lim|
|Kyle Johnson||Dong Guo||Philip Couture||Carmelo Menechella||Chantal Mackenzie|
|Thomas Popov||Frankie Sicoli||Omar Tabbara||Perry Rouzes||David Barter|
|Eric Vallee||Spiro Mikrogianakis||Devin Robinson||Joel Bullock||Neal Thornton|
|George Phipps||Michelle Doiron||Malachy Hagan||Brian Wilson||Yong Lu|
|Aaron Duczak||Ping Lin||Alexander Wong||David Baba||Christopher Annouza|
|Scott Hendrickson||Allon Allison||Brant Taylor||Alexandre Lavigne||Ross Webb|
Some of the less fortunate Canadians that we had high hopes for include Matt Salsberg, Jonathan Roy, Matthew Lapossie, Erik Cajelais, Matt Marafioti, Shawn Buchanan, and Dan Idema. They all busted from the Main Event during Day 2c.
A total of 63 Canadians survived Day 2c. When added to the 39 from Day 2a/b, 102 players will be representing our nation at the start of Day 3 on Thursday.
To stay on top of the action, follow the PokerNews live reporting blog and you will be kept up to date as the play unfolds. Then check back in here for our recap of the day’s action with a focus on the Canadian contingent.