It’s the most exciting week of the year for poker fans. Thousands of players have put up $10,000 to play in the most prestigious tournament in the world with the dream of locking in a spot among the final nine who will return in November to play down to a World Champion. This year, each of the November Nine is guaranteed at least a million dollars. There is nothing else like it. It’s the World Series of Poker — it’s the “Big Dance.”
On Thursday, all of the players who still had chips at the end of Day 1c (2,765 people) returned for Day 2c. Another grueling day of stamina-testing play concluded after five more two-hour levels, and 1,142 players were still hanging around. They’ll return for Day 3 on Friday along with the Day 2a/b players for the first time the whole field comes together — a total of 1,796 players still in contention.
David Jackson was enjoying the chip lead as he bagged up 408,800 chips on Thursday night, though he’s still several positions behind some big stacks from Day 2a/b. He’ll start Day 3 as the fifth-best stack. With four WSOP cashes and seven WSOP Circuit cashes, including four final-table appearances, Jackson is familiar with running deep in these tournaments, though he’s yet to capture that elusive gold bracelet reserved for the winner.
The best Canadian stack coming out of Thursday’s play is another player who is familiar with deep runs. Vancouver, B.C.’s Matt Jarvis made the final table of the Main Event in 2010, earning over a million dollars, and followed that up by winning a bracelet in a $5,000 event the following year for more than $800,000. He finished the day with 304,400 chips, but will begin Day 3 surpassed by two other Canadians who bagged more on Day 2a/b. Joe Lu has 387,400 and Will Molson will return with 370,300.
These are all of the 57 Canadians who survived Day 2c:
|Matt Jarvis||304,400||Arman Soltani||273,900||Marc-Etienne McLaughlin||235,200||David Quang||222,300|
|Jean-Pascal Savard||208,100||David Ormsby||187,400||Armin Ojani||161,000||Ali Rabah||157,800|
|Jonas Mackoff||154,500||Vincent Jacques||145,500||Tyler Bonkowski||144,700||Adam Hui||144,200|
|Jeff Hakim||137,900||Kostantinos Segounis||134,300||Ricky Chow||132,200||Thomas Popov||132,000|
|Daniel Negreanu||123,600||Michael Tieu||122,900||Andre Barrett||121,200||Michael Forycki||119,500|
|Omri Moga||117,600||Gareth Struivig De Groot||116,300||Ren Heo Zhang||110,900||Thomas Taylor||104,900|
|Sam Chartier||96,400||Dustin Centanni||95,600||David Cowling||93,000||Sorel Mizzi||90,100|
|Matt Marafioti||87,000||Raphael Bernard||85,100||Miguel Proulx||70,500||Derek Gibb||68,800|
|Lonnie Hallett||65,800||Evan Jarvis||64,500||Peter Jetten||62,200||Hamza Firdawcy||62,000|
|Mike Watson||61,700||Eric Cloutier||56,900||Philip Couture||55,200||Cory Parent||54,700|
|Doug Lee||52,500||Ian Modder||51,200||Ryan Smith||50,900||Brant Taylor||44,900|
|Jean-Philippe Piquette||41,400||Adam Tuk||40,600||Tammy Wing||37,700||Louis Boutin||33,700|
|Joshua Platz||32,100||Scott Hill||29,400||Sonu Sharma||28,700||Richard Guttman||28,700|
|Christopher Lastiwka||27,400||Jody Howe||17,900||Steven Markin||16,100||Michael Noor||15,600|
Things start to get really exciting on Friday’s Day 3, as the money bubble is expected to burst sometime late in the day. There will be 1,000 players earning a payday in this tournament, with a min-cash worth $15,000.
Play resumes at noon on Friday with 1,796 players returning to the tables. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action with a focus on the Canadian contingent.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.