2016 WSOP Main Event Day 2a/b: Eric Afriat Bags a Big Stack Again

Eric Afriat

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) resumed on July 12 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with Day 2a/b of the $10,000 Main Event.

Eric Afriat Continues to Lead Canadian Contingent

The survivors of the first two starting flights filled the tables at the Rio on Tuesday in poker’s most important tournament of the year. The day began with 1,847 players and play kicked off at 11 a.m. and continued for five two-hour levels before play paused for the night. At that time, just 760 players still had chips to bag for Day 3 on Thursday.

Counting out the largest stack of them all was Californian Valentin Vornicu with 838,600 chips. Only 10 players finished the day with more than half a million, and Canadian Eric Afriat was the 10th-place stack with 501,000.

The second-best Canadian stack was that of Guillaume Nolet with 452,200, followed by Marc-Andre Ladouceur (410,500), Timothy Vukson (403,400), and Owen Crowe (385,000).

The rest of the Canadian contingent was made up of Scott Montgomery (316,300), Ronald Giles (305,200), Matt Jarvis (290,100), Joseph Gallo (283,700), Robert Anderson (249,000), Justin Oliver (202,300), Nikolaos Alafogiannis (199,900), Michael Niwinski (163,900), John Wakileh (158,600), Ryan MacKinnon (140,500), Daniel Cheater (128,000), Shayne Khanna (125,600), Curtis Heron (125,100), Buck Ramsay (117,700), Curt Walter (110,200), Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (104,800), Philipp Schnetzer (98,500), Jason Mann (94,700), Michael Goodman (94,000), Lucas Greenwood (93,400), Michael Carter (85,200), Min Huang (77,300), Henry Strasser (64,100), Darlene Lee (60,000), Clinton Cockburn (50,800), Ronnie Khanna (47,400), and Eric Levesque (40,000).

The top 1,011 players will earn a payout, so there is still a fair bit of play before players are in the money. With a prize pool of more than $63 million, first place will earn an even $8 million this year! All nine players at the final table are guaranteed at least $1 million.

What to Watch For Tomorrow

Wednesday’s Day 2c will see players from Day 1c returning in this prestigious $10,000 tournament. Action will get started at 11 a.m. and will continue through five two-hour levels before those remaining will bag chips for Day 3 on Thursday when the whole field combines for the first time.

Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow for an update on the WSOP Main Event. Good luck to the Canadians in the field!

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.

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