WSOP Day 44: Phil Ivey Leads Main Event

Phil Ivey WSOP 2014

None other than Phil Ivey leads the field going into Day 3. (Tom Donaghue/AP)

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event saw its field thin further on Wednesday, all as part of the plan to bring all of the remaining players together today. The separated starting fields will be no more, and one united group of players will begin the playdown toward the money and the November Nine.

As mentioned yesterday, the WSOP Player of the Year race is on, but nothing will change until the money bubble bursts and players start exiting the field or moving forward with deep runs. As it stands, Brandon Shack-Harris leads with 752 points and George Danzer is in second with 745.20 points, but both have been eliminated from the Main Event.

Then there is John Hennigan. He is currently third on the POY list with 557.88 points but going strong in the Main Event, sitting 20th in chips going into Day 3. Fourth place Daniel Negreanu has 519.08 points and is going to work on Day 3 with a very short stack. None of the other top 10 POY contenders are still in the Main Event.

However, any of the players on the list can go to the WSOP Asia-Pacific series in October to accumulate more points.

As for the points available in the Main Event, no multipliers or extra points apply, so they are playing for these straight points:

  • 1st place: 500
  • 2nd place: 350
  • 3rd place: 250
  • 4th place: 220
  • 5th place: 190
  • 6th place: 165
  • 7th place: 140
  • 8th place: 120
  • 9th place: 100
  • Top 20 percent of field: 75
  • Next 30 percent of field: 50
  • Bottom 50 percent of payouts: 25

Today is about survival for the players. Tomorrow, the money will come into play. Stay tuned for the results.

Event 65: $10K NLHE World Championship Main Event (Day 2C of 8)

Days ago, the 2014 WSOP Main Event gathered players from around the world for three starting days in the largest tournament in the world, and it produced these final numbers:

  • Entries: 6,683
  • Prize pool: $62,820,200
  • Place paid: 693
  • First place prize: $10,000,000

Day 2C brought back the players from the third starting day of the tournament, Day 1C. There were 2,571 of them with chips at the start of 2C, but more than half of them lost chips and exited the field throughout the day on Wednesday.

Quite a few big names departed, including Gus Hansen and JC Tran. Former Main Event champions like Phil Hellmuth, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, and Berry Johnston also took leave of this year’s Main Event. Others to hit the rail included Jennifer Harman, Shawn Buchanan, Lee Childs, Josh Arieh, Matt Salsberg, and Daniel Colman.

When play stopped, there were 1,047 players headed off to Day 3. They will join the 817 remaining players from Day 2A/B for the first time and play down toward the money. Of the Day 2C players remaining, these were the top five:

  • 1. Phil Ivey (505,000)
  • 2. Raul Mestre (477,900)
  • 3. Morgan Popham (407,600)
  • 4. Peter Neff (389,200)
  • 5. Isaac Baron (387,200)

The updated and official chip counts from Day 2A/B were released as well, and that created this top ten list going into Day 3:

  • 1. Phil Ivey (505,000)
  • 2. Timothy Snasifer (481,500)
  • 3. Raul Mestre (477,900)
  • 4. Thomas Cannuli (407,800)
  • 5. Morgan Popham (407,600)
  • 6. Tony Ruberto (402,700
  • 7. Joe Kuether (401,200)
  • 8. Peter Neff (389,200)
  • 9. Isaac Baron (387,200)
  • 10. Steve Tripp (380,400)

On Tap for July 10

The WSOP Main Event will unite all players for the first time. They will play down toward the money but likely not reach that point until tomorrow.

Jennifer Newell
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Jennifer Newell
Jennifer Newell has been writing about the poker industry for nearly eight years. She became interested in writing about the game and its players while working in the accounting department at the World Poker Tour in Los Angeles. Since then, she quit the office job, became a freelance writer, and moved to Las Vegas. She is also working on several crime novels, enjoys cooking, and talks way too much about her two dogs.

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