Several new gaming sites launched on Wednesday. Day 1 survivors return to the Rio for Day 2a and 2b of the Main Event including 94 year-old William Wachter. Freeman talks gaming on Ralston. And more.

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Event #68: WSOP Main Event Day 2a and 2b: Updates

Day 2a and 2b began simultaneously with over 1,600 players taking their seats at the Rio. By the end of the night just 650 players remained, including Brian Hastings, Mike Matusow, Jonathan Duhamel, Jake Cody, and George Danzer.

The remaining players will have another day off on Thursday as they wait to see who will move on to Day 3 on Friday from the Day 2c field.

Over 2,700 survivors from Day 1c will be back in action today for Day 2c of the 2015 WSOP Main Event on Thursday, including Kevin Mathers, who will handle the “Shuffle Up and Deal” responsibilities.

Starting Today:

The Main Event! Day 2c.

WSOP Quick Hitters

How much benefit does a big stack on Day 1 of a major tournament have? More than you think according to PTP’s Alex Weldon who crunched the numbers for us. Check out his analysis here.

Meet 94 year-old poker player William Wachter.

Non-WSOP Quick Hitters

Yahoo launched a Daily Fantasy Sports website yesterday; a move that even garnered some mainstream media attention, but has caused the DFS industry’s collective head to explode as the NYT and others keep referring to the burgeoning industry as “gambling.”

New Facebook poker game HDPoker also launched on Wednesday. Check it out here.

AGA President Geoff Freeman talks all things gaming on Ralston Reports. Among his comments Freeman fired some warning shots at anyone considering federal prohibitions.

Full Tilt raising rake in order to implement new programs and features geared toward recreational players… And cue the outrage machine in 3… 2… 1…