WSOP Hit and Run: Valentin Vornicu Crushes 2AB, Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson Out
Valentin Vornicu pulls well away from the pack on Main Event Day 2AB. Both Black Friday villains are busto. 1C was the biggest single day in Main Event history. And more.
No more bracelets will be going out until Saturday, when the final event of the series, the Little One for One Drop, will reach its conclusion. Naturally, the Main Event bracelet will still be left after that, but we won’t find out who gets that one until November.
– Day 2AB of the Main Event ran yesterday and finished with Valentin Vornicu sitting on a massive chip lead; he has 838,600 while no other player has over 600,000. He’s the only big name in the Top 10, but a little further down the list are Tom Middleton (471,600), Maria Ho (435,000), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (410,500) and Alexander Kostritsyn (388,900). Notable eliminations included Max Pescatori, Daniel Idema, Neil Blumenfield, Faraz Jaka and Justin Schwartz. Those carrying a grudge from Black Friday will be happy to know that both Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson were likewise sent to the rail yesterday.
– Event #69: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop got underway. An Israeli player by the name of Yaron Zeev Malki is the 1A chip leader, but the more recognizable name is 2nd place Barry Hutter. As promised, Jason Mercier entered multiple times and played ultra-aggressively in an attempt to chip up; for Mercier, the prize money and buy-ins are almost irrelevant, as it’s his last chance to win a bracelet, which would be worth at least $2 million in side bets for him. He reports that he fired four bullets but failed to bag and will try again today. Another notable elimination was myself, unfortunately, but I too will fire again today.
What to watch for today
Main Event 2C is running today, and is likely to be the more interesting of the two, as the majority of big names seem to have entered on 1C. It got underway only two hours ago and already a great many poker celebrities have fallen: Dan Smith, John Juanda, Vanessa Rousso, Dan Mizrachi, Andre Akkari, Jason Mo, Max Steinberg, Allen Cunninghan, Shane Schleger and Tyler Kenney. Current chip leader is Adam Krach, who has only one previous WSOP cash to his name.
It may also be worth keeping an eye on 1B of the Little One for One Drop, as some of the above-mentioned players busting early from 2C of the Main may decide to jump in, just hopefully not on my table.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
The only thing starting up tomorrow will be 1C of the Little One for One Drop, the last starting flight of the entire series. It will likely be the biggest of the three, drawing both re-entries from previous flights and bust-outs from both Day 2’s of the Main.
Meanwhile, the Main Event will go into Day 3. It’s an important day, as the bubble will burst on Day 4, so Day 3 chip leaders will be in good shape to bully others, while short stacks will likely be forced to play survival poker on Day 4.
WSOP News & Notes
– Former PokerNews editor Chad Holloway decided to play tournament pro for a summer and put together a large package of events during the WSOP. He discovered just how hard a lifestyle it is and only ended up playing about half of the buy-ins he’d intended, an experience he described to his former colleague Mo Nuwwarah in an interview.
– Day 1C of the Main Event wasn’t just huge, it was the biggest of all-time. The event itself is only the fifth largest of all time, but it is the biggest in five years, and the bulk of players entered on the final day.
– Jen Newell at PokerUpdate took a look at what Trump and Clinton would each mean for online poker, should they be elected.
– PartTimePoker’s newest writer, V. Stephens, is quickly becoming established as our resident eSports expert. Stephens’s latest piece is the third instalment in a series about an ongoing string of scandals in the “skin betting” world.