Twelve hours ago, 162 players returned for Day 2 of Event No. 46, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event in an attempt to crack the top 48 and earn themselves a payday. By the end of the night, what started as a 474-player field had been reduced to just 22 players. Leading the way is none other than Mike Sowers, who bagged up 1,468,000 in chips.
Close on his heels are a number of recognizable pros in Chris Moorman (1,458,000), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (1,409,000), David Benefield (622,000), Lee Markholt (368,000), and Ben Lamb (501,000).
With a stacked field advancing to Day 3, it is easy to overlook those who fell in their wake. Ali Eslami, Huck Seed, Andy Frankenberger, Jonathan Duhamel, David “Bakes” Baker, Alan Sternberg, James Akenhead, Dwyte Pilgrim, McLean Karr, and David “Devilfish” Ulliott were all Day 2 eliminations; in fact, they were all among the 114 players who fell short of the money.
While many pros failed to gain momentum on Day 2, others managed to make their way past the money bubble. Some of the players who cashed were Tom Marchese (47th- $19,159), Davidi Kitai (45th- $19,159), Daniel Alaei (43rd- $19,159), Isaac Baron (39th- $21,787), Dmitry Gromov (34th- $24,773), Jason Koon (29th- $29,228), Phil “Unabomber” Laak (28th- $29,228), and Joe Cada (26th- $29,228).
Headed into Day 3, there are two major storylines to keep an eye on. First and foremost, Lamb is fresh off a victory in Event #42 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship where he captured his first WSOP gold bracelet and the accompanying $814,436 first-place prize. Combine that with his second-place finish in Event #31 Pot-Limit Omaha, for which he earned $259,918, and he currently current sits atop the WSOP Player-of-the-Year Race. Not including this event, Lamb has 486.25 points, which is more than 60 points ahead of his nearest competitor.
Like Lamb, Grospellier is seeking his second bracelet of the summer after emerging victorious in Event #21 Seven Card Stud Championship to win the $331,639 prize. Grospellier currently sits in 18th on the POY Leaderboard with 299.25 points, a total he is guaranteed to add to no matter where he finishes in this event. Capturing two bracelets in the same year is rare, let alone in two Championship Events. Both Lamb and Grospellier have the opportunity to accomplish that here in Event #46. If either is able to do so, it’ll no doubt go a long way in helping them compete for the coveted POY title.
Play resumes at 2:30 P.M. PST as the remaining players battle their way to the final table and the $1.15 million first-place prize. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be in full force to bring you all of the action, chip counts, and eliminations from the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Championship, so join us then!