Highlights of the day's action at the WSOP Main Event.
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The last few hands of the day’s play at the WSOP Main Event saw a new chip leader emerge, as Tim Stansifer rapidly accumulated almost half a million chips.

Stansifer has no recorded live tournament winnings on the usual databases—the unknown again upsets the WSOP professionals.

Martin Jacobson was ahead for much of the day’s play. Jacobson already has a 7th place finish in this year’s Event #32: $10k No Limit Hold’em – Six Handed, and is number two on Sweden’s all time money list with $4.8 million in career earnings.

Chip leader until the last 30 minutes of play, Joe Kuether has five cashes in events during the 2014 WSOP, and live earnings of over $2m. He has been trying to do well in the Main Event for six years.

Repeat Victory Possible

Ryan Riess at the WSOP 2014 Main Event Antonio Esfandiari is up with the big stacks, as is Abe Mosseri. Former champion Chris Moneymaker has over 200k chips; 1996 champion Huck Seed has almost 100k and last year’s winner Ryan Riess has 85k.

The prospect of a back to back win for Reiss will start to excite everybody if he can make it through the next day’s play.

Poker prodigy Stu Unger, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Moss have all won the Main Event in back to back years, but no-one has achieved the unlikely feat since the the modern internet poker era attracted the large fields.

New Structure

Today’s play was limited to players who entered on starting Days 1a and 1b. Day 1a played in the Amazon Room while the surviving players from Day 1b played in the Brasilia and Pavilion rooms.

The roughly 700 who made it through the day now get a break while Day 1c’s remaining players play their Day 2. The fields will combine on Thursday when the money bubble should be reached.

Ivey Plays Next

Phil Ivey at the WSOP 2014 Main EventPhil Ivey was not playing on Tuesday—he will be in action on Wednesday, taking his nearly 200k stack to start the day’s play.

If he makes it through to Day 3, he will be pleased to find many of his potential competitors have already bust out.

The first Day 2’s casualties included number one and two on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard, George Danzer and Brandon Shack-Harris. 2012 champion Greg Merson also failed to make it to the end of the day.

Top ladies exit

282 of the 6,683 entries were women. As if the odds against a female champion weren’t enough, Vanessa Selbst’s departure today made a female victory a little less likely, as did that of Annette Obrestad.