WSOP 2016: Valentin Vornicu Emerges as Chip Leader as Day 2A/B Of The Main Event Comes To A Close WSOP 2016: Valentin Vornicu Emerges as Chip Leader as Day 2A/B Of The Main Event Comes To A Close

Battling it out through the flight stage of the Main Event at the World Series of Poker is no an easy feat, and this year’s Day 2A/B field was no different as 1,847 players ground it out for over five two-hour levels before San Diego poker pro Valentin Vornicu could be called chip leader of the day.

Vornicu steadily added to his growing pile of chips throughout the day—having started the day with 100,800 chips and finishing with 838,600. What is it they say, that slow and steady always wins the race?

Vornicu has an impressive eight WSOP Circuit rings to his name, but as of yet no WSOP gold bracelet—although it looks like he is on the hunt to grow his jewelry collection.

Alvaro Lopez ended up in second place with 573,200 chips despite being chip leader on and off for large swathes of the day.

French pro Gaelle Baumann who has six WSOP cashes under her belt, including a 10th-place finish in the 2012 Main Event finished among the leaders of the day with 504,600 chips putting her in 9th place.

Vanessa Selbst ended the day on a down note as she lost more than half of her chips when she ran into the pocket kings of Jonas Lauch on the final hand. Lauch left Selbst with just 55,600 chips, while he grew his stack to 540,000.

Others still in contention include Maria Ho, Brandon Adams, Prahlad Friedman, Antonio Esfandiari, Jon Turner, Antoine Saout, Melanie Weisner, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Matt Glantz and Benny Glaser.

Elsewhere during Day 2, and being pretty sure Brandon Shack-Harris Polar Bear outfit was the best thing to be seen on the WSOP floor this Series, Kevmath spotted something rather special as the day progressed.


The Main Event continues on Wednesday with Day 2C and then the entire remaining field field will be combined for the first time on Thursday for Day 3.

Meanwhile, Event #69: $1000 +111 Little One for One Drop charity event is playing out. Yaron Zeev Malki bagged the chip lead for Day 1A, followed by Barry Hutter in second place.