3,252 players filled the halls of the Rio yesterday as Day 2C of the Main Event got underway. After bouncing around the top five stacks of the afternoon, Brazilian Gustavo Lopes, who has yet to cash at the World Series of Poker and is relatively unknown, leads the day’s standings with 630,700 chips.
Raffaele Castro from Italy sits in second place with 587,000 chips—he finished in 8th place earlier in the Series in Event 63, cashing for $36,406.
Rafael Moraes, also from Brazil, sits close behind Castro with 571,900 chips. Moraes had been steadily building his stack up over the course of the day. To date he has 4 WSOP cashes on his CV and finished 18th place in this year’s Monster Stack.
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi also took the slow and steady approach as over the course of the day he built his stack up from 128,800 to 545,400—making him a formidable opponent going into Day 3.
PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is sitting in the middle in 37th place with 315,000 and will go on to play in Day 3.
Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Reiss and Joe McKeehen all survived Day 2C and are seeking another Main Event title—an achievement that has not been seen since Stu Ungar won his third Main Event title in 1997.
Unfortunately there are always going to be those who don’t make it through— Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Fedor Holz being three of the most high profile players to bust yesterday. Although considering Holz has amassed over $10 million in prize winnings over the 7 weeks of summer I don’t feel too bad for the guy.
Event #69: $1000 +111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em
Elsewhere at the Rio, The Little One for One Drop continues with Jerry Dababneh finishing as the unofficial chip leader of Day 1B.
Notable players advancing to Day 2 are; Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos, Dzmitry Urbanovich of GPL Moscow Wolverine fame, the bracelet hunter Jason Mercier and everyone’s favorite Chris Ferguson— yes, that Chris Ferguson. 2014 Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson will also be returning.