When all was said and doneTM, a total of 116 entered 2010 WSOP Event #2 ($50k Player’s Championship). Given that the lowest +/- total we heard from any pro for the event was 120, the field size was smaller than many anticipated…yet…still much larger than last year’s 98.
First place will bank $1,559,046, while second almost clears a milli at $963,375.
Leading the way after Day 1 was last year’s $50k third place finisher, Erik Sagstrom, with 329,100. He’s followed by David Oppenheim (313,800) and Doyle Brunson (269,200).
To kick off the event, Doyle gave a touching tribute to his old friend and winner of the first WSOP $50k event, Chip Reese (view a rough clip of the speech here).
Other notable big stacks include but are certainly not limited to Justin Bonomo (257,300), Barry Greenstein (240,100), Michael Mizrachi (230,100), Dario Minieri (222,600), David Benyamine (221,300), and Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond (211,100).
The holy triumvirate of Phil Hellmuth (153,900), Daniel Negreanu (148,100), and Phil Ivey (146,700) are all near their starting stacks.
A total of 105 still remain. Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Mike Matusow are among the departed.