WSOP Main Event: Amar Anand leads after Day 2, bubble bursts today

Amar Anand is in the enviable position of leading the Main Event charge to the money when play resumes today

The WSOP Main Event is a marathon, a slog for the thousands of people that pay their money and can’t see an end, except for the banners of past champions that surround them in the bowels of the Rio.

The next time they sit down there will be a clearer sense of what they have to achieve. Day 2C finished around an hour ago and that’s the last of the segregated days. When the 1,800 or so remaining players sit down again, they’ll be looking to make the min-cash of $15,000. 1,000 players will get a Main Event cash on their poker resume and we’re expecting the bubble to burst around levels 3 or 4 of Day 3.

The chip leaders all hail from the previous Day 2, with Amar Anand imperiously looking down on the rest of the field with 603,500. The UK’s Charles Chattha has 423,300, ahead of Day 2C’s leader David Jackson with 408,800.

Phil Ivey was eliminated on day 2C, but plenty of big names are bang in contention for a deep run. Scotty Nguyen hopes it won’t be all over for him with 181,200, Joe Hachem is praying for a one-time with 148,500, Phil Hellmuth (88,800), Daniel Negreanu (123,600) and JC Tran (113,700) are all back with playable stacks. And the self-professed ‘best player in the world’, 2013 champ Ryan Riess will be hoping to make history with a stack of 291,700.

Other notable big stacks include Louis Salter (344,400), Davidi Kitai (220,400), Brian Hastings (367,300), Jake Cody (340,100) and Fedor Holz (303,900).

Play starts again at noon today and by the end of the five two-hour levels we’ll have a much better idea of which players are going to make a serious run at the November Nine.

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