Day 2C of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event placed the field one day away from being together as one. The massive restart of 3,480 players reduced to 1,655 by the end of the day with many eliminations taking place on PokerGO.

Past Main Event champion Phil Hellmuth joined the feature table and fired the action up on his way toward a Day 3 appearance. Relive all the Day 2C action here:

Hellmuth found himself in hot water early in the day but climbed out of the hole near the end of the night. Near the end of Level 9, Hellmuth faced pressure but called correctly to send his chip stack in the right direction for Day 3.

The 14-time bracelet winner starts Day 3 play with 162,700 chips and a chance to cash in the Main Event for the first time since 2015.

Hellmuth made it through but there were quite a few who were not as fortunate. Adrian Mateos, Joseph Cheong, Dominik Nitsche, David Williams, and Mark Newhouse all have to wait until 2019 to rebuild their Main Event hopes.

On the other end of the spectrum, Phil Ivey (434,200) ended the day 11th among players who moved on from Day 1C. Ivey is joined by Chino Rheem (390,800). Patrik Antonius (296,600), Cliff Josephy (285,400), and Steffen Sontheimer (246,600) in the Day 3 battlefield.

Listen to the Poker Central Podcast from Day 2C to hear an exclusive interview with Antonius as he plays in his first Main Event in six years.

Catch up on all major photos from the day by looking through the lens of Drew Amato.

The Main Event runs it back to PokerGO on July 7 for Day 3 coverage starting at 12:00 am ET. The money bubble is on the cusp with 2,786 players returning from the second-largest starting gate ever of 7,874. A total of 1,182 will make the money. 

The Top 10 chip counts on Day 2C are as follows.

2018 WSOP Main Event Day 2C Top 10 Chip Counts

Name Country Chip Count
1 Ignacio Sanchez United States 627,200
2 Eric Sfez France 551,900
3 Matthew Klapstein Canada 531,700
4 Victor Choupeaux France 521,600
5 Collen Yamagishi Canada 504,300
6 Farhad Jamasi United States 503,400
7 Randy Eklund United States 492,000
8 Nils Tolpingrud Mexico 475,400
9 Cory Albertson France 471,500
10 Louis Boutin Canada 434,600

Day 3 coverage starts at 6:00 pm on ESPN2 before moving to PokerGO at 8:30 pm ET on Saturday night for late night coverage of Day 3. A full schedule of the PokerGO Main Event schedule can be found here. Find all World Series of Poker final tables from 2018 by subscribing to PokerGO today.

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