Day 2abc of the WSOP Main Event filled the seats at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas as the Main Event once again grabbed the headlines. Anthony Marsico led the field at the close of play as three more events took place in No Limit Hold’em and 8-Game Mix as a new WSOP bracelet winner was crowned. 

Kid Poker Builds, Poker Brat Crashes Out 

Day 2abc of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event took place on Sunday as 3,143 players came back to battle for bracelet glory... or at the very least, the money places in the World Championship. In 2023, 10,043 players entered the freezeout event which everyone wants to win, setting a new record. 206 new entries on Day 2abc meant that the current number of entries is just 550 short of the record at 9,493 with one more day to enter on - tomorrow's Day 2d. 

Anthony Marciso (797,000) bagged the biggest stack, leading from Christopher Vincent (772,000) and Manuel Machado (680,500), with strong showings from stars such as Diogo Veiga (540,000), John Hennigan (470,000), Bin Weng (350,500), and Arden Cho (328,000).

The European Poker Tour creator John Duthie took a massive jump up the leaderboard late as he busted friend and fellow Brit James Dempsey, a flush draw no good for 'Flushy' when Duthie's two-pair held from turn shove to river payoff. But while Duthie was among many legends to make the grade, others fell on Day 2abc.

The former world champions Phil Hellmuth, Qui Nguyen, Jamie Gold and Chris Moneymaker all busted, while other former Main Event winners survived, as Hossein Ensan (353,000), Koray Aldemir (242,000) and Scott Blumstein (236,000) all made it to Day 3. So too did Daniel 'Kid Poker' Negreanu, who started short but ended in the table draw, bagging up 95,000 at the close of play.

WSOP Event #81: $10,000 Main Event Day 2abc Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Anthony Marsico United States 797,000
2nd Christopher Vincent United States 772,000
3rd Manuel Machado United States 680,500
4th Jangkyu Lee  South Korea  665,500
5th Karo Nuri Switzerland 646,500
6th Diogo Veiga Portugal 615,500
7th Damarjai Davenport United States 615,000
8th Valentin Oberhauser France 613,500
9th Assaf Zeharia Israel 601,000
10th Mehrdad Vahabi United States 595,000

Indian Player Aditya Agarwal Strikes Gold for First Time

Indian poker pro Aditya Agarwal took down Event #82 to win his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet. Heading into the final table seventh of 10 players, Agarwal rose at the right moment to complete a superb win and bank the $189,661 top prize. The final table began with drama as Nick Kocman had barely taken his seat before he was leaving it in 10th place for $12,639. 

Eliminations for Lucas Reiger, Robert Macri and Tengqi Zhan followed before Frank Lagodich busted in sixth place. Soon after, Alexander Holtz was dominated to defeat by Agarwal. Suhail Khan lost in fourth place before Jesse Wigan moved all-in with ace-ten, only to see the runaway leader Agarwal win with pocket nines.

Heads-up, a huge 8:1 advantage gave Agarwal an easy task and when his eight-six won in the final hand against Augusto Hagen's ten-eight, it almost seemed fitting, a board of A-T-4-5-7 giving the Indian player an incredible runner-runner straight for victory and a top prize worth $189,661. 

WSOP Event #82: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Aditya Agarwal India $189,661
2nd Augusto Hagen Argentina $126,424
3rd Jesse Wigan  United Kingdom $90,584
4th Suhail Khan United States $65,731
5th Alexander Holtz   United States $48,313
6th Frank Lagodich United States $35,975
7th Tengqi Zhan  China $27,143
8th Robert Macri  United States $20,754
9th Lucas Reiger  United States $16,085
10th Nick Kocman United States $12,639

Scott Seiver Makes Another Day 2 in Pursuit of Fourth 2024 Bracelet

Scott Seiver is threatening to break a 51-year record, as he bids to become the only player in WSOP history to win four bracelet events in the same series. Reaching Day 2 in fine fettle on 253,700 chips, Seiver is a little way back from the chip leader Marco Johnson (325,300) but Seiver will point to recent experience that marks him out as the dangerman and a potential lock for Poker Hall of Fame entry in 2025 when he'll have turned 40. 

Other names to survive Event #83, the $1,500-entry 8-Game Mixed Event, include Swedish superstar Viktor Blom (296,600), Jared Bleznick (168,300), 2024 Poker Hall of Fame nominee ‘Miami’ John Cernuto (145,200) and Dylan Weisman (118,300), with busted players Barny Boatman, Brandon Shack-Harris, David Williams, Matt Glantz, Barry Shulman and Chino Rheem missing out this time. 

With a total of 494 entries, just 103 made Day 2. Can Scott Seiver win his fourth WSOP bracelet this summer? Everyone will be watching a decisive Day 2 tomorrow. 

WSOP Event #83: $1,500 8-Game Mixed Day 1 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1st Marco Johnson United States 325,300
2nd Viktor Blom Sweden 296,600
3rd Paul Clotar  United States 293,200
4th Joshua Musson United Kingdom 260,000
5th Scott Seiver United States 253,700
6th Qiang Xu China 251,800
7th Robert Oconnell United States 235,600
8th Antonios Onoufriou Cyprus 231,100
9th Calen McNeil Canada 221,000
10th Kyle Loman United States 215,400

Bell Tolls on Day 1 of Ultra Stack

The $600-entry Event #84, otherwise known as the NLHE Ultra Stack event, saw 284 players survive from 1,500 entries as American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth was eliminated, and British heavyweight boxing champion Audley Harrison made the final bell. It was Michael Bell, however, who made the most chips on Day 1, building his stack to an impressive 2,635,000 chips that led all rivals by the close of play. 

Also making the cut for Day 2 were Lee Clark (1,620,000), Yijie Zhang (1,590,000), Bhavin Khatri (1,555,000), and Felix Weis (1,485,000) who completed the top five some way short of the leader while the aforementioned former Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison totalled 595,000 after a superb day of swapping the canvas for the felt. Others to survive to Day 2 included well-known poker names Steve Wilkie (1,340,000), Yucel Eminoglu (755,000), Kenny Hallaert (665,000), Daniel Smiljkovic (595,000), and Mike Leah (220,000). 

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