Day 2a of the 2008 WSOP Main Event has come to an end. As not much information, in terms of chip stacks and eliminations, has been confirmed yet, I will try and stick to the facts of the day. What we do know is that 1,251 players started the day, and less than half of them survived. The dominant chipleader at the end of the day is Brian Schaedlich, holding almost a whooping 800K in chips. Just to give you an idea, second in chips is Hunter Frey holding 'only' 400K.
Also confirmed is the unfortunate fact that the newly crowned H.O.R.S.E World Champion and former Main Event winner Scotty Nguyen will not repeat his deep run from last year. Nguyen had moved all-in preflop for his last 4,000 chips with pocket 9's against Alexander Schwab holding . The flop looked promising for Nguyen, but unfortunately the appeared on the river, giving Schwab his flush and sending Nguyen to the rail.
Another former Main Event winner not to survive Day 2a was Robert Varkonyi, after his pocket 10's didn't hold up to his opponents AK. Paul Wasicka, Main Event 2006 runner up had to leave after he had pushed his shortstack all-in with K-5 and ran into A-10. Two Aces appeared on the board and Wasicka was eliminated. Erick Lindgren, leader in the run for Player of the Year, was not able to extend his lead after he ran his pocket J's into his opponent's pocket K's, and in the very next hand couldn't improve his AJ against his opponent's 77.
Nonetheless, there're still plenty of big names amongst the survivors of Day 2a. Robert MIzrachi is in good position with about 270K in chips, followed by Full Tilt team mate Mark Golser with 230K. Hoyt Corkins, Jon 'Pearljammer" and Erik Seidel are all hovering around the 100K mark, while Patrick Antonius, Vanessa Rousso and Bill Gazes ended the day in the lower regions of the leaderboard.*
*Official chip counts are not yet confirmed so figures might differ.