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WSOP Main Event Day 2a/b: Craig McCorkell Leads UK & Irish Pack

Craig McCorkell is hoping to repeat these scenes from earlier in the series

Day 2a and Day 2b have been completed and things are starting to get very serious in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. At the start of the day the 2,044 surviving players from Days 1a and 1b were combined, in two separate rooms, and Day 2a and 2b were played out. By the time the tournament director brought an end to proceedings just 842 players remained, amongst them more than 30 players from the UK & Ireland.

The best placed of our heroes was Craig McCorkell who ended his session by bagging up 230,100 chips. McCorkell (pictured) won his first WSOP bracelet in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout earlier in the series and has now given himself a legitimate shot at bagging another; though he will be more than aware that there is a long way to go before he came dream about snaring a second piece of poker jewellery.

Two more of our players finished their days with more than 200,000 chips, them being Peter Murphy with 228,900 and Fergal Nealon with 201,300. Gary Scott (195,600) almost cracked 200,000 chips whilst newly adopted Irishman Nick Abou Risk (yes we know he is actually Canadian but he lives in Ireland so we are claiming him) will begin Thursday's Day 3 with 186,100.

Other notable players include, but are not limited to, John O'Shea (149,700), former football star Teddy Sheringham (142,000), Main Event Travel sponsored Rhys Jones (137,400), Marc "dean23price" Wright (128,200), Liv Boeree (104,300), Barny Boatman (94,700), James Dempsey (66,700) and EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (50,100).

Craig McCorkell230,100
Peter Murphy228,900
Fergal Nealon201,300
Gary Scott195,600
Nick Abou Risk186,100
John O'Shea149,700
Nicholas Farnborough147,800
Teddy Sheringham142,000
Alin Rapoport140,500
Rhys Jones137,400
Mel Judah130,700
Marc Wright128,200
Jamie Sill122,100
Robert Fenner119,000
Liv Boeree104,300
Barny Boatman94,700
Neil Lusher93,600
Kevin Williams92,600
Pratik Ghatge91,900
Sebastian Gohr86,000
Adam Latimer85,900
Jonathan Crute81,500
Charles Beall81,200
Tristan McDonald78,000
Daniel Rudd76,800
Daniel Sauva74,800
Mohammed Sadiq73,200
Priyan de Mel71,100
David Jones66,800
James Dempsey66,700
Ben Roberts64,200
Niall Farrell63,400
Tomas Macnamara62,700
David Charalambous56,500
George McKeever55,000
Zimnan Ziyard50,100
Anthony Ramsden49,600
Sadan Turker47,800
John Shipley43,500
Dara Davey35,500
Louis Pito24,800
Cornelius Foley23,300
Najib Kamand18,500
Victoria Coren7,100

As mentioned these stars will be back in action on Thursday for Day 3 but before then there is the not-so-small matter of Day 2c that kicks off later today. We have scores of UK & Ireland players left in the field and although it is a pain to type them all into a HTML table I hope that most of my morning is spent doing just that because every UK and Irishman makes it through to Day 3 also!

You can follow all of the action from Day 2c here on the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages. Be sure to tune in this evening for the very best in live tournament coverage.

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