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).
|Nick Abou Risk||186,100|
|Priyan de Mel||71,100|
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.