Well folks, it’s that time of the night where we wrap things up – and what a sensational day it has been!
Day 2 of the $2,500 10-Game Mixed Event saw 162 players return to the felt here at the Amazon Room, with plenty of action right from the word go. Event #16 champion John Juanda was unable to consolidate on his recent form and was amongst the early eliminations, along Event #4 winner Allen Bari. Two past WSOP Main Event champions also departed in the form of Greg Raymer (2004) and Joe Hachem (2005).
Other big names to have departed today include 2010 Player’s Championship winner and November Niner Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Jeff Madsen and Mike Matusow. And although he started the day with the overall chip lead, “Miami” John Cernuto only just managed to squeak into the money, along with Cyndy Violette, Marco Traniello, Lyle Berman and Freddy Deeb.
Now, only 19 players remain, and the man that’s at the top of the pops is Shaun Deeb with 321,700 in chips. Deeb's already earned over $570,000 in tournament earnings, but will be looking for his first WSOP bracelet. He’s followed by Brian Haveson who's second overall with 288,000, while David Whitis (258,700), Travis Pearson (258,100) and Jason Stern (220,000) round off the top five. Still, with the way that the chips have flown back and forth across the felt today, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will take it down!
Play will resume at 4pm PST tomorrow (GMT -7) and PokerNews will be ringside to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage. Until then, it's buenos noches from the Rio!