Thanks to a late-night charge on Day 2, local Shawn Silber begins the day second in chips. He gathered those chips in large part by eliminating some tough players like Pakinai Lisawad, Levon Khachatryan and David Johnson.
Today will mark Silber's largest career cash, with his previous best being a 217th-place finish in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000. You read that right, the 2004 WSOP. That means Silber has been playing for at least the better part of a decade. Toss in a fifth-place finish in the 2007/2008 WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Las Vegas Event #10 $550 Pot-Limit Omaha for $3,667, and Silber has the experience to come out of relative obscurity to win the WSOP gold bracelet.