Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and the 2013 World Series of Poker for Day 2 of Event 23: $2,500 Seven Card Stud.
Yesterday saw 246 players take to the felt to play in the only Stud event of the series; and consequently the Stud Championship for the year. Previous winners such as John Monnette, Bertrand Grospellier and Freddie Ellis all took a seat, but unfortunately one notable Stud lover was missing following the recent passing of Jerry Buss. However the WSOP did a great job of honoring the man that has been a constant here at the WSOP for many years.
Once the action kicked off, multiple bracelet winners, online gurus and cash game specialists all battled hard until just 106 players were left to bag and tag for the night. Although leading the field for the majority of the day, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo bracelet winner Adam Friedman (48,300) would be pipped in the final few hands by Kenn Wittock (48,900) as he claimed the chip leader.
Michael Mizrachi (36,000), Dario Alioto (35,100) and Rex Clickscales (33,400) round out the top ten while the likes of Mike Leah, Owais Ahmed, Scott Clements, John Monnette and Daniel Negreanu all survived the day.
Play is set to commence at 2:00 p.m. local time with the players aiming to survive into the money-paying top 32 before mounting a charge at claiming the Event 23 bracelet and $145,520 first prize. Make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews and our Live Reporting Team as we provide continuous live updates of all the Day 2 action.