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Day 2 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Kicks off at the Rio

8/7/2009
The World Series of Poker main event survived four dramatic Day 1s that had seen another grand entrance by Phil Hellmuth and plenty of disgruntled players who’d been shut out of the tournament after Day 1D sold out.

Still, with the entrant total rallying after some sluggish early days, the final total hit a respectable 6,494 players but only 648 will walk away with their share of the $61 million prize pool. The lucky winner will go home with $8,548,435.

1,476 players returned to the fold for Day 2a, with 630 making it through some 12 hours later to reach Day 3 of the tournament. Eric Cloutier ended the day as chip leader on a stack of 384,000, an ironic position given that he’d mistakenly been given the chip leader position at the end of Day 1. A massive miscount in his chips that day saw his total recorded go from 150,000 to 15,000, but Cloutier made sure with a storming run. Other players building healthy leads included Greg ‘FBT’ Mueller, who’s having a stormer of a WSOP, and Andy Black, a final tabler here in 2005. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a number of well-known pros won't be returning for Day 3. Some of the bustouts included Gavin Smith, Amarillo Slim Preston, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Sandra Naujoks, Tony G, and Barry Greenstein.

END OF DAY 2a - TOP CHIP COUNTS

1. Eric Cloutier - 384,000
2. Ed Perry - 370,000
3. Brandon Demes - 369,800
4. Jamie Brown - 360,000
5. Kyle Wilson - 335,000
6. Samer Rahman - 314,000
7. Greg 'FBT' Mueller - 311,000
8. Andrew Gaw - 305,000
9. Mike Bisutti - 290,000
10. Rick Darabino - 290,000
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