WSOP: Lawrence Bayley Leads Main Event After Day 2AB

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Marvin Rettenmaier is one of the familiar faces moving on to Day 3 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event (WPT photo)

Tuesday at the 2017 World Series of Poker saw the 576 survivors from Day 1A and the 1,643 from Day 1B return for their own individual Day 2. After five levels of play, just 1,023 found themselves moving on to Day 3 on Thursday.

Lawrence Bayley, who began Day 2B second in chips, managed to continue building his stack and finished with 618,000, good enough for the biggest stack. Right behind him is Mickey Craft with 608,100. They were the only two players to finish with a stack of at least 600,000.

Some of the notables who are moving on to Day 3 include Thomas Muehloecker (410,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (359,100) Antoine Saout (341,400) Ankush Mandavia (331,700), Ben Lamb (327,800), Jonathan Little (297,300) Doug Polk (287,500), Matt Glantz (235,500) and former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen (220,600).

Steven van Zadelhoff, who has cashed in the Main Event twice in his career, is also moving on to Day 3.

Three of the players who were left a 2017 WSOP Main Event seat by their friend Tim O’Meara have also advanced to Day 3. Stephen Pavlickek leads the group with 161,700, John Nicol has 55,200 while Keren Jackson squeaked into Day 3 with 22,000.

Vivian Saliba, the lone female under the age of 26 to enter the Main Event this year, also managed to finish with chips. The Brazilian poker pro moved onto Day 3 with 172,800.

There will be a new World Champion this year as reigning champ Qui Nguyen was among the nearly 1,200 eliminations on Tuesday. Some of the other notables who saw their Main Event run on Day 2 A/B include Gaelle Baummann, Patrick Leonard, Ole Schemion, Christian Harder, Phil Laak, Brian Yoon and Jon Turner.

Wednesday’s action sees the 3,300 players who survived Day 1C return to the Rio to play their own Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts

  1. Lawrence Bayley – 618,000
  2. Mickey Craft – 608,100
  3. Richard Gryko – 564,800
  4. Scott Anderson – 560,000
  5. Sergio Castelluccio – 548,500
  6. Michael Sklenicka – 540,600
  7. Joseph Conor – 511,100
  8. Koen Breed – 480,800
  9. Grayson Ramage – 471,000
  10. Larry Smalley – 469,000