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2008 WSOP Day 41: Day 2b out of the gates
Yes, 2,378 players took to the felt at the Rio in Las Vegas today to play Day 2a of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, but after a few hours of play that number has already shrunk quite a bit.
Some of the pros who make up the throwaway pile of players already today include Victor Ramdin, Chip Jett, Chris Moneymaker, Bertrand Grospellier, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Evelyn Ng, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Jennifer Harman and more are still in.
Mike Matusow, who has cashed in three events so far with one of those being a bracelet win and another a second final table, is still in it so far despite not having the luck go his way yet today.
He remains positive, however, as PokerListings reporters overheard him say, "My first plan was to draw a table full of donks and pick up all their chips. That plan went out of the window after like three minutes. Plan two was to get smacked in the face by the deck. That's working out pretty well. Plan three is to bust some of you nits on this table. I foresee great things here!"
There's plenty more from the floor of the Rio direct to your computer screen in the Main Event live updates.
Once play ends today, the remaining players will finally merge into one field to play Day 3 on Thursday. As always, PokerListings will be there every step of the way to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2008 WSOP on the Web.