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Ivey & DNegs Out but Dream Lives for Grinder, 2,176 in WSOP Main
Two of poker's biggest superstars won't be in the field when play resumes today in the WSOP Main Event but 2,176 hopefuls will, including Michael Mizrachi.
The day you bust the Main Event is the saddest day of the year for a poker player and that was the case for Ivey and Negreanu yesterday as they failed to spin up their short stacks over the course of Day 2C.
Ivey got it in with an open-ended straight flush draw but couldn't hit and Negreanu lost a flip with nines vs. AQ to put both poker heroes on the rail for the rest of the action.
2,176 players were saved that fate, however, and will return to play Day 3 today - the first day the entire field will be combined as one.
Leading the entire pack is Day 2A/B chip leader Valentin Vornicu but he's closely followed by Day 2C leader Gustavo Lopes, two-time $50k PPC champ Michael Mizrachi and a slew of hopefuls, new and old, as they begin the playdown to the money and beyond.
Hellmuth Moves On
Not all of poker's Big 3 said goodbye to the Main Event yesterday.
Phil Hellmuth, who came into the day with the biggest stack of the three, milked his short stack expertly to survive the day and move on with 82,300.
Mizrachi, meanwhile, also did what he does best - build a big stack. Mizrachi surged over the last two levels with some big pots and finished the day with 545,400 to put himself in the Top 10 overall.
A former November Niner as well Mizrachi knows what it takes to survive the Main Event marathon and could be a threat to repeat his final-table appearance.
Other notables to run up a stack on Day 2C included Ole Schemion (438,400), Liv Boeree (365,000), Tony Dunst (388,500) and Kristen Bicknell (381,500).
Former Survivor contestants Garrett Adelstein (425,100) and Anna Khait (159,800) also, err, survived.
The combined-field Top 10 heading into Day 3 today:
1. Valentin Vornicu (838,600)
2. Gustavo Lopez (630,700)
3. Raffaele Castro (587,000)
4. Jamie Shaevel (586,000)
5. Alvaro Lopez (573,000)
6. Rafael Moraes (571,900)
7. Albert Daher (570,200)
8. Ramin Hajiyev (558,000)
9. Michael Mizrachi (549,400)
10. Chad Power (546,800)
Check WSOP.com for the full counts and follow the live updates starting at 12 noon. Follow PokerListings' live On Demand coverage right here and submit your request for updates on anyone right here in the comments or on Twitter.
With 1,011 players paid this year they'll likely hit the money early on Day 4 tomorrow.