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Ivey Surges in Mix-Max, Johansson Eyes €1k Bracelet
Another brilliant day of poker has wrapped at the WSOPE in Enghien-les-Bains with Henrik Johansson and Phil Ivey taking the spotlight as the tables went quiet for the night.
Johansson, a fairly unheralded grinder from Sweden, was anything but today is he racked up the big stack heading into the final table of Event 2, €1,100 NLHE Re-Entry.
Ivey, meanwhile, lead a parade of big names that included Phil Hellmuth, Scott Clements and November Niners Marc-Etienne McLaughlin and David Benefield into Day 2 of the marquee €5,300 Mix Max event.
Johansson Controls 25% of Chips In Event #2
Day 2 in Event 2 started with 85 players and 8.5 levels later was reduced to just nine.
Swede Henrik Johansson will go in tomorrow as undisputed chip leader with 587,500 and over a quarter of the chips in play.
Johansson's stack got some extra padding when he eliminated Marco Conti in tenth place to set the final nine.
Joining Johansson are a relatively unknown but deciedly determined group all looking for their first bracelet. The full final table line up:
- Seat 1: Daniel Laidlaw - 357,000
- Seat 2: Daniel Weinman - 408,000
- Seat 3: Serge Ekert - 28,500
- Seat 4: Jose Obadia - 119,000
- Seat 5: Henrik Johansson - 587,000
- Seat 6: Jean Philipe Tuffery - 142,000
- Seat 7: Andrei Konopelko - 101,000
- Seat 8: Yaniv Jacque Botbol - 85,000
- Seat 9: Adriano Torregrossa - 155,500
Play restarts at noon CET tomorrow with cards-up live streaming on a 30-minute delay starting shortly after. Watch all of the action live plus get hand-for-hand recaps right here on PokerListings.com.
O'Donnell Leads but Ivey, Hellmuth On Hunt
The first "big-name" event of the 2013 WSOPE kicked off today in the Casino Barriere with 135 players taking aim at the prestigious €5,300 Mix Max bracelet.
Registration is open right up until the start of Day 2 so that number could increase but no one is likely to take any of the focus off Phil Ivey tomorrow.
Ivey, who still sends a buzz through a poker room whenever he appears, did exactly that when he took a seat early in the day.
He didn't disappoint, either, socializing with fans and playing plenty of hands before bagging up a solid 51,300 chip stack.
The end-of-day chip leader is Matt O'Donnell with 73,425 but he'll have to contend with multiple bracelet winners among the 67 players bearing down tomorrow. Scott Clements, Jason Duval, James Dempsey and Phil Hellmuth are just a few of them.
Six-handed play starts at 1:00pm and play will go down to the Final 16. The Final 16 will play four-handed on Day 3 and the final four will battle it out heads up.
The top 10 in chips entering Day 2:
- Matthew O'Donnell 73,425
- Ville Mattila 70,120
- Scott Clements 68,625
- Jason Duval 68,525
- James Dempsey 65,175
- Chris Klodnicki 64,175
- Tuan Le 61,100
- David Dayan 59,025
- Jonathan Little 58,500
- Phil Hellmuth 55,950