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Karamalikis, Rheem Lead Big Field on Day 3 of WSOPE
Day 1b of the 2013 WSOPE Event 2 didn’t disappoint with nearly 400 entries including big names Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and Max Steinberg returning to fire a second bullet.
There were a total of 398 entries today, which bumped the overall field up to 659 players. The €1,100 re-entry event is now the second biggest WSOPE tournament ever.
The prizepool hit €632,640 with €129,700 dedicated to first place.
Both Ivey and Hellmuth had pretty uneventful days with Ivey getting unlucky and busting with AQ to AJ in the second hand he played while Hellmuth made it past dinner but then was eliminated by Richard Yong.
888poker’s Steinberg was eliminated in the first couple levels and will have to wait another day to take a shot at his second WSOP bracelet.
German Kilian Kramer Finishes with Chip Lead
While the biggest names faltered there were a couple big names from Down Under who built massive stacks.
Aussie Jonathan Karamalikis, known by the informal nickname xMONSTERxDONGx, finished with 81,300 chips while New Zealand’s Daniel Laidlaw finished with 59,400.
Former November Niner Chino Rheem also did well, finishing with 62,600.
It was particularly impressive considering Rheem was seated at a dangerous table with Matt Ashton and Scott Clements for much of the day.
The overnight chip lead, however, went to German Kilian Kramer who picked up 102,400 chips.
Perhaps the only thing missing on Day 1b was Daniel Negreanu who relayed via Twitter that he was skipping the event to concentrate on tomorrow’s tournament and to “…do that Eiffel Tower and Louvre thing.”
Action in Event 2 resumes at noon tomorrow but tomorrow also marks the start of an entirely new event. The €5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max starts at 3 p.m.
Follow our exclusive 2013 WSOPE homepage for coverage; check our Day 3 video with Ladies Event champion Jackie Glazier below.