Nitsche Crushes, Negreanu Rebuilds on WSOPE Main Event Day 2

Dominik Nitsche
Dominik Nitsche

German tournament crusher Dominik Nitsche put his stamp on Day 2 of the WSOPE Main Event in a big way today.

Already a WPT champ and WSOP bracelet holder, Nitsche looked like a player with many more bracelets in store as he built up a towering 504,800-chip stack to grab the overnight chip lead.

He was the only player to pass the half-million mark and he'll lead the remaining 70 players into Day 3 and the play down to 16.

Meanwhile Daniel Negreanu, on life support to begin the day at just 15k in chips, built is stack up to a very playable 115,600 and still has a shot at the WSOP Player of the Year title.

Given current POY leader Matt Ashton's lead, though, he'll need to finish 7th or higher:

Lacay, Spindler, Soulier and Farber All in Top 10

Of the 375 players to buy-in to the 2013 WSOPE Main Event a real A-list of players made their way to Day 3 tomorrow.

Closely behind Nitsche in the counts in second is Winamax pro Ludovic Lacay, who narrowly missed a bracelet in Event #6 on Friday.

Also packing in the top 5 are fellow German young gun Benny Spindler and French vet Fabrice Soulier. As if that wasn't enough November Niner Jay Farber also moved his way up to seventh by day's end.

Phil Ivey
Not the WSOPE Ivey hoped for.

Lingering just outside the lead pack are any number of capable pros including Adrien Allain, Dario Sammartino, Scott Clements, Yann Dion, Jeremy Ausmus, Shannon Shorr and Jeremy Ausmus.

Two guys expected to make a move today who didn't? Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth, who both struggled to gain any momentum and departed over the course of the day.

The top 10 and counts to start Day 3:

  • 1. Dominik Nitsche 504,800
  • 2. Ludovic Lacay 406,200
  • 3. Benny Spindler 345,700
  • 4. Ariel Celestino 325,000
  • 5. Fabrice Soulier 319,000
  • 6. Guillaume Marrucho 301,800
  • 7. Jay Farber 293,700
  • 8. Adrien Allain 289,200
  • 9. Flavien Guenan 286,200
  • 10. Dario Sammartino 283,800

Check the full chip counts right here. Check our WSOPE Live Updates for a full recap of all the day's action and for ongoing coverage starting tomorrow at noon CET.

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