Pros, Amateurs Mix on Day 2 of 2010 WSOP

Kirk Morrison

The 2010 WSOP shifted into high gear on its second day with the first $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament and Day 2 of the $50k Player’s Championship.

The poker rooms at the Rio were filled with a unique mixture of elite poker players and relative amateurs.

With nearly 3,000 players all playing simultaneously the day was a good forecast of what's to come at the 2010 WSOP.

Here's a closer look at the tournaments that played out today:

Event 2 - $50,000 Player's Championship

Action picked up in a big way on Day 2 of the $50,000 Player's Championship.

Although only six players busted on Day 1, a total of 56 players were relieved of their $50k buy-in on Day 2.

It was hard to keep track of the big-name pros that busted as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Michael Binger, Isaac Haxton, Hoyt Corkins, Patrik Antonius, Carlos Mortensen, Ashton Griffin, Tony G and Mike Matusow were all eliminated.

On the other hand Kirk Morrison has come out of nowhere to wield an impressive stack of 760,000 chips.

Morrison went on a massive heater in 2007, placing second in the WPT Championship for $2 million and then cashing four times in that year's WSOP.

Since then Morrison has been non-existent on the tournament circuit and his appearance in this event was unheralded.

Morrison is joined at the top by Andy Bloch who finished with 716,000 chips and Nick Schulman who bagged 683,000.

Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Justin Bonomo, Cole South, David Bach and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson made it through the day as well.

Day 3 of the $50k Player's Championship begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST. Join us for ongoing live updates of this elite tournament.

Event 3 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

To say the first $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event was packed was an understatement.

A total of 2,601 clambered into the Rio in the first real test of the building's expanded poker facilities.

It passed with flying colors as it took only a few levels to fit ever player into the cavernous Pavilion Room.

The relatively shallow structure of the tournament helped cut the field down to size and by the end of the day over 2,300 players had been relegated to the rail.

Among the players to be eliminated were Shannon Elizabeth, Sam Stein, Joe Cada and Shannon Shorr.

Meanwhile Vanessa Rousso, Joe Sebok, Bryan Devonshire and Jonathan Little found themselves amongst the 290 players to secure a trip to Day 2.

Action resumes at noon PST time tomorrow with records on the line as organizers are expecting even more players. Tune in to PokerListings for all your live updating needs.

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