Randy Haddox had the chip lead at the Day 2c dinner break with 399,000, and he's managed to increase his stack since then.
In his most recent hand, Haddox raised from middle position to 2,500, and the cutoff called.
The flop came A♥ J♣ 2♦, Haddox bet 3,600, and his opponent raised to 11,200, leaving only 21,000 behind.
Haddox paused before moving all in, and his opponent quickly folded. Haddox took the pot to increase his stack to about 450,000.
Doyle Brunson Hanging Tough on Day 2
Doyle Brunson wasn't planning to play the WSOP Main Event, as he has been playing a lighter tournament schedule in recent years. He says he prefers the cash games when he plays.
Perhaps it was because so many people on Twitter were begging him to play, or perhaps he simply had a change of heart, but Brunson entered the Main Event and still has chips after the dinner break here on Day 2c.
The two-time WSOP Main Event champion (1976-1977) hasn't cashed in the big one since 2004. It was a memorable elimination that was shown on ESPN -- but the unfortunate situation that caused his exit was never shown on TV.
The Real Story of How Doyle Brunson Busted From the 2004 WSOP Main Event
That was the first year after Chris Moneymaker won, and the poker boom was still growing. There were 2,576 players in the Main Event that year, and it was the first year that they had two different starting days.
Brunson navigated the field like the pro that he is, and made it to the final six tables. Brunson had already been on TV, so even casual poker players were familiar with him as the Godfather of Poker, and everyone was aware of his presence in the room.
"I don't care how many hands you've played online, kid. I grew up playing poker with guns on the table."
Brunson was short-stacked with 53 players left, and moved all in from late position. He said, "All in," but didn't put any chips forward. The dealer repeated the "All in," and it was locked in.
Bradley Berman, son of Brunson's friend Lyle Berman, was in the small blind on the other side of the table, and had been talking to somebody when Brunson moved all in. Berman scanned the table, saw no bets in front of him, and said, "Raise."
At that point, the dealer said, "We have an all in and a raise." Berman's eyes got wide as he said, "What?"
Matt Savage, who was WSOP Tournament Director at the time, was called over, and ruled that since the dealer repeated Brunson's all in, Berman's verbal raise was binding. Berman protested to no avail.
The big blind folded, and Brunson turned over 10-10. Berman turned over ace-rag (something like A-7), and even though Brunson was a big favorite to double up, he said that he'd rather not have the hand play out, win or lose.
It was at this point that the ESPN cameras came over to the table to record the all-in situation. And if you remember that episode, you'll recall that Berman paired his ace to win the pot and eliminate Doyle Brunson in 53rd place.
As Brunson got up to leave the room, everyone in the room -- players, fans, and media -- stopped what they were doing and gave Brunson a standing ovation out of respect. It was by far the biggest field in poker tournament history to that point, and Brunson had made a deep run.
In the years following, the WSOP staff have announced Brunson's elimination from the Main Event, inducing a round of applause. But it always feels a little hollow, and Brunson seems uncomfortable to have his exit announced if he hasn't even made the money.
But in 2004, Doyle Brunson was eliminated in a hand that wouldn't have played out if the WSOP had been using an "All In" button.
Ben Lamb would like to finish a little bit better than he did in last year's Main Event.
A Lesser Year For Lamb
Ben Lamb tore through several fields during last year's WSOP.
In 2011, Lamb won his first WSOP bracelet and made four final tables, including the November 9. He finished 3rd in that small, unknown event and won $4,021,138 for his finish. That year, Lamb got the chiplead early on and held on to it for a while.
Lamb's impressive run last year made him the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, but his run good seems to have run out this year. Lamb has yet to cash this WSOP and now he's short stacked in the Main Event.
Two players called from early position and Lamb checked from the big blind. The flop came 6♠ A♠ 3♥ and Lamb called a 1,500 bet while the other player folded.
The turn was a 10♦ and lamb called a 3,500 bet. The 2♠ came on the river and both players checked. Lamb showed 10♥ 5♥ and his opponent mucked.
Despite winning that pot, Lamb has about 34,000, far less than the average stack.
Updated Chip Counts
Here is an updated look at the top of the leaderboard, with blinds still at 500-1,000 and a 100 ante. (Courtesy of WSOP.com.)
1. Randy Haddox - 452,000 (452 bb)
2. Ziv Bachar - 359,000 (359 bb)
3. Luke Brereton - 345,000 (345 bb)
4. Jeremy Allen - 336,000 (336 bb)
5. Jesse Sylvia - 295,000 (295 bb)
6. Justin Ouimette - 292,000 (292 bb)
7. Paul McTaggart - 284,000 (284 bb)
8. Erik Hellman - 277,200 (277.2 bb)
9. Mark Vanderloo - 273,000 (273 bb)
10. Marco Bognanni - 269,000 (269 bb)