The WPT Championship Day 2 is done with a new man leading the tournament; the runner-up on 2009 EPT Highroller Event Jean-Noel Thorel. Other top survivors joining the Frenchman in the leaderboard were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis, Dan Heimiller and Justin "robert07" Young with great day behind them.
Top 10 after day 2:
1 Jean Noel Thorel 743,500 in chips
2 Bertrand Grospellier 678,300
3 Steve Billirakis 672,400
4 Dan Heimiller 655,700
5 Justin Young 621,800
6 Fred Berger 598,500
7 Jimmy Fricke 583,800
8 Steve Sung 529,300
9 Joseph Parker 505,500
Level 10: 1,000-2,000 ante 300
Average stack size: 200,595
Players Remaining after Day 2: 162 of 337
Justin Young, the runner-up in the WPT Five Diamond at Bellagio this December, took the chip lead in level 7 after winning a huge pot against Amnon Filippi, also interestingly on final table at WPT Five Diamond. Young held his lead with a straight against Filippi's lower straight as he did the chip lead for most of the day. Filippi eliminated Phil Hellmuth on Monday in 15 minutes after Hellmuth showed up late.
Widely known poker names still playing in the event: Phil Ivey, David Benyamine, Erica Schoenberg, Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, Mark Seif, Jennifer Harman, Annie Duke, Howard Lederer, Daniel Negreanu, Steve Zolotow, Shaun Deeb and Mike Matusow.
The full list of survivors on WPT live updates. Day 3 action begins on Tuesday, 21 April at 12.00 Pacific Time.
Tuan Le; eliminated by Joseph Parker
Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy; eliminated by J.C. Tran
Vanessa Rousso; eliminated by Mike Matusow
Erik Seidel; eliminated by Phil Ivey
Barry Greenstein; eliminated by Francois Safieddine
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