WSOP Main Event Day 2A/B: Justin Shelton Flying High

Posted at 06:35 2012-07-12 by Barry Gallagher

Today at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event was Day 2A and B. The survivors from each of the first two Day 1’s played in the same building for the first time but played in different rooms. Day 2A players played in the Amazon Room and Day 2B players played in the Brasilia and Pavilion Rooms. A total of 2,044 players filed into the Rio with their dream still alive by the end of the day only 842 remained.

At least 12 players hailing from either Australia or New Zealand began the day with the goal of accumulating a big stack during the five levels of designated play. Thank you to our forum users for pointing out that some Aussies are listed as Austrians it is something we will try to keep an eye on. By the end of the action only 6 were still standing. New Zealander Justin Shelton was the best placed from the local cohort as he finished up ranked 76th with a very healthy 223,500 chips. Shelton claimed his first live cash at this year at the WSOP as he added $4,043 to his bankroll by coming 187th in Event 9.

Jackie Glazier is probably the most in form Australian poker player there is at the moment and she fought through a frustrating day to finish with 150,000 chips good enough for 204th place. Glazier tweeted at one point, “Wanna punch someone! Any volunteers????” but she will be content to make it to Day 3 with a decent stack.

The others marching on were Melbourne’s John Apostolidiswho had 156,500 to his name. All Black Phillip Willcocks managed to add 15,000 chips to his stack as he finished up with 97,700 and he definitely has the class to go deep in this tournament on the basis of past performance. The WSOP had previously called Joesph Caruso an Austrian but the Canberra man is firmly on our radar now and he made it to Day 3 with 93,900. Finally, Jason Pritchard is also still alive with 63,600 chips to fight with going forward.

The likes of Mike Sexton, Eric Seidel, Jeffery Lisandro and Mike Matusow all had the ugliest word in poker beside their name after today’s play: BUSTED. Grant Levy was the highest ranked Aussie from the Day 1B starting flight but he won’t be adding his poker earnings at this event as he too hit the rail. Joining him were locals Didier Guerin, Tom Rafferty, Dominik Leitner, John Corr and Kent Hunter.

Some of the big names to build a big stack today include Shaun Deeb (460,900), Vanessa Selbst (350,400), Daniel Negreanu (277,200) and no fewer than five former WSOP ME Champions also survived the day: Pius Heinz, Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang, Robert Varkonyi and Dan Harrington. Next up is Day 2C and there is a strong Australian and New Zealand group hoping to extend their summer in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for continuing coverage on the tournament.

WSOP Main Event Day 2A and B Top 10:

1Gaelle Baumann505,800
2Mark Demirdjian499,900
3Shaun Deeb460,900
4Kevin Davis394,800
5Jan Kasten391,800
6Taylor Paur391,600
7Matt Woodward381,000
8Jacob Schindler371,600
9Julio De La Roas350,700
10Vanessa Selbst350,400

Australia and New Zealand WSOP Main Event Day 2A and B Survivors:

Justin Shelton76223,500
John Apostolidis188156,500
Jackie Glazier204150,000
Philip Willcocks40297,700
Joseph Caruso41993,900
Jason Pritchard58763,300
Didier GuerinBusted 
Tom RaffertyBusted 
Dominik LeitnerBusted 
Grant LevyBusted 
John CorrButed 
Kent HunterBusted 

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