Day 1B attracts strong field of 2,114 players
LAS VEGAS -- There's a lot of optimism around the WSOP with the announcement that a field of 2,114 players entered Day 1B of the 2012 WSOP main event. The two-day total of 3,160 players is a strong start and with satellite rooms packed for the past 24 hours and more events scheduled until early Monday morning, it is possible that last year's field of 6,865 is attainable. The main event turnout always represents the health of the industry and by having a field of more than 6,000 players, it's a great sign for those that have concerns about the game. Even if the total turnout falls short of '11, there will be a positive story to tell from Las Vegas.
Two players who are no longer on their way to a second taste of main event glory are Greg Raymer and Carlos Mortensen. With a rail three deep surrounding his table, Raymer moved all-in with A-K and failed to out-draw his opponent's Q-Q. He signed a fossil, took a few photos and was out the door after another bracelet-less WSOP. Carlos Mortensen didn't stay around for autographs. Mortensen started strong, but ran his Q-Q into his opponent's K-K and headed out the door in a hurry. Huck Seed, Dan Harrington, Peter Eastgate and Jerry Yang are all still in action on Day 1B.
Jason Somerville, Maria Ho, Jake Cody, Eugene Katchalov and Darvin Moon have all amassed above-average stacks. Brian Rast lost his lead, but still sits comfortably after three levels of play. Dennis Phillips has a history of deep runs in the main event, but didn't make it to through three levels this year. Phillips was eliminated late in Level 3 and joined 2012 bracelet winners Carter Phillips and Adam Friedman, Scott Montgomery and Victor Ramdin on the rail.
Players are now on a 90-minute dinner break. When they return, they'll play two more levels before heading home for the night.