LAS VEGAS -- The world's top-ranked poker player will not be the 2012 WSOP main event champion.
Phil Ivey entered Day 2B with one of the shortest stacks among the 2,300-plus players in action on Wednesday and was eliminated during the first hour of play.
Ivey moved all-in with 2-2 and was called by Nick DiVella who held A-10. With all eyes focused on the board, the race ended in a hurry. The flop came A-10-8 and Ivey was already moving toward the exit. The turn 6 and river 8 completed the knockout and the cash game expert DiVella will forever have a story to tell about his 2012 WSOP main event.
It was an early main event exit for Ivey, but his 2012 WSOP featured five final tables and six cashes. He currently holds the lead in the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year race, but a few players can overtake him with deep main event runs.
Early Day 2 action has been filled with a constant filing of players out the Amazon, Pavilion and Brasilia Rooms. Scott Clements, Kirk Morrison, Peter Jetten, Matt Savage, Ted Forrest and Jennifer Tilly were among the early eliminations, and Sam Soverel emerged with the first 200,000-plus chip stack in today's field. Randy Haddox began Day 2B with the chip lead (188,275) and remains part of the top five after Level 6.
Doyle Brunson started with a quick upswing and is up to more than 100,000 in chips. The challenge for Brunson is endurance for the main event. He has publicly said that long tournaments take a lot out of him, but with a day off between his Day 1C efforts, he should be rested enough to be ready for a 10-hour day. Josh Arieh, Michael Mizrachi and Viktor Blom also have been able to chip up during the first two hours.
At the feature table area isn't main event action, but the final table of the 2012 WSOP Circuit National Championship. A total of 157 players participated in the event and Nikolas Stone leads the final seven that are currently in action. Amanda Musumeci was the first elimination of the final table and finished in eighth to earn $48,576. Huy Nguyen was basically following her out the door in seventh, but he rivered broadway with 10-10 against A-A to double up. He is now second in chips. Both Nguyen and David Baker are still alive in the main event as well.
Small blinds: The ESPN camera teams aren't filming in the field just yet, but they are practicing shooting side-table action on the tables not being used by the main event today. David Baker can become the first double-bracelet winner of the 2012 WSOP if he's able to win the national championship. Within moments of the cards being in the air on Day 2B, there was a hand that featured aces versus kings versus queens. The kings, owned by Osmin Dardon, won the pot with a flush. Day 2A's Poker Edge podcast featured actor Kevin Pollak, Eric Baldwin, Karina Jett and Bernard Lee. Here's Wednesday's SportsNation poker chat. The chat is held each day during the main event at 3 p.m. ET.