Chris Moneymaker 2021

Chris Moneymaker and dozens of WSOP bracelets winners are still fighting in the ultimate prize in poker after the second Day 2 flight was completed yesterday.

We take a look at these stories and more in the Thursday WSOP Main Event update.

Chris Moneymaker threatening in the 2021 WSOP Main Event

Chris Moneymaker, a player who almost did not play the 2021 WSOP Main Event due to COVID concerns, is now among the chip leaders heading into Day 3. He finished Wednesday’s second flight with 531,600 in chips, which is good enough for 30th overall. Conrad De Armas has the chip lead from the combined player pool with 744,000 in chips.

He is also joined by notables such as Scott Davies, Matt Glantz, Nick Petrangelo, David Williams, and Qui Nguyen among the players in the top 50.

Moneymaker is perhaps the most famous WSOP Main Event winner of all time when he won the event in 2003, initiating a boom that is named after him. Moneymaker still has his work cut out for him with many accomplished players still in the mix, but with a healthy chip stack, Moneymaker is set up nicely to go deep.

A final number of the 2021 Main Event has been confirmed with the WSOP announcing the participation of 6,650 players, an impressive number given the pandemic and that many from other countries had difficulty getting to the event due to travel restrictions. The number doesn’t come close to the 8,773 record set in 2006, but still generates $62 million towards the prize pool including $8 million for first place.

The players from both Day 2 flights now combine into Day 3, which picks up at 11 AM with 2,362 players remaining. Here is a look at how the top 10 stands as well as some of the notables heading into action:

Day 2cef Leaderboard

Chip Position Player Chip Count
1 Conrad De Armas 744,000
2 Rameez Shahid 731,700
3 David Mock 679,700
4 Adam Walton 673,100
5 Keyu Qu 664,900
6 Damien Steel 649,000
7 Cameron Mitchell 642,000
8 Fahad Jamasi 635,000
9 Raul Martinez 628,100
10 Daniel Lowery 625,600
13 Scott Davies 615,100
20 Matt Glantz 580,000
21 Nick Petrangelo 580,000
30 Chris Moneymaker 531,600
42 Qui Nguyen 479,100
52 Greg Mueller 456,500
62 Brian Altman 440,100
95 Matt Affleck 404,100

Check out the first hour of action — which featured Hellmuth and Moneymaker — as a preview to the PokerGo coverage.

Ongoing action

With the WSOP Main Event shedding players, many are looking to enter some of the remaining events on the schedule.

Little One for One Drop enters Day 2

The Little One for One Drop has completed three days of Day 1 flights with 1,079 players surviving the day’s play. In total, 1,823 entered the event, which generates a $1,824,823 prize pool for the $1,111 buy-in tournament.

Oscar Alache holds a small chip lead with Mukul Pahuja right behind him. David Tran and Brian Rast find themselves in the top 10 vying for the WSOP bracelet a piece of that $1.8 million prize pool. Action for Day 2 will resume at 1 PM PT on Thursday.

Shaun Deeb among top chip stacks in the $1,500 Stude Hi/Lo

On Wednesday, 372 entries joined Event #69, the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo. Jermaine Reid holds the chip lead among 141 survivors. Shaun Deeb and Ryan Leng — two WSOP Player of the Year contenders — are among some of the bigger names with healthy chip stacks. The field will return to action for Day 2 beginning at 3 PM PT.

Upcoming events

Thursday will see the start of the 71st event of the WSOP, the $1,500 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed. The three day tournament will get underway at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event will be streamed by PokerGo, with coverage starting at 7:30 PM ET. To tune in, you will need a PokerGo subscription, which is available for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

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