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Ivey bust out highlights Day 2B

11 July 2010

LAS VEGAS -- Day 2B of the World Series of Poker Main Event began with 2,734 players, including Phil Ivey. The day ended with 1,476 players -- and no Ivey.

Poker's most dominant player busted out of the tournament during the first hour of play Saturday. His demise began when he went all in with pocket queens against Yuji Masaki. Masaki had pocket kings, but it looked like Ivey would win the hand when a queen hit on the turn, giving Ivey a set. But a king hit on the river, giving Masaki the win. The tough beat left Ivey with about 1,900 in chips, and he exited the tournament a few hands later.

Ivey wasn't the only top pro to exit the tournament early. Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson, Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, J.C. Tran, Hevad Khan, Freddy Deeb, Gavin Griffin, Alexander Kravchenko and Cyndy Violette were all bounced from the event as well.
Phil Ivey began Day 2A with a bang by busting out before one hour of play.

Phil Ivey began Day 2A with a bang by busting out before one hour of play. (photo by Vin Narayanan)


Some well-known amateurs who failed to survive the day include Shannon Elizabeth, Orel Hershiser, Trishelle Cannatella and last year's second-place finisher, Darvin Moon.

Saturday's action kicked off in style when UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer put his unique spin on the traditional call to shuffle up and deal.

"We are liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive from the Rio All-Suite Resort and Casino, where 7,319 warriors of the cards have come to compete for $68,798,600 in prize money," Buffer told the Main Event players.

"Now, this is the moment we've all been waiting for. It's time to go to war on the green felt battlefield of champions. Let's shuffle up and deal!"

And with that, the players began their efforts to reach Day 3 of the Main Event. Vanessa Selbst, who won the NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event earlier this year, made a big move up the leaderboard and ended the day with 265,000 in chips.
NAPT Mohegan Sun champion Vanessa Selbst enters Monday with a healthy stack of chips

NAPT Mohegan Sun champion Vanessa Selbst enters Monday with a healthy stack of chips (photo by Vin Narayanan)


The chip leader among Day 2B players was David Assouline, who ended play with 387,800 in chips.

Doyle Brunson had a large following on the rail, but he just couldn't seem to get any traction on the felt.

Midway through Saturday's play, Brunson faced a re-raise from a player on his left. Brunson thought about things for a couple of minutes before deciding to fold. His opponent showed the table a two as he mucked the other card face down.

"I've won plenty of hands with that last card," Brunson said smiling.

"You didn't have a ten with that, did you?" Brunson asked.

"That would be like killing me with my own blood," Brunson added, referring to the 10-2 hand that he won the 1976 and 1977 Main Events with.

Brunson busted out late in the day and received an ovation from the crowd as he exited the Amazon Room in the Rio.

The Main Event continues Monday when the 1,476 Day 2B and 1,295 Day 2A survivors play together as one field for the first time.

For more on the action at the felt, check out our Day 2B photo gallery below and this page.

David Singer pulling off his best Star Trek impersonation.

David Singer pulling off his best Star Trek impersonation. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Jason Mercier continued his hot run and finished the day in the top 30 in chips.

Jason Mercier continued his hot run and finished the day in the top 30 in chips. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Gavin Smith gets a nice rub down.

Gavin Smith gets a nice rub down. (photo by Vin Narayanan)







Hank Azaria enters Day 3 with 110,000 in chips.

Hank Azaria enters Day 3 with 110,000 in chips. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Vanessa Rousso enjoyed a steady upward climb in chips.

Vanessa Rousso enjoyed a steady upward climb in chips. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Darvin Moon will not make a repeat appearance at the final table.

Darvin Moon will not make a repeat appearance at the final table. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Rolf Slotboom uses his Tic-Tac container as his chip holder.

Rolf Slotboom uses his Tic-Tac container as his chip holder. (photo by Vin Narayanan)




Phil Galfond cracked the top 25 in chips by day

Phil Galfond cracked the top 25 in chips by day's end. (photo by Vin Narayanan)



Ivey bust out highlights Day 2B is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Vin Narayanan

Vin Narayanan is the managing editor at Casino City. When he's not writing or editing stories, he likes to play Chinese Poker, Badugi, Razz and any other "non-traditional" poker game. He also thinks blackjack is his best game and loves game theory.

Before joining Casino City, Vin covered (not all at the same time) sports, politics and elections, wars, technology, celebrities and the Census for USATODAY.com, USA WEEKEND and CNN.

A proud graduate of Michigan State University, Vin can be found on most nights and weekends trying to find a way to watch the Spartans play football or basketball.

Vin Narayanan
Vin Narayanan is the managing editor at Casino City. When he's not writing or editing stories, he likes to play Chinese Poker, Badugi, Razz and any other "non-traditional" poker game. He also thinks blackjack is his best game and loves game theory.

Before joining Casino City, Vin covered (not all at the same time) sports, politics and elections, wars, technology, celebrities and the Census for USATODAY.com, USA WEEKEND and CNN.

A proud graduate of Michigan State University, Vin can be found on most nights and weekends trying to find a way to watch the Spartans play football or basketball.