Top Ten Lists for Day 2A & 2B

by , Jul 7, 2008 | 2:49 pm

With the slower structure at the 2008 WSOP main event, the number of players still in the field after all of the Day 1’s were completed is massive – 3,929 to be exact. Luckily, the second days are divided into two, with Day 1A and 1B finishers playing on Day 2A on Tuesday, and Day 1C and 1D finishers playing on Day 2B on Wednesday. Are ya with me?

There will be 1251 players on Day 2A, with the top ten as follows:

Mark Garner – 194,900
Ben Sarnoff – 177,500
Brandon Adams – 176,450
Brian Schaedlich – 160,725
Kellen Hunter – 155,200
Stefan Mattsson – 154,275
Patrick Fortin – 145,275
Robert Mizrachi – 142,400
Jeff Frerichs – 138,025
Soren Peterson – 135,475

And there will be a whopping 2678 players on Day 2B, with the ten chip leaders as follows:

Henning Granstad – 242,950
Curt Kohlberg – 173,050
David Baker – 163,450
Howard Berchowitz – 160,075
Arnaud Mattern – 157,650
Steve Austin – 149,000
Mohamad Kowssarie – 146,000
David Stucke – 140,525
Sami Rustom – 140,450
Dylan Linde – 138,425

We’ll be at the Rio tomorrow to bring you any interesting info and gossip as the field plays down over the coming days.

7 Comments to “Top Ten Lists for Day 2A & 2B”

  1. Ed

    Cool. I play with David Stucke’s dad on Bodog. David won a smaller even last year.

  2. BJ Nemeth

    As far as I can tell, the number of players that the WSOP reported as surviving Day 1d was incorrect — they misreported it with 300 extra people. They did this in multiple places, and I’m not sure why. But if you check the spreadsheet of survivors (and chip counts) that was sent out, there were only 1,352 survivors on Day 1d. This corroborates nicely with, which reported approximately 1,362 left at the end of play.

    With the new number, that creates a field size of 2,378 for Day 2b, slightly smaller than the field on Day 1d, and therefore manageable for Harrah’s.

    Add that to the relatively small field of 1,251 for Day 1b, and you have 3,629 players left in the event — a Day 1 survival rate of 53%.

  3. California Jen

    The e-mail I got from WSOP Updates said 1652… Will look around and verify.

  4. BJ Nemeth

    Yes, the spreadsheet *says* 1,652 players remaining at the top (and the same thing in Nolan Dalla’s email), but if you actually look at the number of players listed with chip counts, there are only 1,352.

    The first 12 rows of the spreadsheet are filled with non-player information, and the final player is listed in cell 1,364 … 1,364-12 = 1,352 players. Like I said, that matches up well with the numbers reported from the field by PokerNews last night, and the percentages match up realistically with the other starting days. (A Day 1d survival rate of 67%, which is what the WSOP reported, is unheard of for this event.)

  5. -dan

    how in the world are they going to set the cut offs for 2a and 2b for day 3??? there’s no way they can get a close amount of players for each day. it looks like there’s a definite advantage to being in 2a.

  6. BJ Nemeth

    It doesn’t matter if the numbers are the same for Day 2a and Day 2b — there is no inherent advantage for either day based on the field size. Playing on different days is effectively no different than playing in different rooms on the same day.

    As long as both fields play the exact same number of levels and finish with more than about 700 players, everything will be fine.

    The top 666 players will finish in the money, and they can’t break the bubble until the entire field is combined on Day 3. That shouldn’t be a problem. They can afford to lose 80% of the field on both days (all but impossible in just five levels) and still have more than 700 players left for the start of Day 3.

  7. BJ Nemeth

    By the way, that “700 players” number is the *combined* total for both days. They could finish with 275 on Day 2a and 425 on Day 2b, and everything would be fine.