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Sanchez bags the chip Lead on Day 2c

7 Jul 2018

(LAS VEGAS) -- There were 3,480 survivors in Day 1c of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, but at the end of Day 2c, around half of them were still standing. In total, 1,655 players will advance from Day 2c. Leading the way at the end of play on Day 2c was Ignacio Sanchez who ended up bagging the overall tournament chip lead as well with 627,200 chips, more than Shawn Daniels, his Day 2ab counterpart, who bagged up 532,500.

Sanchez put together a hell of a day, climbing up the leaderboards early, and toward the end of the night taking down a big pot from Cliff Josephy to assume the tournament chip lead. In the hand, Sanchez made a flush on the turn and shoved all in against Cliff Josephy, who also had a big stack. Josephy eventually decided to fold, but the pot worth more than 100,000 chips pushed Sanchez above all of the other players in the field.

Sanchez is a farmer who says he only plays poker one time a year, which explains why he doesn't have a lot of cashes in larger buy-in events, but this isn't the first Main Event that he's played. He cashed back in 2014 as well, finishing 582nd place for $20,228. Sanchez has fond memories of the Main Event though, one of them involving former Main Event Champion Phil Hellmuth bluffing him.

"He bluffed me but I've gotten better than then," Sanchez said about Hellmuth.

Speaking of Hellmuth, he spent much of his time in the spotlight at the Amazon feature tables on Friday as well. Hellmuth was able to run up his stack over the course of the day at the main feature table and finished the night with over 162,700 chips.

"It's the calmest I've ever been for a Day 2, I think," Hellmuth said about his Day 2c performance. "Not to say I didn't get a little Poker Brat, but not bad. It's just a calmness... I felt like I knew where I was in a lot of hands. One guy, in particular, ended up beating me 13 or 14 hands, which was OK. I actually dealt with it well. I understand more than ever that my biggest enemy in the Main Event is myself. I need to stay calm. I need to understand just how much skill there is and how many big blinds I have at all times."

But after multiple years of hiatus, it was a different Phil who caught the public eye today. Phil Ivey bagged up one of the biggest stacks in the tournament at the end of play on Friday. Over the course of the day, Ivey made some sick calls, well-timed bluffs and value bets, and was able to bag up a stack of 434,200 chips to bring to Day 3. It's been four years since Ivey's last Main Event cash. In 2014 he came 430th for $25,756. He'll look to break that streak this year.

Among others who bagged up big stacks on Day 2c were Ivan Luca (339,900), Samuel Touil (405,500), Jan-Eric Schwippert (338,600), Ludovic Geilich (333,900), and Cliff Josephy (285,400). Josephy is no stranger to success in the Main Event. It was in 2016 when Josephy made the final table of the Main Event for the first time, finishing third for $3,453,035 and, while it will take a lot for him to improve upon that finish, he's putting himself in a position to do so by bagging a big stack on Day 2c.

"It was a lot different," Josephy said about his Day 2. "Day 2 has been going wonderfully for me today, so it's all good. It's more than I could've hoped for. I'm very happy with everything that's been going on."

Mike McDonald and Veron Lammers are co-founders of the poker betting site PokerShares and have both made their way to Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event. Not only are they sweating themselves, but they will also be sweating certain players that make deep runs in the tournament...and cheering against them. "The Main Event is the biggest time of year for us, we get the most amount of action on our site," McDonald said. "We'll be sweating all of the big bets on big players, and it's good for us when they bust," he said with a laugh.

Unfortunately, the site is not available to those residents in the United States, nor can you access the site while you are staying in Las Vegas. But hopefully, that will change with the new sports betting laws that are coming out. "We are just a small fish in the business right now but tapping into the American market would be huge for us," Lammers mentioned about the idea. "We will have to just wait and see what happens but it's definitely a great opportunity for us."

The next big event for the company will be the Big One for One Drop that will take place following the Main Event which brings a lot of traction to the site. "Lots of people can't play that tournament so for them to be able to buy some action is a nice sweat." McDonald made his living off poker tournaments in the past but has since turned to his new business and he is loving it. "I've played one tournament in between last year's Main Event and this year, so I'm a bit rusty."

McDonald will be returning with a stack of 43,800 while Lammers bagged up 54,700. Both will be looking to reach the money tomorrow but the real money for them comes from those who fail to cash.

In addition to all of those who made it through the day, there were those who fell as well. Some of those who didn't make it include Steven Wolansky, Bart Hanson, Joe Serock, Andrey Zaichenko, Adrian Mateos Joseph Cheong, Vivian Saliba, Dominik Nitsche, David Williams, and Natalie Hof, just to name a few. Mark Newhouse, who has put together solid Main Event runs over the past few years, was also eliminated today and he'll have to wait until next year to make another Main Event final table.

The day got underway at 11 a.m., 7 July, with another five two-hour-long levels on the schedule. At the end of the night, less than 1,655 players of the starting 3,480 were left. The survivors will combine with survivors from Day 2a and 2b for a total of 2,786 players returning on Saturday, 7 July at 11 a.m. again for another five levels of play. PokerNews will be back to cover from start to finish so make sure to stay tuned in.

(Article courtesy of World Series of Poker)
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