LAS VEGAS -- Say goodbye to Michael Mizrachi, 2009 WSOP champion Joe Cada and 2006 WSOP champion Jamie Gold. You also can give your well wishes to actor Jason Alexander, Matt Jarvis, Jennifer Harman, Blair Hinkle, Prahlad Friedman and Arnaud Mattern. Only half of the players who started Day 2B are expected to make it through, and some of the most successful players in the world have been a few of the casualties with just a few hours left to play in the night.
As the faces were know well depart the Rio for the last time this summer, it's time to meet and learn about some of those who are poised to take their place. Randy "randers" Haddox is the chip leader in Level 9 and is nearing the 450,000 mark. Haddox was the chip leader after Day 1C and is the main reason why Cada is no longer part of the festivities. Haddox's life changed dramatically after Black Friday. Previously an online MTT star, Haddox turned to selling cars to make a living since online poker was no longer a viable option. Now, he's back at the felt and is ready to make his 12th WSOP cash something special.
Ziv Bachar, Luke Brereton, Justin Ouimette and Paul McTaggert round out the top five, but only Haddox is in position to overtake Day 2A chip leader Gaelle Baumann, who will enter Day 3 with 505,800 in chips. While they have less than 200,000 in chips, Viktor Blom, Jake Cody, Marvin Rettenmaier, Chris Moorman and Antonio Esfandiari are all capable of accumulating chips quickly and have the potential to end the day among the top. Keeping the upside in mind, their fast styles can lead them to the rail just as fast.
Checking in on last year's main event final table, Sam Holden is currently dominating the rest of his former opponents with 158,000 in chips. Phil Collins, Ben Lamb and Eoghan O'Dea are all below average and Matt Giannetti busted before the dinner break. Former main event champions Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Tom McEvoy also remain in contention for another taste of WSOP glory.
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