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After a total of 3,300 entrees returned to Rio in Las Vegas on the final flight of Day 2 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, a little over half made it through to Day 3, with British player Artan Dedusha at the helm of the ship, leading the pack with his stack of 680,000 chips.

WSOP Main Event Virgin

This is Dedusha’s first time playing at a WSOP main event, and so far, this is as good a result as it gets. Coming off a fine win from a Grosvenor 25/25 series event in London for £25,421, he goes into the WSOP main event in fantastic form. Without showing any signs of first time nerves, he started the day with a stack of 100,000 and cuts through the playing field to make his way to the top of the leader table, while knocking out big names such Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Anotonio Esfandiari, seven-time bracelet winner, Men “The Master” Nguyen, and the cream of the crop of high profile players, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth.

“I guess I ran good. I lost a few pots as well, but mainly I ran good,” said Dedusha. “I held up, I won the races, I was on the better end of a cooler. But also I played good. I picked up many small pots here and there.”

The top 10 chips count at the end of Day 2C were as follows:

1Artan Dedusha (London, UK)680,000
2Michael Krasienko (Grafton, Ohio)561,300
3Marcin Chmielewski (USA)561,000
4Sonny Franco (Biloxi, Mississippi)546,7000
5Todor Kondevski (Cronulla, Australia)529,100
6Joshua Tekesky (Kent, Ohio)526,300
7Ryan Hughe (Tempe, Arizona)510,100
8Denis Timofeev (Springfield, Massachusetts)498,000
9Nice Petrangelo (Feeding Hills, Massachusetts)480,300
10Natasha Mercier (Tempe, Florida)476,800

Eight former WSOP Main Event champions went into Day 2C, but now only half remain in the running; Scotty Nguyen, Johnny Chan, Joe Cada and Carlos.

Other notable names who survived Day 2C includes: Joe Serock (423,000), Chino Rheem (359,600), Kathy Liebert (347,700), Ian Johns (327,200), Day 1C chip leader Jerome Brian (326,400), online bracelet winner Thomas Cannuli (290,300), former Main Event runner-up Jay Farber (246,100), online legend Phil Galfond (239,300), Brian Rast (212,700). Davids Kitai (201,500), David Pham (182,300), Allen Cunningham (131,000), Rep Porter (118,000), John Monnette (81,000), Dutch Boyd (69,700), Robert Mizachi (68,900), and Dominik Nitsche (53,800).

Biggest Names In Poker Exit WSOP

The all-time richest poker player will have to wait another 12 months for another shot at WSOP glory as he hit the rail in Day 2C of the Main Event.

On his final push, Negreanu moved all in with his short stack early on with pocket sevens. He was immediately put at risk right out of the big blind by John Allan Hinds and his 6h,6s pair. Kid Poker was looking good on the 4s, 2s, 10d flop, and was primed to score a double on Hinds. However, the 3s fell on the turn, putting Hinds in the lead with a flush draw which he completed with the 9s on the river.

WSOP’s most decorated player of all time, Phil Hellmuth, was also sent packing, and later tweeted: