WASSUP '08: H.O.R.S.E - Day 2
June 27, 2021
Day 1 of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event at the World Series Of Poker was a relatively docile creature, which allowed most of the field to ride it comfortably along with little chance of getting knocked out. Day 2, however, was a "horse" of a different color, violently bucking many of poker's biggest names right out of the event. Just a short list of the victims of Day 2 would have to include Gus Hansen, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, Annie Duke, Andy Black, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Tony G, and last year's champion of this event, Freddy Deeb. Even David Singer, a man so well tailored for the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E that he has made the final table every year since it's conception, was shockingly sent home early due to the wild, chaotic day.

When the final card was dealt and Day 2 was ended, only 67 players remained of the 140 that started. Some of the biggest stacks of those 67 include Patrick Bueno, Justin Bonomo, Erick Lindgren, Daniel Negreanu, Mihn Ly, Joseph Michael, Chris Reslock and PokerRoad's Poppa Bear, Barry Greenstein, who currently sits in third place overall. The current chip leader is none other than the World Poker Tour's Lyle Berman, who is the only player with more than a half million in chips.

Rounding out the top ten with 366,000 in chips, is elder statesman Doyle Brunson, who seems very personally invested in this tournament, possibly due to the passing of his friend Chip Reese. It would be amazing and somewhat fitting to have "Texas Dolly" be the first one ever to take home the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, but unfortunately with numerous days left, the World's toughest field, and blinds and antes only getting higher and higher, even for a living legend like Brunson, winning this event is a mighty tall order.

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