Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Baumann Leads Charge to Day 3, Under 900 Survivors from Day 2a/b

• Tase 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Gaelle Baumann leads the field with half a million chips.

The first of two Day 2 fields of Event 61, $10,000 Main Event, of the World Series of Poker have finished play for the day. The combined Day 1a field (657) and Day 1b (1,387) field combined was 2,044 and after five levels under 900 players remain. Leading them all is Gaelle Baumann with 505,800.

Also at the top of the counts are Mark Demirdjian (499,990), Shaun Deeb (460,900), Gerard Lubas (449,500), Kevin Davis (394,000), Vanessa Selbst (350,400), Jason Somerville (332,700) and Daniel Negreanu (277,200). Five former WSOP ME that survived the day: Pius Heinz, Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang, Robert Varkonyi and Dan Harrington.

A laundry list of notables still remain in the field, including; David Diaz, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, Gavin Smith, Katie Dozier, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Dani Stern, Mike McDonald, Taylor Paur, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, Jackie Glazier, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, Kevin Pollak, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka to name a few.

Unable to survive the day were Justin Bonomo, Tony Dunst, Darvin Moon, Bryan Devonshire, David Williams, Mike Sexton Erik Seidel, Brian Rast, Isaac Haxton, Chad Brown, Jeffrey Lisandro, Mike Matusow, Martin Staszko, Scott Seiver and the legendary Billy Baxter.

The Day 1a and 1b fields were kept separate throughout play. Day 1a players were confined to the Amazon Room in the Orange and Purple Sections. By the end of player only two tables remained in the Orange Section.

The Day 1b field was quite a bit larger. They were spread across the Brasilia and Pavilion Rooms. The Pavilion Room was empty shortly after dinner and almost the whole Red Section was broken in the Brasilia Room.

William John began play as the far and away chip leader when he returned with 266,700. He lost a large pot to begin the day to Mark Demirdjian and steadily bled chips throughout the day. His day ended shortly after returning from dinner when he held got all in on a ten-high flop holding {A-} {K-}. Demirdjian flopped a set of tens and turned a full house to eliminate John.

Maria Ho had a successful Day 2 and even stopped to talk to our lovely Lynn Gilmartin. In one hand Ho opened and was three-bet to 6,000. She called and the flop came {J-Spades} {A-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. Ho check-called 8,000 and the turn came {7-Diamonds}. Both players checked and the river came {8-Spades}. Ho bet 14,000, got a call and tabled {A-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}. Her opponent flashed pocket kings and she was near 200,000.

Day 2c kicks off tomorrow at 12:00 PM PST and will have the survivors from Day 1c. The surviving players will finally condense into one field on Day 3, starting on Thursday at noon. Follow all the WSOP Main Event action live on PokerNews.

Now we'll leave you with some of Lynn Gilmartin's visual highlights from throughout the day: