Vanessa Selbst, who won her second career World Series of Poker individual event championship bracelet last month, continued her hot streak at the Rio on Sunday in Day 1B of the Main Event.
Selbst found herself among the chip leaders coming from the 2,114 players who entered the second of three starting flights in the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship.
Combined with Saturday’s starting field, the Main Event has drawn 3,180 players. More than 3,000 players are expected to enter today’s Day 1C at the Rio, starting at noon.
Selbst was third among the 1,384 players who survived Sunday’s play with 168,350 chips. The leader is John Hoang with 180,000 in chips. James Schafer is second with 171,250 in chips.
Selbst was not the only well-known poker name among the Day 1B chip leaders. Four-time gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu was in 11th place with 140,575 in chips.
Maria Ho, who has 16 career World Series of Poker in the money finishes, was in 13th place with 138,425 in chips.
Other familiar names that for Day 2 include 2007 Main Event winner Jerry Yang, Poker Hall of Fame member Barry Greenstein, Sammy Farha, Shaun Deeb and Liv Boeree.
Among the notable players who were eliminated Sunday include 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer.