Ryan Hughes dominated Day 2C of the World Series of Poker Main Event. He managed to finish with 510,100 in chips which led him to the fifth position on the leader board.
This summer has been a very successful one for the San Francisco native since he made a couple of final tables and cashed in a total of 15 events. No one was surprised to see him make it this far in the Main Event World Championship, where only the best and most flexible players survive till the final day. In Day 2C the chip lead was held by Artan Dedusha, who claimed 680,000 in chips. The unofficial leader of the day will also take the chip lead into Day 3 when all three starting flights combine.
At the beginning of Day 2C there were 3,300 poker pros returning to the Rio and ready to bag all the chips they can, However, only 1,524 of them managed to survive till the last round of the day and that is less than half of the initial number. There will be about 2,550 players coming back for Day 3 of the Main Event schedule and Hughes is currently sitting in the 11th position in chips. He is well on his way to grab the 16th cash in his career since he is not satisfied with the results and he always wants more.
He started playing poker in 2003, but his first poker event was back in 2004. He made his appearance in the 2004 Event 18 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout, where he finished 19th and went home $3,000 richer. Hughes was the first player in the history of the World Series of Poker to win two gold bracelets in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Eight-or-Better. This happened in two consecutive years – 2007 and 2008 and they brought him his biggest earnings so far. In 2007 he claimed $176,358, while in 2008 he went back home with $183,368. He is currently striving to reach his third bracelet from the Main Event and the spectacular amount of money which comes with it.
When asked for a comment after the Day 2C finished, Hughes said that the cashes have been flowing his way, but he feels quite frustrated that he has not yet managed to reach the coveted gold bracelet this year. At the moment he is in fourth place in the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race. He is right next to John Racener, Chris Ferguson, and the current leader, John Monnette. Day 2C was beneficial for the leader only, since he finished with 81,000 in chips, while the other two poker players dropped out earlier in the race.