Options trader Jeremy Wien and actor Jason Alexander are among those remaining after two rounds of the World Series of Poker’s main event.
Wien, head of VIX options trading at Peak6 Capital Management LLC in Chicago, and Alexander, known for his role as George Costanza on the television show “Seinfeld,” are among 1,866 players alive out of 6,685 who entered the $10,000 buy-in Tournament in Las Vegas, according to its website.
With the average remaining stack of chips at 110,370 for the tournament officially known as the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, Alexander is 349th with 167,000 and Wien is 695th with 117,000. The champion will receive $8.7 million and 693 people will finish in the money.
“It’s a grind, and early on especially it’s about survival,” Wien said in a telephone interview. “You have to build up some chips when you can. You can’t just play no hands and fold your way to Day 3 because that doesn’t accomplish anything and it may not even work.”
With Day 2 split into two groups, Wien survived his Day 2 session two days ago. It’s his fifth year playing the main event and the third straight year he’s made it to round 3. After early eliminations in his first two tries, Wien finished 282nd in 2009.
“Experience matters in this tournament more than others,” Wien said. “There are definitely poker players who are better than me who haven’t played this tournament as much as I have or figured it out as much as I have.”
Ben Lamb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who already has won a tournament at the 58-event World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, is the main event’s chip leader, with 551,600.
Former main-event champions eliminated in the Day 2 session that began yesterday were Jamie Gold and Joe Hachem, as were poker professionals Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Mike Sexton and Brandon Adams.
Top pros advancing included Patrik Antonius, Erick Lindgren, Todd Brunson and Jeffrey Lisandro, as well as actor Brad Garrett, who has 46,000 in chips.
David Einhorn, the head of Greenlight Capital Inc., who agreed in May to buy 33 percent of the New York Mets, was eliminated during Day 2. Einhorn finished 18th in the 2006 main event.
The remaining competitors will now play at the same time during round 3, which begins tomorrow. The tournament, held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, is schedule to play down to nine by July 19. Those players will compete at the final table on Nov. 7 to crown the champion.