The Main Event marches on at the 2014 World Series of Poker where yesterday’s second of three Day 1 flights saw Trey Luxemburger (pictured) enjoying the most successful Day 1b of those who played Sunday, bagging 193,450 to finish just shy of Day 1a leader Martin Jacobson’s current standard of 200,100.
The last final table of the summer also played out on Sunday as Ukraine’s Igor Dubinskyy earned the bracelet in Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop, topping a big 4,496-entry field to earn a handsome $637,539 first prize.
Speaking of big fields, word is the turnout for today’s final Day 1 flight of the Main Event will be massive — larger than Day 1a and Day 1b combined, and perhaps the biggest Main Event starting day in its history. Read on for a rundown of all that happened yesterday and what’s to come today.
After 771 players took part on Saturday, nearly three times that many came on Sunday for Day 1b of poker’s biggest and most prestigious tournament, the WSOP Main Event. The 2,144 who showed swelled the total field thus far to 2,915, a bit more than the 2,885 who played Day 1a and 1b a year ago. And as mentioned, the likelihood of the overall field for the 2014 Main Event to exceed last year’s total of 6,352 seems high.
As mentioned, it was John Luxemburger III — a.k.a. “Trey” — of Louisville, Kentucky leading all Day 1b players with 193,450. Others joining him at the top of the day’s leaderboard were Sarkis Hakobian (190,125), Ryan Buckholtz (189,000), Daniel Wirgau (173,500), and Ryan Julius (165,125).
A number of notables made it through the day having spun their starting stacks of 30,000 up over 100,000, including Erik Seidel (134,025), Matt Affleck (122,150), Taylor Paur (116,600), Marvin Rettenmaier (115,000), David Williams (104,100), and Brian Hastings (100,350).
Phil Galfond, Antoine Saout, Jeff Madsen, Jon Turner, David Bach, and Kristy Arnett likewise ended the night bagging above average chips. Two former Main Event champions — Dan Harrington (who won in 1995) and Huck Seed (who won in 1996) — both survived the day as well with stacks a little below par.
Meanwhile among the players falling on Sunday were David Diaz, Mohsin Charania, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Patrick Bruel, Scott Clements, Paul Volpe, Chris Moorman, Joe Serock, Dan Shak, Robert Mizrachi, Minh Ly, Brandon Cantu, Mel Judah, Sofia Lovgren, Ludovic Lacay, Mike Leah, Joseph Cheong, Philipp Gruissem, Andy Black, David “Doc” Sands, and Kevin Saul.
A total of 1,428 made it through the day, and like the 505 survivors of Day 1a they will be coming back on Tuesday to play Day 2.
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Just nine were left from that big turnout out for the “Little One” that together raised just shy of half a million dollars for the One Drop charity. When the final table began, Jackduyph Duong and Eric Baldwin enjoyed the chip lead with a little over 3.1 million chips apiece while eventual winner Dubinskyy was in fact one of the short stacks, sitting in eighth position with just 770,000.
Matthew Lapossie was the next to go in seventh after his pocket fours failed to hold against Brandon Eisen’s when an ace fell among the community cards. Then it was Dubinskyy using to oust former chip leader Duong in sixth when the latter’s failed to improve.
By then Dubinskyy had catapulted into the lead with five players left, though Eisen would chip up after eliminating Baldwin in fifth with pocket queens against Baldwin’s pocket deuces, then adding more by felting Shai Zurr in fourth when Zurr’s couldn’t catch up to Eisen’s .
Dubinskyy, Eisen, and Theodore Driscoll then went to dinner break, and soon after returning Eisen was knocked out in third in a hand that saw him all in on a board holding versus Driscoll’s . Eisen appeared in good shape with the better flush draw and higher cards, but the dramatically fell on the river to pair Driscoll and send Eisen railward.
Driscoll had 10.1 million to Dubinskyy’s 7.9 million to begin heads-up play, but within a few hands Dubinskyy seized the advantage then built a better than 3-to-1 edge. Then a hand arose that saw Driscoll limp from the button and Dubinskyy call, then both check a flop. The turn then brought the and a small bet from Dubinskyy that Driscoll called, and the fell on fifth street.
Dubinskyy checked, Driscoll bet, Dubiniskyy check-raised, Driscoll shoved, and Dubinskyy called. Driscoll had flopped trips with , but Dubinskyy had rivered a straight with , and the title was his.
Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop Final Table Results
They’ll be back at it today at 12 noon PDT for Day 1c, the third and final Day 1 flight of the 2014 WSOP Main Event. As was the case over the weekend, players will be playing five 120-minute levels today, with every available inch of space in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino likely to be filled with Main Event players.
Last night the WSOP tweeted that Day 1c will be drawing more than the 2,915 who played on Days 1a and 1b:
Flight B of #MainEvent drew 2,144 entries. Monday’s Flight C is final day to enter. C already has more entries in it than A&B combined.Follow @WSOP
But WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart has intimated that the field will be even bigger:
Whadya know, we're now AHEAD of pace for @wsop Flights A/B and preparing for tomm to be our biggest Main Event start ever. #10millymakerFollow @wsopSUITd
Last year’s Day 1c drew 3,467 players, the biggest ever field for a Day 1 flight at the WSOP Main Event. Stewart’s “#10millymaker” reference alludes to the $10 million guaranteed first prize for this year’s Main Event winner.
Be sure to check out the Main Event live updates throughout the day and night to follow all of the action and see just how many players come out to play.
Video of the Day
Caitlyn Howe spoke with Matt Affleck yesterday who talked about how his Day 1 was going as well as how his WSOP has gone overall this summer.