After a long night of tallying and computation, the WSOP has released the official chip counts for all Day 1c survivors. 1,026 of 1,928 initial players made it through the day's action, and the day's field was led by Norway's Henning Granstad, who at 242,950 became the first player in the three starting days so far to finish above 200,000 in chips. The complete top ten:
Henning Granstad 242,950
Curt Kohlberg 173,050
David Baker 163,450
Howard Berchowitz 160,075
Arnaud Mattern 157,650
Diren Yildiz 136,075
Josh Schiffman 133,000
Evan Woodington 127,125
Michael Souza 126,100
Serj Markarian 126,000
Join us for Day 1D action beginning at noon on Sunday.
"Congratulations everybody! You have made it to Day Two of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker!"
Thus came the announcement as staff handed out bags to those who survived the night. Over a thousand of the 1,928 who began the day will be coming back to continue their quest on Wednesday for poker's most-coveted prize.
Today saw several big name pros come and go. Former Main Event champ Huckleberry Seed was gone by the half-hour mark. Gavin Griffin, Justin Bonomo, J.C. Tran, T.J. Cloutier, Tony G, and Marcel Luske all followed him out the door before the day was over.
Henning Granstad pushed out ahead of the field to flirt with the quarter million-chip mark. Others among the leaders of Day 1c play include Curt Kohlberg, Howard Berchowitz, David "Bakes" Baker, Arnaud Mattern, Diren Yildiz, Joe Marcal, Russell Rosenblum, and Mike Souza. Other notables with large stacks include David Singer, Andrew "Foucault" Brokos, and Brad "Yukon" Booth, Brian "Sbrugby" Townsend, and Nenad Medic.
Updated chip counts for all Day 1c survivors will be posted later tonight. Day 1d promises to be just as exciting. A number of high profile pros have yet to make their appearance, and word around the Amazon Room is that tomorrow may well feature the largest starting field of all four days.
So come back tomorrow at noon Vegas time, and thanks for following today's coverage!
Just before the end of play, Clonie Gowen got involved in a big hand against Diren Yildiz. With the board showing and about 30,000 already in the pot, Gowen bet 7,000 and was called. The river brought the . Gowen bet 5,000, Yildiz raised to 18,000, and Gowen called.
Yildiz showed for fours full of kings, and Gowen mucked. She slipped down to 15,000 after that hand, while Yildiz catapulted to 140,000.
A player raised it up from under the gun, with two players, including Archie "The Greek" Karas, making the call.
They saw a flop of and the action checked around. The turn was the and the UTG player fired 4,000 with both opponents making the call. The river was the and the UTG checked, before the player in the cutoff moved all in. Karas made the call for his tournament life as the UTG folded.
The cutoff player showed for nothing but ambition as Karas flipped for a running flush. Karas will finish the day with close to 40,000 in chips!
Russell Rosenblum raises to 1,500 preflop and Joe Hachem calls out of the big blind.
The flop is . Hachem checks and Rosenblum bets 2,000. Hachem calls.
The turn is and Hachem checks. Rosenblum asks for a count of Hachem's remaining chips -- about 17,000 -- and bets 5,000.
Hachem folds angrily. "Today you are running like god against me" Joe says. "Do you realize how bad I've been running for the past two years?" says Rosenblum. Hachem has 17,000 left and Rosenblum has 140,000.
Over on Table Orange #1, the players have just ordered shots of Jack Daniels to celebrate making Day 2.
Earlier the players were talking about possibly just passing the blinds around in an effort to make Day 2. Clearly that would be collusion, and so they decided against it. Getting drunk sounded much more fun.
Joe Marcal has just taken down two huge pots back-to-back to rocket up the chip count leaderboard.
In the first hand Marcal was able to fire on all streets to get maximum value on a board of . His opponent understandably thought he was good with his for a full house, but Marcal showed for quads!
Soon after, Marcal raised it up to 1,100 preflop and found one caller. The flop came and Marcal fired out 1,600. His opponent raised to 6,000 and Marcal flat-called. The turn brought the and Marcal called a 7,500 bet. The river landed the and with four hearts on the board, both players checked it down.
Marcal showed for a set, which was good to scoop another big pot to now sit with 140,000 in chips.