WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
Yesterday's first Day 1 flight in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship saw several big names bagging chips to move on to Day 2, including WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen, and Joe McKeehen. Others advancing included Erik Seidel, actor Kevin Pollak, and comedian Ray Romano.
Elsewhere Michael Mizrachi will be among the final nine today in Event #11: PLO GIANT - $365 Pot-Limit Omaha and hoping for his fifth bracelet. Over in Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed, Galen Hall returns as chip leader. And in Event #64: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship defending champ Chris Vitch returns again as chip leader with a shot at back-to-back titles in the event.
After five starting flights and 3,250 entries, this event finally played Day 2 on Monday. Now only nine return for a shot at the title and top prize of $116,015, with Srinivas Balasubramanian leading the field with 18,325,000.
The remaining eight players include Robert Cicchelli (11,055,000), Pete Arroyos (10,550,000), Tim Andrew (10,425,000), Michael Mizrachi (10,150,000), Kevin Nomberto (7,700,000), James Sievers (5,450,000), Sandeep Pulusani (4,375,000), and Raymond Walton (3,075,000).
Mizrachi is fresh off winning his third $50,000 Poker Players Championship and fourth career bracelet.
Day 3 begins at 2 p.m. and PokerNews will have all your live updates.
Just 29 players return from a total field of 8,598 entries with Galen Hall the chip leader after bagging 6,595,000. From San Francisco, Hall has nearly $4.25 million in live tournament winnings and is looking for his first bracelet. Like others, he'll also be eyeing the $888,888 first-place prize awaiting the winner.
Just behind Hall are Paul Vas Nunes (6,410,000), Hunter Frey (5,730,000), Men Nguyen (3,320,000), Arthur Conan (3,140,000), and Alexandre Novaes (2,835,000). 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman is also among the leaders after bagging 2,620,000.
Also advancing was Mike Barlow, who has a touching story of playing in a friend's place after he passed away just before the event. Barlow bagged 2,600,000 — click here to read his story and learn about his journey to the WSOP.
With two days in the books, only 15 players return from a field of 141 players. That total created a $1,325,400 prize pool with $364,387 going to the winner. Defending champ Chris Vitch bagged a stack of 1,014,000 and has a legitimate shot at going back-to-back. Vitch also led after Day 1 and is looking for his third bracelet.
Rounding out the current top five are Scott Bohlman (883,000), Bryce Yockey (539,000), Ken "Teach" Aldridge (538,000), and Jesse Martin (506,000). Other notables remaining include Tom Koral (392,000), Mike Watson (348,000), and Jack Duong (343,000).
Day 3 begins at 2 p.m. and by the end of it should crown a champion. Stay plugged in to PokerNews for start-to-finish coverage.
The first Day 1 flight of the Main Event yesterday drew 925 players and only 659 advanced to Day 2. Timothy Lau bagged up the chip lead with a 338,700. Lau is followed by Truyen Nguyen (324,800), Chris Fraser (316,100), David McCaw (220,400), and John Vossoughi (220,300).
The biggest news of the day may have been the elimination of 2017 WSOP Main Event champion Scott Blumstein by Brian Yoon on the ESPN feature table. Yoon went on to Day 2 with 145,000. Blumstein was disappointed, but handled the elimination with class.
What it shows is how strong mentally you have to be to play this game at the highest level... I knew the right answ… https://t.co/Khz0fAUHm3— Scott Blumstein (@SBlum2711)
Main Event champions Qui Nguyen and Jerry Yang also hit the rail on Monday.
Meanwhile other players returning include Frank Crivello (215,000), Kevin Boudreau (186,300), Nick Jivkov (186,000), Matt Berkey (185,600), Alexandru Papazian (147,100), Gordon Vayo (87,100), Erik Seidel (72,100), and Main Event champions Joe Hachem (84,700), Scotty Nguyen (84,400) and Joe McKeehen (36,200).
Poker commentator David Tuchman (111,000) also moves on, as does actor Kevin Pollak (71,300) and comedian Ray Romano (61,100).
The second starting flight kicks off on Monday at 11 a.m. and PokerNews will have all the big hands and eliminations. Click here to follow along with the live reporting team. Fans can also check out all the action live on ESPN and PokerGO. Here's a link to when and where to watch.
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In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
- 3 WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Petrangelo & Fox Lead $100K, Martini & Hoang Chasing Gold
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Vitch leads Triple Draw, Hellmuth Makes Day 2 in Omaha-8
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Yu Leads Biggest Omaha Tournament of Year, Negreanu Falls
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
- 31 WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
- 35 WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Fireworks Expected on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
- 40 WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
- 41 WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer