Seth Davies Leads 44 Survivors on Day 1 of $50,000 Final Fifty

Seth Davies

Day 1 of the Event #90: $50,000 Final Fifty has come to a conclusion with the 109-entrant field reduced to the final 44 players with Seth Davies in the lead.

Once the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was in full swing, a 90th bracelet event was added to the schedule for the 50th Annual WSOP with this Final Fifty looking to bookend another successful WSOP.

"We got some feedback from players who thought [the initial $50k event] was too early in the series and they weren’t around for it," said VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky. "We also goofed by not having a $25K High Roller NLH on the schedule this year, which was more feedback we received from players."

Following the success of the first $50,000 buy-in high roller event at the start of the WSOP that saw Ben Heath finish on top of a 110-entrant field to capture his first WSOP bracelet and the $1,484,085 first-place prize, another strong turnout came to play on Day 1 as a total of 109 entrants took to the felt. A total of 70 of those entrants would be unique entrants as a plethora of players fired multiple bullets in this unlimited reentry format.

Final Fifty Day 1 Recap

Seth Davies leads the charge entering Day 2 after finishing with 2,250,000 in chips. Right on his heels is Dan Smith (1,680,000), Elior Sion (1,520,000), Adrian Mateos (1,450,000), Fedor Holz (1,320,000), and Ali Imsirovic (1,290,000). Also surviving into Day 2 are WSOP bracelet winners Ivan Luca, Brian Rast, Brandon Adams, David Peters, Ben Yu, Daniel Negreanu, Julien Martini, Martin Kabrhel, Sam Soverel, Johannes Becker, and Heath.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith enters Day 2 in second place.

Once the dust settled, the likes of WSOP bracelet winners Joe Cada, Erik Seidel, Dominik Nitsche, Michael Addamo, Stephen Chidwick, Justin Bonomo, Bryn Kenney, Nick Petrangelo, Kristen Bicknell, Joao Vieira, and Anthony Zinno found themselves on the rail throughout the day.

Fortunately for the above mentioned - along with anyone that hasn't yet entered - registration is open through the start of Day 2 on Tuesday, July 9, at 4 p.m. PDT. Players that take advantage of late registration will begin with 300,000 in starting chips, and blinds will be 10,000/20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000.

Final Fifty Leaderboard

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Seth DaviesUnited States2,250,000113
2Dan SmithUnited States1,680,00084
3Elior SionUnited Kingdom1,520,00076
4Adrian MateosSpain1,450,00073
5Fedor HolzGermany1,320,00066
6Ali ImsirovicUnited States1,290,00065
7Ivan LucaArgentina1,260,00063
8Juan Pardo DominguezSpain1,220,00061
9Keith TilstonUnited States1,205,00060
10Danny TangHong Kong1,035,00052

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to provide continuous live updates of all the Final Fifty action from Day 2 as the tournament plays down to a final table of six players that will return at noon PDT on Wednesday, July 10, to play out the final table which will be live streamed on PokerGO. You won't want to miss a single minute of the action so stay tuned to PokerNews for continued live updates from the Final Fifty.

Main Event recaps sponsored by Global Poker.

  • Seth Davies, Dan Smith, and Elior Sion lead the way on Day 1 of the Final Fifty - via @official_glp

  • The Final Fifty was added to the schedule in June in response to player feedback - via @official_glp

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