WSOP Day 39: Campanello Leads Main Event; Little One for One Drop Begins

Bryan Campanello

Another packed house is expected on Day 39 of the 2019 World Series of Poker at the Rio Convention Center.

The WSOP $10,000 Main Event resumes today with the first of two Day 2 flights with Bryan Campanello in the lead. In addition, the popular $1,111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em kicks off with the first of three opening flights.

Here's what's on tap today, in the daily What to Watch For on PokerNews, sponsored by 888poker.

Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

The three opening flights of the Main Event attracted over 8,000 players, including nearly 5,000 yesterday on Day 1c, to establish a new single-day attendance record for poker's biggest event of the year. The field will only continue to grow with late registration available until the start of the two second days today and tomorrow.

Yesterday featured tons of action and controversy. Not only was there an earthquake that shook the Rio but there were also a pair of disqualifications including a player scooping up someone else's stack into their own and another going all in before exposing himself and throwing a shoe at his opponent.

All shenanigans aside, many players were able to bag chips yesterday including three players with a stack of over 300,000 including Day 1c chip leader James Henson (316,100), Mike McDonald (306,300), and Joshua Ray (304,200). None of these players nor the other Day 1c survivors will be competing today as they will have a day off to compete in tomorrow's Day 2c before surviving players merge into a single Day 3 on Monday, July 8.

Adam Owen
Adam Owen heads into today's Day 2ab in second place.

Today's action will feature surviving players from Day 1a and Day 1b. The players with the top six chip stacks are all in play today including Day 1a chip leader Bryan Campanello (417,500), Day 1b chip leader Adam Owen (351,800), Raymond Travis Rice (335,000), three-time bracelet winner Asi Moshe (330,200), Gary Blackwood (330,200), and Tyler Gaston (329,200).

2019 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Stacks

#PlayerCountryDay QualifiedChip CountBig Blinds
1Bryan CampanelloUnited StatesDay 1a417,500522
2Adam OwenUnited KingdomDay 1b351,800440
3Raymond Travis RiceUnited StatesDay 1a335,000419
4Asi MosheIsraelDay 1b330,200413
4Gary BlackwoodUnited KingdomDay 1b330,200413
6Tyler GastonUnited StatesDay 1b329,200412
7James HensonUnited StatesDay 1c316,100 
8Mike McDonaldCanadaDay 1c306,300 
9Joshua RayUnited StatesDay 1c 304,200  
10Allen KesslerUnited StatesDay 1b301,800377

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 2ab at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.

Event #75: $1,000+111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em

This event will pack players in the Rio for its first of three opening flights on July 6 while also giving a chance for poker players and the WSOP to give back to those in need.

Players start with 20,000 in chips and can snag another 20,000 by donating $111 to the One Drop Foundation, an international non-profit organization founded by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté that has been providing access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene since 2007.

Blinds will increase every hour throughout the event and players will have plenty of opportunities to build a monster stack with unlimited reentries permitted throughout each of the first three opening flights and until late registration closes after Level 12, which coincides with the second level of Day 2 on July 9. The battle is scheduled to continue until July 11 when one player will win a huge first-place prize and the coveted bracelet.

History of the Little One for One Drop

This will be the seventh edition of this popular tournament with the event consistently attracting between 4,360 and 4,756 entrants. This year could prove to be even more significant as turnouts for lower buy-in events has been massive thus far in the 50th Annual World Series of Poker.

American Brian Yoon burst onto the live poker scene with a win in the inaugural event in 2013 when he finished on top of a field of 4,756 entrants to win the $663,227 top prize and his first bracelet. He has since won two more bracelets and is the only player to win this event to have other bracelets to his name.

Players from Europe won the bracelet in this event the next three years with Ukraine's Igor Dubinsky (2014 - $637,539), Germany's Paul Hoefer (2015- $649,969), and Sweden's Michael Tureniec (2016 - $525,520) all finding WSOP gold. Adrian Moreno became the second American to win this event in 2017 for $528,316 and China's Guoliang Wei shipped the event in 2018 for $559,332.

YearEntrantsPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
20134,756$4,280,400Brian YoonUnited States$663,227
20144,496$4,046,400Igor DubinskyUkraine$637,539
20154,555$4,099,500Paul HoeferGermany$645,969
20164,360$3,924,000Michael TureniecSweden$525,520
20174,391$3,951,900Adrian MorenoUnited States$528,316
20184,732$4,258,800Guoliang WeiChina$559,332
Guoliang Wei
Guoliang Wei won this event last year.

Follow PokerNews as our Live Reporting team will be covering the event from start to finish with live updates, beginning with today's Day 1a at noon PDT. Live updates can be found here.

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