Van Der Spuy Leads, Martini a Close Second After Day 1b of $10,000 WSOP Main Event No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
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Excitement, fireworks, and drinking beers to cap off the night - three things that the Fourth of July has in common with the World Series of Poker Main Event. While many Americans were celebrating the festivities outside today, there was a gathering of around 1,118 players from all around the world inside the Horseshoe Casino Las Vegas for Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.
When all the dust settled after an exciting five two-hour levels, there were just over 800 players advancing to Day 2abc on Friday, July 7th at 12 p.m. noon. Leading the pack was online grinder Jean-Pierre van der Spuy, who jumped into the lead in the dying moments of Day 1b with a stack of 287,000. Van der Spuy is a well-known online poker pro but has yet to record a live tournament score. The South African will be looking to make his first one count in the 2023 WSOP Main Event. Following in his footsteps is four-time bracelet winner Julien Martini with 284,700 chips along with Yuze Ding with 284,500; Ding battled at the same table as Martini throughout proceedings.
Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Jean-Pierre van der Spuy||South Africa||287,000||359|
|3||Yuze Ding||United States||284,500||356|
|4||Gar Cheung||United States||281,500||352|
|5||Andrew Graham||United States||277,700||347|
|6||Scott Numoto||United States||268,200||335|
|8||Jevon Lam||United States||243,000||304|
|9||Robert Lofaso||United States||233,500||292|
There were only two former Main Event champions that jumped into the Day 1b field: Greg Raymer and Johnny Chan. For the 2004 champion, Raymer wasted little time getting to work by doubling his stack in the first few moments after sitting down. Raymer finished the day with 201,400 chips coming off his latest Senior's tournament victory at the Golden Nugget. As for Chan, he strolled into the tournament area a little later but also built up his stack over the next couple of levels. Chan went on to bag 218,000 chips, and both of them will join the four previous winners from Day 1a.
No Shortage of Table-Talk
There was no lack of chatter in the tournament area from the drop of the hat with Martin Kabrhel getting involved from the very first hand. Kabrhel was up to his usual tricks with his mouth, however, his chips did less talking. Kabrhel opted to run an ace-high bluff in the second level of the day but was bounced by a rivered pair from Michael Demarco.
Another player that doesn't shy away from some table talk was the ever-so-popular Steven "Cuz" Buckner. After taking a bad beat in the early going, Buckner attempted to rebuild his stack throughout the day but was unable to get things rolling his way. Buckner was also among those that failed to advance to the next day.
Joining Buckner on the sidelines were Haven Werner, Santiago Plante, Galen Hall, and Jacqueline Burkhart - who belted out the US national anthem during a short stint on the feature table.
Jimmy D'Ambrosio spent a level on the feature table showing his outgoing character and chatted away but returned to the outer tables as one of the shorter stacks. His attempt at spinning up a stack looked promising - going from 2,500 all the way up to 32,000 - but his luck ended in the final level of the night when his pocket queens ran into Todd Hovenden's pocket aces. If that wasn't bad enough, two more aces on the flop spelled the end to D'Ambrosio's Main Event.
The day belonged to the silent killers on Day 1b as many other big names managed to maneuver their way through the field en route to bagging up a stack for Day 2abc in just a few days. The likes of Patrik Antonius (263,500) and Daniel Rezaei (216,200) quietly battled for the chip lead in the later stages of the day but were forced to settle for positions inside the top 20 instead.
Other high-rollers and household names advancing from Day 1b included Chris Brewer, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Scott Seiver. They will be joined by a couple of the young guns sneaking their way into the scene. Cole Ferraro (179,000) already has one WSOP bracelet to his name at the young age of 22 and is widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming players in his generation. Frederic Normand (95,900) will also move on to Day 2 and is coming off multiple deep runs this summer already.
With the excitement and fireworks out of the way, the night was capped off with the infamous 'Beer Level' as many players engaged in some alcoholic beverages in the final level of the night. "Cocktails!" was the most common exclamation in the last 60 minutes of the night as players rejoiced in making it one step further on their way to poker glory.
There are still two more starting flights waiting to take place over the next couple of days, and they are expected to attract the most players. Day 1c will kick off at 12 p.m. noon local time on July 5 and will have the same structure as the previous flights with five two-hour levels and a 75-minute dinner break after Level 3.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the exciting highlights and action from the day in what could be a historic WSOP Main Event.
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In this Series
- 1 Dayan Leads, Polk Close Behind After Day 1a of $10,000 WSOP Main Event No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
- 2 Van Der Spuy Leads, Martini a Close Second After Day 1b of $10,000 WSOP Main Event No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
- 3 Christopher Brammer Leads Day 1c of Event #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship
- 4 Nicolas 'Dirty Diaper' Rigby Bags Overall Lead After Day 1d of Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 5 2023 WSOP Day 39: No Repeat Main Event Champion as Espen Jorstad Gets Eliminated
- 6 2023 WSOP Day 40: Maurice Hawkins Leads Main Event into Day 3
- 7 Chance Kornuth Among Chip Leaders at Conclusion of Day 3 in the WSOP Main Event
- 8 Tosoc Bags 2023 WSOP Main Event Chip Lead on Day 4; Halverson is Hot on His Heels
- 9 Big Names Bite the Dust on Day 5 of 2023 WSOP Main Event; Hall Bags Monster Stack
- 10 Bringing The Payne: Only 49 Players Left After Day 6 of 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 11 Maceiras Continues to Dominate As 15 Remain in the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 12 Final Table Set on Day 8 of Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 13 Jones, Weinman and Walton to Battle for 2023 WSOP Main Event Title
- 14 Daniel Weinman Wins Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000