Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
|Jon Van Fleet||116,300|
It was nearly twelve hours ago that players began to file into the Amazon Room and Pavilion to kick off the second Day 1 of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. After four and a half levels of play, those lucky enough to still have chips in front of them are bagging them up and heading home for the night.
We started the day with 1,489 players. That's nearly 400 more than we had for yesterday's Day 1a. Not only was the entire Amazon room occupied by Main Event entrants, but there were another 450 players who started their day off in the Pavilion. Of those who started out today, it appears that just over 1,000 have been fortunate enough to make it through the day.
As was to be expected, it was another day full of appearances by high-profile players. Those who had their Main Event dreams cut short include Ivan Demidov, Joe Sebok, Erick Lindgren, Justin Bonomo, Bertrand Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Jamie Gold and Arnaud Mattern.
On a more positive note, we have plenty of players gearing up for Day 2. Our chip leader for the day appears to be James Danielson who will kick off his Day 2 with an impressive 201,050 chips. Trailing not far behind are Filippo Candio (167300), Robert Miller (155,225) and Jason DeWitt (149,850).
Some of the fortunate few to break the 100,000-chip mark include Alex Kostritsyn (106,000), Florian Langmann (100,000) and Kido Pham (114,000).
Other notables we can expect to see when they return on Day 2b include Gavin Griffin (97,200), Dan Kelly (74,000), Brandon Cantu (72,000), Johnny Lodden (62,500), Phil Laak (58,000), Jon Turner (63,825), Dan Harrington (45,000), George Lind (11,975), Gavin Smith (40,000) and on it goes...
Completing Day 1 is a goal for many in and of itself. It is, however, just the first necessary step on a long journey down the road to our final table in November. Join us tomorrow for our coverage of Day 1c and stick with us through to the conclusion of poker's grandest tournament!
Shawn Buchanan check-called 3,000 on the flop and check-called another 5,100 on the turn with just 2,200 behind. Come the he checked again and then called all in to a 5,000 bet from his opponent.
"Nines," announced his opponent, but as he tabled we assumed that he was guessing what Buchanan had. Whatever cards Buchanan was holding we shall never know, as he merely mucked and headed for the door.
On Table 295, it's become apparent that someone is ready to go home. The dealer went through the riffle-riffle-box-riffle routine, and he cut the deck and pulled in the 50 ante from each player. He then burned a card and dealt the flop... before dealing hole cards to the players. Everyone at the table got a good chuckle, and the dealer pulled the flop back and tried it again.
The players aren't the only ones anxious to get out of here tonight.
Nick Mitchell started off this hand by raisied to 925 from early position. Newly crowned bracelet winner Jason DeWitt reraised to 2,600 from the next seat over. Jared Pacifici four-bet to 5,200 from the small blind and that knocked the big blind and Mitchell out of the way. Action fell back on DeWitt and he five-bet to 10,600. After tanking for a minute, Pacifici made the call.
The flop came down and both players checked. The turn added the to the board and both players checked again, making for a rather uneventful pot after there was plenty of preflop action.
The river completed the board with the and Pacifici checked. DeWitt wasn't about to check again and fired a bet worth 12,500. Pacifici mucked his hand and DeWitt took the pot to move to 121,000 in chips.
The clock has been paused at that magical ten-minute mark. We'll play five more hands at each table, and then those that have been lucky enough to survive Day 1 of the Main Event will bag and tag their chips for the overnight soak.
Ronnie Bardah called a player's all-in bet for less than 10 big blinds with the . The at-risk player held the .
The board ran through to give Bardah the best hand on the river. He's now up to about 60,000 in chips.
In the far corner of the room there's a man in a wheelchair who's playing with a mysterious miniature chest on the felt. Whenever he receives a card, he slides the card up a ramp and inserts the top half into a slit in the chest. I watched on blankly but simply couldn't work out the function of the box. I even asked two tournament directors, and neither could shine any light on the issue. Answers on a post card please.