On most Day 1’s at the WSOP, the goal is to survive the first day in hopes that you will either limp your way into the money on Day 2 or build up a giant chip stack and go for the bracelet. But today, the goal was to simply beat everyone at your table, as 1440 players were all spread out at 9 person tables essentially playing a sit-n-go. For the 160 players that remain, they have all guaranteed themselves a payday of $4,998, but all of them have their eyes on that first place prize of $369,371.
Some of the players that were knocked out early in the day were Greg Mueller, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Justin Bonomo, David Williams, defending champion Steven Kelly, and Eli Elezra, amongst several others. Some players who made it to their heads up battle but fell short included Humberto Brenes, Matt Jarvis, Daniel Alaei, Erick Lindgren, Allen Cunningham, David Benyamine, and Sam Simon, who lost in the second to last match of the night.
Despite all of those big names dropping out, we still have a ton of top pros who managed to win their tabled. Daniel Negreanu heads the list, but he will be joined by an impressive list of players, including Nam Le, Lex Veldhuis, Josh Brikis, Victor Ramdin, Frank Kassela, Scott Seiver, Eric Baldwin, Greg Raymer, Filippo Candio, Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier, and several more.
It sure looks like we will have an exciting day tomorrow. There will be 16 ten-handed tables, with 2nd-10th place at every table getting $4,998. The 16 winners will be guaranteed a payday of $13,238, and will come back on day 3 and play down to a winner. Play will begin at 2:30 local time, so make sure to tune in to Pokernews for all of the updates tomorrow.