Day 1c Completed
Day 1c Completed
Day 1c of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event proved to be the biggest and baddest of the starting days, topping out at 3,467 players and surpassing last year's record-second field of 3,418 that was largest one-day Main Event field in history. Combine that number with Day 1a's 943 players and Day 1b's 1,942, and you've got yourself a grand total of 6,352 entrants. The field created a prize pool of $59,708,800, and the eventual winner will be taking home $8,359,531.
As so often happens, the player emerging as the chip leader of the final starting day claimed the overall top spot. That man, Mark Kroon, bagged up 246,300 in chips and will lead the way heading forward. Kroon has cashed once prior in the WSOP Main Event, placing 399th in 2011 for $30,974.
Kroon took out Ylon Schwartz in the final hand of the night to snatch the chip lead from Imari Love, who bagged up 214,300. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was another player amongst the leaders for much of the day, and he bagged up 176,100.
As expected, poker's elite were out in full force today. Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Allen Cunningham, Nick Schulman, Antonio Esfandiari and Ben Lamb were amongst those in action today, and they'll all be advancing. From that bunch, Ivey bagged the most chips with 119,650. Two other very well known faces in poker, Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan, both "played" the Main Event today, but didn't actually show up and play a single hand all day long. Instead, their stacks were put into play and blinded off. Hansen's stack was 17,975 at the end of the day, and Dwan finished on 18,075.
Arguably the most world-renowned person in the field was not a professional poker player, but rather a professional soccer player, Gerard Piqué. The 26-year old defender is widely regarded as one of the best centre backs in the world, playing for FC Barcelona and Spain, and his résumé includes a World Cup win, a Premiere League title, four La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League titles, and three consecutive selections (2010-2012) to the UEFA Team of the Year. While Piqué began the day on the rise, climbing to nearly 100,000 in chips, he slipped in the final two levels of the night. He was able to find a double and get back to 19,400 to finish out the day, though.
The survivors from Day 1c will have Tuesday off while Day 2a and 2b play out inside the walls of the Rio. On Wednesday, today's survivors will be back in action to continue their quest.
For us at PokerNews, we're done for the night, but you can catch us right back here tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the start of Day 2a and 2b. See you then!
After a raise of 1,200 from Gerard Piqué, Harald Olsen, who claimed to be the boyfriend Elisabeth Hille, reraised to 2,800 from the button. Piqué called and the two took to a flop od . Piqué checked to Olsen who fired off a bet of 2,000. Piqué called to see the on the turn. On the turn, Piqué checked again to Olsen who effectively moved all in with a covering stack on Piqué. After about a minute in the tank, Piqué called for his last 4,450 and it was off to a showdown.
The board completed with the and Piqué was able to earn a crucial double up here at the end of the night.
In the final hand of the night, Mark Kroon opened to 1,125 from under the gun. He was called by three players, including Ylon Schwartz. The flop came down , and Kroon threw out a continuation bet of 2,400. Schwartz raised it up to 5,200, which was enough to see the other two players muck their hands. Kroon called, as the fell on the turn. Kroon bet out 13,500 and was called. The completed the board, and Kroon bet out 12,125. Schwartz tanked for a few minutes, before moving all in for over 30,000, which was snap called.
“Boom!” yelled Kroon, tabling his , before jumping up from his chair. “Boom!” he repeated. Kroon was so excited; he could hardly hold it in.
“You don’t have to be such a d*** about it,” said Schwartz, after the completion of the hand.
“I’m just excited to win a hand,” replied Kroon.
The Tournament Director has just announced that there are just four more hands for the evening.
Following a raise to 1,100, Calvin Anderson called next to act before the small blind went all in for 10,625. The original raiser folded, but Anderson made the call.
The board ran out and Anderson doubled his opponent while slipping to roughly 116,000 in chips.
After having a massive stack earlier on Day 1, Gerard Piqué is now getting rather short. We watched Piqué play a couple hands and here is what happened:
On the first hand, after a middle position raise to 1,250, Piqué three bet to 3,800 from the button. Action folded back to the original raiser who flatted.
The flop came down and the original raiser checked to Pique who led with a bet of 5,500. The original reraise took about 15 seconds, then reraised to 15,000 which was close to putting Piqué all in. Piqué eventually folded and the original raiser took down the pot.
On the second hand a player raised to 925 from early position and Piqué flatted. No one else called so the two went heads up to the flop. Both players checked to see the on the turn where the raiser put out a bet of 1,600 and Piqué called. The river was the and both players checked. The original raiser turned up his and Piqué mucked.
After those two hands, Piqué is sitting on just about 12,000 chips.
From middle position, Imari Love raised to 1,000. Philippe Plouffe called from the hijack seat, the player on the button called, then Tobias Reinkemeier called out of the big blind. On the flop, Reinkemeier, Love and Plouffe all checked. The button fired 2,500, and each of his opponents folded.