Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Massive, Giant, Huge, Mammoth, Monster...All could be used to describe Day 1 of the inaugural $1,500 no-limit hold’em “monster stack” event. It all kicked off at noon where flight one drew the cap of 4,020 players.
The 5 p.m. second flight quickly filled up as well and some of the ‘Day 1b first wave’ registrants had to wait nearly three hours before they were seated for play. Four more “waves” for seating players were planned, but ultimately the large majority seemed to have to wait until the start of level six to be able to play some poker.
Just over one hour later registration closed and the event’s total number of entrants was set at 7,862. A whopping prize pool of $10,613,700 was created with a another millionaire maker for the one who navigates their way through the sharks and dreamers. $1,327,083 to be exact and six-figure paydays for all who make the official final table. Not too shabby for a $1,500 investment.
We will have a better idea of the total number of entrants that made it through at the start of Day 2, as the two flights will combine into one field. The event is scheduled for five days and survivors will start Day 2 on Friday at 3 p.m. Tune in then as PokerNews continues coverage of this historic event.
We picked up the action with a completed board of and around 16,000 in the middle. Jeff Madsen bet 7,000 and his opponent thought for a couple of minutes before finally making the call. Madsen confidently tabled and his opponent mucked.
With the deep stack and large field this event could certainly pass for a main event warm up. Jeff Gross, for one, sure seems to think so.
We caught the action with a board of . Piragibe Junior bet 3,500 and Ravi Raghavan made the call. The river was the and Junior checked. Raghavhan bet 8,500 and Junior snap-called. Raghavan mucked and Junior showed for just bottom pair.
Raghavan looked at this reporter and scoffed, "huh, that was a good one." Raghavan's tablemates laughed as they headed to the next hand.
We caught the action after a flop of and Kenna James facing a lead bet of 1,200 from an opponent. James raised to 3,100 and his opponent folded. James turned over to show the table his good fortune.
James has built a nice stack today, though we're not certain it's all from flopped sets.