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Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 1b Completed

Alex Foxen Among Big Stacks After Day 1b of the 2018 WSOP Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Alex Foxen among the big stacks after Day 1b
Alex Foxen among the big stacks after Day 1b

The second starting day of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event not only surpassed the field size of the previous starting flight, but more than doubled the numbers of Day 1a, with a total of 2,378 entries. After five levels of two hours each, 1,794 players bagged up and will return in two days time, on Thursday, July 5, for Day 2.

At least two players bagged up more than six times the starting stack in France's Smain Mamouni (311,600) and Samuel Bernabeu (309,500). Bernabeu consistently built his stack in the Brasilia room while Mamouni only appeared on the radar in the last hands of the night when his flopped nut flush draw got there against two players with sets to jump into the role of big stack.

However, much of the media spotlight will be on Alex Foxen. After an incredibly hot run over the last two years, it was no surprise to see Foxen once again among the big stacks with a very healthy 242,300.

Poker legend Johnny Chan was another player to take part on Day 1b, and the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion nearly doubled his stack early on before smoothly navigating through the five levels of the day and ending up with a stack of 151,100.

Other notables that made it through with plenty of chips include Rifat Palevic (185,800), 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies (171,200), Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (166,200), Pablo Fernandez (160,100), Pierre Neuville (147,500), Shaun Deeb (143,300), and Chris Ferguson (134,900).

A face that had not been seen in Las Vegas and on the poker tables as of late was George Danzer. After becoming a dad, the mixed game specialist from Germany returned to Sin City for his first and only tournament of the summer and made it through with 117,800. Calvin Anderson came in fresh off winning his second career bracelet in Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship and ended Day 1b with an above-average stack of 99,100.

Action of the Day

It all kicked off at 11am local time with a motivational shuffle up and deal by John Hesp, who gained a lot of attention for his very positive attitude during his deep run in the Main Event the previous year, and the Brit was welcomed by a lot of applause in the Amazon room before cards got in the air. Hesp was over on the ESPN feature table for more than one full level and went on to bag 63,900 for Day 2.

John Hesp
John Hesp back in Las Vegas for the WSOP Main Event

Among the notables to fall short of making a deep run, having to settle for an early exit instead were Noah Schwartz, Kenny Hallaert, Jesper Hougaard, the two former WSOP Main Event champions Jamie Gold and Greg Raymer, Justin Liberto, Doug Polk, Jason Somerville, Mickey Craft, Anton Morgenstern and Brandon Wong. Hallaert had a day to forget and eventually busted on the feature table in level three after he turned top two pair only to run into a flopped set of eights.

For Max Steinberg, the day was already long over by then. In one of the very first hands of the entire day, Steinberg got his entire stack in with pocket aces against the pocket kings of Michael Rack. A king appeared right in the window and Steinberg became the first casualty of the day. Rack couldn't hold onto the chips, though, and busted towards the end of the day as well.

The chips were splashing left and right and jokes were traded in three different areas in the convention center of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino with the Amazon, Brasilia and Pavilion rooms in use. That's just a sign of things to come, though, with tomorrow's Day 1c usually being traditionally the strongest of the three starting days.

This year, the final starting day falls on the July 4th Independence Day and this may slightly lower the turnout for the final flight, however, the $10,000 Main Event is off to a great start going by previous numbers. In 2017, Day 1a attracted a field of 795 entries (925 in 2018), and Day 1b gathered 2,164 poker enthusiasts one year ago. With Day 1b's entries, the total after two of the three starting flights adds up to 3,303 entries and more than 2,500 players have secured their seat for Day 2 already.

The PokerNews live reporting team will once again be on the floor to bring you all the action from the most important poker tournament of the year, so make sure to tune back in and follow along with the madness to come.

Tags: Alex FoxenCalvin AndersonChris FergusonDoug PolkGeorge DanzerGreg RaymerJamie GoldJason SomervilleJesper HougaardJohn HespJohnny ChanKenny HallaertMax SteinbergMickey CraftNoah SchwartzPierre NeuvilleRifat PalevicSamuel BernabeuScott DaviesShaun DeebSmain MamouniWorld Series of PokerWSOP Main Event

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

LiveReporter • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Smain Mamouni fr 311,000 -600
Samuel Bernabeu es 309,500
Barbara Rogers us 307,000 307,000
Daniel Colpoys us 246,800 112,800
Alex Foxen us 242,300
Alpheus Chan ca 208,600
Paul Varano us 204,400 204,400
Brian Brubaker us 203,600 203,600
Luis Vazquez US 201,800 201,800
Liam O'Donoghue ie 196,200 196,200
Gil Barak il 192,400 192,400
Kristofer Homerding us 190,700 190,700
Alexander Villa ca 190,400
Cathy Schenone us 188,900
Kevin Patel US 187,500 7,500
Jonathan Levy us 186,800
Rifat Palevic se 185,800
Christopher Merrill US 185,000
Alexander Haro us 184,000 184,000
Andrew Jernigan us 183,000 183,000
Kevin Malis US 182,700
Alexis Fleur fr 180,600
Daisuke Ogita jp 176,700 176,700
Norbert Douilly FR 176,300 176,300
Martin Verdegaal us 176,000 176,000

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Assorted End-of-Day Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

The full chip counts will be provided once PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow

Smain Mamouni fr 311,600 -8,400
Samuel Bernabeu es 309,500 7,500
Dan Colpoys us 246,800 -8,200
Alex Foxen us 242,300 -37,700
Alpheus Chan ca 208,600 -8,400
David Cabrera es 200,500
Alexander Villa ca 190,400 -14,600
Cathy Schenone us 188,900 188,900
Jonathan Levy us 186,800 186,800
Rifat Palevic se 185,800 -34,200
Christopher Merrill US 185,000 185,000
Kevin Malis US 182,700 182,700
Alexis Fleur fr 180,600 20,600
Scott Davies us 171,200 -3,800
Louis Garza US 171,000 171,000
Paul Sexton us 168,200
Roger Lussier us 168,000 168,000
Tom Hall gb 167,400 57,400
Michael Mizrachi us 166,200 127,200
Charles Hatley US 164,500 164,500
Joseph Young us 163,400 163,400
Lee Markholt us 162,500 2,500
David Gonzales us 160,500 -23,500
Pablo Fernandez es 160,100 6,100
Sergio Castelluccio it 154,100 -15,900

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Last Pot for Brosolo

gaellej • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

The flop was showing {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} with already around 15,000 in the middle when Yann Brosolo fired 9,000. His opponent tanked for some time and ended up folding his hand.

The French player grabbed the pot to end his day with a stack of 67,500.

Yann Brosolo fr 67,500 67,500

No Day 2 for Hougaard

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

Among the notables to bust out of the Tan section at the very end of the night was Jesper "Kipster" Hougaard. Former table neighbor Ben Morrison confirmed that he had taken over the remaining chips of the Dane when his pocket queens held up against pocket jacks to send Hougaard to the rail.

Ben Morrison gb 85,000 53,000
Jesper Hougaard dk Busted

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Bach Makes a Correct River Call

DegenOnTour • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

David Bach had checked and was facing a bet of 10,000 while the board was reading {J-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Bach called the bet to see the {9-Diamonds} complete the river.

Bach checked again to his opponent on the button, who bet out 16,000. Bach made the call and he showed {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} for the winning hand.

David Bach us 140,000 24,800

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Five More Hands

zedmaster84 • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes to go and the last five hands will be played for tonight.

Mamouni Takes the Lead

MartianNews • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Smain Mamouni
Smain Mamouni

The board read {3-Spades}{5-Spades}{q-Spades}, an early position opponent had 85,000 in the middle, a late position opponent moved in for around 75,000 and Smain Mamouni stood up and slammed his chips in the middle, signifying a call and putting his two opponents at risk of elimination.

Smain Mamouni: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Early Opponent: {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}
Late Opponent: {q-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The turn made Mamouni let out a shout of excitement as it fell the {9-Spades}. He would now just need to dodge his opponent's boat outs and when the {j-Clubs} hit the river he did just that. Mamouni scooped in the biggest pot of the day and moved into the chip lead late into Day 1b.

Smain Mamouni fr 320,000 320,000

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