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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 1c Completed

Day 1c of Main Event Sees Record Turnout, Second-Biggest Overall Field Ever

mnuwwarah • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel
WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel

Since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to three starting flights in 2012, Day 1c has traditionally hosted the biggest turnout. With the July 4 weekend coinciding with Day 1c this year and larger-than-usual turnouts on Day 1a (925) and Day 1b (2,378), some wondered if Day 1c would be as massive as usual.

As it turned out, a record field showed up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, packing the halls and the tournament areas like never before.

The 4,571 runners who came out for Day 1c made it the biggest single flight in the history of the WSOP since organizers began divvying up the field into more than one starting day. Combined with the Day 1a and Day 1b numbers, that pushed the total field to 7,874, making it the second-biggest Main Event ever, behind only 2006's 8,773 entrants. It's nearly a 10 percent increase over the 7,221 who showed up last year.

The total prize pool came out to $74,015,600, and this year's world champion will claim a first-place prize of $8.8 million.

WSOP Main Event Entries and Prize Pool Since 2000

 Day 1aDay 1bDay 1cDay 1dTotalPrize Pool
2000    512$5,120,000
2001    613$5,946,220
2002    631$5,931,000
2003    839$7,802,700
2004    2,576$24,224,400
2005    5,619$52,818,610
2006    8,773$82,512,162
2007    6,358$59,784,954

The number of surviving players wasn't immediately available, but an announcement from a tournament supervisor during the bagging process indicated about 3,500 players made it through, which would roughly match the ratio of survivors from the first two starting days.

French player Samuel Touil bagged the unofficial chip lead after five two-hour levels of play, turning his 50,000 starting stack into 352,800. That gives him the overall lead heading into Day 2.

"I think I played very well all day long," Touil said. "I got very lucky on a big hand when I four-bet shoved with six-eight of hearts on the button and flopped two pair for a pot of more than 145K. I also made a really big bluff at the beginning of the tournament. I just played my game today and my stack has never been at risk."

Samuel Touil
Samuel Touil had a banner Day 1c.

Other big stacks included Jarod Ludemann (230,100), Patrik Antonius (208,700), Loni Harwood (194,200), Tyler Patterson (166,900) and Chino Rheem (149,500).

Antonius said he was making his return to the WSOP after six years away.

"It felt very special to be back," he said. "I got in after dinner break, brought a lot of action to the table and managed to get some big hands."

"It was great to see so many poker players I have not seen in so long. I am very tired and going to rest for a while after this."

Superstars Phil Ivey (92,300) and Phil Hellmuth (63,700), as well as former Main Event champs Martin Jacobson (38,400), Jonathan Duhamel (17,500) and Joe Cada (16,500) also made it through.

Speaking of Jacobson, he'll be joined on Day 2 by fellow 888poker Ambassadors Parker Talbot, Dominik Nitsche, and Chris Moorman, among others.

Another former Main Event champ did the honors of getting the day underway, but that proved to be the high point of Chris Moneymaker's 2018 Main Event. Moneymaker was eliminated in an early level when, already short-stacked, he flopped a set of fives and got his stack in there against an overpair of tens. A ten hit on the river to send Moneymaker packing.

Andrew Moreno, Marcel Luske, Chris Vitch, Jonas Mackoff, John Racener, Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu also hit the rail. Negreanu got all his chips in the middle with jacks but took a beat when an opponent with tens hit a set.

The players who made it through will battle it out again on Friday, 6 July, for Day 2c. They'll return to the Rio at 11am that day. In the meantime, Day 1a and Day 1b survivors will populate the venue at the same time on Thursday, 5 July. Come back to PokerNews then for more coverage of the Main Event.

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End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Jan_Kores • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Samuel Touil fr 352,800 -1,200
Peter Forsstrom us 283,200
Bernhard Steiner SN 282,000
Denilson Menezes BR 272,000
Anthony Reategui us 256,500 51,500
Gary Payne US 248,600
Ignacio Sanchez us 244,700
Robert Covert US 240,300 240,300
Martin Malone gb 237,400 190,400
Fabrizio D'Agostino si 234,900
Anthony Marsico us 234,200
Jarod Ludemann us 230,100 -49,900
Frankie Flowers US 222,700 144,700
Liang Xu cn 220,200 100,200
Vi Do us 218,700
Or Ben IL 216,900
Fiodor Martino it 211,400
Corey Kempson au 210,000 15,000
Lester Edoc ph 209,100
Joseph Umdenstock US 208,600 75,600
Jean Gaspard us 208,200
Patrik Antonius fi 208,200 15,200
Scott Palmer us 206,200
Romain Lefebvre De Rieux fr 204,700
Farhad Jamasi us 200,700

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Ryan Takes One Off Hansen

MartianNews • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

A late position opponent opened to 1,300, Chad Ryan called from the hijack, an opponent on the button called, and Gus Hansen called from the big blind.

The flop came down {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}, all players checked and the turn came down the {5-Diamonds}. Again all of the players checked and the {8-Diamonds} fell on the river.

Hansen fired out a bet of 6,000, action folded to Ryan who made the call and the button opponent folded. Ryan then turned over {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} for a rivered set and Hansen mucked his hand.

Chad Ryan CA 146,000 23,000
Gus Hansen dk 42,000 -9,100

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Peters Keeps Chipping Down

gaellej • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

David Peters bet 1,150 and only the player on the button made the call.

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{q-Spades} and Peters check-called a bet for 2,500. The turn was the {9-Hearts} and the same action happened after a tank from Peters, this time for 3,000.

The river fell a {a-Clubs} and both players checked. Peters tossed his hand into the muck when his opponent showed {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for a pair of queens.

David Peters us 17,000 -11,000

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Sick End for Lee

KaleGozer • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

A short-stacked Preston Lee was all in for his last 14,125 on a {4-Clubs}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs} and was called in two places. On the {10-Hearts} turn, one of the players check-called a bet of 10,000 but he folded on the {9-Hearts} river to a 22,000 bet.

Lee showed {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}, which would be the last hand he'd play in the Main Event as his opponent tabled {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for the rivered higher set.

"Oh my God!" several people at the table yelled.

"That was sick," Lee said, seemingly in good spirits.

"Fours are cursed bro," another tablemate comforted Lee as he headed out of Miranda.

Preston Lee us Busted

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Roca de Torres Wins a Small Pot

DegenOnTour • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

Marti Roca de Torres raised from the under the gun position and the only player that called was the one in the big blind. The flop came {7-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Both checked.

The also checked on the {3-Diamonds} turn, but when the {7-Clubs} river came down Roca de Torres couldn't help himself to put in a little 1,625 bet. His opponent called him and Roca de Torres' {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} was the best hand and he took down the pot.

Marti Roca de Torres es 60,000 9,500

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More Chip Counts

gaellej • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Samuel Touil fr 354,000 24,000
Ankush Mandavia us 95,000 19,000
Leo Fernandez ar 81,000 31,000
Luke Brereton gb 78,000 -5,000
Adrian Moreno us 72,000 9,000
Ryan Laplante us 70,000 -35,000
Phil Hellmuth us 69,000 69,000
Salvatore Bonavena it 69,000 -8,000
Anthony Spinella us 68,000
Ana Marquez es 67,000 13,000
Jason Casele US 66,000 66,000
Yehoram Houri fr 65,000 27,000
Matt Salsberg ca 43,000 14,500
Stuart Taylor gb 40,000 13,000
Jennifer Shahade us 37,000 1,000
Laurence Grondin ca 35,000 7,000
Adrian Mateos es 26,000 -39,000
Katie Lindsay us 25,000 -27,000
François Pirault fr 11,000 -14,000
Nick Yunis cl 11,000 -3,000

Ludemann Drags A Big One Off Beckley

KaleGozer • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante
Jarod Ludemann
Jarod Ludemann

As Day 1 of the 2018 WSOP Main Event drew to a close, 2015 Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley and Jarod Ludemann locked horns in a three-bet pot. It was Ludemann who had raised to 1,500 in middle position, Beckley made it 5,100 on the button and Ludemann called.

The flop was {A-Clubs}{7-Spades}{4-Hearts} and Ludemann check-called 9,700 from Beckley. The {6-Diamonds} on the turn prompted a second barrel from Beckley worth 17,500. Once again, Ludemann check-called the bet.

The river was the {Q-Clubs} and Ludemann checked a third time. Beckley cut out a small bet what appeared to be 12,800 and Ludemann snap-called it off.

Josh Beckley: {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Jacob Ludemann: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}

Beckley's pair of sixes was no good and Ludemann scooped up the sizable pot.

Jarod Ludemann us 280,000 60,000
Josh Beckley us 52,000 -63,000

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Four-Bet Pot for Cerveny

Jan_Kores • Level 5: 250-500, 75 ante

Ladislav Cerveny was seen three-betting out of the big blind, making it 5,100. The original aggressor, however, countered with a 14,200 four-bet on the button. Cerveny called and they saw the {7-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Spades} hit the felt.

No bets were made and the {Q-Clubs} appeared on the turn. Cerveny led out 11,200 and his opponent laid his hand down.

"You've been three-betting all day," he sighed.

Ladislav Cerveny sk 120,000 62,000

Tags: Ladislav Cerveny