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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
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Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
Day 1c Completed

2019 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1c Breaks Single-Day Attendance Record

KaleGozer • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

Day 1c of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship is notoriously the most hectic day of the summer at the World Series of Poker, but the 2019 edition might very well go down as the craziest single day in WSOP history.

The single-day attendance record for the WSOP Main Event was broken on Friday with almost 5,000 players registering for the Day 1c flight. That number brings the total attendance for the 2019 Main Event over the 8,000 mark, making it the second-highest ever. With late registration still available until the start of the Day 2 flights (Saturday and Sunday), there’s still a chance that this year’s tournament could break the all-time record for Main Event entries. The current record of 8,773 players has stood since the 2006 Main Event.

As single day attendance hit an all-time high, so did the level of strangeness during a day unlike anything ever seen at the Main Event. A pair of player disqualifications, an earthquake panic that shook the Rio, and Phil Ivey’s elimination within the first hour all marked a day that will live on in poker lore for years to come.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey's 2019 WSOP Main Event lasted less than an hour

With the wild flight complete, it was James Henson (316,100), Mike “Timex” McDonald (306,300), Joshua Ray (304,200), Robert Kokoska (285,500) and Mamouni Mohamed (284,000) that ended the day among the names at the top of the chip counts.

Other top performers for the flight included WSOP bracelet winners Adam Friedman (263,100), Timur Margolin (197,400), Calvin Anderson (178,100), Joey Couden (170,300) and Josh Arieh (169,500), who’s coming off a runner-up finish in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. As the Main Event progresses to the first of three Day 2 flights Saturday, it’s Bryan Campanello (417,500) with the overall chip lead from all of the Day 1 flights combined.

The tone for this wild day was set in the first hour of play, beginning with 10-time bracelet winner Ivey busting out before the clock had even struck 1 p.m. Ivey found himself in a three-way, three-bet pot, making an all-in reraise on the flop with the nut flush draw against Jeffrey Chang’s top two pair. The spade Ivey was looking for never came, and the poker legend was one of the first eliminations of the day.

Not One But Two Disqualifications!

Minutes later, at the table of 2015 Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen, Georgii Belianin was disqualified from the tournament. Belianin was shown the door after reaching out and scooping up the chip stack of the player next to him, to the shock and amazement of everyone else in the vicinity. WSOP Vice President Jack Effel escorted Belianin out of the Rio after the unexplainable actions.

Belianin’s exit, however, wouldn’t even end up as the strangest player disqualification of the day. That dubious honor went to a player in the opening minutes of Level 2. This player went all-in blind preflop, turning over Q3 offsuit before anyone else had acted yet behind him. He then proceeded to turn around, drop his pants and moon everyone else at the table, then take off his shoes and throw them, hitting the player in seat one.

The man was immediately disqualified and led to the exits, resurfacing again later in the day on a video that made the rounds on social media. In that piece, the same man was seen dancing on a craps table at Luxor, once again dropping his pants.

The next few levels of the day went on at a level of relative normalcy until a significant earthquake shook the halls of the Rio for the second time in two days.

With the chandeliers and other fixtures of the Rio Convention Center swaying noticeably, many players stood up and left their respective playing areas mid-hand as the 7.1 magnitude quake rolled for several seconds. The tremor caused enough of panic that WSOP officials immediately put the field on dinner break, 40 minutes ahead of schedule, during Level 4.

Joe McKeehan
Joe McKeehen was among the former WSOP Main Event champions who Got Day 1c underway

In between moments of insanity, plenty of poker was played. Former Main Event champions in the Day 1c field included McKeehen, John Cynn (2018), Jamie Gold (2006), Robert Varkonyi (2002) and Joe Cada (2009), who got the festivities started with a quick speech and a “Shuffle Up and Deal” at the beginning of play.

The players that survived Day 1c advance to Day 2c, which restarts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 7. Other notable players on that list include Garrett Adelstein (216,700), Leon Tsoukernik (167,200), Matt Affleck (166,800), Sam Greenwood (126,400), and Ali Imsirovic (102,500).

First up, however, is Day 2ab, which brings back all of the survivors from Day 1a and 1b in a combined field. That restart commences at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Both of the Day 2 flights will play through five two-hour levels, and the players that make it through the Day 2 flights will all come back for Day 3 on Monday, July 8 at noon.

Stay tuned and follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as the 2019 Main Event continues to unfold.

Tags: Adam FriedmanAli ImsirovicBryan CampanelloCalvin AndersonGarrett AdelsteinJames HensonJamie GoldJoe CadaJoey CoudenJohn CynnJosh AriehJoshua RayLeon TsoukernikMamouni MohamedMatt AffleckRobert KokoskaRobert VarkonyiSam GreenwoodTimur Margolin

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

LisaY • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
James Henson us
James Henson
us 316,100 316,100
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 306,300 62,300
Joshua Ray us
Joshua Ray
us 304,200 304,200
Robert Kokoska cz
Robert Kokoska
cz 285,000 40,000
Mohamed Mamouni fr
Mohamed Mamouni
fr 284,000 284,000
Barry Donovan ie
Barry Donovan
ie 280,100 280,100
Robert Layne us
Robert Layne
us 280,000 280,000
Dylan Meier us
Dylan Meier
us 277,700
Yervand Boyadjian am
Yervand Boyadjian
am 277,400 27,400
Tom Cannuli us
Tom Cannuli
us 275,000 275,000
Jerry Odeen se
Jerry Odeen
se 274,900 274,900
Kahle Burns au
Kahle Burns
au 269,600 200
Geramy Dickerson US
Geramy Dickerson
US 268,000 5,000
Cody Brinn us
Cody Brinn
us 267,900 500
Sanjay Mayekar us
Sanjay Mayekar
us 265,100 265,100
Steven Harper us
Steven Harper
us 263,400 94,400
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 263,100
Martin Huk pl
Martin Huk
pl 257,900 257,900
Christopher Poole us
Christopher Poole
us 257,600 257,600
Joseph Sabe lb
Joseph Sabe
lb 256,700 256,700
Chad Power us
Chad Power
us 256,500 256,500
Billy Gurule US
Billy Gurule
US 254,300 254,300
David Vedral at
David Vedral
at 253,400 253,400
Jasper Meijer van Putten nl
Jasper Meijer van Putten
nl 251,700 251,700
Matthew Reeser US
Matthew Reeser
US 251,700 251,700

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Fitzgerald Wins on the Flop

tRaMSt0p • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Following a raise to 1,800, Alex Fitzgerald called in middle position, as did the small blind.

The flop landed {q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades} and action checked to Fitzgerald, and he bet 3,000.

Both the small blind and original raiser folded, and Fitzgerald collected the pot.

Alex Fitzgerald us
Alex Fitzgerald
us 167,500 -8,600

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Petrone Bluffs All Streets into Bitker

LisaY • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

In a hand that played out over several minutes, Adam Bitker has come out on top after calling Ramiro Petrone down over all streets with top pair, top kicker.

Preflop, Bitker had raised to 3,500 and Petrone raised it up to 15,100, which Bitker called. The flop was a paired {4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and Bitker check-called a 9,200 continuation bet. The {a-Diamonds} turn saw another check-call, for 18,500 and on the {3-Clubs} river, Petrone moved all in, which Bitker called immediately.

Adam Bitker: {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Ramiro Petrone: {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

Petrone showed the bluff and Bitker gets a large boost as play draws to a close.

Adam Bitker US
Adam Bitker
US 177,000
Ramiro Petrone ar
Ramiro Petrone
ar 54,000

Tags: Adam BitkerRamiro Petrone

Six More Hands

BrandonTemple • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

The remaining field will play six more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening. Stay tuned for a full recap of a wild Day 1c here at the WSOP Main Event.

Metaal Takes from Biles

tRaMSt0p • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Oliver Biles
Oliver Biles

Oliver Biles raised to 1,400 on the button and Govert Metaal called in the small blind.

The flop landed {3-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and both players checked to reveal the {k-Hearts} on the turn. Metaal checked and Biles bet 2,200.
Metaal called, and both players checked the {5-Spades} on the river.

Metaal tabled his {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, and Biles mucked.

Oliver Biles gb
Oliver Biles
PokerNews
gb 154,400 76,400
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 141,000 11,000

Tags: Govert MetaalOliver Biles

Wiora Bets Off Katz

BrandonTemple • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Benjamin Wiora bet 5,000 from the small blind on a {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop, and Cary Katz made the call in the cutoff.

Wiora continued firing on the {9-Diamonds} turn, betting 11,000, and that did the trick as Katz elected to fold.

Benjamin Wiora US
Benjamin Wiora
US 129,000
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us 98,000 -15,000

Tags: Cary KatzBenjamin Wiora

Minor Loss for Friedman

Jan_Kores • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Adam Friedman raised to 1,400 in the hijack and he found two callers in the button and big blind.

Friedman continued for 1,700 when the {q-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} hit the felt and only the big blind called.

The {a-Diamonds} turn and {4-Spades} river were checked by both players and Friedman mucked his hand upon seeing his opponent roll over {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}.

Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 282,000 -25,000

Tags: Adam Friedman