Day 1e Completed
Day 1e Completed
Day 1e of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker is in the books with the fifth of six opening flights to the WSOP’s flagship event attracting 797 players to Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to take their shot with 592 moving on to Day 2cef.
Former champions Scott Blumstein and Joe Hachem qualified for Day 2 after spending the evening on the featured tables that were live-streamed on PokerGO.
Hachem, the 2005 Main Event champion, was joined by mixed game specialists Nathan Gamble and Dylan Linde at a lively featured table with some of the most knowledgeable players in the game. Gamble has three cashes at the 2021 WSOP and has won two career WSOP titles. Linde is looking for his second bracelet after breaking through in this year’s Mixed Omaha event. All three players will continue on to Day 2 and Hachem is near the top part of the leaderboard with 186,100 chips.
Day 1e Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||Country||CHIP COUNT||Big Blinds|
|1||David Gerassi||United States||316,100||395|
|2||Kenn Pluard||United States||307,600||385|
|3||Conrad De Armas||United States||302,800||379|
|4||James Mendoza||United States||255,900||320|
|5||Greg Pohler||United States||248,500||311|
|6||Victor Ramdin||United States||228,300||285|
|7||Yiming Cao||United States||228,000||285|
|8||Ryan Delgros||United States||223,400||279|
|9||Craig Chait||United States||222,400||278|
|10||Jordan Jayne||United States||219,200||274|
Blumstein, the 2017 champion, finished with 95,000 after sharing a table with Jacob Thibodeau and Las Vegas-based pro Matt Stout. Thibodeau already has five cashes at the 2021 WSOP and Stout is looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet. All three players moved on to Day 2.
David Gerassi bagged the Day 1e chip lead with 316,100 with Kenn Pluard (307,600) not too far behind. Gerassi came on strong after the dinner break while Pluard is coming off his career-best WSOP finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-handed Event, where he took 48th place.
Meanwhile, Conrad De Armas (302,800) bagged the third biggest stack of Day 1e with the help of chipping up at the very end when his queens full of threes delivered a big hit to Chris Hunichen. He bagged 302,800 and will be among the leaders on Day 2cef.
2021 WSOP Main Event So Far in Numbers
|Flight||Entries||Survivors||Advanced to Day 2|
In the group of those who will not move onto Day 2 include Daniel Negreanu, Ryan Leng, and Dan Smith. Negreanu suffered an early exit in Level 2 when his kings ran into Ayman Mahfoud’s aces. Leng also fell in Level 2 when he got it in with two-pair but lost to Hunichen's flush. Smith hit the rail after his ace-king didn’t improve against the queens of Matthew Jewett.
Players advancing from Day 1e will return for Day 2cef on Wednesday, November 10. Day 2cef will play another five-two hour levels beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Main Event action continues on Tuesday, November 9 with Day 2abd kicking off at 11 a.m. and Day 1f getting underway at noon local time. Both will play five two-hour levels and players advancing from Day 2abd will combine with the survivors from Wednesday's Day 2cef for Day 3 on Thursday, November 11.
Be sure to keep it here throughout the entire 2021 World Series of Poker for updates on the action as it happens from the PokerNews live reporting team.
Day 1e has come to an end.
Stay tuned for a full recap from the PokerNews live reporting team.
The clock has been stopped with 10 minutes remaining and the players will be completing another four hands until bagging and tagging.
Brandon Adams and Mark Bansemer got their chips in the middle pre-flop, with Bansemer holding the shorter stack with 34,800.
Adams was in good position to secure another knockout at the end of the night as the flop came . But the turn brought the , improving Bansemer to a set. The river came the and Bansemer doubled up.
Adams, who took the chip lead with more than 250,000 earlier in the day, dropped down to below 100,000.
The was on the board with about 18,000 in the pot when Chris Hunichen check-called a bet of 12,000 from Conrad De Armas.
The river peeled the and Hunichen checked again. De Armas quickly fired 75,000.
Hunichen went deep into the tank.
"Damn that was a big bet," said Hunichen. "I have a really good hand man."
Hunichen eventually tossed in a call and he saw the bad news as De Armas tabled for a full house.
"You had a flush huh," asked tablemate Kyle Arora to Hunichen?
"Yea," said Hunichen.
With that pot, De Armas surges towards the top of the leaderboard as the night comes to a close.
Daniel Lee was on the button and had four-bet to 19,500. Daniel Blum was in the big blind and jammed all in. Lee had about 35,000 behind and had a big decision on his hands.
He stewed it over for quite a while before he called.
Lee saw the bad news and was in trouble. The flop came to leave him drawing even thinner. The turn was the and the river came the and unlike Squid Game's Player 456 (as he was dressed up as at the table), Lee was not able to survive the game of poker.
Simas Karaliunas was facing a bet from the cutoff and he popped it up to 4,800. The action folded back around to the original raiser who made the call.
Karaliunas continued for 5,500 after the came on the flop and was quickly called.
The followed on the turn and Karaliunas won the hand after his opponent folded to a bet of 15,500.
The tournament director has just announced the final four hands of the evening.