Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
A few minutes before 11 a.m local time, the doors to the Bally’s ballroom swung open, the throng poured in, and it seemed like Christmas morning for every poker player.
The start of the $10,000 Main Event is the biggest day on the poker calendar as defending champion Koray Aldemir did the ceremonial “Shuffle Up and Deal.” Aldemir’s run at a repeat performance will have to wait as he did not enter this flight, but 900 players did take to the felt today on Day 1a to chase their dreams of World Series of Poker glory and the title of world champion.
Leading the way after five two-hour levels is Cedrric Trevino. The man behind the vlog “Poker Traveler” hit a set of kings on the river to crack pocket aces and knock out a player on his way to bagging 317,800.
Right behind him is Wesley Fei. The cryptocurrency investor and Hustler Live cash game regular only started playing poker six months ago. The Main Event is his first-ever tournament. He won a big pot with kings against ace-queen to approach 200,000 chips, finishing the night with 300,000.
“I feel good. First time playing a tournament,” Fei said at the end of the night. “This tournament is almost like a cash game. I’m happy with deep stacks.”
2022 WSOP Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||Country||CHIP COUNT||Big Blinds|
|1||Cedrric Trevino||United States||317,800||397|
|3||Suhaag Gandikota||United States||269,700||337|
|6||Andrew Moreno||United States||238,200||298|
|7||Yusef Yusufov||United States||230,000||288|
|8||Wendy Bowers||United States||219,400||274|
|9||Kenneth O'Donnell||United States||217,600||272|
|10||Jimmy D'Ambrosio||United States||213,500||267|
A total of 631 players made it through the day. Ryan Depaulo knocked out two players, one with a set of sixes against pocket kings and the other by rivering a straight with jack-ten to crack a set of nines. The bracelet winner finished the night with 188,800. Others who made it through to Day 2 include past Main Event champions Ryan Riess (139,900), Qui Nguyen (74,000), John Cynn (65,000), and Martin Jacobson (64,300), in addition to Thomas Eychenne (255,800), Andrew Moreno (238,200), Jimmy D’Ambrosio (213,000), two-time “Last Woman Standing” Kelly Minkin (204,700), and Kevin Gerhart (149,900).
One player who is no stranger to Main Event success is Josh Remitio, who rode the strength of his boisterous rail a year ago all the way to a fourth-place finish. Remitio took to the felt today for another run and ended up with 145,500.
“It feels good. I've bricked every tournament so far this series. This just kinda feels like my event though,” Remitio said about being back on the Main Event stage. “Following (last year’s) Main Event I studied a lot more but yeah, pretty much taking the same approach.”
The Main Event dream ended early for others. Reigning Player of the Year Josh Arieh ran into a cooler with a rivered flush against D’Ambrosio’s full house and busted shortly after. Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno, Ana Marquez, $100,000 High Roller champion Aleksejs Ponakovs, and Japanese vlogging superstar Masato Yokosawa also hit the rail on Day 1a.
The players who survived the day will return on July 7 for Day 2ab. Stay tuned to PokerNews as another group of Main Event hopefuls gets their turn on July 4 on Day 1b at 11 a.m.
Eric Goldstein is among the players who have found a bag today on Day 1a. Goldstein's story on how he got into this event is quite peculiar. Falling asleep while playing, he woke up to discover he'd won an $80 auto all-in satellite into the 2022 WSOP Main Event on WSOP.com.
Bagged 91.7k in The WSOP Main Event https://t.co/708WNdRYOr— Eric Goldstein (@goldsteinE)
Jimmy D'Ambrosio had just taken the last two pots preflop when he limped in for the last hand of the night.
A middle position player raised to 3,400 and Scotty Smith, from Texas, bumped it up to 10,000.
"Let's go to bed guys," said Smith.
Everyone folded and Smith turned over pocket aces to take down the night's final hand.
After Elio Fox raised to 1,500 preflop, Robert Downs bumped it up to 4,500 and action folded back around to fox who called.
The flop was and Downs bet 3,500 which Fox called.
The turn came the and this time Downs bet 7,000 but was then raised to 28,000 by Fox. Downs called and the two saw the river to which they both checked.
Fox tabled but Downs showed to take down the pot.
Meanwhile, Matthew "Squirrelly" Gonzales was sitting comfortably in a robe as the action went down.
On a completed board of with roughly 10,000 in the pot, Jan Bednar bet 6,500 in middle position, and the player on the button raised to 25,000.
Bednar contemplated for a while, before eventually letting his hand go, although the Czech player has still accrued a sizable stack so far today.
On a board reading a player in early position had all of his chips in the middle as did a player in late position. Freddy Deeb in the small blind, who still had a significant stack behind, had called. The late position player held while Deeb had for top pair top kicker. It was no good, however, as the early position player turned over for the flopped set that had filled up on the turn.
"Nice hand, very nice hand," said Deeb as he pushed a small pile of chips towards the at risk player, who had effectively tripled-up. Deeb took only a fairly minor hit to his stack and still has plenty of playability as the day nears its close.
Action was on the turn as the board read . From the button, Porya Mostaghimi bet 3,000 into a pot of about 7,500. Yulia Lisichkina called.
The river came the . Lisichkina led for 10,000 and Mostaghimi called.
Lisichkina confidently tabled the but she was surprised to see the of Mostaghimi as she raised her eyebrows a bit and slid the relatively small amount of chips to her left.