Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
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Event #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
Day 1a Completed

Wesley Fei Bags Big on Day 1a of the 2022 WSOP Main Event in His First Ever Tournament

dsalituro • Level 5: Blinds 300-600, 600 ante
Wesley Fei
Wesley Fei

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

RANKPLAYERCountryCHIP COUNTBig Blinds
1Cedrric TrevinoUnited States317,800397
2Wesley FeiChina300,000375
3Suhaag GandikotaUnited States269,700337
4Chanracy KhunCanada267,800335
5Thomas EychenneFrance255,800320
6Andrew MorenoUnited States238,200298
7Yusef YusufovUnited States230,000288
8Wendy BowersUnited States219,400274
9Kenneth O'DonnellUnited States217,600272
10Jimmy D'AmbrosioUnited States213,500267

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).

Joshua Remitio at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table
Joshua Remitio at the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table

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.

Tags: Aleksejs PonakovsAna MarquezAndrew MorenoCedrric TrevinoJimmy D’AmbrosioJosh AriehJosh RemitioKelly MinkinKevin GerhartMartin JacobsonMasato YokosawaQui NguyenRyan DepauloRyan RiessThomas EychenneWesley Fei

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

mattohalloran • Level 5: Blinds 300-600, 600 ante
Cedrric Trevino us
Cedrric Trevino
us 317,800
Wesley Fei cn
Wesley Fei
cn 300,000 -10,000
Suhaag Gandikota US
Suhaag Gandikota
US 269,700 -300
Chanracy Khun ca
Chanracy Khun
ca 267,800 12,800
Thomas Eychenne fr
Thomas Eychenne
fr 255,800 -24,200
John Tannous us
John Tannous
us 239,500 239,500
Andrew Moreno us
Andrew Moreno
us 238,200 28,200
Yusef Yusufov us
Yusef Yusufov
us 230,000 230,000
Wendy Bowers US
Wendy Bowers
US 219,400 1,400
Kenneth O'Donnell us
Kenneth O'Donnell
us 217,600 217,600
Jimmy D'Ambrosio us
Jimmy D'Ambrosio
us 213,500 -1,500
Cero Zuccarello us
Cero Zuccarello
us 212,000 212,000
Ido Aboudi il
Ido Aboudi
il 208,000 208,000
Kelly Minkin us
Kelly Minkin
us 204,700 13,700
Robert Lee us
Robert Lee
us 204,500 204,500
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
ru 203,300 53,300
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 203,000 203,000
Nick Cipiti us
Nick Cipiti
us 200,900 5,900
Connor Stuewe us
Connor Stuewe
us 200,000 200,000
Pedro Bromfman br
Pedro Bromfman
br 198,000 33,000
Richard Sheils gb
Richard Sheils
gb 197,700 197,700
Harlan Karnofsky us
Harlan Karnofsky
us 197,300 82,300
Christian Kim us
Christian Kim
us 191,700 -23,300
Michael Macchia US
Michael Macchia
US 191,100 103,100
Wing Yam us
Wing Yam
us 189,000 189,000

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"Sleeping Satellite Winner" Bags Day 1a

KaleGozer • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

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.

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Smith Shows Aces To End Night

NicholasBaltz • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

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.

Jimmy D'Ambrosio us
Jimmy D'Ambrosio
us 215,000 50,000
Scotty Smith US
Scotty Smith
US 115,000 5,000

Tags: Jimmy D'AmbrosioScotty Smith

Fox and Downs Battle as Squirrel Spectates

Kirk.brown • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

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 {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Downs bet 3,500 which Fox called.

The turn came the {a-Spades} and this time Downs bet 7,000 but was then raised to 28,000 by Fox. Downs called and the two saw the river {q-Diamonds} to which they both checked.

Fox tabled {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} but Downs showed {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} to take down the pot.

Meanwhile, Matthew "Squirrelly" Gonzales was sitting comfortably in a robe as the action went down.

Robert Downs gb
Robert Downs
gb 150,000 1,000
Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
us 136,000 -41,000

Tags: Elio FoxMatthew GonzalesRobert Downs

Bednar Folds to River Raise

BrandonBloom • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

On a completed board of {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} 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.

Jan Bednar cz
Jan Bednar
cz 160,000 160,000

Tags: Jan Bednar

Top-Top No Good For Deeb

Cottrellmkw • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Freddy Deeb
Freddy Deeb

On a board reading {9-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} 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 {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} while Deeb had {a-Spades}{j-Spades} for top pair top kicker. It was no good, however, as the early position player turned over {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} 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.

Freddy Deeb lb
Freddy Deeb
lb 110,000 -15,000

Tags: Freddy Deeb

Lisichkina Not Hurt Too Badly By Aces

jeffmcmillan • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante

Action was on the turn as the board read {7-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Spades}. From the button, Porya Mostaghimi bet 3,000 into a pot of about 7,500. Yulia Lisichkina called.

The river came the {5-Spades}. Lisichkina led for 10,000 and Mostaghimi called.

Lisichkina confidently tabled the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} but she was surprised to see the {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} of Mostaghimi as she raised her eyebrows a bit and slid the relatively small amount of chips to her left.

Yulia Lisichkina ru
Yulia Lisichkina
ru 134,000 -29,000
Porya Mostaghimi US
Porya Mostaghimi
US 83,000 83,000

Tags: Yulia Lisichkina

Late Night Chip Counts

NicholasBaltz • Level 5: 300-600, 600 ante
Thomas Eychenne fr
Thomas Eychenne
fr 280,000 15,000
Cedrric Trevino us
Cedrric Trevino
us 274,700 3,700
Suhaag Gandikota US
Suhaag Gandikota
US 270,000 -5,000
Chanracy Khun ca
Chanracy Khun
ca 255,000 35,000
William Rizzuto us
William Rizzuto
us 215,000 10,000
Christian Kim us
Christian Kim
us 215,000 73,000
Ryan Depaulo us
Ryan Depaulo
us 191,000 -9,000
Ken O'Donnell US
Ken O'Donnell
US 185,000 185,000
Mark Davis us
Mark Davis
us 184,000 44,000
Antoine Labat fr
Antoine Labat
fr 180,000 -30,000
Paul Fehlig us
Paul Fehlig
us 175,000 117,000
Jen Shahade us
Jen Shahade
us 175,000 21,000
Anatolii Zyrin ru
Anatolii Zyrin
ru 150,000 120,000
Frank Stepuchin us
Frank Stepuchin
us 137,000 10,000
Christian Roberts ve
Christian Roberts
ve 134,000 72,000
Qui Nguyen us
Qui Nguyen
us 130,000 1,000
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
us 92,000 20,000
Jerry Wong us
Jerry Wong
us 85,000 -35,000
David Uvaydov us
David Uvaydov
us 79,000 19,500
Scott Ball us
Scott Ball
us 73,500 15,500
Andrew Lichtenberger us
Andrew Lichtenberger
us 68,800 18,800
John Cynn us
John Cynn
us 56,500 -22,500
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 50,000 700
Sam Abernathy us
Sam Abernathy
us 50,000 -2,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 42,000 -3,000

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