Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em

THE GIANT Tops 10,000 Entries as Day 1e Pulls 3,969

Yardley • Level 18: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Hrair Yapoudjian - Day 1e Chipleader

After 18 20-minute turbo levels it was Hrair Yapoudjian from Canada who ended up as chipleader on 772,000.

The final Day 1 of five starting flights attracted a huge 3,969 entries. That made a total number of 10,015 entries for Event #19, THE GIANT $365 No-Limit Hold'em.

The final Day 1e tally was 10,015 entries total with 882 survivors.

Once more the players who survived late in the day received a payout of a min-cash on the day; for Day 1e it was 596 places that got paid. The bubble finally burst in level 17 of 18.

Some of the biggest names in poker have tried their luck in this inaugural running of THE GIANT tempted by the potential huge return on a modest investment. One of the biggest names in recent poker history, 2003 Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, played one of his few WSOP events this year but he failed to make the money.

Other notables who played and didn’t bag on Saturday were Greg Raymer, Will Kassouf, Tom Hall, Martin Kabrhel and Phil Laak.

Notables who did make it to Day 2 from the last chance Friday include Kathy Liebert and Liv Boeree. They will be joined by some other big name survivors from the previous Day 1s.

Chip leaders by starting flight:

Day 1aJeffrey BrinUnited States718,000 
Day 1bValentin VornicuUnited States869,500 
Day 1cTodd LouerUnited States729,500 
Day 1dThomas ZanotUnited States595,000 
Day 1eHrair YapoudjianCanada772,000 

Play resumes at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, with the final day scheduled for Sunday, July 9.

PokerNews will bring you all the latest from the felt on the way to crowning an inaugural champion in THE GIANT.

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