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Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship
Event #7: €10,400 Main Event Championship
Day 1a Completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Jamie Rosen us 162,700
Dermot Blain ie 123,500
Chris Moorman gb 121,775
Laurent Polito fr 120,200
Mustapha Kanit it 117,700
Erik Friberg se 117,000
Anouar Mehlil 115,375
Darren Elias us 115,375
Leo Boxell au 110,900
Emil Patel us 109,000 78,800
Johnny Chan us 108,350 78,350
Ramzi Jelassi se 107,100
Ben Lamb us 105,900 77,900
Carlos Mortensen es 104,450
Will Failla us 104,350 64,200
Chad Brown us 103,950 90,925
Remi Le Meur 102,350
Philippe Gellman 101,025
Rifat Palevic se 100,850
Kyle Cheong 100,475 17,475
Arnaud Mattern fr 99,375 69,375
Matan Krakow il 98,825
Michael Telker us 97,525
Marc Le Campion 97,500
Quentin Ettlin 93,750 13,750

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Day 1a Done with Rosen Leading

donpeters • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante
Jamie Rosen from Event #1
Jamie Rosen from Event #1

Day 1a of the €10,400 Main Event Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe has come and gone. On the schedule today were the first six levels of play, and a great six levels they were. The field size was enormous on first day of action with 310 players coming out, further proving that the WSOP's idea to move this series to France was an awesome idea.

Last year, James Bord conquered a field of 346 players, meaning this Day 1a almost surpassed that total by itself. With another few hundred players tomorrow, this will easily be the largest-ever WSOP Europe Main Event field. The previous record was from 2007 and 2008 when the field size of 362 players each of those years.

At the end of the night, under 200 players remained with Jamie Rosen leading the charge. He bagged up a whopping 162,700 in chips according to the dealer sheet on the table at the end of the night.

Rosen wasn't the only player to bag up a lot of chips. Dermot Blain (123,500), Chris Moorman (121,775), Polito Laurent (120,200), Mustapha Kanit (117,700), Erik Friberg (117,000), Darren Elias (111,400), Leo Boxell (110,900), Emil Patel (109,000) and Johnny Chan (108,350) will all be yielding big stacks when Day 2 arrives on Monday. Matan Krakow, Sam Holden, Erik Seidel, Tristan Wade, Matt Waxman and Randy Dorfman advanced as well.

Moorman saw a nice boost to his stack come from eliminating well-known pro and two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jason Mercier. When we got to the table, the flop of {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} was in the middle with Moorman's {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} tabled versus Mercier's {J-Spades}{10-Spades}. The turn brought the {5-Spades} and the river the {Q-Diamonds} to eliminate Mercier.

Another notable elimination was 11-time gold bracelet winner and 1989 WSOP Main Event champion Phil Hellmuth. With the blinds at 250-500 with a 50 ante, Hellmuth was down to his last 1,600 in chips. Action folded to him in the hijack seat and he raised to 1,100. Michael Telker three-bet to 2,800 from the small blind and Hellmuth called all in. Telker held the {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Hellmuth the {K-Hearts}{9-Spades}. The board ran out {J-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades} and Hellmuth headed for the exit.

Day 2 will take place on Monday at 1200 CET (0300 PDT) in Cannes, giving the remaining players Sunday off. Day 1b will take place on Sunday starting at 1200 CET (0300 PDT). Be sure to tune back into PokerNews for all of the live coverage starting then.

Tags: Jamie Rosen

Chan Folds a Straight Too Late

YorkshirePud • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

On a board reading {Q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{5-Clubs} Johnny Chan, seated in early position, bet 8,000 and Philippe Sintes instantly called. The river saw the {5-Spades} make an appearance and Chan fired 8,000 again only to see Sintes make it 17,000 to play.

Chan smelled a rat and went deep into the tank for over two minutes before emerging with a fold. He showed {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and Sintes responded by turning over {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Tags: Johnny ChanPhilippe Sintes

Smith Wins Pot Without a Showdown

YorkshirePud • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

Will Failla raised to 1,300 from the hijack seat and Sam Holden was next to act. He made the call but Martins Adeniya, sat in the small blind, pumped it up to 3,250. To his direct left was Daniel Smith and he waits around 45 seconds before moving all in. Nobody is prepared to call this bet and they all fold rather quickly.

Tags: Will FaillaSam HoldenMartins AdeniyaDaniel Smith

Levi Takes on Recent Bracelet Winner

YorkshirePud • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

From the hijack Nicolas Wade made it 1,175 to play and the action folded to Tristan Wade in the big blind. He checked his holecards and made the call.

The dealer put out the {6-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, Wade checked and Levi checked behind. The turn was the {k-Diamonds} and when Wade checked for a second time Levi bet 3,000 and Wade's cards hit the muck.

Tags: Tristan WadeNicolas Levi

Mercier and Moorman Battle It out

YorkshirePud • Level 6: 250-500, 50 ante

Jason Mercier raised to 1,000 under the gun and Chris Moorman, next to act, three-bet to 2,500. Everyone folded to Mercier and he put in the chips and called. A flop reading {Q-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} was checked by Mercier, Moorman bet 3,150 and Mercier folded.

These two have been at each other for the last couple of levels and it is only a matter of time before they really clash.

Tags: Chris MoormanJason Mercier

Updated Chip Counts

Dermot Blain ie 122,000 -13,000
Matan Krakow il 95,000 23,000
Ben Lamb us 80,000 1,000
Nicolas Levi fr 74,000 23,750
Sam Holden gb 71,000 10,475
Tristan Wade us 69,000 4,000
Mark Radoja ca 65,000 -2,000
Pierre Neuville be 61,000 31,000
Matt Waxman us 54,000 1,000
Jeff Lisandro au 54,000 24,000
Salman Behbehani us 51,000 21,000
Dan Smith us 50,000
David Vamplew gb 47,000 6,400
Tino Lechich au 44,000 14,000
Jen Harman 41,000 11,000
Martins Adeniya gb 31,000 -5,100
Nenad Medic us 26,000
Randy Dorfman us 20,000 -4,100
Terrence Chan ca 20,000 -11,000
Jon Aguiar 14,500 -15,500
Maria Ho us 14,000 -26,075
David Sands us 10,000 -3,100