Day 1C of the World Series of Poker is in the books and there’s only one man people are talking about: Phil Ivey.
Ivey destroyed the competition during his Day 2 flight and amassed enough chips (over 500k) to become the overall tournament chipleader. According to PokerNews, while Ivey was already ripping it up, he caught a bit of a lucky break in a massive three way hand where he binked the river to rake a huge pot and jettison his stack to the top of the list.
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At the dinner break, Ivey noted that the average stack was 45K and he had this mess of chips….
By the end of the night, Ivey was huge, the only guy over 500K. Check out this pretty sick shot of his chips:
So, yea, all eyes are on Phil as the tournament forges ahead into Day 3 when, finally, the entire field of 1864 will be jousting for position at the same time. While it’s fun to focus on The People’s Champ, there are other notable names who are sitting pretty and can possibly make big moves at any time.
Isaac Baron, Brian Townsend, John Hennigan, Griffin Benger, Daniel Alaei, former November Niner Mark Newhouse, Ronnie Bardah, Tom Marchese, John Dolan, Haralabos Voulgaris, Jason Koon, Matt Matros, Tristan Wade and Adam “Roothlus” Levy all finished with above average chips stacks for the day.
Daniel Negreanu had a rough go of it and while he managed to survive the day, he’ll be returning on Day 3 with a very short stack.
He may be short, but at least Daniel will be back. There was plenty of big time talent who put in over 10 hours of play only to be sent to the rail unceremoniously. Gus Hansen, Eugene Todd Bro, Dominik Nitsche, Jordan Morgan, Maurice Hawkins, Allen Kessler, Dutch Boyd, Mickey Petersen, Scotty Nguyen, Ryan Eriquezzo, Doug Polk and WSOP World Champions Carlos Mortensen, Joe Hachem ,Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada and Phil Hellmuth are just a few who have to find something better to do with their time.
The best part about the Main Event is that the action just does not slow down. Play starts up again at 12pm PST as everyone begins to think about how long it will take before we creep into the money at 693 runners.
Phil Ivey talks about his big day (thus far) with PokerNews
Also…Bruce Buffer kicked off the day with a rousing rendition of “Shuffle Up And Deal!”