The crowd of Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Main Event almost tripled in size as 2144 runners sat down to try to play their way into November and their shot at the $10M guaranteed first place prize. The numbers are looking to top last year’s mark of 6,352 and then some, as the combined field currently sits at 2,915 and Day 1C is expected to be a monster sized crowd.
Actor Ray Romano, who everybody loves, brought his of-age son to the podium, bought him into the event (mbn) and kicked off 5 levels of action with the customary “Shuffle Up And Deal!”
According to PokerNews, roughly 1300 players survived the flight and plenty of notable names are among them. Eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, Main Event mainstay Matt Affleck and long time GPI chart topper Marvin Rettenmaier all finished the evening with to 50 chip stacks.
PokerNews’ Caitlyn Howe talks with Matt Affleck at the end of the night.
David Williams, Brian Hastings, Phil Galfond, Jeff Madsen, Jonathan Little, Galen Hall, David Bach, Sorel Mizzi, Tim West, Jason Somerville, Faraz Jaka, Alec Torelli and Vanessa Selbst are just a sample of the top pros that finished the evening with above average (for the flight) stacks.
The feature table saw a pair of legends sitting side-by-side as well as WSOP champions Huck Seed and Dan Harrington found themselves vying for the same pots.
But as roughly 800 people weren’t able to get through the night, there was bound to be some big time talent who can no longer dream of making it deep in 2014.
Brandon Cantu, Robert Mizrachi, Paul Volpe, Joe Serock, Team 888’s Sofia Lovgren, Team Ivey’s Mike Leah, Joseph Cheong, Max Silver, Team U’s Dan O’ Brien, Chris Moorman, ElkY, “Doc” Sands and Dan Shak are just a few names that can begin the post-WSOP grieving process.
Busted the main event on day 1. Went looking for salvation at the bottom of a sundae. – Dan O’ Brien
Day 1C is expected to push the number of entrants close to 7K when play resumes today at 12PM PST.
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