Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Well, it’s kicked off – after fifty-six bracelet winners have been crowned at the 2010 World Series of Poker, the 41st $10,000 Main Event is up and running.
Beginning with 30,000 in chips and blinds at 50/100 to start, players played through four-and-a-half two-hour blind levels before play was wrapped up which leaves 819 players to return in three days to play out Day 2a. CardRunners instructor Corwin Cole seems to have nabbed the overnight chip lead after reports from Bluff US saying that he bagged up 228,200.“I feel like I played really well today,” said Cole. “I had some tough spots early where I had to make big folds with top pair, top kicker and I lost the minimum. Other than that, I just ran good in a couple of spots, I won a 70,000 chip pot when I coolered someone, which really helped.”In total 306 players saw their $10,000 investment last less than a full day as the rail was kept busy by constant impact. PokerStars pro Greg Raymer began proceedings by stating “shuffle up and deal” but within minutes had lost a coinflip with top pair and a flush draw against middle set, leaving himself with just 1,200 chips which he lost less than an hour later.However, Chris Moneymaker has made it up for PokerStars – the 2003 Main Event champion, who beat an overall Main Event field with fewer numbers than Day 1a of 2010, wound up racking up 107,425 which is more than enough to see him through to playing the rest of the 200/400 level on Day 2a.Some players unfortunate enough to fall before the end of the day’s play were Mike Matusow, Ray Romano, Chris Moorman, Isaac Haxton and PokerStars Germany pro Johannes Strassman. Pras Banzi is still alive on over 60,000 while James Akenhead clings on to 16,000.Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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