World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1b complete; 1,021 survive

World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1b complete; 1,021 survive

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

It took almost twelve hours – albeit including dinner breaks and such – for the 1,489 players who put up $10,000 to enter the Main Event of the 41st World Series of Poker to become the 1,021 survivors who will return for one of two Day 2 levels.

The total entrants for Day 1b were up over 400 on Day 1a, bringing the round total of those who have entered into the Main Event to 2,614. If we see similar numbers on the next two days then we have a very strong chance of beating the 6,494 players who entered the Main Event last year so another first prize of eight million or so dollars is most definitely – pun alert – on the cards.

Today seemed to be far more star-studded than Day 1a, with such players as Ivan Demidov; EPT San Remo winner Liv Boeree; Erick Lindgren; Justin Bonomo; Jamie Gold and tournament legend Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier sighted at the tables... and then at the rail, as none of these players survived their opening flight.

James Danielson appears to hold the overnight chip lead, putting him in second place overall behind CardRunners instructor Corwin Cole, who bagged up around 50BBs more than Danielson’s 201,050. With blinds at 200/400 as play kicks off on the Day 2 action, though, it’s more than enough for Danielson.

Other big stacks spotted as the chips were bagged and the dealers reprieved were Phil Galfond, who boasts 141,000 after a solid day of play to put him in seventh place and just behind Michael Mizrachi in the overall Day 1 rankings. New Brunson 10 addition and $25,000 6-max winner Dan “djk123” Kelly racked up around 74,000 with Phil Laak, Dan Harrington and Brandon Cantu all making it through with over a hundred big blinds.

Day 1c begins this evening (8pm UK time, it’s noon in Vegas time) and will play overnight, so join us here tomorrow or follow us on Twitter and Facebook in order to get the latest action from Las Vegas at the 41st World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

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