World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1c complete; 1,674 survive

World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1c complete; 1,674 survive

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Last year, Day 1c saw the lowest number of entrants of any of the WSOP opening flights with less than a thousand players competing. This year, however, it is so far the largest with a field of 2,314 joining the 2,614 Day 1a and Day 1b players to make the 2010 WSOP Main Event the second largest tournament in poker history behind the 2006 WSOP Main Event – including pre-registration the field is currently at 6,928 with more than 2,500 players predicted for Day 1d.

The notable name from Day 1c was two-time Main Event champion Johnny Chan, who finished the four-and-a-half levels of play with a stack of 163,700; just behind Day 1c chip leader Mathiu Sauriol. Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman snuck his way into the top ten chip counts after holding an early lead while Robert Mizrachi joins brother Michael in the top percentile of the chip tallies.

Of the 700 players who didn’t survive Day 1c, some poker luminaries were lost – Tournament of Champions winner Huck Seed barely made it through an hour; Dario Minieri; Tom Dwan; Men Nguyen; Neil Channing and Jeff Madsen will have to wait another year for their shot at Main Event glory. Record bracelet-winner Phil Hellmuth made his usual attention-seeking entrance but busted not two hours later – to his credit, he didn’t blow up and stuck around to sign autographs and chat to fans for almost an hour after his exit.

Despite this doom and gloom there is good news for railbirds hoping to follow Day 2a, where the survivors will return alongside the Day 1a remaining field. Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, and Lex Veldhuis all finished strong – new PokerStars pro David Williams has realised the ‘Stars badge brings you luck as he ended the day on 112,500 after holding a long chip lead in the earlier levels.

The top five chip counts are as follows:
1. Mathiu Sauriol 168,900
2. Johnny Chan 163,700
3. Andrew Liporace 155,350
4. Joe Monroe 152,000
5. Lauren Kling 149,650

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