World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1d complete; 1,700 survive

World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1d complete; 1,700 survive

Friday, 9 July 2010

So, that’s that – Day 1d of the 2010 World Series of Poker $10,000 NL Hold ‘em Main Event is complete and with that we are currently railing the second-largest poker tournament in history. In total, 7,319 put up their dough to compete, behind only the 2006 field of 8,773 that Jamie Gold conquered for $12,000,000.

You can read all about the prize pool and payouts here so let’s get to the nitty-gritty. In total, 2,391 players entered on Day 1d to make it the largest opening flight of the 41st WSOP. Some basketball or NFL player you’ve never heard of (ed. Emmitt Smith) began proceedings by saying “shuffle up and play” instead of “shuffle up and deal” and we were off, with players such as Phil Gordon; John Tabatabi; Justin “BoostedJ” Smith; Sorel Mizzi; John Juanda and 2005 champion Joe Hachem hitting the rail in a fast and furious manner.

Worry not, though, there were survivors – more than 1,700, in fact, which means that we’ll have more than 5,000 players returning for Day 2a and Day 2b tomorrow and Sunday. Among them from Day 1d will be Vanessa Rousso, Archie Karas, Phil Ivey and Jason Mercier. Well, I guess the last two were kind of obvious. Oh, and David Benyamine, yeah, him too – none of the pros can touch chip leader Steve “MrSmokey1” Billirakis who ended the day with 187,150; good for the overnight chip lead and just sneaking him into the top ten overall chip counts.

The players from Day 1d will play on Day 2b alongside players from Day 1b.

The top five chip counts are as follows:
1. Steve Billirakis 187,150
2. Khamsy Nuanmanee 170,525
3. Steven Tabb 170,275
4. Julian Foussard 166,175
5. Dan Springfield 150,100

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