WSOP 2011 - Fred Berger heads Main Event Day 1A

WSOP 2011 - Fred Berger heads Main Event Day 1A

Friday, 8 July 2011

Day 1A traditionally attracts the smallest field of the the opening flights of the Main Event but that still meant a very healthy starting line up of 897 players. Comparing that figure with previous years we can expect a Main Event field somewhere in the region of 5,400 but given the way this year's WSOP has played out it could easily be much higher.

Of the 897 starters, 560 will be back for a second bit of the cherry with Fred Berger heading the chip counts on 209,000 followed by Shane Sigsbee on 182,600 and Kyle Burnside on 159,050. A number of big names chose day 1A to open their Main Event challenge with Sebastian Ruthenberg, Annette Obrestad, Johnny Chan and Lex Veldhuis all surviving. The same cannot be said of former World Champions Greg Raymer, Jerry Yang and Doyle Brunson (who, despite saying he wouldn't be playing couldn't resist another try). Other notables to hit the rail were Vanessa Selbst, Isaac Haxton and Matt Affleck.

A healthy sprinkling of British representatives survived the opening flight too including James Dempsey, Laurence Houghton, Amy Trodd, Ben Roberts and Mel Judah.

For a full list of survivors and chip counts click here.

The Day 1B action starts at 8pm tonight UK time.

Tags: WSOP 2011, Main Event, Annette Obrestad, Fred Berger, Johnny Chan, Lex Veldhuis, James Dempsey, Ben Roberts