We are in the thick of it, with all of the Day 1s at the World Series of Poker main event having concluded and several big names still in the race for the most coveted prize in all of poker.
Day 1A of the Main Event featured 1,066 players, who played down to just 657 players. Players started with 30,000 chips, and as the day closed, it was William John with the chip lead, with more than 260,000 in chips. In a change from recent years, Phil Hellmuth made his entrance into the event without the usual fanfare. Unfortunately for Phil, he would not see Day 2, after busting in the last level of Day 1. Other notable Day 1A bustouts include Joe Hachem, Greg “FBT” Mueller, Kathy Liebert, Eric Froehlich, Matt Glantz, Lee Markholt, Allen Bari, Frank Kassela, and comedian Ray Romano.
Day 1B of the Main Event saw 2,114 players play down to just 1,387 players. When it was all said and done, John Hoang was the chip leader for the day, with approximately 180,000 chips. Vanessa Selbst had the third-largest stack by the end of action. Daniel Negreanu was also able to amass a respectable stack of over 140,000 chips. Notable bustouts include Tom Dwan, Todd Brunson, Bertrand Grospellier, Greg Raymer, Joe Sebock, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Chip Jett and current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
Day 1C of the Main Event saw the largest amount of players, with a whopping 3,418players (more than days 1A and 1B combined) playing down to 2,300. Randy Haddox was the chipleader of the day, with a little under 190,000 chips. Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Ivey survived to Day 2, among other big name pros. Notable bustouts include Jonathan Duhamel, Chino Rheem, Humberto Brenes,David “Bakes” Baker, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Olivier Busquet, Jimmy Fricke, Thor Hansen, Max Martinez, Justin “Boosted J” Smith, Jonathan Little, and Andrew Robl.
In total, 6,598 entered the Main Event, resulting in a first place prize of approximately $8,500,000.