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WSOP 2014: The Main Event Report

Day 1A of the Main Event is in the books and Day 1B is drawing to an end as well. Registration has closed and players are slowly getting ready to start the last 2-hour level of the night. This is a good time to look at what has happened so far and what the numbers look like.

Day 1A finished with only 771 registered players and when the last hand of the day was dealt, 505 of them were bagging chips for Day 2 on Tuesday. It was Swede Martin Jacobson with the biggest smile on his face as he bagged the chip lead – just over 200,000 in chips. Second and third place went to Aaron Wilt and Seamus Cahill, respectively, although Jacobson ended up holding a pretty big lead over them and the rest of the field.

We mentioned yesterday some of those whose Main Event adventure was cut short. Those who will be returning on Wednesday include Kenny Tran, Mukul Pahuja, reigning champion Ryan Riess, and 2012 winner Greg Merson, who has only about 7,000 in chips. Other previous winners Chris Moneymaker and Johnny Chan are also still alive.

Yesterday was certainly a slow day for the Main Event and it even started some rumors that the turnout for the entire tournament could be significantly smaller than expected, but perhaps players were getting ahead of themselves. When registration closed for today, the tournament clock showed 2,144 players, which is nearly three-times bigger than yesterday’s field.

Some big names were able to build big stacks for themselves, including Brian Hastings, who is currently sitting near the top of the chip counts. Erik Seidel is also one of the top stacks. Other players still in include current leader in the Player of the Year race Brandon Shack-Harris, Sorel Mizzi, and Lex Weldhaus. Of course, there is still some play left, so anything can happen, but they are looking good to make it through to Day 2.

On the other hand, quite a few players had to take early leave and they will not have a shot at the title this year. Some of them are Chris Moorman, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Max Silver and Philipp Gruissem.

Information coming from the Rio indicates that there are already close to 3,000 registered players for Day 1C, which is more than yesterday and today combined (2,915). With registration scheduled to last the entire day today and through Level 6 tomorrow, anything can happen. There are still satellites running as well, so it is almost certain that we will see a bigger turnout than last year when 6,352 players took their seats. However, to break the 2012 record of 8,773 players, the tournament would need well above 2,500 more entries. That will probably not happen, but no reason not to keep our fingers crossed to see this series break yet another record!

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Ivan Potocki

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