Three levels are in the books for the Day 1C flight of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. Players have through the dinner break at about 8:15 pm to still register for the event. All estimates point to the field beating the 2013 Main Event field of 6,352, but official numbers are yet to come from the WSOP brass.
Seated at the ESPN Feature Stage was Joe Cada while Daniel Negreanu and Davidi Kitai were seated next to each other at a secondary feature table. Jonathan Duhamel and Greg Raymer were also at a secondary table but not seated together.
There was quite a bit of discussion among poker players and WSOP top officials over the past few days whether Day 1B and C would have to play ten-handed. To everyone’s relief every starting table played nine-handed with plenty of legroom.
NBA superstar Paul Pierce entered the event today and despite a rough start he is back over the starting stack. A couple of other athletes also played the event – Shane Warne, a famous Australian Cricket player and Richard Seymour won three Superbowl titles while with the New England Patriots but looks to win an individual gold bracelet at the WSOP. The UFC’s Bruce Buffer played on Day 1C and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul was seen sweating the action in the Pavilion room but was not playing.
WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla took a moment to introduce Howard “Tahoe” Andrew to the field. Andrew holds the record for most consecutive Main Events played with 41 and has two bracelets to his credit. He won them in back-to-back events in 1976.
Phil Ivey welcomed some familiar company – Mel and Pat Humphries – who have been featured on ESPN broadcasts in previous years. The Humphries met Ivey when he just started playing in Atlantic City underage. For the past several years the Humphries travel to Las Vegas to watch him play, complete with custom Ivey shirts and an over-sized button, and root him on with their signature cheer, “Ivey, Ivey, Ivey, Ivey!”
Early leaders for Monday include Andreas Hoivold (112,925), Blair HInkle (78,700), Kevin Eyster (73,000), Daniel Alaei (67,950), Ivey (63,000) and Ali Eslami (60,000). Victor Ramdin, Ray Henson, Matt Waxman, David Tuchman, JC Tran and Dominik Nitsche are also still alive with above average chip counts. BLUFF‘s very own Kevin Mathers also has a stack heading into the dinner break.
Steve Billirakis, Prahlad Friedman, Gold, Phil Collins, Jennifer Shahade, Sam Trickett and Ivan Demidov have had their $10 million dream erased with early exits.
The 14 tables located outside Buzio’s are still in play and WSOP officials don’t expect those tables to break until sometime after dinner. The Yellow section of the Pavilion room has started to break into the White and Black sections and the Pavilion will most likely still be in play at the end of the night.
Main Event Day 1C Top Ten Chip Counts
- Tomas Turbado – 128,300
- Andreas Hoivold – 111,000
- Son Nguyen – 92,000
- Jeremy Joseph – 90,000
- You Kyoung-Oh – 88,000
- Mitch Schock – 87,700
- Artem Litvinov – 85,000
- Ronnie Pease – 85,000
- Darryl Ronconi – 84,000
- Adrian Buckley – 80,150
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