Day 1A of the Main Event Kicks Off, $10K Pot Limit Omaha Final Table

2012 Champ Greg Merson staring down 2013 Champ Ryan Riess. (Photo by Drew Amato)

2012 Champ Greg Merson staring down 2013 Champ Ryan Riess. (Photo by Drew Amato)

The first of three Day 1 flights at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event saw cards in the air at noon. The Main Event wasn’t the only tournament in action – the final day of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship and Day 4 of the $1,1111 Little One for One Drop resumed play.

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel and WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart were on-hand top for the opening introductions. Stewart celebrated the ten year anniversary of Joe Hachem‘s win as the only player to win a bracelet across two different casinos. Hachem took the podium for a short speech and hyped the upcoming WSOP Asia Pacific series in October.

The past two WSOP Main Event Champions, Ryan Riess and Greg Merson, drew the same starting table and were moved to the ESPN Feature Stage along with billionaire Bill Perkins. Johnny Chan, Chris Moneymaker and Tom McEvoy were the only other former champs in the field. The field was littered with notables, including; Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier, 2013 WSOP ME runner-up Jay Farber, Ted Forrest, Josh Arieh and Tony Dunst.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Andy Bloch, “All American” Dave Swanson, Ole Schemion, Billy Baxter and founder of Muder Inc. Records Irv Gotti are also spread throughout the room.

The start of play saw the field spread across the Amazon and Brasilia rooms while much of the Pavilion and half of the Brasilia section were in use for multiple satellites to qualify for the Main Event. No official numbers were released but the starting field was estimated at around 1,000 players.

Notable Chip Counts

  • Austin Buchanan – 66,000
  • Matthew Ashton – 64,000
  • John Monnette – 54,500
  • Kevin MacPhee – 54,000
  • Max Altergott – 51,000
  • Johnny Chan – 48,000
  • Billy Baxter – 46,000
  • Chris Moneymaker – 44,000
  • Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 43,000
  • Antonio Esfandiari – 42,500

Main Event Photo Blog

The biggest event of the 2014 WSOP kicked off today and BLUFF was there to capture all the images of Day 1A and the previous couple days.

Marty Mathis Grinding the WSOP Main Event Day 1A; Mexico Day 1B

Marty Mathis spent the majority of his career grinding online and only in the past year ventured onto the live felt. BLUFF caught up with Mathis to discuss his career and why he chose to play Day 1A of the Main Event.

$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha

The final day of play had cards in the air at 2 pm with Marko Neumann leading the field of 23 returning players. But his lead wasn’t safe with Isaac Baron, David Williams, Tom Marchese and Sam Trickett in the top ten counts.

The field drew 418 entrants – enough to build a prize pool of over $3.9 million, with $923,379 for the winner. A final table appearance locked up $73,358 with the top seven players earning six-figures.

“I’m feeling great, I got fourth in this event last year and hoping to improve on that this year,” Marchese said. “I haven’t played many WSOP tournaments this year – this might be my eighth or ninth event. I really enjoy playing the smaller No Limits (events) and really find more value or money to be made in cash games or the bigger tournaments at the Bellagio.”

“All the people that made it to this point realize that without antes and the structure you have room and tons of time to wait for a good hand. I would say everyone is playing well and waiting for good hands,” Marchese said. “I sure hope today is the day I win one (a bracelet). It seems that it’s way harder to win one than I expected, this is as good as a chance I’m going to get for a while.”

The field was trimmed to the final table of nine players after four levels of play Alexander Kravchenko, Marchese, Leif Force and Matt Stout were eliminated.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Pat Walsh – 2,791,000
  2. Michal Maryska – 1,963,000
  3. Javed Abrahams – 1,723,000
  4. Miltiadis Kyriakides – 1,689,000
  5. Michael Shklover – 1,214,000
  6. Isaac Baron – 1,084,000
  7. Marko Neumann – 951,000
  8. Matt Marafioti – 596,000
  9. Jonas Entin – 570,000

$1,1111 Little One for One Drop

Day 3 of the Charity Event brought 102 players back with the goal of trimming the field to final table to play out on Sunday. Charbel Azzi bagged the chip lead on Friday with Eric Baldwin, recent bracelet winner Asi Moshe, Maurice Hawkins, Brian Hawkins and Tony Cousineau in the field.

“This was a perfect warmup for the Main Event, it’s very similar field to the Main Event” Baldwin said. “You’ve got people that flew out here just to play this and the Main Event. It’s a huge field, it brings in characters and different playing styles. Everyone is starting to get excited and the colorful characters are here hooting and hollering. It’s really good practice to see through that kind of stuff and focus on the cards too.”

At the midway point of the day just 28 players remain to fight for a spot at the final table.

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Michael Tureniec – 1,100,000
  2. Jose Carlos Garcia – 995,000
  3. Arpad Balazs – 970,000
  4. Brandon Eisen – 945,000
  5. Theodore Driscoll – 935,000
  6. Asi Moshe – 860,000
  7. Keanu Tabali – 730,000
  8. Alexander Ziskin – 720,000
  9. Igor Dubinsky – 700,000
  10. Matthew Lapossie – 680,000

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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