The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champion has already bagged up chips for the first time, and no matter who he or she is they now know what they’re playing for – $10 million even.
Numbers trickled out slowly after registration closed for Day 1C Monday night, but it quickly became clear that the number guaranteed as the first place prize would stand firm. The final number of players made its way out first – 6,683 total, with 3,768 of those players entering the final starting session to push the total prizepool to $62,820,200.
Just after 10:30 pm PST, the full payouts were announced. A total of 693 players will earn at least $18,406 for making it into the money, with the top 72 each earning over $100,000. The true goal of any player entereing the Main Event, however, are the massive payouts awaiting the final nine.
Despite a jump year over year in field size, the biggest turnout since 2011 and the fifth-largest Main Event field ever, both the second place and ninth place finishers will receive slightly less than they did in 2013 – a byproduct of the $10 million first place prize.
By the end of the night, 2,571 were left standing on Day 1C, a far smaller percentage of the day’s field who survived compared to the first two starting session. Along with the 1,933 players who survived Days 1A and 1B, a total of 4,504 players have advanced to a second day in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
All of the talk at the end of the night Monday was about Ivey, Ivey, Ivey. The newly crowned 10-time WSOP bracelet winner ended Day 1C in second place with 187,025, putting Phil Ivey sixth overall after all of the Day 1 sessions. That was second on the day to only Eric Tracy of Ringwood, New Jersey, who narrowly claimed the overall Day 1 chiplead with 206,175, edging out Martin Jacobson. The third-largest stack on Day 1C belong to Ronnie Pease, who’s had quite a bit of tournament success in the Northeast so far in 2014.
After watching the first two starting days, Pease was aware of how easily things could go wrong on Day 1, but by bagging 181,850 he’s put himself in seventh place overall going into the Day 2 sessions.
“Everyone looks forward to this tournament, so obviously I had friends playing the first two days,” said Pease. “You see friends bust and you feel bad for them, and you think ‘Oh no, is that going to be me?’ So it’s obviously a very good feeling to be bagging a lot of chips.”
It’s still very early in the tournament, but if the cards fall the right way for Pease over the next few days, he feels as though he has a good chance to make a run in this tournament.
“Yes, mostly because of the people around me and the things that I have access to now,” said Pease. “I’m a lot different outside of poker than I was, so that’s allowed me to, I think and hope, to be at the top of my game right now.”
Blair Hinkle (161,650) and Jared Bleznick (165,200) also finished the night in the top 10 o the chip counts, though the stacks are incredibly evenly distributed near the top of the Day 1C standings.
For the first time in over a decade, poker legend Doyle Brunson declined to enter the WSOP Main Event. After making claims that he’d sit out a few times over the last several years, this time he was for real.
To everybody who keeps asking…I’m not playing the Main Event. Hours are just too damn long.#oldpokerplayersneverdietheyjustfadeaway
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) July 5, 2014
Also notable in his absence was Pius Heinz, who didn’t come to the WSOP for the first time since his Main Event victory in 2011. There were a number of champions in attendance for Day 1C, however, with Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel, Jamie Gold, Carlos Mortensen, Greg Raymer and Robert Varkonyi each hoping to make lightning strike twice. They were later joined by late registrants Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen and Joe Hachem.
Hellmuth, Cada, Duhamel, Hachem, Mortensen and Varkonyi all moved on to Day 2, as did Nguyen – though he’ll take just 8,200 on to Day 2C. Gold, Raymer and Yang weren’t quite so lucky, with the 2007 Main Event champion busting during the final level of the night on Day 1C, which is more than can be said for Tuan Lam. Making one of his first appearances at the Rio since finishing second to Yang in 2007, Lam made an early exit from the 2014 Main Event.
Calvin Anderson, Fabian Quoss, Shannon Shorr, Soi Nguyen, John Racener, Andy Frankenberger, Jesse Sylvia, Davidi Kitai, James Woods, Ivan Demidov, Sam Trickett and Phil Collins were just a few of the other players to make Day 1C exits. BLUFF’s own Kevin Mathers also succumbed in the final level of the night, losing a coinflip to go out.
Both Day 2A and Day 2B will play out on Tuesday afternoon, though they’ll stay sequestered from each other until the entire field combines on Thursday. Day 2A players, as part of the smaller starting field, will play in the Amazon Room, while Day 1B survivors who advanced will play in either the Brasilia or Pavillion Rooms. Wednesday will see all of the players who made Day 2C take over all three rooms. As is the case with all starting sessions during the Main Event, play will start at 12 pm PST.
2014 World Series of Poker Main Event – Combined End of Day 1 Chip Counts
- Eric Tracy – 206,175 (1C)
- Martin Jacobson – 200,100 (1A)
- John Luxemburger III – 193,450 (1B)
- Sargis Hakobian – 190,125 (1B)
- Ryan Buckholtz – 189,000 (1B)
- Phil Ivey – 187,025 (1C)
- Ronnie Pease – 181,850 (1C)
- Daniel Wirgau – 173,350 (1B
- Nick Yunis – 171,100 (1C)
- Thomas Sarra Jr. – 168,100 (1C)
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