WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel introduced Ty Stewart, who spoke of the impact that Moneymaker’s win had on the entire poker industry. Stewart noted that he never would have imagined working in poker until he was captivated by the 2003 Main Event broadcast. The classic video of the ‘Bluff of the Century’ against Sammy Farha was then queued up on the video screen.
Once it concluded, Effel and Stewart revealed a bronze bust of Moneymaker in that moment, frozen with a hand to his mouth and sunglasses guarding his closed eyes. Moneymaker then said a few words, thanking a few people, and then kicked off the final starting day’s action. Moneymaker will have the day off, though, as he fought his way through to bag up chips on Day 1B.
The Stars are Out on Day 1C
The field for Day 1C is already over 3,000 players, with many of the world’s best choosing to take their shot in the final starting day of the biggest tournament of the year. Previous champions Johnny Chan, Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Hachem, Carlos Mortensen, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy and Robert Varkonyi are already in action, with Phil Hellmuth expected to make his arrival just before the close of late registration.
Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari are each starting what they hope is their championship run on Monday afternoon as well. There are scores of November Niners, bracelet winners and poker stalwarts filling the tables, but there are some non-poker celebrities in the mix as well. Fresh off a deep run in the last $1,500 No Limit event of the summer, stat geek extraordinaire Nate Silver is taking his shot at Main Event glory. Roberto Luongo, the goalie for the Vancouver Canucks who is currently deciding whether or not to return next season, is back to play in his second Main Event after cashing in 2012.
Internet Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis Makes Quick Exit After Tough Cooler
Jason Calacanis is an amateur when it comes to poker but he’s not a slouch by any means, appearing in several episodes of the PokerStars Big Game. His 2013 Main Event was a short one, though, with a brutal cooler ending his run less then 30 minutes into the day. “Flopped a set of queens,” Tweeted Calacanis (@Jason). “Turned top boat as board pairs. I raise, guy reraises and I shove– guy turned quads!!! I’m out!!! Wow. In shock.”
Calacanis’ dispair was Dave Stefanski’s windfall. “Just got it all in on turn with 33 on KQ33 board vs QQ,” Tweeted Stefanski, “Decent start. #niceturn”
Black Friday Defendant Chad Elie Among Day 1C Players
Chad Elie was one of 11 people indicted by the Department of Justice on April 15, 2011, and part of an even smaller group that actually served jail time for his role. Elie was instrumental in facilitating the movement of money between PokerStars and Full Tilt and players, disguising transactions so that they would be processed by banks. After five months in federal prison, Elie was released in late June.
“Pulling into the #wsop2013 playing today!” Elie Tweeted Monday afternoon. “Don’t miss my entrance!” Elie is part of the more than 3,000 player contingent on Day 1C.
Day 1C Field Stretches Rio Convention Space to Capacity
Almost all of the tables in the field are currently being played nine-handed, but there’s a tenth chair at every table, as it was on Day 1A and Day 1B. That’s due to the fact that almost all of the tables that can be used in all three of the rooms have players. “I’m outta tables right now,” responded Tournament Director Jack Effel when asked about the extra chairs. “Once we get everything done, I’ll get you guys down to nine-handed.”
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