From the starting field of 897 players, 560 of them survived Day 1a long enough to bag up chips at night's end. Here are the stacks they'll come back to on Monday's Day 2a.
Day 1a of the 2011 WSOP Main Event is now in the books! It appears that our chip leader at the end of play today was Fred Berger who finished the day with 209,500 in his stack. One of the other biggest stacks belonged to Shane Sigsbee who accumulated a total of 182,600.
A total of 897 players took to the felt today in what is generally known to be as the smallest Day 1 starting field. We were told by the WSOP staff at the beginning of the day that on average, Day 1a accounts for 17% of the total Main Event participants. If this holds true, we can expect a total of 5,276 players to take part in the Main Event this year.
For having such a "small" number of players to start the day, we certainly weren't lacking when it came to familiar faces. Notable players still in the hunt include Sebastian Ruthenberg, Annette Obrestad, Jason Alexander, Lex Veldhuis, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Olivier Busquet, Josh Brikis, and Mickey Appleman.
A number of well known players also hit the rail today. At the beginning of play today four former Main Event Champions took to the felt, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Greg Raymer, and Jerry Yang, but Chan was the only one to survive the day. Other players eliminated include Vanessa Selbst, Isaac Haxton, John Hennigan, Randy Lew, Chip Jett, and Tom Schneider.
Also eliminated were Adam Levy who finished 12th in last year's Main Event, and Matt Affleck who made deep runs in the Main Event in the past two years (80th in 2009 and 15th in 2010).
Two of last year's "November Nine" were spotted in the field today, Filippo Candio and Soi Nguyen, and both survived and will continue on to Day 2. Perhaps we'll see one of them make the final table two years in a row.
A number of players choose to don interesting hats or outfits in an attempt to get themselves noticed by the roaming cameras of the ESPN crew, but our award for best costume of the day has to go to Richard Wyrick who showed up after the dinner break in a Snow White costume. Someone even gave him an apple, but we don't think Wyrick ever decided to take a bite; probably a wise decision on his part.
Roughly 560 players survived the day and they will join with the players who come out of Day 1c to form our Day 2a field which will resume play at 12:00pm PST on Monday July 11th.
Last year Jonathan Duhamel bested a field of 7,319 players to take home the top prize of $8,944,310. Who will be the next Main Event Champion? Only time will tell, so make sure to stick with us here at PokerNews for all your WSOP updates.
The players are bagging and tagging and we will have our recap for you shortly.
We missed most of the action on this big hand, but the player who benefited from it, Cedric Annen, recapped the action for us. The board read , and Lodden had led out for 8,500. Annen raised it up to 19,000, and Lodden put in a reraise of 40,000. Annen called, leaving himself 27,000 behind. The river came the , and Lodden and Annen got the rest of it in.
Lodden had made a straight on the turn that improved to a flush on the river. However, Annen had made a higher flush on the river, which gave him a huge double up, while Lodden ends his day on a sour note.
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On the final hand at her table, Evelyn Ng ended up all in for her last 11,450 chips in the big blind against the player in the small blind.
Ng would need some help to stay alive but the board ran out and she was eliminated just as all the other players started to bag up their chips.
A big gathering around Johnny Chan's table caught our attention. When we arrived Chan was facing a decision for most of his stack as an opponent was all in on a board. Chan, with about 29,000 behind, was in the tank for a good while before laying down .
It looked like there was at least 6,000 in the pot already with the board reading . Tristan Clemencon bet 4,625 from under the gun and Pat Pezzin tanked before he threw in the chips for the call. Clemencon turned over for the ace high flush which was good when Pezzin mucked as the two headed in opposite directions towards the end of the day.
The board showed and there was about 7,000 in the middle when a player in late position bet 3,500, and George Danzer, sitting to his left called the bet. The river brought the and another bet from Danzer's opponent, this time for 8,000. Danzer hemmed and hawed for about a minute, then tossed out the calling chips with a somewhat displeased look.
He became even less enthused at the sight of his opponent's hand -- for trip eights -- in response to which Danzer mucked his cards. The German slips a little to 58,000 as we start to approach the end of Level 5.