With the conclusion of Day 1d, the Day 2b table and seat draw is now available for viewing. To check out the draw, click here to view the PDF file. All 2,490 remaining players from Day 1b and Day 1d should be listed. Day 2b will take place on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 and begin promptly at 12:00 PM PT.
Note that anyone listed with a chip count of "1" did not report their count or it was illegible by the World Series of Poker staff.
The big question on everyone’s mind at the start of the 2011 World Series of Poker was, “How many entries will there be in the Main Event?” After seven long weeks, that question has finally been answered. Day 1d of the 2011 WSOP drew 2,802 players to bring the total over the past four days to 6,865, making this the third-largest Main Event in WSOP history. The subsequent $64,531,000 prize pool no doubt astounded the skeptics who originally believed the Main would attract less than 5,000 players.
The top 693 players are slated to be paid, with a min-cash earning $19,359; however, there is no doubt that everyone in the field have their eyes set on the life-changing first-place prize of $8,711,956. About 65-70% of today’s 2,802-player field survived to Day 2, with Mory Little appearing to be the Day 1d chip leader with 179,450 (though his position as chip leader is not official until the numbers are released early Monday morning).
Hot on the Little's heels are Ben Mintz (176,875), Roj Vohra (167,450), Anthony Miller (166,000), Dax Mellon (161,325), and Antony Lellouche (155,200).
Here is a look at the final-table payouts for the 2011 WSOP; as well as a list of the different Day 1 chip leaders:
Final Table Payouts
Top Day 1 Chip Counts
|1a||Fred Berger||Las Vegas, NV||209,000|
|1b||Ben Lamb||Tulsa, OK||188,925|
|1c||Kevin Song||Diamond Bar, CA||163,325|
|1d||Mory Little||Charlotte, NC||179,450|
While everyone was excited about the incredible turnout, there was still a poker game to be played. Being the largest of the four starting days, Day 1d seemed to inspire the most action. Pros and amateurs alike packed the Pavilion and Amazon Rooms, but it didn’t take long for the field to start culling itself.
Some notable eliminations throughout Day 1d included Prahlad Friedman, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Steve Zolotow, James Mackey, John Juanda, William Reynolds, Frank Kassela, Tom Marchese, Melanie Weisner, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jennifer Tilly, Angel Guillen, Ivan Demidov, Alexander Kravcheko, Owais Ahmed, Antonio Esfandiari, David Williams, and Nelly (as in the rap superstar).
Likewise, 2010 November Niners Jason Senti and John Dolan won’t be making return trips to the final table as they became the second and third players from last year’s final nine to hit the rail (Michael Mizrachi was eliminated on Day 1b). While a laundry list of pros fell to the wayside, a no-less impressive list will be returning for Day 2b on Tuesday. They include former World Champions Huck Seed (42,600), Jamie Gold (82,000), Berry Johnston (28,850), Robert Varkonyi (59,525), and Joe Hachem (45,700); Europeans Noah Boeken (78,675) and Lars Bonding (94,000); the always-beautiful Amanda Musumeci (134,800); veterans Lyle Berman (127,575) and Freddy Deeb; the Unabomber Phil Laak (45,700); Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton (49,600); and former Main Event runner-up competitors Steve Dannenmann and Darvin Moon.
Tomorrow, the remaining 2,031 players from Day 1a and Day 1c will combine to form Day 2a and begin play at 12:00 PM PT sharp. You can view the chip counts and table draw in a PDF file here.
Day 2b will see the remaining players from Day 1b and Day 1d combine on Tuesday, the draw of which will be posted just as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to join us on both days as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action and eliminations as we play our way towards a champion!
We missed the hand as it played out, only drawn to Table 303 because of the celebratory noises Greg Mueller was making. When we walked up to the table, we could see that he had doubled through Vanessa Peng on the final hand of the night.
The board was showing , and the money had gotten in preflop. Peng's was the big favorite at that point, but for the second time in the level, Mueller struck the river. His made the winning set, doubling him back over 25,000 as Peng is crippled down to just a few chips.
"Give me something good dealer… I want to go all in!"
So said a short-stacked player a moment ago shortly after the announcement came that only three more hands would be played. Such is the strategy for some sitting on the super short stacks -- they'd rather double up right now than come back to their small piles of chips on Day 2.
"Give me something just a little better," cracked a tablemate from the other side.
The next hand was dealt. "Thank you, dealer," said Mr. Short Stack. "I'm all in! Thank you so much." He set his stack of about 9,000 before him. It folded to Mike Zulker on the button. Zulker reraised to knock out the blinds and the two tabled their cards.
Zulker showed and his opponent . "Ohhh," said Zulker's opponent. The flop came . "Ohhh," repeated Mr. Short Stack. The turn was the . "Ohhh," he said again, starting to walk away. And the river was the , and having gotten his wish just moments before, Mr. Short Stack was already on his way out of the Pavilion.
Mike Zulker got what he wanted, too. He has about 73,000 as the final hands of the day are being dealt.
A player in early position opened for 1,250, Masa Kagawa called and the player in the cutoff moved all in for 10,800. The player on the button called the all in, the original raiser folded and Kagawa asked the button how much he had behind -- about 30,000.
Kagawa then moved all in himself, having the button covered, and the button called for his 30,000 stack.
The board ran and the button knocked out the cutoff and earned a double up from Kagawa. When the smoke cleared Kagawa was left around 37,000 and the button was up to around 90,000.
The tournaments officials just got on the horn and announced the remaining field will play three more hands at each table before calling it a night. We'll have some chip counts and a recap of Day 1d momentarily.