Day 1B of the USD $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has drawn to a close with some familiar faces sitting atop of the surviving chip stacks. While John Hoang bagged up the biggest stack of 180,000 at the end of play, Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu are among the leaders on 168,350 and 140,075 in chips respectively.
A total of 2,114 runners chose to begin their arduous Main Event journey on Day 1B, which brought the combined entries so far to 3,180 with one more starting day to go. According to the WSOP, “Predictions indicate that at there will be more players for Day 1C than Day 1A and Day 1B combined.”
Many of the Day 1B field would fail at the first hurdle as 1,387 survivors remained at the end of play. Among those railed were Scotty Nguyen, Tom Dwan, Carlos Mortensen, Greg Raymer, Todd Brunson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Men Nguyen, Dennis Phillips and Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand Grospellier and Victor Ramdin.
As mentioned, it was a different story for the likes of Selbst and Negreanu. Selbst’s stack strapped on some booster rockets in the last hand of her table for the night when she was dealt Pocket Aces and got all her money in preflop against an opponent with Pocket Kings. Selbst tripped up her aces on the turn and will have plenty of chips to lash her opponents with on Day 2. Negreanu, meanwhile, has by his own admission had an exceedingly ordinary WSOP campaign up to this point but would no doubt consider it a success if he can knuckle down for another Main Event deep run.
Other top pros to navigate the Day 1B with grace included Maria Ho (130,425), Shaun Deeb (125,900), Jason Somerville (144,725), Brian Hastings (119,000), Sam Farha (118,500), Eugene Katchalov (96,275), Dan Harrington (83,750), David Steicke (79,000), Grant Levy (75,000), Jerry Yang (71,775), Barry Greenstein (60,825), Justin Bonomo (54,225) and Liv Boeree (40,500) to name just a few.
Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts
1. John Hoang – 180,000
2. James Schafer – 171,250
3. Vanessa Selbst – 168,350
4. Anh Van Nguyen – 163,050
5. Jeff Beckley – 158,550
6. Matthew Woodward – 158,500
7. Cornelius Foley – 146,875
8. Shawn Quillin – 146,300
9. Jason Somerville – 144,725
10. Fergal Nealon – 141,825
Read more at WSOP.com.
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