It started as ladies day at the main event, as women were plentiful throughout the Amazon Room at the Rio. PokerWorks friend Lynette Chan , Barbara Enright, Liz Lieu, and Jennifer Tilly, led a parade of women into Day 1C focused on holding chips at the end of the evening. Jennifer Harman was one of the most respected players in the room, and she had high hopes to run deep in the Main Event. She was registered as Jennifer Traniello, but everyone who sees her recognizes her as Jennifer Harman. As Cory Zeidman walked to his seat at Table 126 next to both the bleachers of the ESPN Feature Table and to the spectator aisle, few people recognized him. Scott Gallant, author of Pressure Poker and blogger for DoubleAs , knew almost as instantly as Harman probably did when she saw him sitting in the 7s: Zeidman was the player who famously slow-rolled her last year with a straight flush. He almost crippled her again, as she was all-in with jacks. He called and had them as well, leading to a chopped pot that she wasn't happy about. Harman got knocked out in a brutal fashion, limping with Q-8o, the flop coming 8-4-2, and the big blind holding 4-2.
Mike Matusow was the host of today's ESPN Feature Table. Two qualifiers from the Gutshot Poker Club in London sat across from him, Rodney Davies and William Dick. Beverly Cheney was moved to the 9s. She ran the satellites here at the World Series, and today she sat at the ESPN Feature Table. After Dick busted out, Lynette Chan moved to the table. She only played a few hands, and after a break she left. Fortunately, she didn't bust out. Matusow was moved, so they brought the table where he was headed up to the ESPN Feature Table. Six PokerStars qualifiers sat around him. Shortly after Harman busted out, Matusow called a raise that put him all-in with pocket 7's vs. . The flop came , with Matusow's set now up against a flush draw. The came on the turn, but the hit on the river. Mike the Mouth was out; dejectedly headed out of the Main Event he so desperately wants to win.
One of the six PokerStars qualifiers, John Armbrust, built his $25k up to $84k as the end of the day approached. Daniel Negreanu was at a similar chip count as it closed on 3:00 AM. Negreanu had been a strong force at the table, and he kept folks entertained with his constant banter.
Greg Raymer was well away from the rail, although he got very close to it a couple of times through the day. He got on a nice roll late to move up to $48k from being down to $6k. Other top pros still in as of 3:00 AM included Nam Le, Tom McEvoy, Josh Arieh , and Haralabos Voulgaris. Top names joining Harman and Matusow on the rail included Steve Danneman, T.J. Cloutier, Phil Gordon, Antonio Esfandiari, Liz Lieu, Tuan Le, Hasan Habib, Harry Demetriou, Kenna James, Phil Laak, and Sam Farha.
One of the most incredible stories from Day 1C was of Arnold Blenner. The Queens, New York utility worker played only play money tables on PokerStars . A table he was playing on was selected to play in a freeroll as part of Stars' 5 Billionth Hand promotion. He finished in the top three to win a seat, never having played with real money online. Today, he turned his $10k into as much as $80k before slipping back to $60k by the end of the evening. His dream: to win enough to quit his job. He's well on his way to realizing that dream, a remarkable run at what's promising to be an incredible Main Event.