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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

WSOP Main Event Day 1A Recap

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1,297 players started the biggest poker tournament in the world with dreams of being part of the “November Nine.” Despite the small number, it is actually up slightly from last year’s day 1A, so it remains to be seen if the field will be smaller than last year's or continue the trend seen thus far in increasing slightly. The tournament was kicked off by the legendary Wayne Newton and UNLV marching band and once the buzz from the pre-tournament festivities wore down, some poker was played.

With most of the professionals opting to play on the weekend, the field was light with big names but some pro's came out to try and take advantage of the fact that everyone else was waiting. Not all of them would make it through the day and the list of those who dreams were shattered was long. Among those who did not survive the day: Tom Dwan, David Benyamine, Alec Torelli, Marco Johnson, David Pham, Freddy Deeb, Vanessa Selbst, Eli Elezra, Lyle Berman, Jason Alexander, Roy Winston, Dan Harrington, Chad Brown, Phil Galfond, Eric Froehlich, Gavin Smith, Kevin Saul, Josh Arieh, J.J. Liu, Erica Schoenberg, Mekhi Phifer, Jonathan Little, Berry Johnston, Bobby Baldwin, Devilfish, and Shannon Shorr.

The first knockout of the day took about ten minutes when Barry Clancy got it all in on a 6-3-2 flop with pocket aces. His opponent had pocket jacks and Clancy was looking good to double up early. Poker isn't always accommodating though and the jack on the river sent Clancy home with the ultimate of bad beat stories to tell his friends and family.

With the eliminations of Harrington, Baldwin, and Johnston the only former Main Event winner that played day 1A and survived was Scotty Nguyen. Nguyen, who recently won the 50K H.O.R.S.E. Event spent the day at the ESPN featured table, assuring him of even more face time when the WSOP start to air in less than a month.

In other news, it was officially announced that Erick Lindgren had taken WSOP Player of the Year. It's been a fine WSOP for Lindgren, but I'm sure he'd love nothing better than to add a deep run in the Main Event to his poker resume.

By the end of the day, a little more than half the field that started the day remained as 636 of the original 1,297 were left. Here are some of the notable players and their chip counts (players started with 20,000 in chips):
Brandon Adams 176,450
Kido Pham 120,650
Mark Vos 113,200
Bob Slezak 91,600
Jon Turner 89,450
Chau Giang 87,625
Tim West 71,050
Darrell Dicken 70,000
Jason Gray 69,400
Hasan Habib 68,300
Will Durkee 62,925
Ray Romano 61,025
Tex Barch 59,125
Toto Leonidas 59,100
Barry Schulman 58,350
Blair Hinkle 58,275
Bill Baxter 56,025
Ted Lawson 56,000
Dustin Dirksen 55,800
Jason Lester 55,500
John Hennigan 51,875
Chris Reslock 49,325
Michael Craig 49,050
Vince Van Patten 47,800
Perry Friedman 41,400
Ciaran O'Leary 37,000
Anna Wroblewski 34,125
Noah Boeken 30,775
Paul Wasicka 26,950
Bill Gazes 24,975
Jimmy Fricke 24,650
Scotty Nguyen 23,600
Thomas Wahlroos 22,525
Alex Bolotin 22,325
Barry Greenstein 21,500
Lee Markholt 19,425
Thierry Van Denberg 19,175
Jordan Morgan 18,800
Jeff Williams 10,950

The end of day chip leader is Mark Garner with 194,900. The players will return on Day 2A which will begin on Tuesday, July 8th at noon PST.

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