Tournament Director Jack Effel took to the microphone at noon to welcome players to the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. His booming voice was heard by all in the Amazon Room and Pavilion Ballroom - and quite possibly by the greater Las Vegas metro area due to the volume of the mic - to announce the start of the action, recap a few important rules, and kick off the day with a “shuffle up and deal” declaration from the MVP of WSOP dealers. Whether players were the seasoned veterans of the game or first-time Series visitors, there couldn’t help but be a tinge of excitement felt as the day got underway.
It was the second starting day, affectionately known as Day 1B, of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. After 1,125 players put the tournament in motion on Monday, it was on Tuesday that an even larger crowd entered to play the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship tournament. Though there were four starting days in all, it was the only one for the players in their seats on July 6. One opportunity, one set of starting chips, and one chance to make the right decisions to stay in the game.
It was later in the day, again, before the official registration number was released, and it was finally announced that 1,489 players were in the field, a very significant increase from the 873 players who competed on 1B in 2009. The two-day total then came to 2,614 players. But as was said yesterday, the first day or so doesn’t necessarily indicate what the final number of entrants will be. The only thing that could be said thus far was two days were in the books, and both recorded increases from 2009.
Some of the more interesting faces in the crowd on Day 1B were stars outside of poker, as Robert Iler of “The Sopranos” fame took to the felt, as did baseball legend and ESPN sports commentator Orel Hershiser. The 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold was also looking to take down another title, among throngs of other players seeking their first.
Many of them survived their first day, but some of the better known players who didn’t included Erick Lindgren, Liv Boeree, Joe Sebok, Ivan Demidov, Justin Bonomo, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Maria Mayrinck, Darus Suharto, and Annette Obrestad.
When all was said and done, it was reported in some places that 1,021 players were left in the field. There was nothing official about that number, but it seemed more plausible than the 11,018 number shown on the WSOP website, though chip counts were only listed for 1,017 players. Without a true number, let’s just look at the chip counts of the top ten players:
|James Danielson ||201,050 |
|Filippo Candio ||167,300 |
|Robert Miller ||155,225 |
|Jason Dewitt ||149,950 |
|Balazs Botond ||147,500 |
|Filip Verboven ||146,595 |
|Jacob Petersen ||143,625 |
|Gabriel Walls ||141,050 |
|Kyle Brossia ||136,625 |
|Alex Michaels ||133,150 |