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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

WSOP Main Event - Day 1s are a Wrap!

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And what a wrap it is!  All four starting flights are over, with the final one ending late Sunday night.  It's official - the number of entrants for this year's Main Event Championship is 6,865 players making it the third largest live poker tournament in history.  Only the 2006 and 2010 Championship events were bigger.

The Day 1 Starting days:

    Day 1A had 897 starters and finished with 560.
    Day 1B started with 978 players - ending with 616.
    Day 1C started with 2,181, with 1,471 bagging chips.
    Day 1D had 2,809 starters and 1,874 survived.

The cumulative Day Ones held many well-known poker players, here's the scoop so far:

DAY 1-A:   Among those who fell along the wayside: Jerry Yang (2007 Main Event champion), Tom Schneider (2006 WSOP "Player of the Year"), Greg "Fossilman" Raymer (2004 Main Event champion), and many others.  Doyle Brunson (1976 and 1977 Main Event champion) was eliminated.  He was knocked out late in the afternoon, leaving some to wonder if the WSOP may have seen the last of the great poker legend.

But some Day 1-A players are still alive in the world championship.  Some of the more well-known poker players who will return for Day 2 are Annette Obrestad (2008 WSOP Europe Main Event champion); Mickey Appleman (four-time gold bracelet winner); Johnny Chan (1987 and 1988 Main Event champion); and many more. The long list of survivors was not limited to big-name poker pros.  Poker enthusiast and actor Jason Alexander (formally George on "Seinfeld") also bagged chips for Day Two.

DAY 1-B:  Day 1-B continued with more noteworthy bust outs.  One of the more surprising early eliminations was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, apparently he was never able to establish any momentum from the time he took his seat at the feature table.  Some of the others who left on Day 1-B were Eric Froehlich, Rep Porter, Justin Smith, Nicolas Levi, Melissa Hayden, Tuan Le, Andre Akkari, and many more that went home planning for next year.
Some of the well-known players that survived Day 1-B - included Ben Lamb (who is enjoying a breakout series), Patrik Antonius, John Racener, Sam Stein, Justin Bonomo, Jean-Robert Bellande, Chris Viox, Maxim Lykov, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, David 'Bakes' Baker, Erick Lindgren, Eugene Katchalov, David Sklansky, David Hiu, Ted Lawson, Roland de Wolfe, Allen Cunningham, and many others.

DAY 1-C:   Among those who busted out on Day 1-C were 2003 WSOP champion Chris Moneymaker, it had to be another disappointing WSOP after going relatively deep last year.  Actor-comedian Ray Romano didn't last long.  However, his counterpart Brad Garrett enjoyed a decent day and survived with a healthy stack.  Other players eliminated from the third flight included David Singer, Jason Young, Steve Billirakis, Fabrice Soulier, David Benyamine, Robert Mizrachi, Karina Jett, Hoyt Corkins, and others.

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But several notable players survived.  Defending world champion Jonathan Duhamel made the cut, although he will need a better performance on the second day to make any kind of run.  Some of the other more well-known poker players who will return for Day Two are Ted Forrest, Humberto Brenes, J.P. Kelly, Gavin Smith, Phil Gordon, Marcel Luske, Joe Cada, Mike Caro, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Dan Harrington, Bobby Baldwin, and more.

DAY 1-D:  Notable players that were eliminated on Day 1-D were Alexander Kravchenko, Antonio Esfandiari, David Williams, Michael Binger, John Juanda, Dan Heimiller, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Kassela, Steve Zolotow, Ivan Demidov and Tom Dwan. The chip leader at the end of Day 1-D was Maynard Little with 179,450 chips.
Some of the notable Day 1-D survivors were – Freddy Deeb, Matt Matros, David “Dragon” Pham, Phil Laak, Alexandre Gomes, J.C. Tran, Robert Varkonyi, Men “the Master” Nguyen, Thor Hansen, Joe Hachem, Max Pescatori, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Barry Greenstein and others.

Fred Berger held onto the chip lead from Day 1A of all of the Starting Days. He is a former gold bracelet winner and last year won the WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah's New Orleans; he has played the WSOP for the last 15 years.

Day 1D found poker player and philanthropist Phil Gordon taking the stage to remind everyone of the Bad Beat on Cancer initiative.  Gordon then presented Poker Hall of Famer Phil Hellmuth an award that designates Hellmuth has pledged the most money this year to the charity.  Performer Holly Madison was introduced to the crowd next and all three of them gave the "Shuffle Up and Deal" announcement in unison.

Jack Effel has presided as the WSOP Tournament Director for six consecutive years overseeing tournament operations.  He has awarded more prize money and supervised more WSOP tournaments than any tournament official in poker history.

The last player standing will take home $8,711,956.  The complete prizepool/payout can be viewed here.

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