Every year, one tournament at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) earns the nickname “the Big Dance.” That is, of course, Event #68: No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The $10,000 buy-in tournament not only attracts some of the biggest names in the game, but also amateur and casual players from around the world.
With one starting flight already in the books, Day 1b got under way Monday at the Rio. After registration closed on Day 1b, the total field size for the both Main Event starting flights grew to 2,457 players. By the time the day ended, 1,154 players survived with chips still in front of them. Added to the survivors of Day 1a, a total of 1,624 players have already secured their spot in Day 2.
Leading the way on Day 1b was Hamid Feiz of the U.S. His 182,675 chips not only gave him the biggest stack on this day, but also for the tournament as a whole so far. Adil Khan sits second in chips with 156,800 while Srikanth Koneru bagged 154,725 for third place.
The top Canadian on Day 1b was also very near the top of the counts. Yong Lu of Calgary, Alberta bagged a sixth-place stack of 141,750. Canadian writer and producer Matt Salsberg finished the day with 113,025, good for 26th place, while Mississauga, Ontario’s Joseph Andres ended up in 32nd spot with 109,300.
In total, 64 Canadians bagged chips at the end of the day, listed below.
|Yong Lu||141,750||Mark Dietrich||67,500||Chris Kirkland||45,525||David Gelowitz||29,850|
|Matt Salsberg||113,025||Bryan Stein||66,350||Maria Parlatore||44,950||Sam Greenwood||28,100|
|Joseph Andres||109,300||Azim Popatia||63,450||Terrance Chan||44,275||Karim Koval||24,700|
|Spencer Cossette||107,400||Gavin Smith||58,200||Harsukhpaul Sangha||42,225||Enzo Deluca||22,050|
|Mathiue Martin||90,450||Paul Woodhouse||57,450||David Mercer||42,025||Douglas Hartwick||21,550|
|Andre Boyer||87,175||Jason Mann||52,400||Devin Verstaelen||40,750||Michael Bartholomew||21,200|
|Shaan Siddiqui||86,500||Timothy Adams||52,025||Marc-Andre Ladouceur||38,700||Donald Arsenault||20,800|
|Peter Raimondi||83,200||Michael Bochansky||49,800||Jia Mai||38,025||Terrance Coutts||19,975|
|Scott Montgomery||80,175||Tony Guglietti||49,600||Matthew Dietrich||37,425||Mark Defaria||18,275|
|Darren Keyes||80,075||Brenda Hodges||49,400||Samuel Ngai||34,600||Angie Gelinas||17,400|
|Ping Lin||79,375||Ami Alibay||48,800||Ronald Giles||33,675||Christopher Mysore||13,825|
|Chris Comely||77,975||Buck Ramsay||48,725||Jacob Kipfer||33,025||Jason Gigliotti||12,350|
|Jeffrey Mahoney||73,050||Sebastian Troen||47,375||Douglas Mahagen||32,075||Trevor Schmidt||11,050|
|Kyle Bonazzo||70,400||Frederick Pynn||46,900||Allon Allison||32,000||Jay Dragland||9,100|
|Michael Dietrich||70,375||Marie-Pier Simard||46,350||Neil Stemmler||31,850||Ryan Hodge||5,350|
|Pascal LeFrancois||69,925||James Hawley||46,125||Nenad Medic||30,750||Li Fu||4,575|
A few other notables to finish Day 1b with chips included Dominik Nitsche (128,725), Greg Raymer (92,200), Brian Rast (88,825), Todd Brunson (57,925), Jason Mercier (66,325), and Phil Galfond (33,400), among others.
Day 1c kicks off at noon Pacific time in the Rio when the final players to advance to Day 2 will be decided.
Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Blog.