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2017 WSOP: Day 1A Main Event Report

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Posted on 10 July 2017 by "T".

Much like poker's Olympics, the most prestigious poker tournament in the world kicks off July 8 and ends in July 22 when a winner is declared and crowned at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Day 1A started at 11am on July 8, Saturday with players scattered about at the Brasilia Room and Amazon Room in the Rio casino. After registration was closed at the end of dinner break, a total of 795 players had signed up and entered the fray, which made the biggest Day 1A since 2013, when 943 players entered the first starting flight.

Three former Main Event champions were in the bunch that day, but in the end only two survived.

Defending champ Qui Nguyen said it was a totally different atmosphere than 2016, "It was very much different. Last year, I came here like just a guy. Not like nervous, but not comfortable, you know? This year, I come back and feel very comfortable." He played on one of the featured tables during the early part of the day where he made awesome moves reminiscent of his courageous play at last year's WSOP final table. Ultimately, much of his decisions helped him get through to Day 2 with 96,700 chips.

Martin Jacobson is known for his prowess with a short-stack in 2014 at the Main Event final table. However, the Swedish national had some difficulty and finished the day with 36,800.

Unfortunately for 2007 Main Event champ Jerry Yang, he got eliminated when he played against Steven Warburton. Other prominent names that had a disappointing day were Anthony Spinella, Blake Bohn, Dan Shak, Sorel Mizzi, and King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik.

On the other hand, Day 1A has been a wondrous event for some players. Sam Grafton said after placing 2nd, "It's been a dream day. Everything I tried has gone well for me. When I was bluffing with some outs, I made them on the river. Can't complain; I'm really happy with my stack. It's going to be a really nice three days for me now by the pool, knowing this stack is in the bag. I can watch my friends try and fail, knowing that the equity of my stack is just rising as they tumble out of the tournament. So that's going to be a very nice feeling."

The current chip leader, Morten Mortensen, who has almost $1.1 million in live cashes in his poker career, said after the day ended, "I was fortunate enough to be dealt a lot of playable hands and I was able to win most of them. Other than the last hand of the night, most of the pots I played weren't very big. I have two days off, so I will be going to party tomorrow night, and then I can chill until Day 2. I only have five times the starting stack, and there should be around 7,000 runners, so there is still a long way to go."

The 576 players who survived Day 1A will return for Day 2A on July 11, Tuesday at 11am.

Chip counts for Day 1A (Top 10 players):

Morten Mortensen 276,000
Sam Grafton 231,600
Griffin Abel 226,000
Jonathan Little 211,300
David Eldridge 207,000
Nachman Berlin 205,000
Frank Crivello 192,000
Michael Ravn 188,800
Rahul Byrraju 186,100
Ronnie Brown 181,100




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10 comments on "2017 WSOP: Day 1A Main Event Report"

 dule-vu10/07/2017 12:40:57 GMT
So main event finally started!this what everybody waiting for!so on first day we already lost almost 400 players and 576 are in second day!we will see how thing will be and will who will on top after second today!for now its morten mortensen!it would be nice if we could see some video from this main event!
 pochui10/07/2017 12:50:12 GMT
nice to see world series of poker main event has started and already we have some big names fcuked inside out, kinda that's how it is in the poker world, no one gives a sh1t whether you're famous or not, only the cards and some luck count
 Nightkid10/07/2017 15:57:26 GMT
I just found out that they also do poker Olympics. Lol it would be nice to be able to go to learn and practice a little: P and if it would be nice to see or to pass x somewhere to see it je Big Smile
 Mober10/07/2017 22:29:32 GMT
I dont see any big flashy names yet in the top.
But it is still early and things can change, with 576 players in.
If any of the big names ares till in.
I havent checked who got kicked and who didnt Smile
 doubletop77711/07/2017 08:16:03 GMT
I do love watching the Main Event every year and this will be no exception. I have been watching the early coverage and i cannot get over the sheer magnitude of players who enter this at $10,000 a time
 Tony_MON7ANA11/07/2017 14:40:34 GMT
This is great! I have been looking forward to the 2017 WSOP main event.
The 2016 WSOP main event champion Qui Nguyen was among the 795 players that started their journey last Saturday. I love his Bentley outfit! Can he make back to back final table?
 perattin11/07/2017 15:31:06 GMT
Today begins the day 2AB and my personal friend Richard Dubini begins as the chip leader of this spectacular event in search of that long-awaited bracelet. I will be following the development of the same through the different portals of information.
 pajalnick11/07/2017 18:31:22 GMT
Very interesting event ... the main event finally started ... it will be interesting to read on this forum about the course of the tournament and I hope that the news will be published regularly ... a very interesting event and it has already begun
 DaCapo7112/07/2017 09:36:21 GMT
Thain Main Event of the WSOP are running and it was interesting to see, which player can reach the final table this year. Perhaps we see a no name player as winner this time against a lot of poker pro´s. It must be a dream to win the bracelet of this final Event from the WSOP.

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