The much-awaited $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT (Event #73) kicked off on Wednesday, July 3, with more than 1,300 entrants participating on flight Day 1a.
2019 WSOP: Event #73: $10,000 NLHE MAIN EVENT
Schedule: July 3 to July 16, 2019
Venue: Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
As per tradition, the reigning Main Event champ, John Cynn, made his appearance on the first day, with Jack Effel making his opening announcement to start off the Main Event.
Day 1a Poker Action - Who's In and Who's Out
After five 2-hour levels, it was Bryan Campanello who managed to bag an impressive chip count of 417,500. The $2,500 Seven Card Razz winner (of $178,052) in the 2013 WSOP was able to maintain his huge stack in Level 4 of the day and he's one of the top stacks in the room until the day's end.
Two notable former WSOP Main Event champs also made it. Chris Moneymaker, winner of the 2003 Main Event bagged up 95,000 while Qui Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Main Event bagged up to 180,500 chips.
Other players who were able to make it through Day 1a and will progress to Day 2ab include: Patrick Serda (216,700 chips), Jared Bleznick (189,100), Jeff Lisandro (180,100), Alex Foxen (173,200), Faraz Jaka (174,100), Martin Kabrhel (164,500), Jack Sinclair (153,800), Kelly Minkin (137,100), Billy Baxter (131,500), Igor Kurganov (129,100), Brian Hastings (124,200), Elio Fox (73,400), Erik Seidel (57,400), and Stephen Chidwick (45,000).
Not everyone was lucky enough to survive the day and this means notable names were not spared as well. Those who fell on Day 1a include Liv Boeree, Lexy Gavin, Brandon Adams, Brian Altman, Bryan Piccioli, 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman (pictured below), Daniel Alaei, Daniel Idema, David Williams, Frank Kassela, Jerry Wong, Kevin Boudreau, Shane Warne and Steven van Zadelhoff.
Randall Emmett (pictured below) made sure everyone knows he's in the house, first by having a flock of flamingo dancers hand out ice cream all across the Amazon Room as WSOP Vice President Jack Effel announced to the players that the ice cream was courtesy of Emmett. A short while later, Emmett tore his way through his opponents to reach the featured table, where he ended the night nicely with 62,300 chips in his bag, about 2,300 more than he started the day with.
Day 1a for the Main Event ended with Bryan Campanello bagging the most chips. Two more starting flights are also scheduled (Day 1b and Day 1c), thus there won't be no shortage of action in this massive event.
Day 1b will kick off the next day, July 4, at noon local time, with players slated to play five 2-hour levels once again.