This year's main event kicked off on Saturday with the first of three starting flights (1a, 1b & 1c). Day 1 A gathered close to a thousand players (943). There were a few known faces that was seated during the first day such as "Joe Cada, Pius Heinz, Olivier Busquet, Brian Rast, Justin Bonomo, Elio Fox and Ivan Demidov". However, none of them finished the day in top 10:
The second start flight had a higher number of participants when the 1,942 players sat down around the tables on Sunday. Day 1 B had no less than five former WSOP Main Event champions: Greg Raymer, Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker and Dan Harrington. Top 10 Chip Count:
We will be back with chip counts once Day 1 C has been concluded.
Mike Sexton was the only person to get inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame last year. This year, 10 players players were nominated and 2 of them were chosen by the 16 living hall of fame members and a selected group of media members based upon five criteria:
A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
Played for high stakes
Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
Stood the test of time
Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.
Jeff Lisandro, the most successful poker player in this WSOP (3 bracelets won) keeps on impressing. Now he's doing very well in the Main Event as well as he has made it from Day 1 to Day 2. Now the question is, can he make it all the way to the money, or maybe he can even take down the whole tournament?