It's a Sell Out at the WSOP! Hundreds Turned Away!
Posted at 08:56 2009-07-08
The final two opening flights of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event draw massive numbers of entrants to the Rio Hotel and Casino as the hype surrounding the biggest poker event on the planet reached new heights.
1,696 plays fronted up on Day 1c but the biggest story of the Main Event so far was the sell-out field of 2,809 who entered Day 1d and the hundreds of other hopefuls who were turned away once capacity was reached by 11:30am.
Incredible scenes emerged from the halls of the Rio where angry players demanded a response, but after hasty meeting was called with roughly 150 disappointed players and a handful of media in attendance, they were apologetically informed by WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack that nothing could be done.
While debates have emerged as to whether a Day 1e should have been started or whether the players should know better and should’ve pre-registered in one of the other three under-sold opening flights, the show must go on.
Once the doors were locked, the numbers were crunched and the official stats for the 2009 WSOP Main Event are as follows:
Players: 6,494 players
Total Purse: $61,043,600
First Place: $8,548,435
Total Players Cashing: 648
A number of Australians have made it through to Day 2 play, however with the massive number of players stretching into every corner of the Rio, it proved very difficult to keep track of everyone’s progress.
Mike Comer was Australia’s best performer on Day 1c, ending the day with 93,000 while other survivors included Daniel Neilson (54,100), Matt Downing (46,975), Steve Topakas (34,275) and Joel Dodds (21,500).
Day 1d saw Tony Hachem arrive late but depart in fine shape with 89,400 in chips, with other survivors including Jonathan Karamalikis (76,000), Bill Jordanou (58,000), Tom Horan (50,375), Will Mitchell (32,150), Sean Keeton (29,525), Rob Campbell (27,050), Matthew Pearson (22,750) and Jai Kemp (21,300). The APL crew were also out in force on Day 1d with many having successful days including APPT Sydney final-tablist Majed Haddad surviving with 69,225 chips.
Incredibly one player ended the day with a massive 353,000 chips. Troy Weber got the better of a clash of the big stacks late in the day, and will easily be the overall chip leader entering into Day 2 play.
Today will see 1,476 players return for Day 2a action while the Rio will be overflowing again tomorrow for 2b of the Main Event.
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