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WSOP Main Event Day 1B – Davies Well Placed

Posted at 07:00 2006-07-31 Day 1B of the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event commenced with the first elimination on the very first hand of the day when pocket kings clashed with pocket aces to send one unlucky player home early. Mike “The Mad Genius” Caro was prominent early on and built a nice stack, whilst David Williams also picked up some major pots and surged through the pack to be amongst the chip leaders. Phil Ivey looked dangerous when he accumulated a big stack thanks to his quad kings, but he took a big hit late in the day to fall back. Phil Hellmuth, gunning for a record eleventh WSOP bracelet, made a traditional late arrival but made an unexpected early exit when his AQ didn’t receive any help against pocket sevens. Some other big name eliminations during the day included Gavin Smith, Patrik Antonius, Shannon Elizabeth, Howard Lederer, Evelyn Ng and Mel Judah. Australia was once again well represented. Young gun Russell Davies moved steadily through the day, and although at one point he was reduced to only 4,000 in chips he was able to rebuild to finish the day well-placed in 26th position with over 60,000 in chips. Toby Atroshenko also had an up and down day, reaching 25,000 in chips at one point before he slipped back towards the end of play. Sydney player Sam Khouiss also performed very well, and accumulated a large stack before he took a heavy hit when his second nut flush fell to the nut flush of his opponent. Steve Wise also survived the day, but is severely shortstacked. 2182 runners started the day but by 3am the field had narrowed to 860 players. They included the following Aussies: Russell Davies – 61,300 Sam Khouiss – 45,275 Adrian Pitt – 38,250 Sam Korman – 23,875 Toby Atroshenko – 15,550 Vince Moro – 11,575 Steve Wise – 4,050 Other notables to survive the day include: Allen Cunningham – 77,625 David Williams – 36,275 Men Nguyen – 36,100 Eric Froehlich – 35,025 Humberto Brenes – 29,175 Annie Duke – 26,725 Mike Caro – 22,925 David Ulliott – 22,700 Phil Ivey – 16,675

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