WSOP Main Event Day 1b - Krost, Dodds and Levy In Action
Posted at 05:06 2010-07-08
The second flight of the World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off with 1,489 hopefuls wandering through the doors of the Amazon Room, with an extra 18 tables that spilled over to the Pavillion Room of the Rio. The numbers are significantly increased on last year’s 1b field which inconveniently fell on America’s Independence Day holiday. This led to a lockout scenario on day 1d which stopped a number of players from entering the Main Event. The combined numbers for the first two flights total 2,614 and are up 30% from the 2009 field.
Amongst the sea of players, waving the Aussie flag were Grant Levy, Jai Kemp, Andrew Jeffreys and the in-form Joel Dodds, on the back of his runner-up finish at the Venetian Deep Stack Series. The large field started to drop off early, with Jeffreys sent to the rail during the fourth level. Moments after doubling up his stack to 38,000 holding A8 versus an opponent’s 54, Jeffreys ran QQ into AA on two occasions with no justice shipped.
On the other hand, Jai Kemp bagged and tagged a comfortable 68,250. Grant Levy had an up and down day, at one point sliding to 12,000 when the villain spiked a three-outer to take down a 20,000 pot. Levy built things up to 37,000, before dropping back to 25,000 soon after when his flush ran into a full house. Again Levy persevered and amassed chips when he hit a straight versus a set of queens, putting him up above the starting stack once more to sit at 48,000, before finishing the day with 33,525.
Joel Dodds sat at 75,000 at one point of the day but dropped back down to 42,000 at the end of level 3. Dodds finished up with 51,775 chips at the end of day’s play. A couple of other Aussies to survive include John Caridad (44,100), Kent Hunter (43,700), Jamie Pickering (12,900) and 2010 Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost who bagged up 86,575.
Some of the pros who will not be returning for any more play in the Main Event are 2008 runner-up Ivan Demidov, 2006 Champion Jamie Gold, Aussie Millions 100K buy-in Champ Dan Shak, Erick Lindgren, Bertrand Grospellier, Justin Bonomo, Liv Boeree and Jennifer Tilly. One person who had much hype and expectations upon her shoulders, was WSOP debutee Annette Obrestad, however her last chance of adding some jewelry to the collection was crushed, not surviving through the day.
Aussie Millions 2008 Champion Alex Kostritsyn enjoyed a successful day on the felt with a final chip count of 131,800 that he will now take to battle on Day 2b which commences in three days time.
Day 1c will kick off today at 12 noon local Vegas time. There will be some more Aussies chasing the dream and testing their skills in the grandest stage of them all, the World Series of Poker. We wish you all the best of luck as the big dance continues.
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