Day 1C of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has finished and the Rio witnessed a massive turnout for the last chance to enter this year’s tournament. A whopping 3,418 players paid $10,000 to play today making it the largest one day Main Event field in WSOP history. The final total number of entries for this year’s event stands at 6,598. The total prize-pool is over $62 million and the winner will pick up $8,527,982 for taking down the biggest tournament of them all.
A total of 26 players from Australia and New Zealand entered today making a final total of 46 participants from the two countries. There were 18 survivors at the end of days play meaning a total of 29 are remaining overall. The best placed is Adam Cusenza who put 66,600 chips into his bag after today’s five levels. Cusenza has already shown his poker pedigree this year by taking down the Autumn Classic at Adelaide in May for AUD$22,210. He is very closely followed by Melbourne’s Kelvin Beattie who has 66,375. Beattie has four career WSOP cashes and will be aiming to make the money in the Main Event for his biggest every payday in Vegas. Next on the list is WSOP veteran Rayan Nathan who is 492nd in chips with 61,600. Nathan has already cashed in the Main Event before 2006 when he finished 172nd for $47,006. The biggest of his 8 WSOP cashes came in 2011 when he made the final table of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em and earned $102,803 for his efforts.
Martin Rowe (49,450) who lives in Sydney made AUD$1,000,000 in one tournament at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Sydney in 2008 and he has started well here as he looks to claim his first every WSOP score. New Zealander John Harman kept the Kiwi charge alive as he made Day 2 with a 40,250 chip stack. Harman already has one result at this year’s WSOP as he came 102nd in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em for $5,703. Aussie cricket legend, Shane Warne has registered using his English address in this year’s tournament but we will keep an eye on him and he accumulated an impressive stack today as he bagged up 72,400.
Many of the greats of the game played today and inevitably some of them didn’t survive the day with the likes of 2003 WSOP Champion Chris Moneymaker, Oliver Busquet, Justin Smith and 2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel all busting out today. Joining them on the busted list was Australian star Tony Hachem who tweeted, “I lost 2 big hands with AK suited after flopping trip Kings. I flopped top pair with the nut flash draw then turned two pairs & still lost.” WSOP event 28 runner up Brendon Rubie also hit the rail today as his successful summer at the WSOP came to end.
Jason Laso is the Day 1C chip leader as he finished with a 240,350 stack but everyone is still chasing Day 1A’s William John who has a 266,700 waiting for him when he returns to the felt. Some of the familiar faces who made it through the day are Viktor Blom (110,225), Doyle Brunson (81,400), Antonio Esfandiari (78,925) and Phil Ivey (11,525). A total of 29 Australian and New Zealand players remain after the first cull, they will return with their dreams intact and eyes on the monster prize at the end. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for continuing coverage of the WSOP Main Event.
WSOP Main Event Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts
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Australia and New Zealand WSOP Main Event Day 1C Survivors
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