Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010 2010 WSOP Main Event Day 1b Recap - Overall Attendance Up 23% So Far
Day 1b of the 2010 WSOP Main Event kicked off on Tuesday. Another solid crowd of amateurs and pros turned out to take their shot at poker immortality and the ever elusive WSOP Main Event Championship bracelet.
Taking a tour around the world, many notables were spotted. Among those playing on Day 1b were 2007 Champion Jamie Gold, Jeremiah Smith, Liv Boeree, 1995 Champion Dan Harrington, Erick Lindgren, Robert Williamson III, Jennifer Tilly, Annette Obrestad, Orel Hershiser, Barbara Enright, Perry Friedman, James Mackey, Erica Schoenberg, Tex Barch, Johnny Lodden, Dan Kelly, Jason DeWitt, and Phil Galfond.
The World Series of Poker Main Event would not be complete without a few outlandish characters. One player came in decked out as Batman. Perry Friedman wore a patriotic "Uncle Sam" style hat. Yet another player decided to bring a pair of cymbals to clash together at the start of the day and at subsequent breaks.
1,489 players turned out for this Day 1b. This was a significant jump from the 873 players that played on Day 1b last year. That is a 70% increase in participation year over year for Day 1b and a 23% jump overall.
As such, predictions calling for a nice spike in participation are beginning to look spot on.
Day 1b saw its share of big names hit the rail, subsequently ending their WSOP. Jamie Gold's mom lasted longer than the 2006 Champ did this year, but by the end of the day she had hit the rail as well.
Mark Seif, Dan Sha, and Liv Boeree had early ends to their Main Event runs as well and Annette Obrestad's rookie year at the WSOP ended in yet more disappointment as she busted late in the day.
On the other hand, the remaining players will join the Day 1d finishers for Day 2b Saturday. Phil Laak was near the chip leaders for a portion of the day but fell back to about 58,000 towards day's end.
Brandon Cantu, Johnny Lodden, Matt Stout and James Demsey have at least doubled their stacks and are in solid shape for the 2nd day.
Jason DeWitt and Phil Galfond finished the day among the chip leaders with 149,850 and 141,000 respectively.
Unofficially, James Danielson finished the day as chip leader with 201,050.
Day 1c will kick off tomorrow and another strong crowd is expected. Phil Hellmuth will be among the players in action tomorrow and Hellmuth is planning to come in as a UFC fighter.
Stay tuned to pokerjunkie.com as we bring you recaps from each day of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.