Main Event Arrives, Doyle Exits Early
The day every poker player longs for each year has finally arrived as the $10,000 Main Event championship kicked off on Day 38 of the 2011 WSOP.
The Godfather of Poker Doyle Brunson kicked off the festivities to a smaller-than-expected field, but unfortunately he failed to last the day.
Outside of the Main Event, in the final preliminary event David Bach battles Nick Binger heads-up for his second career bracelet in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
2011 WSOP Main Event Kicks Off With 897 Runners
The largest live tournament event of the year kicked off on Thursday with 897 players turning out for Day 1a of the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
Day 1a's field was actually a significant drop of 228 players over the 2010 WSOP Day 1a field.
Doyle Brunson showed up on Day 1a to kicked off the event and took his seat at the tables to the delight of fans and players alike.
Unfortunately, fortune did not smile on Brunson on Day 1a as he was eliminated during Level 3 when Steve Costello's Ac-Qh outflopped Brunson's pocket fives.
At the end of the day, 556 players were left standing. Fred Berger finished the day as chip leader with 209,000.
Another large crowd is expected to turn out on Friday and if historic trends hold true, expect a field of around 1,300 to 1,400 players maximum.
David Bach to Battle Nick Binger for $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Bracelet
The final table of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event started with several big names looking to take the bracelet.
Bryce Yockey was the chip leader but faced a field that included Nick Binger, David Bach, Phil Laak and Allen Kessler.
The "Kessler Apocalypse Watch" ended quickly as he started the final table as the short stack and busted first.
Laak finished in 4th after David Bach flopped a full house against him. As a consolation, Laak did earn enough money in this event to meet qualifications to earn his 2-year tour card for the Epic Poker League.
This event was stopped during heads-up play due to the 10-level rule.
Bach leads Binger 3.23 million to 2 million in chips. They will return on Friday and battle it out for the bracelet.
Hasan Anter Leads Final Three of $1,500 NL Hold'em Event
Andy Philachack started the final table of the final $1,500 NL Hold'em Event holding a huge chip lead over the rest of the final table.
Philachack did manage to make it to the top three at the final table, but when play was suspended he had fallen to the short stack.
Hasan Anter started the final table second in chips and not only took the chip lead during final-table play but pulled out to a more than 2:1 chip advantage by the end of the day's action.
Three players remain at this final table with Anter holding 8.3 million to start play on Friday.
Nemer Haddad is right behind with 3.4 million and Philachack has 3.2 million.
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