The 2010 World Series of Poker is looking more and more like it will be the biggest main event in years. On Wednesday, day 1C, over 2,0000 players showed up at the Rio and entered the main event, with more big name players taking their seats.
Johnny Chan is no stranger to big time poker tournaments, and on Wednesday he showed why he is still a force to be reckoned with at this year’s main event. Chan is currently positioned second in the chip counts out of the 2,314 players that began the day.
Already, almost 400 players have been eliminated, their $10,000 buy-ins now a donation to the prize pool. Among the notable players that have already been sent to the rail are Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Chad Brown, and Jeff Madsen.
Other pro players have struggled but are hanging in there, trying to make it to day two. David Williams, Scotty Nguyen, Kathy Liebert, and Tom McEvoy all have less than $22,000 chips left, but as other players over the year have shown, it only takes one good run of cards to turn around fortunes.
Players who have fared well on day 1C include chip leader Barny Boatman and Isaac Krantz. Boatman has 151,000 in chips, and Krantz is holding 130,000. Sammy Farha, Theo Tran, Mike Sexton, and Daniel Negreanu are part of the group that is in the middle of the pack as far as chip stacks.
Today will be the final of the first day events. There are still some big name players that have yet to see the felt, but that will occur sometime today. On Friday, the day two play will begin and run through Saturday. Sunday will be an off day for players before they all come together finally on Monday for the first time in the main event.1