Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Today's Day 1b attracted fewer runners than we saw yesterday, with 1,504 total coming out to take their shot at this last of the $1,000 open-field buy-in events. Put together with yesterday's field of 2,340, and that made 3,844 entrants altogether, creating a total prize pool of $3,459,000.
There were relatively fewer so-called "name" pros in our field today as compared to yesterday, too, although there were a number of familiar faces scattered among the many tables as we made our first walk throughs early in the afternoon. Among those who came and -- ultimately -- went, were Chris Moneymaker, Barry Shulman, Chad Brown, Men Nguyen, J.C. Tran, David Wiliams, Ken Aldridge, and Phil Ivey.
Midway through the day Andrew Talbot won a huge hand versus Peter Feldman, knocking out Feldman and catapulting Talbot into the chip lead. He'd remain among the leaders at the top of the counts for most of the day, joined near evening's end by Jeremy Wilck, Anthony Gargano, Yuval Bronshtein, and Josh Barnes.
However, all will be chasing James Dempsey when the two Day One flights join together tomorrow. The British pro amassed a huge stack of more than 140,000 on Day 1a, and will return on Saturday to unbag the biggest pile of chips in the room.
About 600 others will join Dempsey tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. local time to continue their quest for the WSOP bracelet and that $570,960 first prize. Come back then to see who makes it through to the top 396 spots and the money, and who is able to take their WSOP Event #54 journey even further.
We've reached that point where we knew things would be coming to an early end. As happened at the end of Day 1a, where play was halted after 35 minutes of Level 9, we just had the announcement that players will be playing one more hand and stopping tonight.
Andrew Talbot's day is ending pretty much as it has gone throughout. Just now we saw a hand in which a player at his table opened for 1,550 from early position, and Talbot reraised all in behind him. His opponent snap-called, tabling , but Talbot was there to meet him with .
Talbot's aces held, and he's now up around 70,000 as we come close to the end of play this evening.
On a flop of both Chris Viox and his opponent checked it through to see the land on the turn.
Viox checked from the big blind before his opponent fired out 2,200. Viox then check-raised all in for 6,150 and his opponent made the call.
The river landed the and Viox doubled through to a little under 14,000 in chips.
With about 7,000 in the middle and the board showing , Russell Crane fired a bet of 3,000 from the big blind, then sat patiently while his opponent sitting under the gun tanked.
Finally his opponent let it go, and Crane -- a final tablist at the 2009 WSOP $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event (where he finished third) -- dragged the pot. Crane is at 13,500 at the moment.
The remaining players are heading on a 20-minute break.
Lisa Hamilton was unable to peddle the short-stack, and opted instead to open-shove holding .
She found one caller holding before another player went all in holding .
The board ran out to see both Hamilton and the other all in player exit to the rail.