Day 1 of Event #40 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed is in the books, and after ten levels of play, our chip leader is 2010 November Niner Matthew Jarvis with 303,800 chips. Jarvis won a huge pot during the last few minutes of play, when he rivered a full house against an overpair and trip aces. The hand pushed his stack above 300,000 chips, and eliminated Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi from the tournament.
Randy Dorfman also boasts a huge stack with 280,000 chips. He won a huge pot against Neil Channing during Level 8, where he flopped two pair against Channing's aces. Dorfman held, and was one of the first players over six figures.
There are a plethora of notables with six-figure stacks. Daniel Negreanu (162,200), Eugene Todd (147,500), and Zach Gruneberg (142,400) all made late surges, and will be looking to chip up even further on Day 2.
The final number of entrants in this event was 732, generating a prizepool of $3,440,400. The winner will receive $808,538, along with bragging rights and of course the WSOP gold bracelet.
Of course every Day 1 comes with waves of casualties, and we lost dozens of notables including, Jason Mercier, Frank Kassela, Eugene Katchalov, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Allen Bari, Justin Bonomo, Phil Laak, and Erick Lindgren.
The action resumes tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. local time, where we will play ten more levels of poker. Join us as we near a final table, en route to handing out the 40th bracelet of the 2011 WSOP.
See you tomorrow!