The four “Day 1”´s have now been concluded in the third largest World Series of Poker Main Event ever (behind 2006 and 2010), with critics astounded by the massive combined total of 6,865 entrants resulting in a colossal prize pool of $64,531,000 and a first prize to the winner of $8,711,956. With such a substantial prize at stake, it has been a surprise to see some of the most successful poker players at this year´s series of events fall at the first hurdle.
Tom “durrrr” Dwan and John Juanda (winner of the $10,000 No-limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship) were the major Day 1d casualties, and joined Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier ($10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship) and Owais Ahmed ($2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo / Stud Hi-Low Championship) as spectators in the event led by Las Vegas “local” and WSOP veteran Fred Berger (Winner of the $3,000 Pot Limit Hold´em Championship in 2002).
The Fate of UK Poker Players
Even the most charitable supporter of UK poker players would have to admit that the last few weeks at the WSOP have been a bit of an anti-climax following the early successes of Jake Cody, Matt Perrins and Darren Wood. However, hundreds of British poker pros and amateur qualifiers remain amongst the 2,802 players left in the Main Event.
Among those who carry notable chip stacks into their respective Day 2s (see below for structure) include Jonathon Spinks, Matt Perrins, James Bord, Matt Ashton and Liv Boeree. The Hendon Mob are represented by Ross Boatman, while Praz Bansi, JP Kelly, Chris Bjorin, Steve Watts and Darren Woods will be hoping to climb up the leaderboard tonight and tomorrow night.
What Happens Next?
The WSOP Main Event has an unusual structure due to the high number of players that participate in the tournament. The players who survived the five 120 minute levels that were played on Days 1a and 1c are combined to play a further five levels on Day 2a (tonight). Players still in the game from Days 1b and 1d join together to compete in Day 2b tomorrow.
All the players still in the game get a day off on Wednesday before the split fields become one on Thursday, when four levels are played of Day 3. Days 4, 5, and 6 follow the same format on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Monday´s play (Day 7) will conclude when the field has been reduced to 27 players.
The 2011 “November Nine”
The final day of play in “Part 1 of the WSOP Main Event” takes placed on Tuesday July 19th, when the remaining 27 players will be reduced to nine – and those nine will become the “November Nine” who return to the tables between November 5th and November 7th to determine who will become the WSOP Main Event winner for 2011.
Fingers crossed that we have plenty of British interest throughout the next few stages of play and – of course – that a UK poker player wins the 2011 WSOP Main Event.