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Friday, July 10, 2009 | Francis Lee


The fourth and final starting day (Day 1D) at the 2009 World Series of Poker main event started off very badly for tournament organizers as the amount of entrants was locked off due to the amount of people trying to enter, as the capacity had been reached.  There were many unhappy players who decided to leave it to the last minute to enter, only to find there were no more spaces left.  There was a meeting held to see if an alternative arrangement could be made, but the decision was eventually made that it would make the two day two fields in-balanced and there is no way the WSOP staff could manage the logistics for the proposal’s.  For future main events this should put a stop to everyone trying to enter on the final day and to spread the field a bit more evenly over the four days.  Only 1/3 of the capacity was reached on Day 1B so there was plenty of places for these players to enter on a previous day.

In the end a total of 2,809 players entered the final day which made up a grand total of 6,494 entrants overall.  The prize pool reached just over $61 million and the first place prize is set at $8,548,435.  The amount of players who would cash in was set at 648 places.

The field was packed with a lot of celebrities with the likes of Ray Romano, Marlon Wayans Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Ian and Sam Simon.  The sports stars included Audley Harrison, Steve Davis, Jordan Farmer and John Salley.  The well known poker stars spotted at the start of play included the current World champion Peter Eastgate, back to defend his title and also the runner up last year Ivan Demidov. Also spotted were the 2009 women’s champion Lisa Hamilton, Phil Ivey, Jenifer Harman, Dario Minieri, Vannessa Rousso, and Tom Dawn just to name a few.

Once the cards were in the air the eliminations came at a fast pace and the phrase “all in and call” could be heard right across the card room.  The notable names to fall early on included Dario Minieri, John Salley and Ray Romano.  Ivan Demidov failed to go deep again this year falling half way though the day. He moved in holding bottom pair after the Flop only to find his opponent having flopped a set.  As the day drew to a close Scott Fischman, Scott Clements and David Benefield all headed for the rail.

At the close of play Troy Weber was the clear chip leader and overall chip leader from all the starting fields.  His chip stack of $353,000 was almost double of what his nearest rival had.

Top 10 Leader Board After Day 1D

  • 1st Troy Weber $353,000
  • 2nd Tyson Marks $196,500
  • 3rd Stephen Costello $192,000
  • 4th Mads Wissing $185,750
  • 5th Joseph Sanders $175,800
  • 6th Mikael Ay $173,900
  • 7th Carter ‘ckingusc’ King $170,000
  • 8th Mark Weil $168,575
  • 9th Paul Wolfe $163,000
  • 10th Alessandro Pastura $160,900



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