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Saturday, July 5, 2008 | Francis Lee


The second field of this years World Series of Poker Main Event, started there heat with the current champion Jerry Yang having the honour of calling out the customary “shuffle up and deal” to get things under way. A total of 1,158 players started out in day 1b being the second field of four.

This field contained former WSOP champions Greg Raymer, Jamie Gold and Tom McEvoy, along with a number of well known pro’s including Erick Lindgren, Andy Blcak, Humberto Brenes, Thor Hansen, Barney Boatman, Alex Kravchenko, Daniel Negreanu, and David Bach. Also spotted in the field was former Australian cricketer Shane Warne trying his luck in the biggest poker tournament in the world.

Two of Britain’s top pro’s Ram Vaswani and Neil Channing was seated at the same table. Ram arrived a little late to the table which brought a comment from Channing saying “oh that’s just marvellous” as he took his seat.

Ted Forest was one of the first notable names to fall as his flopped set of Deuces was beaten by his opponent hitting a flush on the River. Andy Black made an early exit as his opponent flopped two pair with Black holding pocket Jacks. Daniel Negreanu was eliminated from the feature table when his flopped set of Sixes lost out to a flopped set of Nines.

As the day progressed the eliminations started to flow more frequently. Greg Raymer’s tournament came to an end half way through the day when his Kings and Jacks two pair was beaten by a better two pair, Kings and Queens. Ram Vaswani busted out when his flush draw failed to materialise against Steve Wise with trip Aces. David Bach was another notable name out as he pushed his short stack with pocket Tens and was beaten by his opponent pairing a King on the flop.

Patrick Antonius was leading at the way at the half way point with $98,000 in chips with Erick Siedel also doing well in third place on $63,100.

2006 World Champion Jamie Gold had an up and down day which finally ended, three quarters the way through the day. Down to just $2,700 chips he pushed All In with :kh :qs but ran into Pat Pezzin with pocket Queens. Humberto Brenes didn’t last past the dinner break as his pocket Queens was out gunned by pocket Kings. Jacobo Fernandez met his end when he failed to hit with :ad :qc against pocket Jacks.

The eliminations came a lot more frequently as the last session started. Tom McEvoy’s event ended here as his flopped top pair was beaten by a set of Sixes. Kenna James’s pocket Nines was out draw by pocket Three’s as a Three fell on the board. Lee Watkinson was eliminated on one of the last hands of the day as his opponent flopped a set of Deuces when Watkinson held pocket Queens.

The day ended with just 621 players remaining. In this field surviving the first day was Erick Lindgren, Barney Boatman, Thor Hansen, Michael Mizrachi, Tony Hachem, Hoyt Corkins, Erik Seidel and Shane Warne. The top ten chip leaders from day 1b was as follows.

WSOP 2008 Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Rankings

  • 1st Ben Sarnoff $165,000
  • 2nd Brian Schaedlich $156,000
  • 3rd Nicholas Caltabiano $133,000
  • 4th Robert Mizrachi $131,000
  • 5th Rob Eckstut $115,000
  • 6th Marc Karam $113,000
  • 7th Liya Gerasimova $111,000
  • 8th Giles Smadia $110,000
  • 9th Sigurd Eskeland $106,000
  • 10th Haibo Chu $102,000



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