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Tuesday, July 8, 2008 | Francis Lee


Day 1d was the last starting field to take to the felt for the World Series of Poker 2008 Main Event, and as tournament directors predicted this was the largest of the four starting fields. A total of 2461 players entered the final day’s play which meant the total number of entrants at this year’s WSOP was 6,844. The prize pool generated by this field reached a whooping $64,333,600 with the first place prize set at $9,119,517. The second largest prize money set in the history of this event. The rest of the prize pool would be paid down to 666th place, each receiving a minimum of $21,320.

A lot of the well known pro’s was present to play in this field with former WSOP champion’s Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Carlos Mortensen and the defending champion Jerry Yang. Also spotted in the crowd was Antonio Esfandiari, Allen Cunningham, Tom Schneider, Lou Esposito, Men Nguyen, Gus Hansen, Dario Minieri, Bryan Micon, John Phan, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, and Todd Brunson.

Play started off cautiously when the cards were in the air so there wasn’t too many eliminations. Gus Hansen was more interested in watching the Wimbledon final between Nadal and Federer on the TV screen’s behind him rather than concentrating on the poker being played. One notable early exit came for Tim Vance after he had flopped a broad way straight holding the big slick. His opponent went on to make a runner – runner heart flush. Vance was not too happy about the call.

After the first break Phil Hellmuth made his customary late entrance and did it in style. He arrived in a Generals outfit in a three car convoy with 11 lovely ladies (one for each bracelet he has) dressed in combat gear.

The eliminations started to flow more frequently which saw Annie Duke head for the rail as her pocket Tens were beaten by pocket Queens. Phil Tom found his :kh :8h flush beaten by his opponent having :ah :10h with a higher flush. Andy Bloch flopped a straight against his opponent with a set. This improved to a full house on the River knocking Bloch out of the tournament.

After the half way stage Tom Schneider found his flopped pair of Aces beaten with his opponent hitting a straight on the Turn. Fred Goldberg pocket Tens were bettered by pocket Aces and Jennifer Tilly’s big slick failed to connect against pocket Tens.

As we approached the dinner break Phil Ivey on the feature table didn’t have much luck through out the opening exchanges and finally went out against :as :kh Robert Williamson hit top pair on the flop holding the big slick only to find his opponent having flopped a set of Deuces and Doyle Brunson made a gamble with :6d :4c for the last of his chips but ran into pocket Queens.

After the dinner break John Phan found no luck when being crippled running into pocket Aces and then his pocket Queens was out drawn by :ah :kh Chris Ferguson fell at this stage when he flopped a set of Sevens. His opponent had flopped a nut flush and Ferguson was out as the board did not pair up.

As the day drew to a close Dario Minieri found his pocket Queens beaten by :ad :10c as his opponent hit trip Tens on the River. Todd Brunson found his trip Sixes beaten by a nut flush and Michael Mizrachi went on the final few hands of the day on a flush draw and middle pair was ahead on the flop. His opponent managed to river a straight to nick the pot.

The day ended with 1353 survivors to return for the second days play. Steve Austin held the chip lead at the top of the rankings on $149,000 in chips, just ahead of Mohamad Kowssarie with $146,000. There is a 1 day break before all the survivors of each starting field come back to commence battle again.

WSOP 2008 Main Event Day 1d Top 10 Chip Rankings

  • 1st Steve Austin $149,000
  • 2nd Mohamad Kowssarie $146,000
  • 3rd David Stucke $140,525
  • 4th Sami Rustom $140,450
  • 5th Dylan Linde $138,425
  • 6th Nikolay Losev $127,225
  • 7th Victor Ramdin $124,600
  • 8th Samir Shakhtoor $122,875
  • 9th Christian Choi $122,225
  • 10th Charles Dolan $121,625



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