You gotta love the folks at Victor Ramdin, Andre Akkari and Alexandre Gomes were the headliners in a contest that also included the likes of Valdemar Kwaysser, Carter "devinr12" Gill, Edward Sabat and Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet.
Serial PokerStars qualifiers Stephen Chidwick and Jim Hamburger both did what they do best and qualified for the event.
You never know quite what to expect from poker players in countries outside the U.S., but after today it's safe to assume that South Americans don't mind playing fast. Road Runner-fast, actually.
There were an incredible 181 eliminations in 10 hours of play, which meant that only 17% of the starting field lived to see Day 2.
Virtually every name mentioned above was eliminated on Day 1 except for Jonathan Van Fleet and Carter Gill, who finished the day with a decent stack despite being extremely low at several points throughout the day. Van Fleet, on the other hand, finished with only $33,000 and will have some work to do.
With the exception of the high number of eliminations it was a very standard Day 1. One of the highlights, or perhaps lowlights if you were David Plastik, was the behavior of Norwegian/Costa Rican Magnus Bing who loved to shout, "ALLL IN!" when he was in the middle of a hand.
Bing was so obnoxious that Plastik eventually called on the floor to give him a penalty for dropping numerous F-bombs. After being asked to leave the table for one orbit, Bing proceeded to dance around the table and taunt Plastik.
It seemed the confrontation was going to come to blows before the tournament director finally stepped in and asked Bing to leave the room.
Despite their dislike for each other, Plastik and Bing would eventually share the same fate, as they both hit rail in the later stages of Day 1. They're probably laughing in a bar right now about their disagreement. (Yeah ... probably not.)
By the end of the day several players had begin to distance themselves from the pack. Ryan Fee, Brent Sheirbon and Abraham Rosenkrantz all finished with over $100,000 chips, but the overall chip lead went to U.K. PokerStars qualifier Robert Woodcock, who finished with a stunning $181,300.
Join us tomorrow as the action gets hot and heavy with a seat at the final table on the line and of course the money, which begins after the 25th person gets eliminated.
We'll leave you with the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1:
|1. Robert Woodcock||$181,300|
|2. Ryan Fee||$137,350|
|3. Brent Sheirbon||$124,850|
|4. Abraham Rosenkrantz||$114,000|
|5. Michael Collins||$91,150|
|6. Joel Alexander Micka||$87,000|
|7. Earl Burklund||$82,275|
|8. Jesse Macleod||$80,000|
|9. Andres Herrada||$78,800|
|10. Maria Stern||$74,650|