Déjà vu at the 2009 WSOP Main Event

Jon Kalmar
Memories, I can smile at the old days.

The ghosts of WSOP Main Event's past descended upon the Amazon Room Monday as several familiar faces began making strong runs at the 2009 incarnation of the World's biggest poker tournament.

The final first day of the 2009 Main Event was a complete sellout bringing the total number of players up to 6,494.

But while late entrants were being turned away at the door unhappy, Russ "Dutch" Boyd, who made 12th here in 2003, began climbing the leaderboard once again.

By the time five levels of play were through it appeared Boyd was in the top ten in chips, although he told PokerListings his previous Main Event experience hasn't become a factor just yet.

"To be honest, the experience doesn't really become a factor until Day 4," right now it's just another day one of another tournament."

When Boyd ran deep in 2003, Jerry Yang in 2007.

A few tables over from Boyd and Ivey, Kalmar also amassed a massive stack by the end of play.

He now sits among the early contenders and told PokerListings things are beginning to look awfully familiar.

"I've definitely got a strong feeling of déjà vu," he said. "I'm dreaming about the final table. You're weird if you're not thinking about that. I definitely fancy myself for another deep run."

Several big time poker pros with a little less Main Event experience also built stacks today, including PokerListings' WSOP Best Bet Carter King, WPT and EPT title holder Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Blair Hinkle, and J.C. Tran, who has already taken one bracelet home from the Series this summer.

These players will return for Day 2b Wednesday, but PokerListings' continuing coverage of the 2009 WSOP Main Event will be back Tuesday at 12 p.m. PT for the start of Day 2a.

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