Prime-timers Jason Mercier, Kara Scott, Eugene Katchalov and Faraz Jaka were just a few of the marquee seat-fillers but none fared as well as a pair of past WSOP Main Event champs.
2011 WSOPE Main Event champ Elio Fox, who famously plays on his own dime, cracked the top 10 in chips by bagging up 123,200 to end the day - well back of chip leader Mikhail Mazunin at 203,600 but enough for a good leg up on the field.
2010 WSOP Nain Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, meanwhile, was also back at the felt after busting on Day 1a.
Peaking at around 77k in chips on Day 1b, Duhamel settled back down to around 62,500 for an average stack to start Day 2 and to save himself another bullet tomorrow.
Mercier, Scott, Katchalov and Jaka all made it through the day but with below-average stacks (although Jaka doubled up late in the day to end with 56k).
Roy, Hille and Charania Advance
Recent WPT Montreal champ Jonathan Roy (88,600) also made the end-of-day cut as did WSOP ingénue Elisabeth Hille, EPT Grand Final champ Mohsin Charania and WSOP November Niner Eoghan O’Dea.
Notables to bust and in need of a reload tomorrow included Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Liv Boeree, Matt Waxman, Olivier Busquet, Davidi Kitai and Lucille Cailly - the latter two among the group of French pros who sported bunny rabbit hats for the day
Another 179 players bought in on Day 1b to bring the total field so far up to 294 players.
Action picks up on the final Day 1 of this re-entry event tomorrow at 1 pm local time. Follow along (and find more bunny hat pics) on the WPT Live Updates here.
The Top 10 in chips from Day 1b:
- 1. Mikhail Mazunin 203,600
- 2. Alexander Staengle 157,500
- 3. Brian Lemke 155,400
- 4. Vladimir Velikov 147,800
- 5. Wojciech Lozowski 143,700
- 6. Fabian Quoss 134,900
- 7. Denis Drobyna 128,900
- 8. Elio Fox 123,200
- 9. Rasmus Vogt 118,400
- 10. Manuel Bevand 115,600