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History Repeats on Main Event Day 1a
It was a case of déjà vu on Day 1a of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
There were 1,125 players, several pros, a handful of celebrities and too many donkeys to count in the field.
In other words, it was almost identical to Day 1a of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, which drew 1,116 players.
This year Greg Raymer, Michael Mizrachi, Tiffany Michelle, Maria Ho, Greg Mueller, Erik Seidel along with celebrities Ray Romano, David Allen Grier, Shawn Marion and Sara Underwood led the charge on the first day of the 2010 WSOP.
Raymer actually performed the official shuffle up and deal but that didn't keep him from being eliminated in the first two levels.
The Fossilman would eventually be joined by Nick Schulman, Chino Rheem, Mike Caro, Victor Ramdin, Jimmy Fricke and Ray Romano.
Meanwhile Michael Mizrachi, who has been on one of the biggest heaters of his career at the 2010 WSOP, rocketed up to near the top of the chip counts with 142,650.
Barry Schulman, Chris Moneymaker, Corwin Cole, Vitaly Lunkin, Lacey Jones, Dwyte Pilgrim, Scott Seiver, Praz Bansi and Chad Batista all had strong days and will enter Day 1a on Friday with above average stacks.
They're all chasing relatively unknown player Dwyen Ringbauer who finished with 191,125 chips.
After four and a half levels of play only 819 players remained and they will carry the torch into Day 2a on Friday.
Day 1b will begin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. Last year the event drew the smallest field of all the Day 1s with only 873 players.
Join us for live updates, photos, blogs and videos straight from the floor of the Rio.
Non-Main Event Tournaments
As the Main Event kicked off, it might have been easy to overlook a couple of events that were just finishing up.
Tonight Events 54 and 56 played down to winners.
Event 54 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event 54 was a $1,000 tournament that started with a massive field of 3,844 players. They battled it out for a first prize of $570,960. When it came down to it, Marcel Vonk from the Netherlands got heads up David Peters of the United States.
Despite Peters holding the lead for much of the heads up battle, Vonk battled back and overcame the deficit to lock up the win, his first bracelet, and a bundle of cash.
Event 56 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
The next tournament to crown a champion was event 56, a $2,500 No Limit Hold-em that drew 1,941 players.
The large field combined with the medium sized buyin resulted in a massive first prize of $825,976 that went to Tomer Berda.
After slowly grinding down his opponent in a heads up match that lasted almost three hours, he defeated Vladimir Kochelaevskiy.
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