Merson, O’Brien Finish Strong on WSOP Main Event Day 1a

Greg Merson
Greg Merson

Last year's champ Greg Merson, Olivier Busquet and Dan O’Brien put in solid efforts on the first starting day of the 2013 Main Event.

Online pro Evan Panesis looks to be the chip leader with 190,975 while Merson, O'Brien and Busquet all finished with over 80,000.

Day 1a proved to be a bit of a letdown as far as attendance went as only 943 players hit the tables, down slightly from last year.

The first starting day is typically the smallest of all Day 1s and that certainly seemed to be the case today as big-name players Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey were all MIA.

Instead Merson, Pius Heinz, Busquet, Brian Rast, Justin Bonomo, O'Brien and Nick Maimone joined the action.

Alexander, Heinz, Cloutier Snuffed on Day 1a

Pius Heinz
Pius Heinz hit the rail on Day 1a.

Actors Kevin Pollak and Jason Alexander both hit the tables today although they had dramatically different experiences. Pollak built a significant stack while Alexander busted near the end of the day.

Heinz, Justin Bonomo, David Steicke, Leo Wolpert, Andy Bloch, TJ Cloutier and Chino Rheem were also among the players who busted on Day 1a. 

Meanwhile Oliver Busquet, Dan O’Brien, Ramie Rosen, Ronnie Bardah, Dominik Nitsche and Elio Fox booked their tickets to Day 2.

Day 1b kicks off at noon local time tomorrow. Join as we continue to live update the journey from here down to the November Nine.

Here’s a look at the preliminary chip leaders from Day 1a of the Main Event according to

  • 1. Evan Panesis – 190,975
  • 2. Nick Crisp – 184,075
  • 3. Abdulaziz Almashal – 180,575
  • 4. Michael Wehner – 170,325
  • 5. Jason Manger – 158,150
  • 6. Max Lehmanski – 155,000
  • 7. Yucel Eminoglu – 147,425
  • 8. Gal Erlichman – 146,875
  • 9. Scott Wesley – 137,075
  • 10. Tomas Macnamara – 129,900
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