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Sheehan Leads, Ivey Returns, Big 3 Survive on Day 1c at the Rio
Poker fans in Las Vegas waited anxiously all summer for Phil Ivey to walk through the doors of the Rio and take a seat at the tables.
They got their wish yesterday as Ivey sauntered through the doors of the Amazon Room early Monday for a go at the 2016 Main Event.
Ivey wasn't alone, either, as a record-setting 4,239 other players joined him in forking over the $10,000 for poker's signature event.
It was the biggest single-day field in WSOP history and brought the total entrants for the 2016 Main Event up to 6,737 - the most in five years.
That made for a total prize pool of $63,327,800 with $8 million up top for the champion. A record 1,011 players will be paid.
With three Day 1s now in the books it's Timothy Sheehan, who played yesterday, with the chip lead at 394,100 but that will change quickly when action picks up on Day 2 today.
Ivey, Hellmuth, Negreanu All Get Through
Of those 4,240 to hit the felt yesterday about 3,000 of them advanced to Day 2c on Wednesday, led by Sheehan and Adam Krach (293,800)
Other notables making it through with big stacks include Andrew Chen (205,000), former November Niner Joe Cheong (195,000) and venerable oldtimer Dan Heimiller (184,100). Fedor Holz also made it through (93,300) but Jason Mercier saw his dream of 3 bracelets end.
The Day 1c Top 10:
1. Timothy Sheehan Decatur, GA 394,100
2. Adam Krach Longmeadow, MA 293,800
3. Sergi Reixach Bournemouth, GB 265,400
4. Benjamin Vinson GB 256,700
5. Francois Safieddine Denver, CO 224,300
6. Danny Boyaci Montreal, CA 217,500
7. Brendon Rubie Sydney, AU 211,200
8. Bowdy Tolhopf Wollongong, AU 208,800
9. Doug Kim Hartsdale, NY 208,200
10. Dejan Pustoslemsek Ravne Na Koroskem, SI 207,000
Joining them on Day 2c will be the "Big 3" of Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, although all will be doing so with less than fearsome stacks.
Ivey slipped through the day with 26,100, Hellmuth has 45,200 and Negreanu has just 18,600. But, as they say, the Main Event is a marathon not a sprint so all three will have plenty of opportunity to build on Day 2. Check the full Day 1c chip counts here.
The survivors of Days 1a and Day 1b reconvene in the Amazon Room and environs today starting at 11 am led by Gary Sewell (312,500), Alvaro Lopez (306,200), Andrey Zaichenko (292,700) and Kenny Hallaert (269,400)
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