2012 Main Event: Bagging & Tagging
Players have just a few minutes left before the clock is stopped. The tournament staff has made the announcement that all spectators must leave the room, so they can hand out the plastic bags and prepare to store the tournament chips.
No one wins the Main Event on Day 1 and sometimes it’s a matter of just making it through to Day 2 and living to fight another day.
Several big names are just trying to get through and survive the day, with Erik Seidel, Randy Dorfman, and Men “the Master” Nguyen all currently below the 15,000 chip mark.
On the other side of the coin are Maria Ho, Shaun Deeb, and Daniel Negreanu, all flush with chips and well over 100,000 chips.
Justin Bonomo @JustinBonomo: “I think I was chip lead at my table with 63k, but a 100k+ stack got moved to my left.”
Scott Seiver @scott_seiver: “1 hour left, down to exactly starting stack. An absolutely torturous day so far. Trying to overcome this.”
Brian Rast @tsarrast: “Playing out of my mind today, I feel like I can see their cards. Love the main event!”
Perelman Hero Calls With Ace High
Rob Perelman has been on a fairly friendly table in the Brazilia room today. Instead of the usual seriousness that comes with some poker players to the Main Event, Perelman’s table has been chatty and they aren’t afraid to joke around. Perhaps, this has given Perelman some insight to how his opponents play.
When the blinds were 150/300, Perelman opened for 700. Everyone folded except the big blind who was intent on protecting.
The flop came 3♣ 4♦ T♣. Perelman bet 700 again, and the big blind made the call to see if he improved on the turn.
When the turn came the 2♠, Perelman double barreled for 1,225. The big blind thought about it for a few seconds and ultimately called.
The 3♠ came on the river, and this time the big blind fired out 1,675. Perelman took a moment to decide on making the call.
Big Blind: K♣ Q♣
Perelman: A♠ Q♥
It wasn’t a big hand, but Perelman was able to rake in a decent size pot with just ace high.
Seat Open, Table 274! Cocktails, Table 264!
With just a few minutes remaining in a long Day 1B it’s that time of night when the twin cries of “Seat open!” and “Cocktails!” battle it out on the tournament floor.
For many players, especially first-timers, it’s time to sit back and drink a celebratory beer and bask in the glow of making Day 2-the first in hopefully many steps towards a WSOP cash.
For others, it’s time for the longest and loneliest walk of the year, heading down the long hallway in the Rio one last time after busting the final event of the 2012 WSOP.
Those making the walk of shame have plenty of company. Scotty Nguyen and Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier are just a few of the departed to hit the rails recently.
Bertrand Grospellier @elkypoker: “Minraise 88 button with 12k and guy puts me in from BB with A4o and obviously beats me. Fucking summer finally over. #ragingtilt”
That’s A Wrap
Players are starting to file out of the Amazon and Brasilia rooms. They will have one day of rest before returning on Tuesday at 12 pm.
There are a lot of big names that will be making it to Day 2 from today’s start. Some of the pros include Dan Harrington, Daniel Negreanu, Bernard Lee, Sammy Farha, Brian Rast, Tex Barch, Vanessa Selbst, and Liv Boeree.
Here are what the preliminary top 10 chip counts look like for the end of the day:
James Schafer 178,000
Jeff Beckley 158,550
Matt Woodward 158,500
Nelius Foley 146,875
Jason Somerville 144,725
Maria Ho 130,425
Shaun Deeb 125,900
Cody Wang 121,900
Brian Hastings 119,000
Jeremy Kottler 112,000
Chip Counts Courtesy of WSOP.com