2012 Main Event: Day 1c Fails to Surpass 2011's Field
With 3,418 players taking seats on Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event, the total field size is officially 6,598. That number falls 267 short of last year's field size, and it marks the first time in WSOP history that the Main Event field has decreased two years in a row.
The total prizepool is $62,021,200, and the top 666 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $19,227. First prize is worth $8,527,982.
Michael Mizrachi's Roller Coaster Day
Today has been a roller coaster day for Michael Mizrachi, as he skyrocketed into the chip lead before the dinner break with nearly 160,000.
To put that in context, he had more chips in the middle of the day than all but a handful have here at the end of the day.
But Mizrachi dropped to about 100,000 by the dinner break, and the final two levels were much worse to him.
Mizrachi was down to about 35,000 in the final minutes of the day, clinging to a stack that is only slightly larger than the 30,000 in chips everyone started with.
Late Chipleader Marco Bognanni
The chipleader late in the last level was Marco Bognanni, who was reported to have 190,000 at one point. With 15 minutes left in the day, he had about 170,000.
However, there was a lot of late movement among the players near the top of the leaderboard, so we'll need to wait for the official results to find out who the official Day 1c chipleader is.
Odds are excellent, given the size of the field, that there is somebody over the 200,000 mark.
An Internet Legend Falls
Kevin Mathers, known throughout the poker industry by his screen name "Kevmath," played in his first WSOP Main Event.
Mathers sold shares in himself, and enough players and others in the industry chipped in to get Mathers into the tournament.
Mathers made it through most of the day, but was never able to get much momentum going. Mathers was eliminated in the last 30 minutes or so of the day. Here's what happened, in his own words:
@Kevmath (Kevin Mathers): Minraise from @JamieKerstetter I ship with QQ, she had the aces flop a gutshor, but brick turn river. Was fun while it lasted @KevmathChips
@Kevmath (Kevin Mathers): Thought it was honey when people said the day they busted the Main Event was the worst day of the year. Then it happened to me.
End of Day Tweets
It’s the end of the day, and the twitter feed is blowing up with players updating the world about their Main Event Day 1C success … or defeats.
@BenLamb (Ben Lamb): 32475 to end day 1 :(
@PhilGalfond (Phil Galfond): 3 hands left and I have the table covered. If I manage to not make day 2, I'll honestly be really proud of myself. #WSOP
@Kwickfish (Paul Wasicka): Ended day 1c with 69k. I'm very happy with how I played :)
@Doc_Sands (David Sands): 21,375 to end day 1 of the main. Tomorrow we are off so I'll have to wait until Wednesday to run it up.
@mwbinger (Michael Binger): Finished with 31400. Pretty happy with my play. Could have been out twice. Day off tomorrow.
@Maridu (Maria Mayrinck): Lol i am finishing the day with 31,100 after having 47k and 12k. Overall happy cuz an italian to my left tank folded every hand. Yay day 2!
@Samtrickett1 (Sam Trickett): Party time.....
Updated Chip Counts
The official chip counts will be released later tonight by the WSOP staff, but here is the unofficial top of the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:
2. Erik Hellman - 175,950
3. Marco Bognanni - 169,600
4. Daniel Morgan - 160,025
5. Mathias Maasberg - 159,150
6. Brandon Adams - 158,100
7. Steve Yea - 157,175
8. Paul McTaggart - 155,475
9. Asa Smith - 148,475
10. Zennawi Petros - 148,150
Day 2a begins tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12:00 noon. The players who survived Days 1a and 1b will be back in action.
The players who survived today will return to action on Wednesday. Return to PokerListings.com for continuing coverage of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.