2013 Main Event: Tripodi Leads Day 1B; Brunson Builds a Stack

Clement Tripodi and the biggest stack of Day 1B.
Clement Tripodi and the biggest stack of Day 1B.

The time is 12:38 am PDT on July 8th and Day 1B of the 2013 Main Event is over.

1,942 players signed up to play today but -- after five levels of play -- only about 1,300 survived Leading the Day 1B pack is Clement Tripodi with 207,050.

There were several other big stacks left in the field but Dan Cates appears to be in second place with 198,425.

Also making it through the day are Liv Boeree, (93,000), Sorel Mizzi, (134,000), John Juanda (21,000), Barry Greenstein (7,775) and Erik Seidel (75,000). Them and the rest of the surviving players will come back Tuesday for Day 2A/B. 

There were also a few former champs in the field.

History in the Making

Centuries from now, when the history of 20th and 21st century poker are reduced to a few paragraphs on Futurepedia, there'll be at least on line on Chris Moneymaker and another for Doyle Brunson.

But today they played in the same field.

It wasn't just a good day for poker fans, today marked a significant moment in both Brunson and Moneymaker's career.

At the begging of the day, Brunson announced "Shuffle up and deal," after being presented with a bronze bust that's going to be displayed during the Main Event and at future WSOPs.

After the presentation, Brunson sat down at the main feature table and did what he does best: play poker.

Brunson powered through the day and ended with 81,025.

While Moneymaker wasn't presented with any metallic representations of his body, this Main Event marked a decade since his historic win in 2003.

The poker world changed after Moneymaker's victory. Heroes and villains emerged while poker empires rose and fell. Some stayed down while other came back from the dead.

There's been lots of ups and downs throughout the last decade, but Moneymaker's still here.

Moneymaker also survived the day with about 25,000.

While Moneymaker and Brunson know what it's like to win the Main Event, hundreds of other players are hoping to do the same.

Join us tomorrow as we cover the last Day 1 of the 2013 Main Event.

In the meantime, check out Brunson's shuffle up and deal. 


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2013 Main Event: GPS Needed to find GSP; Lodden's Late Comeback

GSP on the move.
GSP on the move.

Mister Georges St-Pierre is without a doubt the hardest hitter in the room today, but he might also be the nicest guy.

Fighters don’t need to be mean outside the ring, and GSP is the best example of that. We just followed him as his table in the Amazon Room was broken up and he took his chips to the Brasilia room.

Two staff members from 888 basically cleared the way for GSP who was kind enough to sign autographs for everyone who was interested.

As the UFC legend was making his way through the long hallway almost everyone stopped and stared. Grown men, older woman, dealers, waiters and even other members of the media looked back as GSP walked to his new table. It almost seemed like he was walking into the ring before a big UFC fight. The only thing that was missing was a majestic sounding song in order to get the adrenaline going.

When GSP arrived at table 48 he sat down quietly and most people looked up, but poker was more important to them then a famous person unbagging his chips. The first hand was about the be dealt and GSP only put in one green 25 chip for his ante.

“Your ante,” someone pointed out.

“Sorry?” GSP said.

The player in question tapped on his own two green chips and GSP got the message.

“So sorry,” GSP said with a big smile as he put in another green chip.

The champ is human and nice. He almost doesn’t seem like someone able to literally knock someone’s face into a million pieces.

Late Comeback for Lodden?

Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden was doing very well earlier but things went very sour for a while, as explained on his Twitter feed: 

Lodden’s stack dipped all the way down to 6,350 when he was in the big blind. The action folded to the button who raised to 800. Lodden moved his chips into the middle in one swift motion and the button called.

Johnny Lodden
Lodden's late comeback.

Lodden: J J

Button: 5 5

The board ran 9 T 9 Q K to help in the Norwegian’s comeback quest. 

Lodden’s Gets Value from Top Pair

A player under-the-gun raised to 1,200 and Lodden defended his big blind to see a T 8 2 flop fan. Both players checked to the Q turn where Lodden led for 2,000. Call.

Lodden bet another 4,400 on the 3 river and his opponent tank-called with Q J. It wasn’t enough though as Lodden opened A Q and raked in the pot that put him up to 20,000. 

Too Much Play for Quoss

German high stakes pro Fabian Quoss has had a lot of results over the years. Quoss almost grabbed a bracelet in 2009 when he finished second in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event for $427,911 and added another $340,409 to his bankroll after winning the 2010 English Poker Open in London.

Over the past two years Quoss has been a part of the made up “Team Germany,” the group of German players who enter all the huge buy-in tournaments. Quoss notched up his biggest result of his career last February when he finished third in the $250,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions for A$750,000. It’s safe to say that Quoss is much more used to the small fields full of highly skilled players or rich businessmen nowadays.

“I shouldn’t play in fields with more than 48 players. Or maybe 50,” Quoss jokingly said to your reporter who was peeking down at his stack worth just 8,800 chips.

“There’s just too much play and not enough shoving,” Quoss added as two players at the table started laughing. Quoss played another hand while we were present but also that one he was not able to win.

Quoss has more than three million in live tournament earnings and is currently eighth on the German all-time money list.

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2013 Main Event: Margets a Double; WSOP Serious Business

Leo Margets doubles up after dinner.
Leo Margets doubles up after dinner.

We’ve concentrated recently on the last two women in last year’s event, Gaëlle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille, but it’s good not to forget Leo Margets.

The “Last Women Standing” in the 2009 WSOP Main Event is in the field and recently found a big double up.

There were a few thousand in the pot when Margets put all her chips in the middle and her opponent snap called with the board showing A T 4 7.

He immediately said “oh no!” when she tabled 7 7 for the turned set to best his flop set with 4 4.

Marget’s opponent had to ship another 20,625 her direction and she is sitting comfortably.

Loni Harwood Wins Event #60 ($1,500 NLHE)

The second-to-last preliminary event has finally come to an end, and for the second time this summer, a woman has won an open WSOP bracelet.

Loni Harwood
Loni Harwood wins WSOP Event #60

Loni Harwood outlasted a field of 2,541 to make her third final table of the WSOP and win her first WSOP bracelet.

Harwood earned $609,017, the biggest payday ever for a woman at the WSOP in Las Vegas. Combined with her other cashes, Harwood is among the top 10 female money earners in WSOP history.

Stay tuned to PokerListings.com for a full article about Harwood and her victory, coming soon.

The Main Event is Serious Business

A collection of famous faces is seated together at one of the tables in the red section of the Brasilia room.

All players are extremely serious, the table talk very minimal but luckily enough for everyone there’s always Alan Boston to make some funny remarks.

“It’s eight champs and one dopey here,” Boston said as all the “champs” kept their poker face. Yours truly did produce a smile as Boston was trying to enjoy his day at the tables.

The Main Event is serious business, but sometimes it feels like the fun of the game is a little too easily forgotten.

At the table we spotted two of the most successful Australian players are miraculously enough seated just three seats from each other.

Jonathan Karamalikis, who had his biggest win last November in the ACOP High Roller for $478,292, is joined by the 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro who has no less than 15 six-figure scores on his impressive poker resume.

During his best summer in Las Vegas he won three bracelets, one in each Stud event.

Lisandro is a very all-round player just like John D’Agostino who’s also at this table. D’Agostino is mostly known as a cash game player but he also had his share of success in poker tournament in the early 2000s.

In total D’Agostino has almost $1.8 in live tournament earnings, but he’s mostly known for appearing on the third season of High Stakes Poker.

Besides these players we also recognized a very recent bracelet winner in Jared Hamby.

Hamby won a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $525,272 and he seems very relaxed after he’s having his first year with more than $100,000 in live tournament winnings since his breakthrough year in 2007 when he took home more than $1.2 million over a 12 months period.

Hamby was one of those players very much deserving of a bracelet and it’s nice to see that he finally got one.

During the orbit we witnessed no word was spoken. Karamalikis called a river check-raise with a worse hand, Lisandro picked up a little pot; D’Agostino defended his big blind once but gave up when his opponent bet the turn.

Hamby was completely focused on reading the latest spots news on his iPad. He did not play any pots.

Like we said before, the Main Event is serious business. It’s just Day 1 guys ease up a little.

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Masseuse puts GSP in an arm bar.

When Georges St-Pierre Calls For a Masseuse ...

When you look around the WSOP at all the guys that the hard-working masseuses have to work on for hours at a time, you can understand why they charge $2.00 a minute.

But once in a while, they get a plum assignment.

When UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre told a floorperson he would like a masseuse, it didn't take but a couple of seconds for one to appear.

Quick Fire Nonsense: Xuan Liu

The Main Event is serious business, so we leave the nonsense for the break. Yesterday we talked to a Greg Merson who revealed he peed in bottles and can't eat hard-boiled eggs without vomiting. Today was asked Xuan Liu some nonsense on break.

If forced to fight a cheetah or shark to the death, Liu would choose a cheetah because she's not a great swimmer.

Liu would also live the rest of her life without fingernails instead of one giant nostril.

Liu's also an optimist. She thinks the world keeps getting better so she'd rather live 500 years in the future than live 50 years in the past.

Given the option of having to eat flavorless pills that fulfill all nutritional needs or eat at the Poker Kitchen for the rest of her life, Liu would choose the Poker Kitchen.

When it comes to cake or death, Liu takes the wild card and goes with cake.

Top 10 chips stacks according to WSOP.com:

1. Clement Tripodi - 126,600
2. Jonathan Depa - 125,000
3. Kevin Eyster - 121,400
4. Zohar Spivack - 112,125
5. Adam Friedman - 105,000
6. Danny Illington - 100,000
7. Alan Keating - 97,000
8. Steven Watts - 97,000
9. Daniel Cates - 95,700
10. Keanu Tabali - 91,500

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2013 Main Event: Dads and Females Love the WSOP

Levi: Dad on a mission.
Levi: Dad on a mission.

No Daddy Blues for Levi

Winamax Pro, Nicolas Levi, is having a pretty good year. He became a dad for the first time two months ago and he’s had a 100% final table success rate at the series do far.

Okay, so being a new dad meant he couldn’t exactly do the whole seven-week stretch out here so that 100% statistic is based on a sample size of one. Still impressive though.

Levi came 9th in the $2.5k NLHE event a few days ago and he’s paying his second, and final, tournament now.

“It takes the pressure off, you know?” said Levi. “Going home on the plane empty handed would’ve been tough.”

Talking about the $53k he won, “At least I have her (daughter) Harvard education paid for one year! Only the best, right!(giggles)”

Since becoming a dad, Levi talked about how he feels he’s on a mission. His daughter has given his poker career extra purpose. He does feel bad for his wife though, as she has to stay at home alone for two weeks looking after a bay the needs feeding every three hours.

Levi is certainly on a mission and is up to 53,000, party due to getting two streets of value out of top set.

He was in the small blind and three-bet to 2,000 after a player in the cutoff opened to 800. The small blind called and the board ran out 5 9 K 8 2 with Levi firing 1,800, 3,075 and 9,200 on each street.

His opponent called to the river where he tank-check-folded. Levi stood away from the table and told us that he had pocket kings.

While Loni Harwood is trying to become the second woman to win a bracelet in an open event over in the $1,500 NLHE, a few other women are trying to do the same in the Main Event.

After two days of registration done, the Main Event has 1,635 registrants and 119 were female. Women currently comprise 3.9 percent of the field while the 2012 Main Event had 3.2 percent.

Women aren't only becoming more numerous, they're getting more dangerous.

Xuan Liu
Liu practicing telekinesis.

Aggressive and dangerous aren't words you'd usually associated with women like Xuan Liu and Annette Obrestad, but that's exactly what they are to their opponents on the felt.

Obrestad became a celebrity in poker after winning the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007 for $2,013,734. She was only 18 at the time and has since cashed for $3,839,626 in live tournaments.

Liu's rise to poker fame was a bit later, in 2011 when she finished 3rd in EPT San Remo for $524,000. In the few years since then, Liu has accumulated $1,397,112 in tournament earnings.

Now the two are back from dinner break and are sitting one table apart from each other.

Obrestad came back from the break with a cup of coffee while Liu opted to get a massage at the table.

Both girls also played a few hands and chipped up.

Obrestad raised to 600 from early position and got called by the hijack and big blind. The flop came 7 Q T and Obrestad bet 1,200 when checked to The hijack called, the big blind folded and an 8 came on the turn.

Obrestad bet 3,600 and took down the pot.

Obrestad then took down the blinds and antes by raising to 600 from the cutoff.

With those chips added to her stack, Obrestad was up to about 53,000.

Over at the other table, Liu raised to 600 from the small blind and the big blind called. The flop came 2 Q 4 and Liu bet 700. The big blind raised to 2,700 and the big blind folded.

Then, after the massage was over, Liu raised to 600 from under the gun and the big blind called. The flop came K A K and both players checked, bringing a 6 on the turn. The big blind check-called a 1,000 bet and the 2 fell on the river.

The big blind checked again and Liu bet 1,700. The big blind thought for a bit and eventually folded, putting Liu up to about 44,000. 

Greg Raymer
Raymer hit the rail.

Champions Update

Five former WSOP Main Event Champions began Day 1B and they have had varying degrees of success.

The amiable Greg “Fossilman” Raymer had the roughest day, walking to the rail before the dinner break rolled around.

He put his final chips in the middle with Ace-high on a Ten-high flop and his opponent won with top pair.

Chris Moneymaker was doing well most of the day but is in danger of joining Raymer on the rail. He ran his flopped straight into runner-runner boat to drop to 6,700.

Scotty Nguyen’s day has been a rollercoaster ride and usually below the starting chip stack. He was as low as 11,000 but it back around 20,000.

“Action Dan” Harrington seems to have been the most active of the five champions, playing a lot of hands and moving his chip count up to 50,000.

Doyle Brunson wasn’t terribly interested in playing the Main Event but is making the most of it. His current chip count stands at 55,000 but we’re unable to tell how because of the remoteness of the main stage.

There is still plenty of time for the remaining four to put themselves in good position and they’ve done it in the past.

Talking about female players at the WSOP, check out our video featuring the star of Bet, Raise, Fold - Danielle Andersen:

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2013 Main Event: Jungleman Leads Main Event as Harwood Breaks Records

Loni Harwood is steamrolling the final table of $1,500 NLHE.
Loni Harwood is steamrolling the final table of $1,500 NLHE.

The Day 1B field is starting to visibly shrink after the dinner break, and the Pavilion Room is just emptying of Main Event tables as we post this update.

That means there are about 1,635 players remaining here on Day 1B.

About 62% of the field survived on Day 1A, and if the same percentage holds true today, we can expect about 1,200 players to be left here at the end of the day.

The current chipleader appears to be Dan "Jungleman" Cates with 120,000 or so.


Back From Dinner Blues

Coming back from the dinner break it almost seems lame to write about the actual dinner break. The fact is though that most players like to bring up what they just managed to devour in the 90 non-poker minutes.

Getting healthy has been a hot topic in the poker world, and many players were still biting down the final remains of their overpriced All American Dave meals.

Overpriced for regular people, that is.

So while most players are feeling renewed strength from the healthy fats and protein rushing through there body, there are of course exceptions. North America isn’t by any means the healthiest region in the world, and one gentleman in the orange section of the Amazon room seemed particularly happy with his grub of choice.

“I just had a huge burger!” the tall semi-unhealthy looking man started his monologue.

“It had like sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheese and extra cheese on it. Then I also had those extra fatty fries on the side and dipped them in mayonnaise.”

“No wonder I had no time to pee,” he added about eating a ginormous meal.

After a moment of silence he started back up.

“I’m on my third beer right now!” he kept going.

“Canadian fuel!” he said after which the peace returned as he was getting no responses from the players at his table. They just stared their opponent down in an attempt to get him to be quiet about his calorie overdose.


anton wigg
Anton Wigg only played one WSOP event this summer -- the Main Event.

Solstice for Wigg; Jungle on Arrival in the Desert

Former EPT and Sunday Million winner, Anton Wigg, is playing today and it’s his first event of the summer.

Wigg normally grinds the tournament circuit hard during the winter months but he decided home was where the heart was this summer. He explained that the short Swedish summer was too much to miss out on.

“Everyone’s in a good mood and look each other in the eye and say hello.” Wigg explained.

The summer solstice (June 21) is such a big holiday in Sweden. When a nation is so deprived of sunlight for a lot of the year, it’s little wonder why such a big deal is made out of the longest day of the year.

Wigg’s stack had been cut in half during the first three-and-a-bit levels of play but he’s playing with a smile and knows he has plenty of play left.

The only concern for Wigg should be the presence of Dan “Jungleman” Cates to his direct right. The online cash game phenomenon is having a great day and is already up to 120,000 chips.


Loni Harwood Might Break Some Records

The final table of Event #60 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em) is down to the final two players -- Loni Harwood and Yongshuo Zheng.

They just returned from their dinner break, and Harwood has a 3-to-1 chip lead as she attempts to become the second woman this summer to win a WSOP bracelet in an open event. (Dana Castaneda won Event #54, $1,000 NLHE less than a week ago.)

It would be the first time that has happened since the 2004 WSOP, when Kathy Liebert, Cyndy Violette, and Annie Duke all won bracelets in open events.

If Harwood wins, her payday of $609,017 would be the highest for any woman to ever score at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

Harwood has already tied Cyndy Violette for the most open WSOP final tables in a single summer with three. Violette did it in 2005, the year *after* she won her WSOP bracelet.

Harwood would also break into the top 10 female WSOP money earners of all time, and she would break the record for most money won in a single WSOP in Las Vegas.

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver is among the top five after the dinner break.

With a victory, Harwood could also break the record for highest finish in the POY rankings for a woman.

We'll keep you updated on the progress of this final table as the evening continues.


Updated Leaderboard

Here is a look at the updated leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Daniel Cates  -  120,000  (400 bb)
2.  Danny Illington  -  110,000  (366 bb)
3.  Adam Friedman  -  105,000  (350 bb)
4.  Miguel Proulx  -  100,000  (333 bb)
5.  Scott Seiver  -  90,000  (300 bb)
6.  James Barger  -  89,000  (296 bb)
7.  Jonas Lauck  -  85,000  (283 bb)
8.  Alan Keating  -  80,000  (266 bb)
9.  David Paredes  -  79,000  (263 bb)
10.  Jamie McCarrel  -  78,000  (260 bb)

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2013 WSOP Main Event: Dinner Time Video

PokerListings spoke with Chamath Palihapitiya about the $2,000/$4,000 game at Aria.

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2013 Main Event: Dinnertime

Gaelle Baumann is taking it easy.
Gaelle Baumann is taking it easy.

Baumann Back and Staying Patient

Yesterday, our coverage featured a round with Elizabeth Hille as she began the long journey to try and get back to the crux end of the Main Event.

Last year, Hille finished in eleventh place, which was one place short of Gaëlle Baumann, the last lady standing.  The French lady busted when her ace-nine couldn’t overcome Andras Koroknai’s ace-jack.

Like Hille yesterday, Baumann is back at the start of that journey, several thousand players short of getting over that final table threshold. We decided it was to spend a round with her to see how she’s going about her journey.

No-Limit Hold’em fields of this size, and with this structure, require patience to go deep. That means you have to be prepared to fold an awful lot of hands. Hell, you might even have to go more than an orbit before you play another hand,

Unfortunately for us, that’s exactly what Baumann did whilst we were in attendance. Six hands she had the chance to open but declined the opportunity. The other three hands saw her fold when an opponent had already opened the pot in front of her.

Georges St-Pierre
George St-Pierre

The antes haven’t come into play yet so folding at this stage is relatively inexpensive. Baumann only lost 450 of her stack, which now sat at 19,500 as the dinner break rolled around.

Cricket or UFC Legend?

We just overheard someone on the rail say, “I bet she’s here for that UFC guy,” and our attention was drawn to a tall hot blond lady standing a few feet from the poker tables in the back of the Amazon room.

“She,” in this context is none other than Hollywood actress Elizabeth Hurley who’s standing awfully close to Georges St-Pierre’s table.

In case you’re not familiar with Hurley’s previous work, she was Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and shed dated Hugh Grant for a long time. More recently Hurley has played in some Gossip Girl episodes, but for now she’s standing here in the Amazon room railing Day 1b of the Main Event.

The question to us mere mortals now is, why is she here? Some research on the very resourceful Internet has taught us that Hurley has been dating Australia’s favorite Shane Warne since 2010.

After lingering around for a while we saw Warne get up from his seat and talk to his girlfriend for a few minutes before jogging back to play some cards.

In between hands Hurley’s eyes wondered through the room.

The 888 staff members tried to explain to her how the poker game works, as she couldn’t take her eyes of the huge cannons that are also known as GSP’s arms. Team 888 is well represented with arguably the most famous Canadian and Australian on their team and if we were Hurley we would also been torn to choose between these two sporting legends.

Shannon Owers (Left) and Nita and James Russell (Right)

On the Rail: Nita and James Russell

"It's really exciting," Nita Russell said about the 2013 WSOP.

"I've never seen these many people in the same room playing poker," added her husband, James Russell.

This is the Russell's first time visiting the WSOP. They've enjoyed seeing famous players like Erick Lindgren, Dan Harrington and Doyle Brunson, but they're most excited about a lesser-known player, Shannon Owers.

Owers and the Russells play in the same home game back in Rock Island, Texas. They've been playing together for about 10 or 11 years, but it's a very casual game.

"It's really friendly, like 'what do you have?' friendly," Nita said.

The Russells and Owers are down here with a small group of friends but only Owers is playing the Main Event.

The Russells prefer to play slots and three-card poker over at the Bellagio.

The Main Event is a bit too young for their taste.

"For the most part they're kids here," James said.

"Yeah," Nita agreed. "They think on their feet, they're too quick. We overanalyze everything."

Despite the excessive youth in the field, the Russells are confident in Owers's abilties.

"He made it to Day 3 and almost made the money last year," Nita said. "Now we're planning on coming back in November to see [Owers] at the final table."

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2013 WSOP Main Event: Chan Knows Best; Numbers are In

Players rarely disagree with poker player/MMA fighter Chan
Players rarely disagree with poker player/MMA fighter Chan

The official WSOP numbers are in. They are either disappointing for today or pointing towards a massive day tomorrow.

1,942 players registered for today bringing the combined count up to 2,885. There will need to be 3,714 players in the field tomorrow if they want to top last year’s numbers.

If they do not go over last year’s entrance numbers it will be the third straight decline in attendance.

It’s still a possibility and a lot of people think they will far surpass it tomorrow and possibly hit 7,000 total.

The 7,000-player Mark Seems Far Away

Everybody always strives for improvement, growth and an increase of what was. The World Series of Poker is in that sense just like any human being who’s looking to the past in order to hope for what’s going to come.

Back in 1970 when the WSOP Main Event was hosted for the first time just seven players took part and that number grew slowly over the next decade. It took until 1982 when Jack Straus won before the 100-player mark was broken.

Eric Drache Behind Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson back in the day.

Now, more than 30 year after we hit triple digits it’s still about breaking the number from the years past. Today alone 1,943 players entered Day 1B and if this was the tournament it would’ve been bigger than all the Main Events up until the year Greg Raymer won.

If you add yesterday’s number we’re already up to 2,885 and that’s more than the 2,576-player field Raymer had to beat in 2004.

Things have changed though, because since 2005 the field has not been smaller than 5,619. That number will be surpassed as we only need 2,733 players tomorrow, but all the other years’ numbers seem far away.

Jamie Gold beat a record setting field of 8,773 players in 2006 and in order to break that record 5,887 players need to show up tomorrow. Are you guys seeing the trend as well?

That’s more players than in 2005 in total. And also, they would not even fit into the Rio.

If all 480 tables are in use today and every table will be filled with ten players there would be 4,800 players.

That number would help skyrocket this year’s event into second place all-time, but it’s going to be tough for this year’s winner to get into the top three of single biggest WSOP Main Event prizes.

As a comparison, last year Day 1B had 2,114 players and on 1C 3,418 showed up. It seems like this year’s number will be down a little but everyone at the final table will still take home a life changing amount!

Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett

Chan Knows the Rules

A big pot was afoot at Brad Garrett’s table when a middle position raised to 450 and Garrett called from the hijack position.

The cutoff position fired out another 1,200 with little fanfare and received a call from the small blind and Garrett.

The flop came out K 3 2 and Garrett tossed in 1,600. The cutoff raised it up to 4,375 and the big blind called before Garrett folded.

They both checked the 5 turn and the big blind player bet 2,700 after the T river.

The cutoff thought long before calling.

“Good call, you win,” the player in the big blind said while immediately mucking. The cutoff player slid his cards forward without showing.

“He has to show his hand to win,” Terrence Chan chirped up, “It’s in the WSOP rules!”


The floor man came over and correctly ruled the player must show his hand to win the pot or be subject to a penalty.

The dealer casually flipped over A A.

At this point Chan had located the specific WSOP rule on the phone device and read it aloud to the table, though few were paying attention at this point.

Greg Mueller
Greg "FBT" Mueller

On the Spot with Greg Mueller

It’s sport/poker day at the WSOP and our “On the Spot” feature continues with Greg Mueller.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Mueller, was a professional hockey player before he turned to cards and is still nutty about the game. He’s in seat five at his table and is holding center court. Maybe it’s a friendly ploy as tries to take all their chips.

Before we put the Canadian “On the Spot,” we witnessed him win a hand.

He opened to 650 from mid position and was called by a player in the cutoff en route to a 9 3 T flop. Both players checked to the 6 turn where Mueller’s delayed 1,200 c-bet was raised up to 2,700 by his opponent.

The river fell as the 6 and Muller checked and called quickly when faced with a 3,500 bet. Mueller scooped with K K as his opponent could only muster 7 7.

Mueller was kind enough to answer two questions after that.

PL: Would you rather have won the Stanley Cup during your hockey career or make this year’s Main Event final table?

GM: You know what? I’m a man of the present so I would like to make this year’s final table.

PL: Would you rather be the Main Event champion or be remembered as an iconic hockey player, mentioned in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky?

GM: Wayne Gretzky? Wow. I think I’d have to be that icon.

Mueller has 44,000 and seems to be fully in control of his table. He just needs the cards to fall in his favor as well.

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2013 Main Event: A Round With Everybody Loves Raymond

Garrett loves playing the Main Event.
Garrett loves playing the Main Event.

The American TV show Everybody Loves Raymond was a popular hit during the 2000’s and two of the stars, Ray Romano and Brad Garrett, are in the Main Event today.

The show won 13 Emmy Awards during its run and the two stars are avid poker players.

Luckily for productivity sake, the two players are separated by a Rio hallway so distractions are decreased.

We decided to follow along with both players for one orbit.

Brad Garrett

Hand 1: (BTN) Garrett raised it up to 450 after a player in middle position limped pre-flop. The big blind and middle position player called. They both checked to Garrett after the Q 7 5 flop.

Garrett bet 700 and only the middle position player came along. Same story on the 8 turn with Garrett tossing in 2,000 after a check.

The K river produced a check-fold when Garrett tossed out a single 5k chip.

“You were in all kinds of trouble going into the river Brad,” the player chirped as he mucked.

Hand 2: (CO) The player under the gun opened to 450 and only Garrett came along from the cutoff. UTG led out again for 1,000 after the 5 4 3 flop and Garrett called.

They both checked the 8 turn and UTG put out a thin 625 bet after the Q river.

Garrett called and both said “one pair”. Garrett’s A 4 was no good against 8 7.

Hand 3: (HJ) Garrett called a middle position players raise to 450 then folded to a bet after the K 3 2 flop.

Hand 4: (LJ) Middle postion opened to 450 and Garrett folded his first hand pre-flop of our visitin

Hand 5: (UTG+2) Garrett open-folded.

Hand 6: (UTG+1) Garrett again open-folded.

Hand 7: (UTG) Another open-fold.

Hand 8: (BB) Under the gun limped, Hijack position raised to 600 and Garrett folded his big blind.

Hand 9: (SB) Terrance Chan opened from early position to 450 and Garrett released his small blind.

Garret finished the round on 34,000.

2165 Ray Romano
Every loves Ray when he folds.

Ray Romano

Hand 1: (UTG) Romano opened from under the gun to 500 and received folds all around.

Hand 2: (BB) Under the gun opened for 450 and was called by the Hijack position, button, and Romano in the big blind.

Romano fired 2,000 after the K J 5 flop and was rewarded with folds all around.

Hand 3: (SB) Under the gun limped for 200 and both the blinds came along. Romano tossed out a small 400 bet after the T 5 4 flop and again prompted folds.

Hand 4: (BTN) Hijack position opened for 500 and everyone folded.

Hand 5: (CO) Middle position opened to 450 and Romano let it go.

Hand 6: (HJ) Early position player raised to 450 and everyone folded.

Hand 7: (LJ) Under the gun raised to 500 and was called by Romano before the big blind player raised to 2,000. Romano folded.

Big blind player checked then folded the A K 2 flop after a 2,000 bet. The winner rolled over Q Q and the disgusted opponent reached to turn over Q Q.

Hand 8: (UTG+2) Romano open folded.

Hand 9: (UTG+1) Romano finished his orbit with another open fold.

Romano finihsed the round on 36,000. 

Eight Limps and a Call From Ray Romano 

Shortly after our Round with Ray Romano, something unusual happened at his table.

A nine-way family pot.

Romano was in the big blind, and every player at the table limped in front of him. (The blinds are at 100-200.) Romano tapped the table to indicate a check, and it was nine players to the flop.

The flop came J 3 3, and it checked all the way around to the player on the button, who bet an even 1,000.

The small blind folded, and Romano looked around the table and said, "How many of us are there, nine? So that's 18 cards. Somebody's gotta have a three, right?"

Romano folded, and then everyone else folded behind him.

As the dealer pushed the pot to the player on the button, he showed one card -- the 3.

Romano shrugged and said, "I folded a jack."

The Lonely Dealer

George the dealer is lonely.

George is in the red section of the Brasilia room and is the only table without any players. A wall flanks his right, there are players and action in every other direction.

George the lonely dealer.

George and his playerless table is a hub, a jumping point. All new registrants will go to George, pick up a stack, a bag of Ruffles and an upside-down card with their seating assignment.

But George won't be lonely for much longer. Late registration has closed and the field for Day 1B won't grow any larger.

Day 1A drew 934 players and we've more than surpassed that number today. Only a small section of the Brasilia was used yesterday and play was quickly confined to the Amazon room. Now the Brasilia is packed and players have spilled into the massive Pavilion room.

We're still waiting on official numbers but -- in terms of size -- today's field has obliterated yesterdays.

Amazon Room Also Has Its Stars

After focusing on the Brasilia and Pavilion room during our first rounds we also discovered a ton of well-known players in the main room. The 2004 champ, Greg Raymer, was spotted just a few tables away from the 1998 champ, Scotty Nguyen. Nick Binger, Konstanin Bucherl, Mandy Baker, Mario Puccini and last year’s GPI Player of the Year, Dan Smith, are also sitting in close proximity of these former champs.

Tyron Krost, the man who will play the Aussie Million Main Event for the remainder of his life due to winning the Tournament of Champions two years ago, has also shown up today.

Anthony Gregg
The highlight of Gregg's blossoming career.

Ian Simpson, winner of this year’s Irish Open, has also joined and the biggest winner of the summer so far, Tony Gregg. He'll probably have has to probably finish second in this event to top his biggest lifetime cash. A little over a week ago Gregg won the One Drop event for $4.8 million.

On the other side of the rope in the orange section we immediately heard Bill Perkin's chirpy antics. Perkins is not one to be quiet and he will definitely draw a crowd throughout today’s even as he’s sitting right on the rail.

Mark Teltscher was also spotted, as were Team PokerStars Pro Maxim Lykov, Joe Tehan, Micah Raskin, Daniel Cates and former EPT Copenhagen winner, Anton Wigg

As we made our way through “Orange” we also spotted former Main Event third-place finisher, Antoine Saout, Mazin Khoury, former EPT San Remo winner Rupert Elder, Xuan Liu, Paul Newey, Randal Flowers, Andrew Chen and three more PokerStars Pros: Ville Wahlbeck, Eugene Katchalov and Matthias De Meulder.

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2013 Main Event: Facing Fatima, Some GSP, On the Rail and No Elezra

Fatima Moreira de Melo
Fatima Moreira de Melo

On the Spot with Fatima Moreira de Melo

Earlier on in our coverage we put cricket legend, Shane Warne, on the spot with some difficult trade-off questions centering on poker and cricket.

We carried on that theme just now with Dutch field hockey legend, Fatima Moreira de Melo

PokerListings: Would you trade in your Olympic Bronze medal to make the Main Event Final table?

Fatima Moreira de Melo: F%ck yeah!

PL: Would you trade either your Gold or Silver Medal to win the ME?

FMdM: Silver - yes. Gold – hmmn. Yeah, they could have it. Oh, hold on, my career wouldn’t be scratched would it?

PL: We’re afraid so, Fatima. The record of you the winning the gold medal would be wiped from the records.

FMdM: Then I don’t know. It’s a decision I can’t make!

We didn’t push her more than that. The fact that she was even contemplating trading in her hard-earned Olympic Gold medal just shows how much this tournament means to her.

Moreira de Melo is up to 36,000 chips.

On the Rail: Kirk Stribling

The WSOP draws the biggest names and fields in poker. This, in turn, draws some of the largest rails in poker history. These dedicated railbirds spend all day stading behind metal poles and fabric bands all day, watching and supporting their friends and family while they live out their poker dream.

Jeremy Stribling
Jeremy Stribling

One of those people on the rail today is Kirk Stribling.

Kirk is standing near the back of the Amazon with his eyes on the seven seat of Table #370.

The seat belongs to his son, Jeremy Andrew Stribling

Jeremy, 33, hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he's a senior engineer at VMware.

While Kirk taught his son how to play cards at an early age, Jeremy picked up No-Limit Hold'em all on his own. Jeremy continued to play poker while he attended MIT and graduated with a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Now Jeremy has bought straight in to the biggest poker event in the world and -- if he survives -- will face some of the toughest names in the game. While Jeremy might not have the recognition some of the pros do, he sure knows his poker math.

What else would you expect from someone who wrote a dissertation titled: "Flexible, Wide-Area Storage for Distributed Systems Using Semantic Cues." 

Jeremy is currently at about starting stack and his father is loving his first visit to the WSOP.

"I think it's great, the whole spectacle of it," Kirk said. "The sheer amount of people playing and the sound of chips when you enter the room. It's pretty cool."

Kirk has also enjoyed seeing pros he's only seen on TV like Scotty Nguyen and his son's favorite player, Dan Harrington. 

No Main For Eli 

Eli Elezra won his second-ever World Series of Poker bracelet just a few nights ago when he beat Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up. One of the most amicable players in the world was rewarded with the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw bracelet and took home $173,236. All this seems to be the perfect lead up to the biggest tournament of the year.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra and bracelet #2.

But not this year.

We found one of Elezra’s good friends, Matan Krakow, in the Brasilia room and congratulated him for his friend’s victory. Krakow smiled and told us how they celebrated his amazing victory last night.

“We partied, but it was old school. We went to a very nice restaurant with his entire family,” Krakow said, knowing how much Elezra's second bracelet meant to him.

“He’s not playing at all,” Krakow added when we asked him where Elezra was.

“Eli said this is the first time in 30 years he’s not playing in the Main Event, but he might be exaggerating a little bit. It could might as well be 20 years,” Krakow laughed as he went on to explain why Elezra would miss the big one.

“Eli is going to Israel with his family for the Bar Mitzvah of his son and daughter, they are probably leaving today.” Krakow explained.

A book on Elezra’s life is coming out in the upcoming year and this bracelet might be the final chapter Krakow was waiting for. Krakow wrote the book on Elezra’s life in Hebrew, but he promised that an English version would be in the making as soon as the original gets released.

Elezra is a man worth reading about more than anyone in the poker world besides the legend himself. While Brunson will always be the Godfather of Poker Elezra definitely deserves the title “Underboss,” but the big poker audience will probably not find out why this is fitting until the book gets released.

George St-Pierre

Our video crew caught up with George St-Pierre about MMA and last night's bout between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman:


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2013 WSOP Main Event: Garrett Talks and Plays

Brad Garrett has become a Main Event fixture
Brad Garrett has become a Main Event fixture

The action has been much faster on Day 1B than what we saw yesterday. There are more than twice the number in the field and they were playing aggressive.

Several tables have been shuffled around in the Amazon Room but players are still filling in the gaps with late registrations.

Getting In Early

A double-up in the first level was sent towards Micah Raskin. He called an all-in after the J 5 4 flop.

He showed A A but needed to dodge hearts as his opponent showed A 3.

The turn and river ran a clean 6 and K for the full double up over 80,000.

Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen and Mike “SowersUNC” Sowers were also keeping their chips active in the opening stages.

The Quiet Funnyman

Summarizing the pro poker players that have showed up for Day 1B of the Main Event might seem like a daunting task, but it’s mostly fun to see who’s here. Fun is also synonymous for Brad Garrett from the hit comedy show Everybody Loves Raymond.

Garrett showed up ready to play.

The three-time Emmy winner has not shown his usual talkative antics as he’s currently tucked away under a baseball cap focusing on his cards.

Garrett is known to be a true poker fan as he’s played the WSOP Main Event since 2005. Despite his love for the game he has never managed to finish in the money in any poker tournament.

The change of pace and the focused look might change that this year, as he’s looking serious about this year’s Main Event.

Moneymaker Anniversary

He was missing from the early registration list, but we’ve added another Main Event winner to the field.

Chris Moneymaker changed the game of poker a decade ago when he captured his Main Event bracelet coming out of nowhere.

When the accountant from Georgia turned a small satellite into a gold bracelet, the WSOP attendance numbers skyrocketed.

10 years later and he is back at it today looking to add to his legend.

Another List of Pros

Okay, here goes nothing. Terrence Chan, Alexander Dovzhenko, Ross Boatman, Jonathan Aguiar, Jesse Martin, Randy Dorfman, Erik Lindgren, Govert Metaal, Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis, Garry Gates, Dario Alioto, Aaron Jones, Salman Behbehani, AP Phahurat, Mike Sowers, Gaelle Bauman, Greg Mueller, John O’Shea, Nicolas Levi, Joe Keuther, Sorel Mizzi, Salvatore Bonavena, Andy Frankenberger and Steve O’Dwyer.

It’s a ton of work to add up what all these players have won over the years, but we’re sure it’s more than a few million. The bottom line is, there’s no shortage of big pros here in the Rio.

Burland Busted

The one event of the year you don’t want to suffer the wrong end of a massive cooler is the WSOP Main Event. Unfortunately that happened to tournament grinder, Jamie Burland.

He Tweeted:

We ran into Burland in the hallway and he told us how hard it was to decipher his opponent’s hand. There had been two limps before Burland raised to 500 from the button with his kings.

The villain in this piece just flat called with aces from small blind, a surprising move seeing as one of the limpers was bound to call and he’d be playing the whole hand out of position.

Burland took the defeat on the chin and was able to smile about it. He even jested a little in a follow up Tweet:

Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia was an early elimination on Day 1B

Last To Go, First To Go

Jesse Sylvia was the last player knocked out of the Main Event when Greg Merson won the final hand last November. Sylvia collected a huge sum of $5,295,149 after his amazing run last year, but he won’t be back for more this summer.

We arrived on the scene right when Sylvia was in the process of walking away from his table. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden was kind enough to inform us what happened to his former tablemate.

Sylvia raised preflop and two players called, among which Lodden himself. The flop brought queen-seven-four with two clubs and Sylvia bet 575.

Lodden and the man who introduced himself as Steve Bartlett called. On the turn a three popped up and Sylvia bet 1,400, Bartlett raised to 4,100 and Lodden folded.

Sylvia moved all in over the top for a total of 12,000 and Bartlett snap-called with five-six for the nut straight.

Sylvia had flopped a set of sevens, but the river did not bring him any help.

Bartlett, who’s playing his third ever WSOP Main Event, took all Sylvia’s chips and is now sitting on around 65,000 chips.

“I’m having a good year,” Bartlett said when we asked him if he qualified for this event. “I just bought in,” he added.

Bartlett finished 13th in a $1,500 event this summer for almost $30,000 and seventh in another for no less than $65,000. The man Sylvia lost his chips to is no rookie, as he finished in the top 100 during the 2004 Main Event.

Sylvia cashed five times in prelim events this year, six if you include the WSOP APAC. Unfortunately for him his summer is over as he was one of the first to be knocked out.

Four Minutes with Nate Silver

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2013 Main Event: Sports Stars Descend on the Rio

Warne looking to get opponents in a spin.
Warne looking to get opponents in a spin.

Brasilia Ballers

The Brasilia Room is jam-packed with poker players and we’ve spotted plenty of big names. German EPT host Natalie Hof, John Juanda, Daniel Neilson, Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, Juha Helppi and Ryan D’Angelo were the first players we noted.

One of the more interesting tables consists of Hollywood writer and WPT player of the year, Matt Salsberg, high stakes regular Sam Chartier and Dutch star Paul Berende. Furthermore we’ve also spotted former November Niner Matt Jarvis, Erik Seidel, Kevin Saul, Tim Ulrich and Galen Hall. 

Fight Club?

John Monnette is known to be angry. Martin Finger is known for punching Team PokerStars Pro and WSOP Champ Jonathan Duhamel in the face during the PCA and winning his first bracelet this year. 

These two players are seated right next to each other and that almost seems like a clash waiting to happen. There are going to be plenty of blind battles throughout the day, and we should keep a close eye on the two lively players. Will Angry John get angry enough? Will Finger clinch a fist? We’re not sure, but we’re definitely going to try to keep an eye on them.

Meanwhile the calmest guy in the room is also sitting at this table. The winner of the 2009 $40K 40th Anniversery NLHE event, Vitaly Lunkin, is mostly known for blinking his eyes as if he were taking a constant time lapse of everything that’s happening at the table. Maybe Lunkin can be the peacekeeper today as things are likely to heat up! 

0095 Martin Finger and Friends
Finger in his moment of glory.

Tough Choices with Shane Warne

Most of the world doesn’t get the game of cricket and that’s fair enough as it’s a tricky game to understand.  If you’re from the England or Australia though, it’s a big deal.

The two countries have a shared past and when they get together to play a game of cricket it’s a huge deal. This summer, the two teams go head-to-head over five test matches in an encounter coined as The Ashes.

For two decades the Australian team was the world's best and that was in no small part due to Shane Warne, one of the best cricketers the game's ever produced. He’s retired now and England are the favorites ahead of the summer’s battle.

Since retiring, Warne has taken to poker and is the team captain of 888poker.com. He’s in the field today and has gotten off to a good start, up to 38,000 already.

He took a player off a decent pot with a 4,500 bet on the river of a 5 K 4 5 3 board. His opponent check-folded.

Warne is a proud Australian who always wants his country to beat England but he’s also a fierce competitor. PokerListing’s decided to put the great man on the spot and find out where his priorities lie.

PokerListings: Would you prefer to make the money in the Main Event or for Australia to win the first test against England?

Shane Warne: To make the money as Australia will go on to win the rest of the tests anyway.

PL: Would you prefer to make the Main Event Final table or for Australia to whitewash (sweep) England? 

SW: Oh, that’s not fair! I’m not answering that one as I want both to happen too much.

Fatima Moreira de Melo
Dutch superstar, Moreira de Melo.

Feeling Sporty

There are sports stars left, right and center today because besides Georges St-Pierre (GSP) and Warne, we’ve spotted two more former elites.

English football legend, or soccer for all you Americans out there, Teddy Sheringham has taken his seat today at the same table young poker legend, Chris Moorman.

In total Sheringham has played 760 professional matches, scored 289 goals and appeared in the English national team 51 times in which he scored 11 times.

The biggest female star in today’s event is without a doubt Fatima Moreira de Melo.

The Dutch Team PokerStars SportsStar played 191 games for the Dutch national field hockey team scoring 30 goals. She won a bronze medal in the 200 Sydney Olympics, a silver in Athens in 2004 and she topped off her amazing career with a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olypmics.

It’s a fact that poker has turned into a game for people from all over the world. The highly competitive former sports stars have discovered that this game brings them a bit of that feeling back from back when they were performing on a professional level.

From the East

This is the World Series of Poker.

There's some worldly representation at the WSOP. We've seen Brits come out of the woodworks to win a few bracelets recently and there are several aggressive Swedes, Germans and other Europeans.

But we've also got a contingent from Asia.

Naoya Kihara
Naoya Kihara and Japan's first WSOP bracelet.

Team PokerStars Online Naoya Kihara is in the field today. Kihara became the first Japanese player to win a WSOP bracelet last year when he took down the $5K PLO 6-Max for $512,029.

Kihara has continued to cash in the American and Asian poker scene and already has three cashes this summer. Now Kihara is seated in the red section and is going for his -- and Japan's -- second bracelet.

Across the hallway in the Pavilion Room is a player that lives a few seas away from Kihara. South of Sea of Japan and west of the South China Sea is Thailand, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn's home country.

Aside from having one of the longest names in poker, Kampanatsanyakorn broke into the Asian poker scene earlier this year after finishing in 2nd in APPT Seoul for $92,741. That was Kampanatsanyakorn first major cash and he followed it up with an 18th place finish in the WSOP APAC Main Event.

Now Kampanatsanyakorn is taking his shot at the WSOP Main Event.

Another APPT Seoul final tableist is present today.

Xuan Liu finished 4th in that event for $50,711.

Liu, a self-described CBC (Chinese born Canadian), learned poker by playing hands against herself and has now cashed for more than $1,397,112. Liu has three WSOP cashes this summer but missed a number of events due to a bout of food poisoning. Now Liu's feeling better and wants to win.

Liu has come close to victory with final table finishes in the EPT, APPT and the PCA but has yet to take down a major event.

But if there's any event she wants to take down, it's the WSOP Main Event.


1051 Xuan Liu
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2013 Main Event: Brits, Business and Mistakes

Liv Boeree, representing the Brits.
Liv Boeree, representing the Brits.

British Pride Led by Boeree and Burland 

Many Brits are playing today and they all have a bounce in their step after Andy Murray took down the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title, the first Brit to do so in 77 years.

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and Blackbelt Pro Jamie Burland have been drawn at the same table.

Boeree was well known before she took down EPT San Remo in 2010 for €1,250,000, but that title propelled her to the top echelons of the game. Burland is a popular player from the UK and his biggest win to date came in victory at UKIPT Brighton for nearly $100k.

In one hand, Boeree tried to get off to a winning start but gave up on the river. She was on the button and called an early position raise from an older gentleman. 

On a 3 9 5 flop, the aggressor continued for 325 and Boeree called. The turn brought a T and Boeree bet 900 after her opponent slowed to a check. Call. 

On the 8 river, Boeree’s opponent slowed to a check and studied the board hard before giving up by checking. Her opponent opened 6 6 and she mucked, saying nice hand.

Not Today!

In the Brasilia room we just ran into a very uncomfortable situation when a player was refused his seat. In the red section on Table 91 a player tried to sit down, but the dealer was sharp enough to notice that he showed up for the wrong day. 

“You early! You early!” The dealer shouted in excitement as she was trying to explain that his ticket was valid for tomorrow’s Day 1C flight.

“See you tomorrow,” a player at the table mentioned as the disappointed gentleman made his way to the exit. 

“You won’t see me tomorrow,” he grunted. 

George Danzer
George Danzer (Bottom) German Mohawk (Top)

The player in question was clearly headed to the registration desk to switch his ticket for today’s flight.

When you’re ready to play the Main Event, there’s just no delaying the battle. This man with a dream came to play, and he'll probably be seated somewhere else in the Rio today.

An International Showing in Pavilion

The Pavilion room is in use today and we’ve spotted quite the international crowd after a first walkthrough.

Like always there are plenty of Americans like Scott Seiver, former November Nine player Dennis Phillips, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, David Bach and the million dollar buy-in One Drop participant Bob Bright.

Besides this usual list we’ve also spotted German Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer; Swedish poker legend Chris Bjorin; the man from Australia who never stops talking, Oliver Gill.

Then there's the man who drinks five beers per level from Sweden, Peter Hedlund; EPT Grand Final winner Nicholas Chouity and former WSOPE Main Event winner Annette Obrestad.

Business Phillips

There's probably nobody more famous for finishing 3rd in the Main Event than Dennis Phillips

Phillips was part of the first November 9 in 2008 and fell to the eventual champion, Peter Eastgate, when he moved all-in with T 9 on a J 3 4 flop. Eastgate called with a set of threes and put an end to Phillips's Main Event.

But not his career.

Phillips, like Chris Moneymaker, represented the everyman. He owned a trucking company and won his seat to the Main Event at a $200 satellite in St. Louis.

Phillips played the Main Event as an amateur with a white shirt, a St. Louis Cardinals cap on and turned his style into an icon. Phillips made the November 9 as the chip leader and by the time he returned to play the final table, 300 of his friends and family were donning his signature Cardinals hat and white t-shirt.

Phillips's charisma and experience in business -- plus the millions he made at the final table -- turned him into one of the premier poker ambassadors. His businesses succeeded and multiplied and his clout in the poker community grew.

"It's good to be back enjoying some poker," Phillips said during the first level of the day.

But that doesn't mean Phillips hasn't been working on poker.

Phillips has been working with PokerStars and to help foment its online presence in the United States. Phillips has been travelling through the UK, Las Vegas and New Jersey to help reintroduce the poker giant to the USA.

But today he gets to sit back down and play the event that set him on this path.

Today, Phillips gets another shot at the Main Event. Phillips has already had two deep Main Event runs. After his 3rd place finish in 2008, Phillips finished 45th in 2009 and got to chat with Lacey Jones a few times:


Dennis Phillips, Lacey Jones
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2013 WSOP Main Event: Day 1B is Underway

"Shuffle up and Deal" with Doyle Brunson
"Shuffle up and Deal" with Doyle Brunson

The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event launched yesterday with Day 1A, where 943 players played but only 584 made it through.

Today brings along Day 1B and a traditionally bigger field with more pros. Last year’s Day 1B drew a field of 2,114 and this year will come close to that number.

Among those in the field is 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson. Brunson stayed away from the WSOP until joining the $50k Poker Players Championship field.

He made the decision based on the length of the tournament days but there was little doubt he could stay away from the Main Event.

Brunson will not be the only former Main Event winner in the field. Scotty Nguyen, Greg Raymer, and Dan Harrington will be looking to add another title to their resume.

Other notable pros in the field are Erik Siedel, David Bach, Jason Mercier, John Juanda, and Erick Lindgren.

Celebrity/sports stars expected in the field today include actors Ray Romano and Brad Garrett, MMA fighter George St-Pierre, and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne.

The field is noticeably bigger today as the Amazon, Brasilia, and Pavilion Rooms are all in play.

Jack Effel made the traditional pre-tournament announcements before turning the microphone over to Doyle Brunson for the “shuffle and deal” command.

Cards are in the air and we will bring you full coverage of Day 1B throughout the day from start to finish.

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