Zaichenko, Hallaert Among Leaders After WSOP Main Event Day 1B

WSOP Main Event Day 1B
1,733 players entered Day 1B of the Main Event.

The second flight of this year's WSOP Main Event played out today with Russian pro Andrey Zaichenko bagging one of the biggest stacks at day's end.

1,733 players played, bringing the total for days 1A and 1B to 2,497.

Tomorrow the third and final Day 1 is expected to be packed with roughly twice the number of entrants as today.

Among today's field were former world champions Greg Raymer, Chris Ferguson, Robert Varkonyi and Johnny Chan, top pros including Antonio Esfandiari, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, David Benefield, Brian Rast

Also in on the action were PokerListings Battle of Malta Host Maria Ho and Spirit of Poker Award nominee Silje Nilsen.

Zaichenko Bags Close to 300k

Andrey Zaichenko has made a name for himself both online and live and won his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw event.

Joining Zaichenko at the top of the chip counts is Dutch pro Kenny Hallaert who finished 123rd in the Main Event last year.

Also getting through Day 1B with healthy stacks were Justin Bonomo, Gavin Griffin, Eli Elezra, Melanie Weisner, Stephen Chidwick and Antonio Esfandiari.

Here's a look at the rough leaderboard, according to

  • Andrey Zaichenko - 292.700
  • Kenny Hallaert - 269,000
  • Robert Voigt - 264,700
  • Kevin Powell - 219,800
  • Eric Afriat - 205,500
  • Chang Luo - 203,800
  • Ronnie Pease - 197,000
  • Vojtech Ruzicka - 185,900
  • Eric Sutton - 179,600
  • David McGowan - 174,800

Cloutier, Rapper Hoodie Allen Among Busted

Hundreds of players busted out of the Main Event today.

Among them were poker legend TJ Cloutier, businessman-turned-high-roller Talal Shakerchi, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings and famous rapper Hoodie Allen.

Allen told he's only been playing poker for eight months but popped out from LA to take a shot at the WSOP.

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Hoodie Allen spoke to him before he busted.

“It’s really exciting,” Allen said.

“I came here and my intention was to play the Main Event no matter what, even though I knew that was pretty steep for my first foray into poker."

Allen cashed in Event 63 for $8,897 just days before this event began.

“I just want to have fun and do my thing,” he said.

Click here for the full interview with Hoodie Allen.

Poker Legend TJ Cloutier also ran out of chips before the day was done but not before sitting down with the PokerListings video crew to talk about historic Main Events past.

Cloutier has finished second twice in the Main Event, as well booking third and fifth-place finishes.

Click here to see the video interview with TJ Cloutier.

PokerListings On-Demand Coverage Continues

Action resumes at 11am as the third and final flight fights it out for a spot on Day 2 and will be on location to cover it every step of the way.

Today we spent the time after dinner break covering Jason Somerville. Click the link below to see how a top pro plays two levels of poker's biggest event and for a video interview in which Somerville talks about his success streaming poker on Twitch and the support and motivation he gets from his followers.'s On-Demand Live Coverage of the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

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