Day 39 of the 2016 World Series of Poker saw the first of three starting flights for the 2016 WSOP Main Event kick off.
The biggest buy-in event of the year continued as they played into the money and beyond in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, and a $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller bracelet winner was crowned.
Plus, the 2016 WSOP Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship played down to a final table and two more bracelets were captured.
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The 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off Saturday at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino with the first of three starting flights.
2015 WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky made the call to “Shuffle Up and Deal” and a banner acknowledging his accomplishments was unveiled.
The flight drew 764 players, 20 more than Day 1a of the 2015 WSOP Main Event. A total of 567 players survived the day with Californian Gary Sewell, who has just one WSOP cash on his resume after a 27th-place finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2014, grabbing the Day 1a chip lead with 312,500.
Notable players Matthew Ashton (212,600) and Dan Shak (208,400) also built top ten stacks.
Place Player Chips
1 Gary Sewell 312,500
2 Alvaro Lopez 306,200
3 Scott Neuman 226,000
4 Sean Case 222,500
5 Matthew Ashton 212,600
6 Alexander Barlow 212,100
7 Joep Raemaekers 211,170
8 Carl Carodenuto 210,800
9 Dan Shak 208,400
10 Derek Chang 205,200
Recognizable names in the top 100 stacks included Adam Friedman (165,100), Gaelle Baumann (126,000), Shannon Shorr (125,900), Walter Treccarichi (119,500), Poorya Nazari (110,000) and Jon Turner (106,900).
The list of players who had their Main Event dreams dashed on Day 1a included Calvin Anderson, David Peters, David Bach, Greg Mueller, Luca Pagano, Josh Arieh, James Akenhead, Alex Luneau, and Billy Baxter.
The last woman standing in the 2015 Main Event, Kelly Minkin ran kings into aces and failed to survive the day as well.
Day 1 a survivors will return for Day 2a July 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. local time. The 2016 Main Event continues with Day 1b Sunday.
Registration closed before the start of play on Day 2 of the 2016 WSOP $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em on Saturday. The final tally of 183 entries was enough to create a $19,316,565 prize pool.
The plan was to pay the top 28 spots with a min-cash worth $166,212 and they reached that mark just before midnight when Jack Salter busted Taylor Paur. The top five finishers will all earn seven figure prizes and $4,981,775 and a WSOP bracelet awaits the winner.
By the time the day was through, just 13 players remained with high roller veteran Dan Smith grabbing the overnight lead.
He late registered for the event on Saturday after finishing third in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $487,361. Smith ran it up and ended the day with a huge lead on 22.5 million in chips, close to 8 million more than anyone else in the final 13.
Players who cashed but failed to advance to the event’s third day included Jason Mo, Tony Bloom, Rainer Kempe, Isaac Baron, Christoph Vogelsang, Kyle Julius, Igor Kurganov, Jeff Gross, Dario Sammartino, Jason Les and Sergio Aido.
Each of the remaining players are guaranteed at least $256,537. Play will resume at 2 p.m. local time Sunday with plans to play down to a winner. In addition to Smith, some of the most successful players in the game over the past couple of years are at the final two tables of this prestigious event.
One Drop Table 1
Seat Player Chips
1 Dan Smith 22,500,000
2 Koray Aldemir 7,140,000
3 Jack Salter 12,790,000
4 Antonio Esfandiari 1,650,000
5 Joe McKeehen 7,160,000
7 Fedor Holz 5,365,000
One Drop Table 2
Seat Player Chips
1 Niall Farrell 5,100,000
2 Brian Green 14,865,000
3 Brandon Steven 1,985,000
5 Adrian Mateos 3,830,000
6 Scott Seiver 2,685,000
7 David Steicke 4,375,000
8 Nick Petrangelo 2,400,000