2008 Event 54 World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1D

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2008 WSOP Event 54
World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1D

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Event #54 -- World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em Day 1D

  • Number of players Day 1A: 1,297, Remaining 636
  • Number of players Day 1B: 1,158, Remaining 615
  • Number of players Day 1C: 1,928, Remaining 1,026
  • Number of players Day 1D: 2,461, Remaining 1,652
Notes on Day 1D from the WSOP:

The number of registered players for Day 1-D was 2,461. Day 1-C attracted 1,928 entries. Day 1-B attracted 1,158 entries. Day 1-A attracted 1,297 entries. The combined number of players entered into the 2008 Main Event totals 6,844. This ranks as the second-largest live poker tournament in history. This year's turnout surpassed 2007 attendance (6,358) by 7.4 percent. Only the 2006 WSOP Main Event was larger than this tournament -- with 8,773 entrants. This is the second-largest tournament prize pool in history. The total prize pool amounts to $64,333,600. The top 666 finishers will collect prize money. The 2008 WSOP Main Event winner will collect $9,119,517 in prize money. The minimum payout this year is $21,230.

The day's traditional "Shuffle Up and Deal" honor went to Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Florida) who is one of several key federal lawmakers fighting on behalf of the rights of all poker players. Former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato joined Wexler onstage for the opening ceremony. Sen. D'Amato is the Chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, based in Washington, DC.

The tournament began play in five different places the Amazon Ballroom, Brasilia Ballroom, Tropical Ballroom, Rio Casino Floor, and the Rio Poker Room. Breaking order resulted in all players competing inside the Amazon Ballroom by day's end. Former WSOP Main Event champions who played on Day 1-D included Johnny Chan (1987/1988), Phil Hellmuth (1989), Noel Furlong (1999), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (2000), Carlos 'the Matador" Mortensen (2001), and Jerry Yang (2007) . Furlong and Ferguson were eliminated. Nine former champs remain in the 2008 Main Event. They include Jerry Yang, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Brad Daugherty, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen and Robert Varkonyi.


12:00 pm
Day 1D has begun and it is the largest field for Day 1 as an estimated 2,400 are at the tables so far. Seen are Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Jennifer Tilly, Annie Duke, Jerry Yang who won the Main Event last year, Allen Cunningham, ESPN announcer Norman Chad and Michael Mizrachi.

Keep in mind that July 7th will be an off day for all Main Event players and will resume for Day 2A on July 8th with the combination of the survivors of Day 1A and 1B.

1:28 pm
More top names are at the tables today such as Phil Laak, Steve Dannenmann, John "The Razor" Phan, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Mark Seif, Carlos Mortensen, Shannon Elizabeth, Johnny Chan and Maria Ho.

Evidently stories of Norman Chad's marital experiences are not a deterrent to women. One woman Kay Sweeney wore a shirt with "Norm's Next Wife" on it. And of course Chad went over to her between hands. Reportedly Kay got down on one knee and proposed to Norman. His response was that he would get back to her. (Norman, don't pass her up until you have at least checked her out, okay? She might be a good one!)

2:47 pm
David Williams busted out of the Main Event after going all-in with his last 2,500 chips with pocket 9's and a table of K 9 6. His opponent had Q 10 suited that he called Williams with, and when the 7 and 8 came on the turn and river, it marked the end of David William's chance to make another Main Event final table. 2007 Main Event champion Jerry Yang almost busted out but survived. Yang went all-in with the last of his chips, stood up and kissed the family photo he has with him. The 10 high diamond flush he flopped held and Yang continued his aggresive style that won the bracelet for him last year in hopes of a repeat.

3:45 pm
Phil Hellmuth Jr. finally showed up three hours after the start of Day 1D. He did not crash a car like he did last year, he just came late with a female entourage and went to the ESPN table to begin play. The top 5 players at this time are Shawn Conix 57,500 chips, Doug Lee 53,000, Mike Postle 50,000, Thomas Keller 50,000 and Thanh Huynh 47,000. Action continues on at Level 2.

4:28 pm
According to the latest information, Day 1D has 2,461 players in it. We will inform you when the official count from WSOP comes out. Andy Bloch was just eliminated as his straight was run over by the full house (J's/Q's) of Ken Constanzo. Probably the oldest player in Day 1D is Jack Ury at 95 years young. Ury is doing well with 22,000 in chips. But baseball great Jose Canseco is not doing well after having his A 10 all-in move run over by the caller who's A K turned into two pair on the flop. This sent Canseco to the rail for the Main Event.

5:12 pm
Chris Ferguson is holding his chair, having just made a full house (J's/A's) and scooped up a pot to move him up to 29,300 in chips. Men "The Master" Nguyen is also at the 30,000 chip mark. But both of them have work to do if they want to catch the current chip leader Shawn Conix at 105,000 chips. Can Kim Hua is close with 72,000 in chips. Pro golfer Paul Azinger hit quads to bust a player and build his stack up to 33,000.

5:37 pm
Well, here are the stats and the money figures! There was a total of 6,844 entrants to the Main Event. This created a massive prize pool of $64,330,000.00 going to the top 666 players. The winner will receive $9,119,157.00 for becoming champion. We will publish the payout schedule as soon as we get it from the hands of the WSOP.

6:00 pm
Phil Ivey sadly is no longer in the Main Event. He couldn't get much going from the start. Over time his stack slowly fell. Eventually, he lost the last of his chips to an Ace high hand. This is especially bad for Ivey as he made $2 million in side bets that he would win a WSOP event bracelet before the series is over with Daniel Negreanu and other players. Tom Schneider also was busted after losing to a straight by Mark Newhouse. Jennifer Tilly is also no longer in contention after losing her all-in move.

7:00 pm
Dinner break for 90 min. At this point there are 1,893 players left from the start of today. Some of the recent busts are Paul "Eskimo" Clark, Vinny Vihn, Allen Kessler, Fred Goldberg and Mats Rahmn.

9:05 pm
Barbera Enright used her pocket A's to win a sizable pot and is now up to 21,000 chips. Gus Hansen hit a flush hand adding more chips to his stack and is up to 46,000. Thomas Keller busted a player holding A K to the other player holding pocket A's. Two more Kings came up and now Keller sits on 65,000 chips.

Vinny Vihn...not so lucky. After his usual showboating and hellraising, he went all-in with A Q against another player holding pocket 7's. Well the other player gained a pair of 2's which was enough to send Vinny off to haunt a table somewhere else. Mickey "Mouse" Mills also busted out after his pocket J's got hit by another player who paired his Queen card. And also sadly Doyle Brunson just busted out after his outside straight draw lost out to a player holding pocket Q's.

10:19 pm
Robert Williamson III had to say goodbye to the Main Event when his A K lost to a set of deuces. Maria Ho also took to the sidelines after her elimination. She was joined by Sarah Bliney who lost to a set of 4's.

So we know who is not, but let us look at who is hot. Still at the top is Shawn Conix with 145,000 chips, following is David Oppenheim 113,000, Aaron Kanter 112,000, Tom Ly with 110,000 and Mohmad Koowssarie having 109,000 in his stack.

11:22 pm
Todd Brunson is no longer in the Main Event after his suited connectors ran into the Ace flush of another opponent. Dario Mineri also went to the spectator side, when his pocket Q's lost out to a player's set of 10's. Sully Erna of Godsmack, is again at the tables with plenty of chips. He may make it to Day 2 should he continue to hold his ground against the top players at his table. Melissa Hayden will not make it to Day 2 as she has been busted after her pocket 10's were cut down by a player with A J that managed to pair his Ace card.

12:43 am
Michael Mizrachi was busted after his flush draw lost out to a straight made by another player. Fabrice Soulier also made the exit stage left like Snagglepuss when his opponent helped him away from the table with a full house (7's/A's). And Andrew Kaplan moved in with A K and ran into A A, which signaled the end of his bracelet quest. Last but not least was the elimination of Layne Flack after losing to the Queen high straight of another player.

1:00 am
Tournament officials have ended play for Day 1D and there appears to be just under 1,400 who made the cut. Tomorrow is an off day for Main Event players with Day 2A (1A + 1B) on Tuesday. Here are the top 9 players and chip counts for Day 1D:
  1. Steve Austin -- 149,000
  2. Mohamad Kowssarie -- 146,000
  3. David Stucke -- 140,525
  4. Sami Rustom --140,450
  5. Dylan Linde -- 138,425
  6. Nikolay Losev -- 127,225
  7. Victor Ramdin -- 124,600
  8. Samir Shakhtoor -- 122,875
  9. Christian Choi -- 122,225
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