2007 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A, results, updates

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2007 World Series of Poker
Main Event Day 1A

The first day of the Main Event will be split up into 4 segments, Day 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D with each day having 3000 participants beginning with 20,000 in chips. Harrah's will allow players to select which day they would like to play on until that day is full. Goal will be to play up to level 6 with each level lasting 120 minutes. Dinner will be 1 1/2 hours long with breaks at each level to last 20 min. Harrah's has also stated that, "Adjustments may be made to the number of levels played each day." Here are the blinds and antes for the first 6 levels of Day 1A:
  • Level 1 $50/$100
  • Level 2 $100/$200
  • Level 3 $200/$400
  • Level 4 $200/$400 with $50 ante
  • Level 5 $300/$600 with $75 ante
  • Level 6 $400/$800 with $100 ante

4:55 a.m. The Main Event will start today at 12:00 noon. And Harrah's had decided to add a Day 1D for July 9th which originally was an off day to the line up FYI. There will also be Day 2A (1A + 1B) and Day 2B (1C + 1D). Evidently they must have more pre-registered signups than was thought. In doing so, they now have the capacity to handle 12,000 entrants. We will add additional pages and make schedule changes in order to cover what happens on those new days of play. Prize pool size, total number of entrants and payout schedule cannot be determined until all phases of Day 1 are complete. Stay with us as we make reports throughout the day as to what is taking place.

12:25 p.m. Things took a while to start as tournament officials did not allow players into their seats until 12 noon. But there are lots of them. George Wallace who is a comedian that performs in Las Vegas gave the order to, "Shuffle up and deal!" And it took 10 minutes for the first player to bustout of the Main Event. That player went to the middle with pocket Aces and they were cracked by another player who held A K.

1:23 p.m. Seen so far are 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider, Amarillo Slim, Mike Sexton, John Esposito, Michael Mizrachi, actor Tobey Maguire, Marcel Luske, Dewey Tomko, Johnny Chan, Mel Judah, Joe Awada, Event #1 bracelet champion Steve Billirakis, Chris Reslock who won a gold bracelet this year in Event #11, John D'Agostino, Doyle Brunson, Jeff Madsen, Gavin Smith and Joe Sebok. Speaking of the last 3 names, Jeff Madsen lost a bet with the other two and had to wear a jester suit! (Jeff should have read about these two last year and the crazy stuff they did first. You can, just click here at 2006 Main Event Day 1A and scroll to 9:30 p.m.)

1:59 p.m. Approximately 160 tables each able to hold 10 players a piece were made available for play in the Amazon room at the RIO. Only 159 have been used and tables are already being broken up 1 1/2 hours into the Main Event. And Planters, (you know the peanut people), are an official sponsor of this year's WSOP and have an 8 ft. tall Mr. Peanut going around shaking hands and making friends.

2:45 p.m. More big names abound here today such as Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, WPT announcer Vince Van Patten is also in today's field, actors Ray Romano and Brad Garrett from Everybody loves Raymond, Huck Seed, Debbie Burkhead, Josh Arieh, Tony Ma, Arnold Spee, Andy Black and Beth Shak. Player Julian Gardner turned his pocket K's into a set and cracked the pocket A's of another player busting him out of the tournament. Others who have been eliminated in Day 1A are Ram Vaswani, Nick Frangos and Chris Reslock. And lots of ESPN cameras to catch them all in action.

3:46 p.m. Two more players Steve Billirakis who won a bracelet in Event #1 of this years WSOP and Doug Lee were busted. By best estimate about 280 players have been eliminated so far. Play is currently at level 2 with just blinds of $100/$200. More on this year's bet with Madsen/Smith/Sebok. Evidently whoever won the most points playing the tournaments pre Main Event would be carried in on a throne by the other two losers who have to wear jester outfits. So next to wear the jester outfit is Gavin Smith when he plays his Day 1 and Joe Sebok is to be carried in by them to his chair when he plays. Outrageous!

4:36 p.m. Josh Arieh was sent to the rail after his set of 6's were overcome by another player's Ace high flush. Marco Traniello also went to the sidelines after his pocket Kings were beaten by a club flush. Will Durkee's A J could not hold up to another player's two pair (A's and 4's) and was busted in the process. The Day 1A attendance numbers are around 1250 players, not many when you consider the Amazon room can hold up to 230 tables of players. But any open spaces were filled once they let the public in. Quicker than Phil Hellmuth could throw a fit the aisles were packed, with hundreds outside waiting to get in. This is the perfect atmosphere for closeness, whether you like it or not. Vinny Vinh reportedly was in the hospital and could not play today.

5:49 p.m. Eli Elezra was busted after he went all-in with 10 6 after a flop of A 10 6. His opponent had A 10 to win the hand. Following him out of the tourney are Shane "Shaniac" Schleger, Greg "FBT" Mueller and Beth Shak.

6:15 p.m. Amarillo Slim was busted after his all-in with A K was met by a pair of pocket 10's with the remaining cards helping neither player. Plus remember the guy who sued Jamie Gold for half his winnings? His name is Crispin Leyser and he is playing in the Main Event today. That's bold and brazen.

7:25 p.m. Players will go on a dinner break from 7:30 to 9:00. When they return, action will continue at Level 4 with blinds of $200/$400 with $50 ante.

9:02 p.m Dinner break has ended. Other eliminations that have taken place include Doyle Brunson who's top pair (A's and Q's) were overcome by the set of Queens held by Doyle's opponent. He was followed by Johnny Chan who with Doyle lost the opportunity to win an 11th bracelet, Mel Judah, Arnold Spee, Gabriel Thaler and Guy Laliberte. One player named Dennis Frederick hit a diamond Royal Flush, and received a complementary 40 minute massage for it.

9:34 p.m. At this point there are approximately 900 players left and 5 1/2 hours to go for Day 1A. Thomas Walroos was eliminated when his pocket Q's got a spanking from a set of 9's. Players are now at level 5 which has $300/$600 blinds with a $75 ante.

10:30 p.m. Alan Smurfit, Alex Jacob and Eric Molina have recently busted out of the Main Event. Nestor Martinez who at one point was the chip leader for Day 1A also joined the ranks of the eliminated. And the player attendance count for Day 1A is 1,287 people from the tournament officials, which is quite a few less than the record setting 2,138 players that showed up in 2006.

11:25 p.m. By 11:40 p.m. another 120 minutes will have passed and players will move up to level 6 which has blinds of $400/$800 with a $100 ante. Abe Mosseri recently went to the rail and was soon joined by Steve Liebenthal. David "Devilfish" Ulliott has been nursing a 5,000 chip short stack since dinner break. Hopefully he can recover soon as the change in level will not be kind to him. Currently Devilfish has 2,600 in chips.

12:45 a.m. Saturday July 7th More players said good bye to the chance at the ultimate WSOP bracelet such as, Terrence Chan, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Allen Kessler, Dewey Tomko, David Grey, John Esposito, Perry Friedman, Alex Sinclair and comedian Ray Romano. (Odds are he will never be able to live this down with Brad Garrett around.) Both Ray and Brad did have a bet to see who would last the longest. After the bust Brad collected the $2,000 and said it would be donated to an agreed upon charity.

2:17 a.m. Tony Ma, Liz Lieu, Mickey Appleman, Vince Van Patten, Blair Rodman and Glen Hughes are now longer contenders in the Main Event. There are now 570 players left in this round. Joe Gotlieb also hit a diamond Royal Flush during play, naturally he won the hand.

3:46 a.m. Mike Sexton was just sent to the rail after losing a hand with Joe Awada by a Jack kicker. Mark Vos also went to the sidelines after losing to another player's Ace high flush. Then Joe Awada busted out when his pocket 9's were silenced by a players paired Ace cards. We are down to 480 players now.

4:38 a.m. David "Devilfish" Ulliott, An "The Boss" Tran, Andy Black, Mike Epstein and Steve Simmons are no longer in the tournament. And at 4 am level 6 was completed with 447 left to move on to Day 2A. Plus comedian Brad Garrett made the cut for Day 2A with 69,400 chips. Ray Romano will hear about this for years to come.

Top 50 with chip counts for Day 1A:
  1. Tinten Olivier -- 270,500
  2. John Dutchak -- 209,600
  3. Stephen Austin -- 205,000
  4. Michael Tureniec -- 203,900
  5. Aurelio Arcano -- 166,000
  6. Kitai Davidi -- 164,700
  7. Scott Yeates -- 163,200
  8. Dane Lomas -- 161,800
  9. Andrius Tapinas -- 159,100
  10. Alex Michaels -- 155,500
  11. Adam Weiss -- 151,400
  12. Cyrus Farzad -- 150,000
  13. Adam "Admo" Richardson -- 149,700
  14. Tuan Lam Kitchener -- 148,400
  15. Andras Kovacs -- 145,900
  16. Matt Shepsky -- 145,400
  17. Alexander Dietrich -- 142,400
  18. Jeff Weiss -- 142,000
  19. Casey Chldress -- 142,000
  20. Francis Cagney -- 133,100
  21. Ronald Crosswell -- 130,100
  22. Ray Henson -- 128,000
  23. Lars Bonding -- 128,000
  24. Kevin Han -- 127,000
  25. Justin Rollo -- 125500
  26. Mark Cole -- 125,100
  27. Stevem Jacobs -- 124,700
  28. Ricky Rodriguez -- 124,300
  29. Joseph Fallows -- 123,700
  30. Daniel Tarnopol -- 121,800
  31. Julian Gardner -- 120,900
  32. Brandon Adams -- 120,400
  33. James Williams -- 120,000
  34. Jason Peed -- 119,600
  35. Tom Lanham -- 118900
  36. Alan Schein -- 117,500
  37. Ismail Yilmaz -- 116,300
  38. Edgar Montero -- 116000
  39. Ken Evanowski -- 115,400
  40. Randall Amiel -- 113,900
  41. Kenny Rundh -- 113,700
  42. Scott Watkins -- 113,200
  43. Brock Parker -- 110,500
  44. Deborah Hinton -- 110,100
  45. Kevan Casey -- 109,400
  46. Todd Lundwall -- 109,200
  47. Conor Tate -- 109,000
  48. Matthew Stout -- 108,400
  49. Marty Wolf -- 107,100
  50. Allan King -- 107,000
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