2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A

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2006 World Series of Poker
Main Event Day 1A

2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A began at 12:00 noon July 28th and continued until 3:15 a.m. the next day. News is that with the number of entrants so far, the top prize is up to $11,700,000. But the final numbers for payout will not be available until all phases of Day 1 have been finished. 2,138 players took to the tables this round, meaning there were 2,000 players and 138 alternates at the tables. There was a lot going on so we may post a couple of more new updates on this page during the Main Event. Remember this as a news source for the things that you won't see on ESPN.

11:46 a.m. So far it is believed that there are more than 8000 participants that signed up to play in the Main Event. Also there are an estimated 500 daily alternative players for Days 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D should they find seats for them if other players do not show up. First prize estimates are between $10,000,000 and $12,000,000 dollars for the winner.

12:30 p.m. Day 1A is off and running. WSOP officials have implemented and "all in button" for the players in order to save time pushing their chips to the middle. And for those who are wondering, it took just 7 min into play for the first elimination to occur.

2:58 p.m. Some of the players that are here include actress Laura Prepon of the 70's Show, Dutch Boyd, WPT announcer Mike Sexton, Dan Harrington, Andy Bloch, Mekhi Phifer from "ER", James Garner of "The Rockford Files", Scotty Nguyen and Amir Vahedi. 55 women have graced the tables with their presence on the beginning day of this tournament. Other entrants include a nun and a monkey. And these are who we know of so far! Of course the list of entrants will get larger, so stay with us!

Follow Up: Regarding the nun entry, you gotta read this article excerpt from the Las Vegas Sun for July 28th written by AP's Ryan Nakashimar:

There was even a farting nun. "Life's short," said Barbara Silvers, a 54-year-old retired card dealer from New Orleans, dressed in a nun habit despite being Jewish. She lifted a cheek and let one rip from a noisemaking cushion. "If you don't like this life, I feel sorry for you."

God the things you have to put up with to win a multi-million dollar tournament.

5:50 p.m. Age is just a number as 91 year old Victor Golden sat down at the tables, trying not to be eliminated like everyone else. Among those who were eliminated so far were Chip Jett, J.J. Liu, William Rockwell, actor Tobey Maguire, Chris Masterson, Wil Wheaton, Paul "Eskimo" Clark and David Benyamine.

9:30 p.m. A bet was made between Joe Sebok and Gavin Smith that involved a point tally of all Hold'Em events from 6/27 to 7/25. The loser has to wear a different Superhero costume for each day of the competition or until they are busted out. The winner gets to pick the daily costume for the loser to wear. Both players fought hard and when the battle for tournament points was over....Joe Sebok came dressed as Robin from "Batman & Robin". We will let you know each day Joe plays what cloth of humiliation he is forced to wear.

11:00 p.m. Mike Sorrentino was the recipient of a Royal Flush, obviously winning the hand and increasing his stack to $35,000. Tournament of Champions winner Mike Sexton eliminated Dan Harrington when his pocket Q's beat Harrington's Jh 7h. Dan was followed by Clonie Gowen, Norm MacDonald, Lee Watkinson and Jim McManus. At this point in the day there are about 1,210 players left.

1:10 a.m. Top pro player Minh Nguyen was announced as being blinded off from this tournament because he was a no show. We are hoping that everything is okay with Minh. A number of players have stated that they arrived late due to the fact that they were told their start date and time was different from what they were assigned. This may also be the case with Minh Nguyen. The list of eliminations grows with Perry Friedman and Joe Barholdi having just been busted out. It has also been said by tournament officials that there will be one more round and whoever is left at the end of the round will move on even if the 800 number is not reached.

3:15 a.m. Play ends for the night with just under 800 players. Russ "Dutch" Boyd and Gus Hansen will join those who will not continue in the quest to move on to the next round. Officially there were 2,138 players for today, meaning there were 2,000 players and 138 alternates at the tables. Day 1B will begin at noon on Saturday July 29th. Below are the top 50 chip leaders with chip counts:
  1. Ken Jacobs -- $119,100
  2. Paul McCeffrey -- $110,650
  3. Johnny Kincaid -- $107,500
  4. Joe Fuhriman -- $98,250
  5. George Lopez -- $98,125
  6. Michael Erstling -- $94,075
  7. Sean Le -- $94,050
  8. Paul Kitsos -- $92,850
  9. Weikai Chang -- $92,575
  10. Paramjit Gill -- $85,650
  11. Mark Vos -- $85,375
  12. Jeff Lisandro -- $85,025
  13. Matthew Maroon -- $83,150
  14. Eric Buchman -- $82,450
  15. Justin Diamond -- $81,850
  16. Nathan Wilt -- $80,225
  17. Philip Cordano -- $80,125
  18. Aaron Clark -- $78,925
  19. Erik Friberg -- $77,675
  20. Bob Farmer -- $75,775
  21. Thomas Richte -- $74,750
  22. Mike Epstein -- $73,600
  23. Cuong Van Do -- $73,125
  24. Scott Shone -- $72,325
  25. Walter Novelli -- $70,350
  26. Aaron Katz -- $70,275
  27. Michael Zakarran -- $69,975
  28. Peter Falk -- $67,575
  29. Mark Petersen -- $67,500
  30. Tom McTeer -- $67,100
  31. Dustin Holmes -- $66,500
  32. Cameron Jones -- $66,150
  33. Ralph McKenzie -- $65,350
  34. Robin Lacey -- $65,350
  35. Martin Wendt -- $64,525
  36. Josh Shiffman -- $63,575
  37. Jim D'Ambrosio -- $63,050
  38. Joe Scimeca -- $62,975
  39. Morten Quisthammdr -- $62,250
  40. Luke Neely -- $61,800
  41. Elpidio Castro -- $61,600
  42. Mike Hwang -- $61,275
  43. Christopher Williams -- $61,175
  44. Brent Bibby -- $61,175
  45. Neremiah Sullivan -- $61,150
  46. Andrew Schreibman -- $61,000
  47. Michael Leanos -- $60,625
  48. Julian Gardner -- $60,325
  49. David Pham -- $57,850
  50. Erik Gomez -- $57,775
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