2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A

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2005 World Series of Poker
Main Event
Day 1A

Event #42 No Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship July 7 Day 1A
This will be without question the largest tournament on the planet in the history of the game. The prize pool estimate has hovered between $7,500,000 and $10,000,000 for the winner this year. One huge source of players will be from online poker rooms on the Internet. PokerStars.com will send 1116 players to play in the Main Event. It will be important to watch these players as the last 2 WSOP champions for 2003 and 2004 came from PokerStars.

Preparations are being made to accommodate the throngs of contestants over a 9 day period, from July 7th to July 15th. As attendance records have been broken continuously during the WSOP tournaments, many expect over capacity crowds to line up in order to play in the event. As news comes out of the competition, come back to this page for coverage.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.
The tournament announcer has stated to the masses, "Shuffle up and deal". Only 8 minutes had passed before the first bust. Also, the "f-bomb" rule is in effect. It is too early to give player counts although the tournament director said that there were 5800 to go after the first casualty took place. Jennifer Harman also busted after losing to a straight flush.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.
The official count for the Main Event is 5,619 competitors. Thomas "Thunder" Keller was eliminated 20 min after arriving late to the tables.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.
The Main Event schedule has a Day 1a, 1b and 1c. Day 1a will have 1,885 players, Day 1b will have 1,857 and Day 1c will have 1,877 contestants who will battle to a number of 500 to 600 each day. Jennifer Tilly, Mike Laing and Brett Jungblut have been among those continuing to be eliminated today. So far on Day 1a, Chris Grigorian is the chip leader with 24,500 at 4:00 p.m., but there is a long way to go yet for this leg of the Main Event.

UPDATE 6:00 p.m.
We are down to about 140 tables with players. 2004 WSOP champion Greg Raymer is on fire as he is now 2nd in chip count with 43,000. He built this up from 3,500 in 1 hour and 40 minutes while playing at the ESPN table during his one hour and forty minutes at the ESPN final table. Joe Rafferty is currently first with $65,000. The eliminations continue with Phil Laak, Freddy Deeb, Martin De Knijff, Carlos Mortenson and John Murphy.

UPDATE 8:54 p.m.
There are about 1175 players left back at the tables after dinner. Names who are still in the field include Joe Rafferty, WPT announcer Mike Sexton, Greg Raymer, Eskimo Clark, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Chris Ferguson, Mike Caro, "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Brad Garrett, Gus Hansen, David Devilfish Ulliott, Erik Seidel, Humberto Brenes, Reza Peyvar, Chris Hinchcliffe, Johnny Chan and Clonie Gowen.

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.
Wear and tear is beginning to show on those playing in the 36th World Series of Poker. Humberto Brenes was seen taking a nap using a can of soda for a pillow. We still do not have a total on the prize pool at this point, but once that has been established the prize for first place will be determined. The list of eliminations grows with Erik Seidel, Scott Fischman, Ted Forrest, Chris Ferguson, Josh Arieh, David Grey, Pascal Perrault, Mike Sexton and David Devilfish Ulliott.

Here are the top 10 players and chip counts for Day 1A:

  • #1 Lee Watkinson -- 160,000 chips
  • #2 Edouart Cardona -- 130,000 chips
  • #3 Tony Laughing Jr. -- 100,175 chips
  • #4 Joe Pelton -- 100,000 chips
  • #5 Tom Pniak -- 88,200 chips
  • #6 Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf -- 69,500 chips
  • #7 Liz Lieu -- 64,000 chips
  • #8 Layne Flack -- 61,000 chips
  • #9 Greg Raymer -- 48,900 chips
  • #10 Reza Payvar -- 38,000 chips

Day 1A had started with 1,885 players and ended up with 663 that will move on to Day 2 which will take place on July 10th. Some of the names who survived are 2004 WSOP champion Greg Raymer, Layne Flack, Reza Payvar, Liz Lieu, Lee Watkinson, John Gale, actress Shannon Elizabeth, Tiffany Williamson, Joe Rafferty, Paul Darden, Clonie Gowen, Chris Hinchcliff, Mike Wattel and David Plastik. Day 1B will begin at 11:00 a.m. on July 8th.
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