Day 1a of the €10,400 Main Event Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe has come and gone. On the schedule today were the first six levels of play, and a great six levels they were. The field size was enormous on first day of action with 310 players coming out, further proving that the WSOP's idea to move this series to France was an awesome idea.
Last year, James Bord conquered a field of 346 players, meaning this Day 1a almost surpassed that total by itself. With another few hundred players tomorrow, this will easily be the largest-ever WSOP Europe Main Event field. The previous record was from 2007 and 2008 when the field size of 362 players each of those years.
At the end of the night, under 200 players remained with Jamie Rosen leading the charge. He bagged up a whopping 162,700 in chips according to the dealer sheet on the table at the end of the night.
Rosen wasn't the only player to bag up a lot of chips. Dermot Blain (123,500), Chris Moorman (121,775), Polito Laurent (120,200), Mustapha Kanit (117,700), Erik Friberg (117,000), Darren Elias (111,400), Leo Boxell (110,900), Emil Patel (109,000) and Johnny Chan (108,350) will all be yielding big stacks when Day 2 arrives on Monday. Matan Krakow, Sam Holden, Erik Seidel, Tristan Wade, Matt Waxman and Randy Dorfman advanced as well.
Moorman saw a nice boost to his stack come from eliminating well-known pro and two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jason Mercier. When we got to the table, the flop of was in the middle with Moorman's tabled versus Mercier's . The turn brought the and the river the to eliminate Mercier.
Another notable elimination was 11-time gold bracelet winner and 1989 WSOP Main Event champion Phil Hellmuth. With the blinds at 250-500 with a 50 ante, Hellmuth was down to his last 1,600 in chips. Action folded to him in the hijack seat and he raised to 1,100. Michael Telker three-bet to 2,800 from the small blind and Hellmuth called all in. Telker held the and Hellmuth the . The board ran out and Hellmuth headed for the exit.
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On a board reading Johnny Chan, seated in early position, bet 8,000 and Philippe Sintes instantly called. The river saw the make an appearance and Chan fired 8,000 again only to see Sintes make it 17,000 to play.
Chan smelled a rat and went deep into the tank for over two minutes before emerging with a fold. He showed and Sintes responded by turning over
Will Failla raised to 1,300 from the hijack seat and Sam Holden was next to act. He made the call but Martins Adeniya, sat in the small blind, pumped it up to 3,250. To his direct left was Daniel Smith and he waits around 45 seconds before moving all in. Nobody is prepared to call this bet and they all fold rather quickly.
From the hijack Nicolas Wade made it 1,175 to play and the action folded to Tristan Wade in the big blind. He checked his holecards and made the call.
The dealer put out the , Wade checked and Levi checked behind. The turn was the and when Wade checked for a second time Levi bet 3,000 and Wade's cards hit the muck.
Jason Mercier has just been eliminated from the tournament at the hands of Chris Moorman. When we got to the table, the board of was in the middle with Moorman's tabled versus Mercier's .
The river was the to eliminate Mercier.
Jason Mercier raised to 1,000 under the gun and Chris Moorman, next to act, three-bet to 2,500. Everyone folded to Mercier and he put in the chips and called. A flop reading was checked by Mercier, Moorman bet 3,150 and Mercier folded.
These two have been at each other for the last couple of levels and it is only a matter of time before they really clash.
We just reported how Will "The Thrill" Failla busted two players at once. He just sent another player to the rail.
The money went in on the flop with Failla holding the and his opponent the . The turn was the and the river the to bump Failla to about 85,000 in chips.