Day 1a has now been completed after we had an initial field of 401 for the WinStar World Casino River Poker Series Main Event. There were 18 levels of blinds throughout the day for the $2,100 buy-in event and as the day came to its end we were left with just 41 players going into Day 2.
Of those 41 it was Matt Newcombe who actually led the field with a stack of 785,500 which is a good 300k better than his closest rival.
The best piece of news for the 41 players remaining from Day 1a is that they are guaranteed to be in the money, though the amounts are yet unknown due to there still being Day 1b and Day 1c to be played out.
Though Newcombe is obviously way ahead right now, he wasn’t the only player to build up a good stack throughout Day 1a, we also had Ron Roberts amassing a very decent stack of 473,000 and Daniel Lowery achieving a decent stack of 316,000.
Other notables who managed to make it through to Day 2 were Ben White, Junal Patel, David Sands and Clint Tolbert. Each of them will be hoping to achieve as high a position as possible to increase their payouts and possibly to make that final table on the final days play.
There is a guaranteed prize pool of $2,500.000 in the Main Event which explains just why it has been able to attract such large numbers of poker players. With payouts being attributed to only the top 10 percent of players, this made it extremely difficult for some as they hit the felt. Though many will be pleased to know that this is a rebuy event and they can try again on Day 1b and Day 1c if they so desire.
The Ambassadors Have A Bad Day 1a!
The two poker ambassadors for this event, Greg Raymer and Maria Ho were both eliminated early on though are likely to rebuy. Ho was all-in with her short stack with an Ace-Ten and was called easily by Jence Kelling with his pocket eights, the board gave her many straight outs but they didn’t come and she was eliminated.
PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst also took the time to come over to Oklahoma; however her tournament was also short lived. She got all-in holding A9 suited against the pocket Q’s of reigning champion Bronson Tucker. Her hand didn’t improve and she headed for the rail.
The Final Standings Of Day 1a:
1 Matt Newcombe 785,500
2 Ron Roberts 473,000
3 Daniel Lowery 316,000
4 Mike Reese 282,000
5 Ashly Butler 277,500
6 Joseph Hall 251,000
7 Kunal Patel 241,000
8 Ben White 240,500
9 David Sands 239,500
10 Jerry Lorett 223,500