The 2014 World Series of Poker $10k Main Event finally got underway last night with the first of its three opening day flights. Day 1a brought in 771 players that tried to navigate their way through the day in order to progress into Day 2.
505 of those managed to do that with Swedish professional poker player Martin Jacobson leading the chip counts with 200,100.
There were many big names as you can imagine that took part on Day 1a. We had former Main Event winners Ryan Riess, Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Greg Merson, Tom McEvoy and Joe Hachem whilst we also had names such as Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier all in the field.
Of those Johnny Chan did the best by finishing in the top ten for the day whilst both Riess and Moneymaker progressed with decent stacks too. For Jason Mercier and Phil Laak however, they were both eliminated, ending their dreams of a WSOP Main Event title.
Busted the main event… Got coolered in 3 bet pot. Now what?
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) July 6, 2014
They were joined by the likes of Jean-Robert Bellande, Jeff Gross and Mustapha Kanit on the rail, signaling the end of the World Series of Poker for them.
As for some names that did well on Day 1a, there was Kevin MacPhee, Tom Middleton, Ole Schemion, Martin Finger and Barny Boatman, all progressing with good sized stacks into Day 2.
Bagged up a healthy 100k in the WSOP ME. Def felt very confident/relaxed all day & it reflected in my play. pic.twitter.com/OHGt6P9Z5R
— Kevin MacPhee (@KevinMacPhee) July 6, 2014
Day 1b gets underway at 12pm local time tomorrow and sees another batch of hungry poker players looking to get a good start in the illustrious WSOP Main Event.
The Top Ten From Day 1a
1st) Martin Jacobson – 200,100
2nd) Aaron Wilt – 157,650
3rd) Seamus Cahill – 150,000
4th) Ken Einiger – 129,000
5th) Kenny Tran – 119,000
6th) Andy Hwang – 118,875
7th) Mukul Pahuja – 114,800
8th) Alex Simic – 110,675
9th) Johnny Chan – 106,000
10th) Frank Passantino – 105,000