WSOP ME Day 1a – Jacobson Claims Early Lead

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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.

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.

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