Though this was a much smaller than expected field compared to other years at the WSOPE Main Event, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier didn’t seem to mind as he put himself right at the top of the leaderboard come the end of Day 1b.
Grospellier is arguably one of the best tournament players in the world and he comfortably amassed 190k in chips, this left him quite a comfortable gap ahead of Daniel Weinman who was in second place with 169k.
At the start of the day just 205 players took to the felt on Day 1b, this brought a grand total for the event to just 420 players. That was 30 percent less than last year’s 593, though they will still claim that it is still more than the event ever attracted in London.
Nevertheless, this all created a prize pool of around €4 million with the largest slice of €1,022,376 going to the winner.
Though it may not have had the numbers Day 1b certainly had the names. We had Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, Sandra Naujoks, John Juanda, Liv Boeree, David Benyamine and a certain Phil Hellmuth all wanting a shot at the title.
Big Names In The Top 10!
Grospellier may be leading but he is not the only big name at the top end of the leader board, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are both quietly stalking their prey. Negreanu amassed a stack of 137,500 which puts him in third place in the standings.
Hellmuth again made one of his trademark late entries by turning up after the dinner break to take his seat. It didn’t take him long to start moving up the ranks though and eventually found himself safely in the top ten by the end of play with 116,150 chips.
Other big and notable stacks include Chino Rheem with 109k, Jonathan Duhamel with 67k and Sam Trickett with 90k.
Who We Lost!
Though most of the big names got safely through to Day 2, we did lose a few. Marvin Rettenmeier, Brandon Adams and John Tabatabai were all eliminated amongst the 91 players to go home early.
Though Grospellier was the chip leader of Day 1b, he is still behind the overall chip leader from Day 1a. Michael Mizrachi stormed to an amazing 234,850 chips and will be hard to catch come Day 2. He will know about the quality of the players behind him though and will not think he has this won just yet.
Today all of the survivors from both days will come together to take part in Day 2, with it set to start at 12pm CET.