WSOP Main Event: The end of the longest day
There's a group of people who believe the ancient Mayans predicted the world would end on one particular day (December 21, 2012 to be precise). These believers are preparing for End Times as we speak. As that date is less than two years away, we have an idea. We suggest we play Day 1 of the WSOP every day until then, and then we can all live four times as long.
After 96 exhausting hours, we can now put Day 1 of the 2009 WSOP behind us. All 6,494 players who managed to register in time for this event have had their day in the chair. Now it's time to really light this candle and get the WSOP headed toward a bracelet.
Day 1D did not go without controversy. Even the WSOP's able Commissioner -- the event's biggest cheerleader -- called it a "tough and disappointing day." As we reported midway through the afternoon, Day 1D hit its cap before everyone who wanted a seat got one. That resulted several hundred players having to skip the Main Event. You can read more about that here.
When it was all said and done, though, nearly 6,500 players had registered to play for more than $60,000,000 in prize money and a first prize of $8,548,435. Some well-known Team PokerStars Pro did not live to see Day 2. Dario Minieri, Anton Allemann, and last year's Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov all busted out before the end of the day.
Faring much better during Day 1D's five levels were Team PokerStars Pros Chad Brown and Elky who finished with more than 90,000 and 70,000 respectively. Also surviving to Day 2 (chip counts are approximate and were taken with ten minutes left to play): Peter Easgate (36,000) Jordan Farmer (54,000), Lou Diamond Phillips (40,000), Marlon Wayans (24,000), J.C. Alvarado (70,000), Andre Akkari (97,000), Humberto Brenes (12,500), Noah Boeken (81,000), Johnny Lodden (15,000), Vanessa Rousso (33,500), Victor Ramdin (22,000), Tony Hachem (72,000), Johannes Steindl (52,000), Florian Langmann (54,000), Benjamin Kang (79,000), and Veronica Dabul (9,000)
Like the four-part Day 1, Day 2 will also take longer than the real-world 24 hours. The bifurcated Day 2 begins while the first of two flights tomorrow.
We're perfectly happy pumping out thousands of words on these ethereal pages, but we'll understand if you'd like to read some reports in a language we don't don't write as well. So, please feel free to step over to our WSOP reports in Spanish, Swedish, Dutch or German.
If you'd like a one-stop shop for all our video reports, we're happy to provide them over at the venerable PokerStars.tv.
Finally, if you want to stick around here until we return in a few hours, we have a ton of content from Day 1D at the links below.
We'll see you for Day 2A in less than 12 hours.
The start of the end of the beginning
Roll out the red carpet
The outer reaches
Akkari lighting the way
"We are unable to accommodate any more players
ElkY plugged in
The day after the Sabbath
From the LAPT with love
Hanging around Chad Brown
On and off camera
All photos © Joe Giron/IMPDI Worldwide