WSOP 2011: Cooking slowly as Berger tops with relish

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngEvery event has its beginning, middle and end. But this being Las Vegas, things are a little different. The World Series of Poker Main Event has a beginning, another beginning, then another - and one more for good measure. True, there is a middle, but that is spread over more than a week, and there is an end. It's just that the end comes in November.

Once you've worked that lot out, let me tell you this is the second beginning, or Day 1B as we prefer to call it in these parts.

As the main event is brought to a simmer before coming to a boil when just nine players remain on Tuesday week, our early leader from yesterday is Fred Berger, who bagged up 209,500, well up from his 30,000 starting stack. While a talking point from Day 1A was the field size--down to 897 from 1,125 the previous year--we're expecting the number to hit around 1,000 for Day 1B today. But don't bet on it; many a man has gone broke taking advice from Team PokerStars Blog.

Team PokerStars Pros avoiding yesterday's mishaps were Sebastian Ruthenberg (117,000), Fatima Moreira de Melo (91,500), Lex Veldhuis (82,350), George Danzer (38,500), Johnny Lodden (30,925), and Pat Pezzin (24,600). Going through to Day 2A with them are Friends of PokerStars Jason Alexander (63,150) and Bill Chen (30,825). In total, 560 made it through the day.


Sebastian Ruthenberg

Today, we wipe clean the work surface, force Stephen Bartley to put on a pink apron, and get ready to serve you another tasty dish of poker. And we have some spicy ingredients: in the mix are Team PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri, plus newly-minted WSOP bracelet winners Andre Akkari, Eugene Katchalov and Max Lykov. It's going to be a feisty day.


Andre Akkari with his WSOP bracelet

Once again, we'll start today with 30,000 chips. There will be five two-hour levels with a 20-minute break after each, and a 90-minute dinner break at around 6.45pm or thereabouts.

If you want to catch up on yesterday's Day 1A, then be sure to click through our wrap here.

Top 10 Day 1A chips
1 Fred Berger, 209,500
2 Shane Sigsbee, 182,600
3 Kyle Burnside, 159,050
4 Cedric Annen, 155,400
5 Michael Bena, 150,350
6 Lynne Mitchnick, 145,675
7 Juan Perez, 143,425
8 David Diaz 139,150
9 Christopher Macfarland, 135,350
10 Philipp Gruissem, 133,050