WSOP 2017: Selbst, Moneymaker slain but Greenstein motoring on packed Day 1B

Day 1B of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event has just concluded and we are looking at a bumper-sized tournament. When registration closed at the start of Level 4 today, there were 2,164 names on the list of players. That's up 431 on the same day last year and the largest Day 1B since the tournament adopted the three-flight opening model in 2012.

It all bodes well for a massive prize-pool, and a lot more poker still to come.

Day 1B numbers (since three-day model adopted)

2017 - 2,164
2016 - 1,733
2015 - 1,716
2013 - 1,942
2012 - 2,114


Packing them in on Day 1B

For all that, the story of the day took place before we had any inkling of the size of the event. It happened three full levels before the latecomers even showed up, and it cost us one of the leading lights.

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst flopped a set of aces against Gaelle Baumann's flopped set of sevens and, after the river card was out, all of their chips were in the pot.

However, it wasn't Selbst raking in Baumann's chips. It was the other way around. Baumann turned a fourth seven--quads against Selbst's full house--and Selbst was not able to get away. The hand will go down in WSOP-lore, a near reworking of the spectacular elimination of Oliver Hudson at the hands of Sammy Farha in 2005. Selbst lasted a few hands longer than Hudson, but not all that many.


Kara Scott consoles a shell-shocked Vanessa Selbst

That elimination set an unfortunate tone for some of the Team PokerStars Pros making their bows today. Chris Moneymaker, whose day began with an amusing case of mistaken identity in the buy-in line, lost most of his stack in steadier chunks. He ended up with zero--ending yet another attempt to cash in the Main Event for the first time since he won this tournament.

"Happens, nothing went right," Moneymaker said.


Tough day at the office for Chris Moneymaker

Barry Greenstein knows a thing or two about WSOP success and the three-time bracelet winner ground a starting stack through five hours on one of the feature tables before accelerating up to 77,000 by the end of the next level. By the time the day ended, Greenstein was in clover. He had a stack of 146,800.


Barry Greenstein motored to three times starting stack

On the subject of bracelet winners, the Tag Team champions Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov took to the felt in the Main Event too today. Boeree bagged 53,000, but Kurganov was missing in action by the end. One out of two isn't bad.

Team PokerStars Pro's other power couple--Celina Lin and Randy Lew--also made it through Day 1B. And at least one half of these two is going home happy tonight. Lin signed for 14,900 ("Horrible. Rough day," she said) but Lew was up to nearly 100,000 when the bags came out. If you want to know nanonoko's precise stack, you'll have to play his game:

Like the rest of the field, Lin and Lew take a day off tomorrow then come back for Day 2AB on Tuesday.

They'll be joined too by Maria Konnikova, who finished with 29,400 tonight. You should all learn about Konnikova as you'll be reading her book in a year or so.

You may have gathered that none of the Red Spades occupy the overall top spot of the 1,643 players remaining tonight. That honour lays with Richard Dubini of Argentina, who soared to the summit when he knocked out two opponents with a full-house right at the death tonight.


Richard Dubini: Day 1B chip leader

That put Dubini slightly ahead of the other big stacks, among them Tobias Ziegler, a German pro who was on the winning side at the World Cup of Soccer held among poker players just before the start of the Main Event, and Albert Daher, who led most of the way today.

Click here for a complete list of end of Day 1B chip counts.

Oh, and Mr Jack-in-the-Box was back today as well.


If he can do it, so can you

Back tomorrow at 11am for Day 1C and even more of the same.

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