WSOP $1 Million Event: Day 1 Winners And Losers

WSOP $1 Million Event: Day 1 Winners And LosersAfter a year of anticipation, the $1 million buy-in WSOP event known as ‘The Big One For One Drop’ got underway Sunday night at the Rio casino in Las Vegas.
A capped field of 48 players, consisting of 28 poker professionals, as well as some of the wealthiest businessmen on the planet took to the card playing arena, all hoping to earn a platinum winners bracelet and take home the $18,346,673 first place prize. Meanwhile, an impressive $5 million was raised for Guy Laliberté’s charity the ONE DROP Foundation.
At the end of the day, the field had been cut to 37 with the eleven players eliminated including Justin Smith, Andy Robl, Jens Kyllonen, Jonathan Duhamel, Erik Seidel, Bertrand Grospellier, Nick Shulman, Eugene Katchalov, Michael Mizrachi, and businessmen Giovanni Guarascio (Canada), and Paul Phua (Asia).
Just as 9 of the 11 eliminations were poker pros, so too 8 out of the top ten finishers were also card professionals. Leading the overnight field is 2 times WSOP winner Brian Rast, who managed to grow his 3 million chip starting stack to 10.71 million, followed by WSOP legend Phil Hellmuth (8.395m), and then the CEO of Eden Shoes, Frederic Banjout on 7.07m.
Other players in the top ten include Gus Hansen (6.8m), who qualified for the competition via a $25,000 satellite, UK pro Sam Trickett (6.7m), billionaire Guy Laliberté (6.55m), 2011 WSOP prodigy Ben Lamb (5.77m), Mike Sexton (5.74m) and high stakes cash player Tom Dwan (4.81m).
Other notable pros still in contention include Jason Mercier (4.21m) and Phil Ivey (2,84m), while both Daniel Negreanu (470k) and Phil Galfond (445k) have greatly diminished stacks and will be hoping to double up as the action gets underway later today.
Finally, the most bizarre hand of the day saw Russian semi-pro Mikhail Smirnov fold his pocket eights on a Js-8c-7s-8s-Ks board after CEO of Winmark Corporation John Morgan shoved over the top of Smirnov’s 700k bet on the river. Concluding his opponent held 10s-9s for a straight flush, Smirnov made the ultimate fold by openly mucking his quad eights. Explaining his rationale later, the Russian commented:
“For me, it was a very easy fold. If he had two kings before the flop he would have re-raised Dwan, because he’s been active and raising a lot. So, two kings was impossible. Two jacks, in theory, was possible.”
Day 2 of the $1 million competition resumes later today at 12:00 PM Pt. Only the final table of nine will receive a payout with 9th place receiving $1,109,333.

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