Day 1c of the WSOP 2008 Main Event saw the expected increase in the playing field compared to Days 1a and 1b, with 1928 players taking their seats in the Amazon Room on Saturday. More than 1,000 players survived the day in the end and will return for Day 2b on Wednesday, together with all the players making it through today's Day 1d.
After seeing Daniel Negreanu bust after less than 2 hours on Day 1b, former Main Event champion Huck Seed decided to top that by getting eliminated after less than 30 minutes. On a board showing , Chris Miranda bet out 6,000 and Seed raised all-in for an additional 16,000. Miranda made the call and tabled , and Huck Seed was in bad position showing . The river brought the , and Hick Seed's Main Event ended after just a couple of hands. Other early exits included Shawn Buchanan, Larry Flint, Dustin Woolf, Max Pescatori and Mike Sexton.
Another former Main Event winner, Joe Hachem, came close to exiting early when he called an all-in with on a board showing . His opponent tabled for a flopped set, and Hachem needed a miracle to stay alive. This came in the form of a , and Hachem moved up to 46,000 in chips.
PokerStars pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had a bit of a rocky start on Day 1c, taking a couple of hits and falling to just 3,500 in chips after his flush was beat by his opponents nut flush with . Elky managed to fight back though and finished the day with 25K in chips. Other notable survivors of the day included David Sklansky, John Juanda, Jared 'TheWacoKidd' Hamby, Sam Farha, Rolf Slotboom and Mike Mattusow.
But there were plenty of big names not making it through to Day 2. Marcel Luske busted at the hands of Brad Booth when his couldn't improve against Booth's , Steve Paul-Ambrose ran his pocket J's into his opponents pocket Q's and hit the rail, and Tony G was eliminated when his flush draw didn't hit and his opponents top pair held up.
Chipleader at the end of the day was Henning Grandstad with 228,000 in chips, followed by David 'Bakes' Baker (180,000) and Curt Kohlberg (173,000). Other players finishing at the top of the leaderboard were David Singer, Brad Booth and Evelyn Ng