The Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker got under way yesterday evening with 1,066 players stumping up the $10,000 in exchange for 30,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a WSOP champion. By the time five 90-minute levels had been completed 657 players had chips to bag up, amongst them 30 from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
According to the entry lists supplied by the WSOP there were 38 players from the UK & Ireland who started the day and 30 of those made it through. There were a few more players who listed the UK as their country of residence but these will almost certainly claim they are from their home country if and when they go deep in this most prestigious of poker tournaments.
The best placed of our 30 survivors is Niall Farrell who managed to turn his starting stack into an impressive 100,950; the only one of our players to crack the 100,000 chip barrier. Farrell has cashed four times at this year's series for a total of $49,082, a total he will be looking to massively increase by the time the Main Event comes to a conclusion.
Other players who ended Day 1a of the WSOP Main Event with plenty more chips that what they started with include Marc "dean23price" Wright (88,150), Daniel Rudd (78,925), Benjamin Longstaff (73,650), Jon Spinks (66,800), Jamie Sill (68,250), Jonathan "Gawa9" Crute (59,750) and Toby Lewis (52,250).
These players, along with those shown in the table below, will now return to the Rio for Day 2 but they will not be joined by the likes of Talal Shakerchi, Colburn Tomlin, whilst Mat Frankland will have to wait until 2013 if he wants to improve on last year's 121st place finish.
Today is Day 1b and it should be the day plenty more of our boys and girls in action. Hopefully whoever enters will make it through the day unscathed. If they want to become the overall chip leader (before Day 1c starts on Monday) they will have to amass more than the 266,700 chips that William John bagged up at the end of the night. His colossal total contained over 100,000 more than second placed 165,825 Gerado Lubas.
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WSOP Main Event Day 1a Top 10
UK & Ireland WSOP Main Event Day 1a Survivors