Day 1 of Event #39: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em of the 2014 World Series of Poker has been completed, and the surviving players will be heading home for a well-deserved sleep in preparation for another day of intense poker action on Thursday.
Daniel Makowsky will sleep the best of them thanks to earning himself the title of overnight chip leader after turning his starting stack of 9,000 into 124,500 to end the night. Just behind Makowsky was James Mackey, who won a bracelet in 2007, and he finished with 116,800.
Two other players bagged up six-figure stacks at the end of the 10th level of play. Canada's Matt Lapossie ended the night with 107,100 chips, while Gino Levrini crammed chips worth 102,500 into his bag.
A total of 205 players of the 992 who bought in managed to navigate their way through to Thursday's Day 2, and among them are some talented players and familiar faces. Masato Yokosawa (98,900), James Dempsey (95,000), Barny Boatman (90,000), Dario Sammartino (86,000), Jasom Somerville (64,200), Keven Stammen (51,200), Adam Levy (39,200), Fabian Quoss (23,200), Chris Moorman (22,000), and Joseph Cheong (10,500) being a small selection of those to look out for when play resumes on Day 2.
On the other side of the coin, scores of big names failed in their quest to progress to the next stage including Robert Romanello, Dan Kelly, Matt Stout, Phil Hellmuth, David "Bakes" Baker, and Dominik Nitsche.
Each of the 205 returning players share a common goal, and that is to reach the money places. The prize money starts being distributed once 117 players remain, a min-cash is worth $5,145, and the eventual champion takes home $548,460.
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