Day 1c completed
Day 1c completed
Day 1c of Event #3: The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em is in the books! Saturday was another big day for an event that’s on pace to break the record for the largest attendance ever for a WSOP event.
All of the initial seats for the flight were sold out before today’s action started at 10 a.m., with late registration becoming available later in the day. The Rio Convention Center was filled to its poker capacity, with all tournament tables full and overflow rooms packed with players for most of Saturday.
- Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Day 2c Seat Draw (Pavilion 100-149)
- Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Day 2c Seat Draw (Pavilion 150-199)
- Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Day 2c Seat Draw (Pavilion 200-299)
- Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em Day 2c Seat Draw (Pavilion 300-326)
Players grinded through 13 levels on Day 1c, with the day’s chip leaders including names like John Utley (830,000), Joshua Suyat (801,000), WSOP bracelet winner Todd Witteles (664,000), and Kunal Patni (404,000). These players will lead the field that made it through to Day 2c, with the restart scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m.
Other notable players that made it through the flight include WSOP bracelet winner Steve Zolotow (256,000), 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb (252,000), Aaron Massey (188,000), 2006 Main Event champion Jamie Gold (135,000) and Allen Kessler (112,000).
The last of the Day 1 flights kicks off Sunday at 10 a.m. with Day 1d, as players will get one more shot to advance to the Day 2 flights. The Day 2 flights (2a, 2b, 2c and 2d) will play through Tuesday, June 4. After those flights are completed, all Day 2 fields will be combined and Day 3 will commence on June 5.
Players in the Big 50 are competing for a $1 million guaranteed first prize, and plenty of notable names showed up Saturday but didn’t make it through Day 1c.
Daniel Negreanu started the day late and busted out just minutes before the end of Level 13. Other notable eliminations on Day 1c included Maria Ho, Melanie Weisner, 15-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and high roller fixture Dan Shak.
There were plenty of big names in the huge field for Day 1c, and perhaps some of today’s eliminations will come back and take another shot in Day 1d of The Big 50 on Sunday. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will have all of the action covered, so stay tuned!
|Day 1a entries:||6,095|
|Day 1a unique players:||5,159|
|Day 1a prize pool:||$2,986,660|
|Day 1b entries:||5,972|
|Day 1b unique players:||3,784|
|Day 1b prize pool:||$2,843,780|
|Day 1c entries:||7,183|
|Day 1c unique players:||3,861|
|Day 1c prize pool:||$3,375,570|
|Day 1d entries:||9,121|
|Day 1d unique players:||5,166|
|Day 1d prize pool:||$4,303,425|
The field will play seven more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for assorted chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.
Josh Beauregard jammed for 127,000 from under the gun, and the player next to act immediately three-bet shoved for 470,000, chasing out the remainder of the field.
Beauregard picked up a flush draw on the flop, but his opponent picked up a wheel draw. The turn and river bricked out, and Beauregard doubled up with his eights.
Men Nguyen is up to 600,000 chips, and the player in the hijack just bought "The Master" a beer in the middle of another big hand for Nguyen.
With the flop showing , the player in the big blind bet 30,000 and Nguyen called. The turn brought the , the big blind put another 30,000 in the pot Nguyen raised to 105,000 and the big blind called the additional 75,000.
The river came , and the big blind checked. Nguyen bet 100,000 and got the call, and "The Master" turned over for a flopped nut straight. The big blind showed , and said "that's why you're the master."
With just 30 minutes left in Day 1c, it looks like Nguyen will end the night as one of the chip leaders for this flight.
Andrew Knadler jammed for 102,000 from under the gun, and a player in middle position called to put him at risk.
Knadler's kings would hold up on a board for the double.
The remaining field is off on a fifteen-minute break. When they return, they'll play one final 50-minute level before bagging and tagging for the night.
A player raised to 13,000 from middle position, and Jarred Gabin three-bet to 45,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to the middle position player, who four-bet shoved for 171,000, and Gabin called.
It was a big flip, and Gabin added some extra outs on the flop with a wheel draw. He drilled the on the turn, and the river sent him the big pot and the late night elimination.