Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
A wild day 1b of Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship is in the books, as yet another chapter in this illustrious tournament’s history unfolded.
The day attracted 845 entries and ended with 611 players left.
The chip leader at the end of Day 1b was Las Vegas local Steve Foutty, who bagged 287,000 after trending steadily upwards toward the end of the night. Foutty has already had a fairly successful WSOP with five cashes so far.
A few of the other big stacks to end the night include; ClubGG qualifier Matthew Traylor who bagged 279,500 and Keegan Westover who ended with 230,700, thanks in large part to a wild hand in which he spiked a king on the flop to crack aces. He could have had even more had queens not folded preflop in the same hand.
The day included many highlights, with many well-known player's able to navigate their way to a bag. They include; Ronnie Bardah who finished with 139,600, Stephen Chidwick (124,900), Kevin Gerhart (112,400), Mike Matusow (56,500) and Justin Bonomo. The former Big One for One Drop champion had a rough go of it for much of the day, failing to gain any real traction, but nevertheless is still alive with a short stack of 18,900.
Craig Varnell also survived the day with 51,800, but this amount will feel like a lot more to him having been as low as 9,000 in the last level of the night, before spinning it back up just under starting stack.
2021 WSOP Main Event Top 10 Chip Stacks After Day 1b
|1||Steve Foutty||United States||287,000|
|2||Matthew Traylor||United States||279,500|
|3||Maxime Canevet||United States||277,000|
|4||Justin Garcia||United States||243,500|
|5||Kayvon Shahbaz||United States||238,500|
|6||Keegan Westover||United States||230,700|
|7||Kevin Rasor||United States||228,900|
|8||Aaron Earthman||United States||226,800|
|9||Jonathan Williams||United States||225,100|
Even though over 60% of the field advanced to Day 2ab, there were many who could not survive and ended up hitting the rail before the end of the day. Including two-time WSOP Main Event champion Johnny Chan who was eliminated early in the day by two-pair, Ryan Depaulo and John Racener hit the rail in the middle part of the day. The last level of the night claimed the Main Event lives of Brian Rast who lost a big flip, Nick Schulman via set over set and of Shaun Deeb who could not climb out of the short stack hole he was in all day.
The survivors of Day 1b will now have a lengthy break before they return to action on Tuesday November 9th at 11 a.m. local time where they will combine with the Day 1a and Day 1d survivors for Day 2abd.
The next starting flight, Day 1c will begin at 11 a.m. local time with the same five two-hour level structure as the first two starting days. PokerNews will have all the coverage once again.
Mike Matusow lost an 80,000 chip pot to an opponent with a straight flush and relayed the details.
According to Matusow, he flopped a set of eights and bet 2,500 on a board. His opponent raised to 7,500, and Matusow shoved all in. His opponent called for around 40,000 with and hit a straight flush on the turn.
"I just want this day to end. I'm so aggravated right now. I'm sick to my stomach," a frustrated Matusow said.
"I worked all day long to get to 100,000."
Four more hands until the players bag and tag for the night.
The action was picked up on the river with the board showing .
Both Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and Wojtek Barzantny were involved in the pot.
Matusow checked to Barzantny and he bet 3,600. Matusow quickly mucked his hand.
Barzantny scooped in the pot and two well-known pros are at the same table.
Frank Stepuchin and Paul Molter went heads-up to a flop of . Molter bet 10,000 from the big blind and Stepuchin called on the button.
Molter checked the turn and Stepuchin, standing up from his seat, bet another 10,000. Molter called and both players checked the river.
Molter showed the for a five-high flush. "You've got me pipped," Stepuchin said, showing the .
Stepuchin played the hand with no fewer than two alcoholic drinks in front of him and had two more delivered just as the hand was finishing.
The entire table at Table 466 in Amazon Purple had just finished taking tequila shots when the under the gun player opened and Bart Lybaert defended in the small blind.
Lybaert checked on the flop reading and his opponent bet 5,000. Lybaert raised to 12,500 and encouraged his inebriated opponent to fold.
"I'm not bluffing — would I do that to a friend?" Lybaert said sympathetically.
The opponent believed Lybaert's story and folded face-up. It ended up being a great laydown as Lybaert showed for top set.
With a completed board reading and approximately 20,000 in the middle, Angelina Rich put out a big bet of 30,000.
The bet represented most of her opponents' remaining chips and they sent their hand into the muck.
Justin Garcia opened the action to 1,400. He was called by the player on the button but when it was the big blinds turn to act he put in a three-bet to 6,600.
Garcia four-bet to 15,000. The player on the button folded. The player in the big blind moved all-in after some consideration. Garcia snap-called having his opponent covered.
The board ran out . Garcia's pocket kings remained to best hand to eliminate his opponent nearing the end of the day.