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World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A Draws 771 Players

Swedish Pro Martin Jacobson Ends Day WIth Chip Lead


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To a professional poker player, the World Series of Poker main event equates to the experience of getting to open presents on Christmas morning as a child. Survive and advance and it’s like you got that shiny, new bicycle you asked for. Bust, and you might as well have gotten socks from Grandma.

It’s the most prestigious and lucrative tournament of the year, yet most poker pros also consider it one of the softest. There are bracelet winners scattered throughout the field, but you are more likely to come across a complete amateur taking his or her shot at poker history.

Day 1A of the $10,000 buy-in event is typically the smallest, so it was no surprise to see only 771 players at the Rio. With two hour blind levels and 30,000 in starting chips, a total of 505 players made it through to day 2.

Martin JacobsonSitting at the top of the chip counts is Swedish poker pro Martin Jacobson, who bagged up 200,100. He is joined in the top ten by notables Naoya Kihara (124,225), Ken Einiger (120,400), Kenny Tran (115,400) and Mukul Pahuja (114,800).

Other familiar faces who made it through include past main event champions Johnny Chan (83,375), Ryan Riess (70,225), Chris Moneymaker (69,850), Greg Merson (7,125) and WSOP Europe champion Annette Obrestad (54,625).

Some of those who hit the rail before the day ended included Jason Mercier, Eric Froehlich, Phil Laak, Jean-Robert Bellande and David Chiu.

Here’s a look at the top ten chip counts from day 1A. Click here for a full list.

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Martin Jacobson 200,100
2 Aaron Wilt 157,650
3 Seamus Cahill 150,775
4 Ben Gold 148,875
5 Naoya Kihara 124,225
6 Ken Einiger 120,400
7 Yung Hwang 118,875
8 Kenny Tran 115,400
9 Mukul Pahuja 114,800
10 Aleksandr Simic 110,675

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