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2018 WSOP Main Event: Day 1B Draws 2,378 Entries

Attendance For The First Two Flights Is Up 12 Percent Year-Over-Year With 3,303 Combined Players


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Day 1B of the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event drew a field of 2,378 players, up roughly 10 percent from 2017. With the 925 entries from day 1A, that brings the total entries so far in this event to 3,303. That is an increase of 12 percent compared with last year’s turnout. Day 1C has historically seen the largest turnout of the three starting flights in recent years, and if that trend holds then this year’s main event could be one of the largest in the tournament’s history.

When the dust settled after five two-hour levels of action there were only 1,801 players remaining. They will combine with the 659 that made it through day 1A on Thursday, July 5 for day 2AB, which will begin with a total of 2,460 players.

Johnny Chan on day 1BThe chip leader from day 1B is Smain Mamouni with 311,600. Some of the other names atop the leaderboard include Samuel Bernabeu (309,500), Barbara Rogers (307,000) Dan Colpoys (246,800) and Alex Foxen (242,300). Foxen is currently sitting in 15th place in the 2018 Card Player Player of the Year race, having already won three titles and made eight final tables this year.

Other notables moving on to day 2AB include Scott Davies (171,200), two-time main event winner and ten-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan (151,100), Shaun Deeb (143,000), Jason Strasser (137,000), 2000 main event winner Chris Ferguson (134,900), George Danzer (117,800) and Barry Shulman (88,000).

Some notable players that failed to make it through to day 2 include Jason Somerville, 2006 main event champion Jaime Gold, Noah Schwartz, three-time bracelet winner Doug Polk, Kenny Hallaert, 2004 world champion Greg Raymer and 2015 main event fourth-place finisher Max Steinberg, who was eliminated in the very first hand he played today.

Steinberg later clarified how the hand went down, tweeting, “UTG raises 375. I make it 1,200 UTG2. Both blinds overcall. He makes it 45k (yes 45k, not a typo). I go all in.”

John Hesp on day 1BWhile Steinberg was a former main event final tablist who did not survive the day, a few former finalists did fare better. 2015 WSOP main event seventh-place finisher Pierre Neuville made it through with 147,800. 2017 fourth-place finisher John Hesp kicked off the day by making the shuffle up and deal announcement.

Hesp bagged up 63,900. 2014 main event seventh-place finisher Dan Sindelar ended with 71,300. 2011 runner-up Martin Staszko grew his starting stack just slightly throughout the day, finishing with 58,000, while fourth-place finisher from that year Matthew Giannetti bagged 55,000.

To see a complete list of chip counts from day 1B survivors, CLICK HERE.

Day 1C kicks off at 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, July 4.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2018 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.