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WSOP – Day 1C of the Main Event

Jeff Lisandro Looking to Make Run at Fourth Bracelet


Jeffrey LisandroJeff Lisandro has begun his quest for the perfect ending to a historic 2009 World Series of Poker. From the field of 1,696 entrants, Lisandro has emerged as one of the day 1c leaders with 145,000 in chips.

Already with three WSOP gold bracelets this summer, Lisandro is looking for another shot at the elusive main event title. The four-time bracelet winner finished 17th in the 2006 main event for $659,730, still the largest tournament score of his skyrocketing poker career.

Mistakes made deep in the record setting main event that was eventually won by Jamie Gold are still on Lisandro’s mind, especially during this stretch of the summer.

“I’ll definitely be playing better than last time,” Lisandro said. “I learned a lot from the last time I made the second last table. That will definitely be to my advantage if I get that close again.”

Lisandro’s confidence is high even after day one of the nine day tournament. The increased notoriety, from his triple bracelet performance so far at this year’s WSOP, has not created a cause for concern at the table for the tournament veteran.

“If anything I am a missile that [players] want to avoid,” Lisandro said. “That might work in my favor. I don’t think I am a target.”

With victories in the seven card razz and seven card stud eight-or-better world championships, as well as in a $1,500 seven card stud event, Lisandro has joined an exclusive group of triple winners from a single series. The others are Puggy Pearson (1973), Ted Forrest (1993), Phil Hellmuth (1993) and Phil Ivey (2002). No one has ever won four.

Even though the 2009 WSOP Main Event has just begun, the thought of winning a record fourth this summer by capturing poker’s most prestigious tournament has already crossed his mind.

“I’ve got a pretty good stack now, nearly five times what the starting stack was,” Lisandro said. “First objective is to make the money and then go on, and on and on. I am pretty happy at the moment. I can see myself going really deep in this tournament. I still need a little bit of luck.”

Paul Wasicka

Paul Wasicka, the player perhaps most responsible for Lisandro’s exit near the final table in 2006, is still alive with 25,000 in chips. Down to just two tables left in the journey for a record $12,000,000 first place prize, Wasicka crippled Lisandro to under 100,000 chips when his KHeart SuitKClub Suit held up against the JDiamond SuitJClub Suit of Lisandro.

Other players still alive after the day one include former main event winners Joe Hachem (87,000), Dan Harrington (58,000), Scotty Nguyen (54,000), Phil Hellmuth (27,000) and last year’s WSOP Europe Main Event champion John Juanda (51,000).

Matt Hawrilenko, fresh off his $1,003,163 payday in event no. 56 ($5,000 no-limit hold’em six-handed), is just above the starting stack with 33,400 in chips.

Notable Eliminations from the day include David “Chino” Rheem, Daniel Negreanu, Evelyn Ng, Matt Matros, Marcel Luske, Brett Richey, Annie Duke, Eric Liu, Brandon Cantu, Erica Schoenberg, David Singer, Tom McEvoy, Liv Boeree, Alex Jacob, Chad Batista, Jamie Gold, Matt Graham and Jacobo Fernandez.

Action for the final day one will resume at noon Monday with what should be the largest turnout among the four day ones. However, only 3,685 players have played in this year’s main event so far. A field of 3,159 will need to show up for day 1d in order to match last year’s 6,844 final number. Check back as Card Player will be providing up to the minute coverage with hand histories, chip counts and notable eliminations.

NOTE: Chip counts are unofficial.



13 years ago

If he could just final table the ME it would be epic. After the day 1d fiaso the wsop will need some good publicity. Heres a solution for fixing that problem in the future: Make everyone register a day before day 1a and then you can split the feild up evenly as needed. People that are playing on diffrent days get a far diffrent experience and it starts to tear at the integrity of the tourney. Close out registration the day before and then you wont run into this problem. Even feilds and everyones happy.....but what do I know Im too broke to make it out there this summer.


13 years ago

No, you made a good suggestion bparmalee, however it is not plausable. You need ppl that win satellites and last minute deciders to be able to make it into the last day and get every single drop of juice out for Harrah's. I still believe the real solution is World Series of Poker Qualifiers at Harrah's around the country and world and only have like 100-500 actually have to be in Vegas for main event. One starting day. Less than a week of play before November 9 are set and it's all good. But like you said, wtf do we know...Nuff Said.